If the U.S. House fails to consider the Senate approved GMO labeling bill this week, the fate of the legislation will be delayed until September.
Congress is set to go on summer recess at the end of the week and won’t be back in session until September. Industry groups, such as the American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Corn Growers Association are urging the House to quickly consider and pass the bill. The House passed a voluntary GMO labeling bill last year, a stark difference from the mandatory bill the Senate passed Thursday. Senator Pat Roberts warned House Ag Committee chair Mike Conaway last week the GMO measure approved by the Senate “is the last train that is leaving town.” Roberts called the compromise bill between him and Senator Debbie Stabenow the most important vote for agriculture in the last 20 years.
From the National Association of Farm Broadcasting news service