Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Secret deals with potential world-wide effects

The following opinion piece appeared on the editorial page of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, April 10, 2013

"Monsanto Protection Act" undermines legislative process

How does something get passed in Congress?  The normal way is to go through the regular committee process. 

But there are sometimes secret deals in which members of Congress slip in an additional section, without debate or discussion, to a bill that must pass, such as the current emergency spending bill.   The obvious purpose of secretly adding another section to such a bill is to benefit special interests.

CLICK HERE to read the editorial on how the "Monsanto Protection Act" mysteriously appeared  in House Resolution 933, the 587 page emergency spending bill, and how it undermines the legislative process. 

Hopefully the "Monsanto Rider" will be thrown out.  If not, it has the potential to have a negative impact on the world food supply and the ability of small farmers to maintain their livelihood. 


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