Over One Hundred Organizations and Businesses Unite to Oppose Controversial Agricultural Biotech Rider

Over One Hundred Organizations and Businesses Unite to Oppose Controversial Agricultural Biotech Rider

Over One Hundred Organizations and Businesses Unite to Oppose Controversial Agricultural Biotech Rider, Applaud its Exclusion from CR

Coalition calls for Congress to bar chemical industry provision that would block judicial powers, undermine USDA regulations from future funding bills

Dear Majority Leader Reid, Assistant Majority Leader Durbin, Speaker of the House Boehner and Majority Leader Cantor:
As you and your staffs worked over the August recess to draft the Continuing Resolution, the undersigned coalition of food businesses and retailers, and family farm, consumer, health, environmental and civil liberties groups, united to express strong opposition to the misleading “farmer assurance provision” (Sec. 733) in H.R. 5973, the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2013. This provision represents a serious and unique assault on the fundamental safeguards of our judicial system, and would negatively impact farmers, the environment and public health across America. For these reasons, we oppose its inclusion in any appropriations bill and are pleased to see that the policy rider was not included in the text of the bipartisan Continuing Resolution released Monday evening by the House Rules Committee. (click hear to see the letter)

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