Thursday, March 24, 2016

I wonder what they are doing to us.

From Megavote:

Genetically Modified Organism Food Labeling – Cloture
Vote Rejected (48-49, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate rejected a McConnell, R-Ky., motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur in the House message to an unrelated bill (S 764) with a Senate amendment containing the genetically modified organism food labeling measure. The amendment would have blocked state and local labeling requirements for genetically engineered food and seeds. It also would have required the Agriculture Department to establish a national voluntary labeling standard for bioengineered foods, and later would have required the department to issue a mandatory standard if there is not at least "70 percent substantial participation" in voluntary labeling. Sixty votes were required to invoke cloture. 
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen voted 
Sen. Kelly Ayotte voted 
" Motion to invoke Cloture on the motion to concur in the House message to an unrelated bill with a Senate amendment containing the GMO food labeling measure.  " 
What in Hell does that mean?  Are we for GMO labeling or against it?
  All I know is my democratic senator Jeanne Shaheen voted NO, and my good republican senator Kelly Ayotte voted yes. I think Jeanne Shaheen is slime, and I trust Kelly Ayotte. But it would be nice to know if Kelly's NO meant she was stopping the GMO labeling bill or promoting it. 
  This is an example of modern Congressional procedure, make everything so opaque that the voter's don't know which way their rep or senator voted.  Give the Congress critters the option of claiming they were both for it and agin it, all in one opaque vote.  The vote should have been, do we pass this GMO labeling bill, yes or no.  Then at least we voter would know what is going down.   


Anonymous said...

Thank you I was wondering the same thing

Dstarr said...

The Confederate States of America had a clause in their constitution requiring a bill before their Congress to address one and only one topic, said topic to be clearly identified in the title of the bill.
The US constitution would be better for such a clause.