URGENT Action Alert to Congress—Stop the Monsanto Rider!

March 19, 2013
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Last week we sent an emergency email to our subscribers about a terrible biotech rider attached to the big must-pass Appropriations bill that would let GMO crops be planted even when a court has ordered a stop. The Senate rejected this provision in the past—but now they may be accepting it as part of some back-room deal that was struck.

Since last week, the Senate has been debating a Continuing Resolution (CR) for the big Appropriations funding bill (H.R. 933). Sen. Tester (D-MT) and three colleagues introduced an amendment to strike the biotech rider. Yesterday the Senate voted (63-35) to end debate on its version of the CR. They narrowly met this margin—60 votes are required to end debate on a bill. And unfortunately, the GMO rider is still in this final version of the bill. The Tester amendment to remove the language was not included in the final agreement to proceed and sadly will not voted on.

Now the Senate will hold an up-or-down vote, possibly as early as today, on whether to pass the CR. This means it’s very likely the CR will be passed with the rider in it. This is the same rider we’ve told you about before—the so-called Farmer Assurance Provision (Section 735) of H.R. 933—that will strip federal courts of the authority to halt the sale and planting of illegal, potentially hazardous genetically engineered crops while USDA is performing an environmental impact statement. If this provision becomes law, it will be a huge blow to the justice system, completely overriding judicial safeguards that protect both farmers and the public, and rendering judges’ rulings irrelevant. This biotech-driven rider is simply an industry ploy to continue to plant GMO crops even when a court of law has found they were approved illegally.

Sad to say, we were thrown under the bus with this amendment. It was included at the last minute and no senator is willing to take responsibility or be accountable for the amendment. The language came from the Senate Appropriations Committee, chaired by Sen. Barbara Mikulski (who has always been our ally on these issues in the past), and we can only guess that this issue was used as a bargaining chip and she got something in return for including the rider. We called the office of Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), who is the ranking member of the Appropriations Committee, to find out who is behind the amendment, but they did not comment.

It’s not just that the biotech industry was extraordinarily sneaky to include the rider in this “must pass” funding legislation—the CR is a stopgap bill to avert a government shutdown next week and keep agencies operating through September 30, and this includes funding for the Pentagon. It also shows how much power the industry has— Congress is clearly dancing to their tune to allow the CR to be used this way.

Once the CR passes the Senate, it will move to the House and Senate conference committee to resolve any differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill. Since this rider was not in the House version of the bill, there’s a slim possibility the rider will not be in the final duly passed version.

The general consensus on the Hill is that once the Senate acts, the House Appropriations Committee leadership is prepared to take the modified Senate CR directly to the House floor, possibly as early as Thursday. This is why urgent grassroots action is required to ensure that does not happen.

Action Alert! Send your message TODAY to both chambers of Congress, and insist that the GMO language be removed. It has no place in a must-pass appropriations bill, and it’s a blatant, underhanded maneuver by biotech industry to thwart the protections of our legal system. Please send your message immediately!

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187 Responses to “URGENT Action Alert to Congress—Stop the Monsanto Rider!”

  1. delquattro says:

    The best response to the fascist corporate democracy known as the US government is this:

    http://www.usa-the-republic.com/Lee_Brobst/usa.html#amendment

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  2. Jerome Kelly says:

    I have seen little children born with Autism, ADD, and much more through the decades. These things were once rare. We are being poisoined every second we eat, breathe, shower, drink, in the nation. These poisons will not touch the elite families, Corporations, Banksters, and double tounged politicians in the House and Congress. They are a den of vipers that could care less about your safety or health. The love of money is the root of all evil and they prove this statement. Ban Lobbiest from both houses of liars. Bills are passed daily without being read. It would be impossible to read thousands of pages. Deliberately designed in this manner to sneak though all the pork and deliberate priviledges for the Corporations who fill the Congressmens bank accounts to get elected in the future. Take the money out of politics and voting. We could do much better by just picking a Congress from the citizens by lottery. It would be much more honest.

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  3. Beverly Harris says:

    I hate greedy GE companies overriding wholesome food with their own sick-causing, sterilizing, mutilated gene foods. What is it about “no” that is not understood? Do you really want sterile grandkids? (That is, if they survive the tumors on the pancreas, stomachs, livers and kidneys before reaching child-bearing age.) Do you deliberately want to poison us? If so, is it because of global warming and you want to depopulate us? If this is not your idea of a good time, then you need to educate yourselves on the dangers of GE foods. Why do you hide your position, those of you who voted for this Biotech Rider” (Sec. 735)? Once I find out who you are, who voted for this despicable assault on our foods and farmers, I promise you, you will “never” get my vote!

