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14_H1699 on Apr 24, 2013

Bill Sponsorship: Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act
Source: S.809/HR1699
Congressional Summary:
  • [Require labeling] any food that has been genetically engineered or contains genetically engineered ingredients.
  • Defines "genetically engineered" (GE) as a material intended for human consumption that is an organism produced through the intentional use of genetic engineering, or its progeny, without regard to whether the altered molecular or cellular characteristics of the organism are detectable.

Discussion of pro/con (Huffington Post 4/25/2013):

Polls show that the overwhelming majority of Americans--over 90%--supports mandatory labeling of foods with GE ingredients. 64 other countries already require such labels. However, strong opposition from the agriculture and biotech industries has scuttled proposals for GMO (Genetically-Modified Organisms) labeling laws in the past. The most recent and high-profile of these failed attempts at a GMO labeling requirement was California's Proposition 37, which was narrowly defeated after opponents spent $50 million lobbying against it. "Unfortunately, advocates of mandatory GMO labeling are working an agenda to vilify biotechnology and scare consumers away from safe and healthful food products," a Biotechnology Industry Organization spokeswoman wrote.

Argument in opposition (Food Democracy Now 5/26/2012):

Exactly 20 years ago today, the first Bush administration declared genetically engineered foods to be "substantially equivalent" to foods that farmers had traditionally bred for thousands of years. With this single policy, the US government radically altered the food supply, introducing novel genes into our food that had never before been consumed by humans. Corporate executives at Monsanto colluded with elected officials to make sure that their new "products" were placed onto the market as quickly as possible. Two decades later, Americans are still denied the basic right to know what's in their food because of this infamous policy.

Also see related Senate bill, S.809


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 8. Question 8: Society bears cost of pollution Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Environment
  • Headline: Require labeling genetically engineered food (Score: -1)
  • Headline 2: Require labeling genetically engineered food (Score: -2)

    Participating counts on AmericansElect question 8.
  • Headline: Require labeling genetically engineered food (Answer: B)
  • Headline 2: Require labeling genetically engineered food (Answer: A)
  • AmericansElect Quiz Question 8 on Environment: Which of the following statements comes closest to your personal view?
    • A: Natural resources exist for the benefit of humanity
    • B: Natural resources exist for the benefit of humanity, but should be somewhat protected
    • C: Natural resources should be mostly protected, but also exist for the benefit of humanity
    • D: Natural resources exist on their own and should be completely protected
    • E: Unsure


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  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 14_H1699

Rob Andrews s1sNew Jersey Democrat (resigned 2014)Nov 15, 2013
Joyce Beatty s1sOhio DemocratSep 19, 2013
Earl Blumenauer s1sOregon DemocratApr 24, 2013
Matt Cartwright s1sPennsylvania DemocratJan 14, 2014
Judy Chu s1sCalifornia DemocratMay 14, 2013
David Cicilline s1sRhode Island DemocratApr 24, 2013
Yvette Clarke s1sNew York DemocratSep 19, 2013
Steve Cohen s1sTennessee DemocratApr 10, 2014
Gerry Connolly s1sVirginia DemocratApr 24, 2013
John Conyers s1sMichigan DemocratJun 3, 2013
Peter Defazio s2pOregon DemocratApr 24, 2013
Rosa DeLauro s1sConnecticut DemocratNov 15, 2013
Lloyd Doggett s1sTexas DemocratApr 29, 2014
Donna Edwards s1sMaryland Democrat (retiring 2016)May 22, 2013
Keith Ellison s1sMinnesota DemocratJun 12, 2013
Anna Eshoo s1sCalifornia DemocratMay 8, 2013
Chaka Fattah s1sPennsylvania DemocratMay 20, 2014
Tulsi Gabbard s1sHawaii DemocratApr 24, 2013
Alan Grayson s1sFL Democratic Senate candidateJul 23, 2014
Raul Grijalva s1sArizona DemocratApr 24, 2013
Luis Gutierrez s1sIllinois DemocratApr 29, 2014
Jim Himes s1sConnecticut DemocratJun 27, 2013
Rush Holt s1sNew Jersey Democrat (retiring 2014)May 6, 2013
Mike Honda s1sCalifornia DemocratSep 10, 2014
Jared Huffman s1sCalifornia DemocratApr 24, 2013
Marcy Kaptur s1oOhio DemocratNov 12, 2014
Annie Kuster s1sNew Hampshire DemocratApr 24, 2013
James Langevin s1sRhode Island DemocratMay 20, 2014
Barbara Lee s1sCalifornia DemocratApr 24, 2013
John Lewis s1sGeorgia DemocratApr 29, 2014
Zoe Lofgren s1sCalifornia DemocratMay 6, 2013
Alan Lowenthal s1sCalifornia DemocratMay 19, 2014
Nita Lowey s1sNew York DemocratJun 12, 2013
Carolyn Maloney s1sNew York Democrat/LiberalSep 19, 2013
Jim McDermott s1sWashington DemocratApr 24, 2013
Jim McGovern s1sMassachusetts DemocratJul 8, 2013
Gloria Negrete McLeod s1oCalifornia Democrat (County run 2014)Nov 12, 2014
Michael Michaud s1sMaine Democratic Governor ChallengerMay 14, 2013
George Miller s1sCalifornia Democrat (retiring 2014)Apr 24, 2013
James Moran s1sVirginia Democrat (retiring 2014)Apr 24, 2013
Jerrold Nadler s1sNew York Dem./Lib./Working-FamiliesApr 24, 2013
Grace Napolitano s1sCalifornia DemocratApr 24, 2013
Eleanor Holmes Norton s1sDistrict of Columbia DemocratApr 24, 2013
Beto O`Rourke s1sTexas DemocratJun 27, 2013
Donald Payne s1sNew Jersey Former Democrat(Deceased 2012)Jun 3, 2013
Chellie Pingree s1sMaine DemocratApr 24, 2013
Jared Polis s1sColorado DemocratApr 24, 2013
Lucille Roybal-Allard s1oCalifornia DemocratNov 12, 2014
Bobby Rush s1sIllinois DemocratSep 19, 2013
Tim Ryan s1sOhio DemocratApr 3, 2014
Jan Schakowsky s1sIllinois DemocratApr 24, 2013
Adam Schiff s1sCalifornia DemocratMay 9, 2013
Carol Shea-Porter s1sNew Hampshire DemocratMay 8, 2013
Brad Sherman s1sCalifornia DemocratJan 8, 2014
Louise Slaughter s1sNew York DemocratApr 24, 2013
David Adam Smith s1sWashington DemocratJul 23, 2014
Jackie Speier s1sCalifornia DemocratApr 24, 2013
Mark Takano s1sCalifornia DemocratNov 15, 2013
John Tierney s1sMassachusetts DemocratApr 29, 2014
Dina Titus s1sNevada DemocratJun 3, 2013
Maxine Waters s1sCalifornia DemocratJul 30, 2013
Peter Welch s1sVermont DemocratApr 24, 2013
Frederica Wilson s1sFlorida DemocratJun 17, 2014



Republicans participating in 14_H1699

Don Young s1sAlaska RepublicanApr 24, 2013



Independents participating in 14_H1699

Madeleine Bordallo s1sGuam DelegateSep 19, 2013
Donna Christensen s1sVirgin Islands Governor candidate 2014Apr 24, 2013



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 63
Republicans: 1
Independents: 2


















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