House Rules allow four amendments on Pompeo GMO bill
July 22, 2015
The House Rules Committee voted late yesterday to allow a structured rule allowing four amendments on H.R. 1599, the bill introduced by Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., on labeling of foods with genetically modified ingredients.
Consideration of the bill on the House floor is expected Thursday.
The amendments that will be allowed include one by Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., which says if a U.S. company or subsidiary labels a product as containing GMOs in any foreign country, it must label the equivalent product the same way in the United States.
A second amendment introduced by Rep. Jared Huffman, D-Calif., and others would ensure tribal sovereignty to prohibit or restrict the cultivation of genetically engineered plants on tribal lands.
A third amendment introduced by Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., would prohibit the use of the term "natural" on food when a food consists of a genetically engineered plant.
A fourth amendment offered by Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, would strike the entire bill and add back the section that creates a non-GMO certification program and label at USDA.
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