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  4. Maura Chrystal says:

    Please vote to remove the biotech rider attached to bill H.R. 933 that would allow GMO crops to be planted even though a court has ordered a stop. As a representative of the people, do the right thing. Stop biotech companies from poisoning us, future generations and our environment.

    Thank you.

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  5. Sheila says:

    I would have liked to have signed this but there is no option for Canadians. As a Canadian, I believe that what happens in the USA will also affect us. I would like to know whether or not I am consuming GMO’s.

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  6. Steve says:

    Since our laws are being written by the criminals themselves, it is time to take up more direct action. Find out the individuals who are planting these GMO crops. Inform them relentlessly about the dangers. Protest to draw attention; use graphic images of tumors and other illnesses since pictures are worth a 1000 words. We need an onslaught of marches and rallies. An informational uprising to sway public opinion is necessary since Monsanto has captured control of the legal system. I wouldn’t be surprised if some take to actually torching GMO crops or releasing pests on them since the legislative avenues have proven equivalent to pleading with a criminal to please don’t steal my wallet or please don’t shoot me.

    And it is definitely time to grow your own food from heirloom seeds. There’s lots of great resources on the net on how to grow your own food. One guy with decades of experience is Andy Lopez, of “Don’t Panic It’s Organic” fame. He strongly recommends rock dust to supply missing minerals: http://www.invisiblegardener.com/rockdust/default.htm
    You can find his radio show archives here http://www.talkshoe.com/talkshoe/web/talkCast.jsp?masterId=44325&cmd=tc and in iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/dont-panic-its-organic!/id268872718).

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  7. nohammet says:

    what had happened to good human caring and decency. I supposed, it died a long time ago and made way for greed, excessive desire for wealth, and uncaring. “YOU ARE YOUR BROTHER’S KEEPER”. Is that true or false? MONSANTO needs to stop creating those genetic freaks. Since when a 17 year old needs psychotic drugs to function because of Bipolar disorder or prozac for depression and the list goes on , those aren’t pretty words; this is every day life.Does he not realize what is he doing to the human population? Does he have children and does he feed them the garbage he wants to fed us? as I’ve been saying the madness has and needs to stop.

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  8. Di says:

    I am wondering why I as a UK citizen cannot respond?! Surely this affects the whole World?

       1 likes

  9. Francisca Scheepbouwer says:

    Clear the world from this terrible company…Monsanto kills us…period!

    It is NOT allowed to take the MONOPOLY in our FOOD INDUSTRY

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  10. Cheryl Johnson says:

    I worry for my grandchildren. The greed of Monsanto is overwhelming. Has it really come to this – that those powers that be can’t see past the money to understand how this is affecting their health, too??

       1 likes

  11. Ali says:

    Monsanto and GMO’s are everyone’s problem. Why are you only allowing Americans to sign this? You’d think you’d want all the help you can get; to prevent this evil from spreading worldwide. Open it to other countries!

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  12. Jennifer says:

    I’m truly concerned for the health of people and our planet! Enough is enough!!
    I insist that the GMO language be removed. It has no place in a must-pass appropriations bill, and it’s a blatant, underhanded maneuver by biotech industry to thwart the protections of our legal system.

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  13. deborah says:

    I cannot get through the Captcha on Jeff Sessions website. I am putting in the correct “puzzle” as they call it but it continues to give me a new one saying the previous one was incorrect. Either there is a glitch or they do not want any descent.

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  14. Irena Franchi says:

    Remove GMO from our food.

       9 likes

    • deborah says:

      You have to write your reps. Making statements here does no good in fighting the GMO issue.

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  15. c says:

    Anyone who has not seen this documentary should do so! Pass it forward!

    ‘Seeds of Death’ by GaryNull.com

       4 likes

  16. Annette McLaughlin says:

    Section 735 of H.R.933 is the path to nowhere. Senators Mikulski and Shelby seem unable to communicate who thought this should be added into the appropriations bill. This section removes our judiciary from oversight, it clearly is not representative of the populace, and it will help only one corporation…..Monsanto. I truly wish this corporation’s leadership would assert its leadership into meaningful, healthier goals. Just imagine what good would come when the reins are trained to the best sustainable science. Just imagine the jobs that could be created with this company’s leadership, – now that’s impact, that’s economics, that’s fiscal responsibility. Section 735 of H.R. 933 lacks any benefit to consumers.

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  17. Bill Brown says:

    Please stop all of this power and money ploys that interfere with our farmers rights and our rights to a healthy life. Lets get back to letting farmers and the people the choice of how they want to live. Please remember BY THE PEOPLE FOR THE PEOPLE.. If this all continues our country will be destroyed for the rights of people who are only interested in the money and not the rights of the GREATEST country in the world, our fredoms are being run over. Thank You do not pass this bill.

