The legislative rider formally named the Farmers Assurance Act and informally called the Monsanto Protection Act will not be a part of an upcoming stop-gap government funding bill. It was included in the continuing resolution passed this spring to keep the government running.
According to the Hill dot com, Senate Democrats, led by Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley, will have the provision expire on September 30th.
House Republican’s government funding bill that passed the House last week contained a three-month extension of the act, which would have allowed biotech seed companies to sell and farmers to plant genetically modified seed in the midst of legal challenges of their environmental impacts and safety.
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