Davis Statement on Senate Democrats Unwilling to Stand Up for Farmers
After Senate Failed to Advance Critical Food Labeling Legislation
Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), Chairman of House Agriculture Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research, released this statement today after the Senate failed to advance bipartisan food labeling legislation.
“I was extremely disappointed to see that a small group of Senate Democrats who are supposed to stand up for farmers on the Senate Agriculture Committee have failed to do just that today. Instead, these Senators chose to block commonsense, bipartisan legislation to protect vital agriculture technology that has proven time after time to be safe, ensure Americans have access to affordable food, and help address the world's hunger needs.
"Last summer, the House stood up for farmers by passing a bill to create a voluntary national labeling system, much like the organic label we see in our grocery stores today, so consumers have more information about what's in their food while not increasing food prices. I am confused why eight months later and just four months before implementation of a state law, which will be chaotic to interstate commerce and could lead to increased costs for consumers, Senate Democrats continue to block bipartisan legislation without any alternative. I compliment the work of Chairman Pat Roberts and ask others to join with him in seriously committing to addressing this eminent issue facing our nation’s farmers.”
Last July, the House passed H.R. 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015, to establish national standards and a system for voluntarily labeling food that does not contain genetically modified organisms.