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  18. Emma Jean T Cannon says:

    Please insist that the GMO rider be removed from the appropriations bill.
    Thank you,
    E Jeanne Cannon

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  19. Karen Tussey says:

    Do not pass this bill with the rider attached about the Farmers Assurance Provision. We do not want ANY GMO’s for any reason to be used in the production of our foods!!! None at all!! Keep them from being planted, used or eaten by anyone!

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  20. Lena Corriveau says:

    Please insist that the GMO language be removed. It has no place in a must-pass appropriations bill, and it’s a blatant, underhanded maneuver by biotech industry to thwart the protections of our legal system.

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  21. Cathy Maddox says:

    Your immediate attention and action are needed. There is a terrible biotech rider attached to the big must-pass Appropriations bill that would let GMO crops be planted even when a court has ordered a stop.This is the the so-called Farmer Assurance Provision (Section 735) of H.R. 933—that will strip federal courts of the authority to halt the sale and planting of illegal, potentially hazardous genetically modified/engineered crops while USDA is performing an environmental impact statement. If this provision becomes law, it will be a huge blow to the justice system, completely overriding judicial safeguards that protect both farmers and the public, and rendering judges’ rulings irrelevant. This biotech-driven rider is simply an industry ploy to continue to plant GMO crops even when a court of law has found they were approved illegally. Please insure that this rider is removed before it is too late.

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  22. S Grave says:

    the so-called Farmer Assurance Provision (Section 735) of H.R. 933—that will strip federal courts of the authority to halt the sale and planting of illegal, potentially hazardous genetically engineered crops while USDA is performing an environmental impact statement. If this provision becomes law, it will be a huge blow to the justice system, completely overriding judicial safeguards that protect both farmers and the public, and rendering judges’ rulings irrelevant. This biotech-driven rider is simply an industry ploy to continue to plant GMO crops even when a court of law has found they were approved illegally.

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  23. Christine Henderson says:

    Please remove the Monsanto rider (Farmer Assurance Rider) Section 735, of H. Bill 933. I dont want to b forced to eat genetically modified foods, and I wannt to know what foods are genetically modified through proper labling of these foods. Please vote to remove this rider Thank you. Chris Henderson

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  24. Anne warren says:

    This is unsafe, underhanded and unacceptable. Do not allow this to pass.

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  25. Predictions of our government “driving” us into socialism and then communism is becoming a reality for this country. There are precious few government leaders who truly represent the people of this nation.

    This genetic-driven rider to enforce GMO planted crops is another fine example of deceit and treachery within our governing bodies. In their reasoning they intend to undermind more and more the freedoms and justices for the people of this nation. When the governing bodies in Washington undermine or disregard the judgments of lower courts, they are destroying the root system on which this country stands for justice and representation of the people.

    I appeal to you to do the “right” thing and vote as representing the people. Vote NO to this hidden rider on the CR amendment regarding the planting of GMOs.

    Thank you.

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  26. Dennis Allen Jr., Ph.D. says:

    I strongly oppose the Monsanto rider!

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  27. Linda McGregor says:

    I plead with you now not to let the use of GMO’s to continue. Stop and cosider what really going on here. Big money just keeps pushing on despite what’s best for the planet and it’s inhabitants.

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  28. m says:

    Have the backbone to vote third, fourth and fifth party candidates.

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  29. Roselene Haines says:

    I do not believe anything should be inserted in any bill, except the wording of the bill itself.

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  30. Frank Svatek says:

    We all know that attaching riders to legislation is a common practice that was intended to make the process of legislating more efficient. It was never intended to be an end around for the benefit of special interests especially against the will of a clear majority of citizens. However, to use this procedure to create a permanent bypass of an entire branch of our government and thereby give an uncheckable advantage for one particular industry is especially egregious. If one were to vote for such an attachment that fundamentally alters the constitutionally created checks and balances and separations of government and private industry, why isn’t that an act of treason?

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  31. paula thomas says:

    If you have not seen the movie FOOD INC ~ go see it. You will be very enlightened about Monsanto ~ I was ~ am so angry and upset. It’s unbelievable what these companies get away with.

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  32. B. Greene says:

    Monsanto has been polluting America and the Earth since it’s inception almost 100 years ago..DDT, Agent Orange, (Dioxin), GMO’s are only a few of their destructive practises, solely for greed and avarice. They pollute our food, the air we breathe, the Earth atmosphere.. They are like another Fukushima to our only home.. beleaguered Planet Earth. Whatever can be done to stop their evil practises must be done.. not only for our sake, but for the sake of our children and the generations to come!

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  33. John R. Hall says:

    GE foods are unnatural. Let’s get back to nature

       2 likes

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