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Last March, the “Monsanto Protection Act” was inserted at
the last minute into a must-pass funding bill to keep the government running
through the use of a Continuing Resolution (CR). The so-called Farmer Assurance
Provision strips federal courts of the authority to halt the sale and planting
of potentially hazardous genetically engineered crops even while USDA is
performing an environmental impact statement. It completely overrides judicial
safeguards that protect both farmers and the public.
The emergency funding period (and with it, this provision)
ends September 30, but since the government has been unable to pass a
full-scale appropriations bill, Congress will try to extend the CR before total
government shutdown. The provision’s language has already appeared in the House
Appropriations CR that was nearly voted upon last week, but because it’s so
controversial and Congress is afraid of citizen backlash, that bill still
sitting in the House—waiting for the right opportunity to be pushed through.
Tell Congress to oppose the Monsanto Protection Act, no
matter what bill it’s in! Warn them that if they don’t, they’ll have a media
and grassroots firestorm on their hands once again.
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Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]