CD137: Story of the 114th Congress

CD137: Story of the 114th Congress

Oct 31, 2016

The 2016 Election is finally here; in this episode, we take a look at the job performance of our 114th Congress.

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Vote on Trade Promotion Authority (Fast Track)

H.R. 2146: Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act (The final version of fast track)

Bill Highlighted in This Episode

S. 764: A bill to reauthorize and amend the National Sea Grant College Program Act and for other purposes (The GMO labeling law)

The real title should be “National bioengineered food disclosure standard” but S. 764 (about the college program) was used as a vehicle to get the GMO labeling bill into law.


  • Bioengineering
    • Food that “has been modified through…(DNA) techniques” using a modification that “could not otherwise be obtained through conventional breeding or found in nature”.
  • Food
    • Food intended for human consumption

Establishment of a Labeling Standard

  • By July 29, 2018, the Secretary of Agriculture has to establish a “national mandatory bioengineered food disclosure standard”
  • Animals fed bioengineered foods will not be labeled as bioengineered themselves
  • Regulations will determine how much of a bioengineered substance needs to be present for the food itself to be considering bioengineered
  • The labels can be text, symbol, or electronic or digital link; the manufacturers get to pick
    • If they choose the electronic or digital link, the bioengineering information must appear on the first page presented and without advertisements.
    • The link can not “collect, analyze, or sell any personally identifiable information about consumers or the devices of consumers”
  • Foods served in restaurants and “very small food manufacturers” are excluded from the regulations
    • “Very small” is not defined.
  • States are prohibited from enacting their own bioengineering labeling laws.

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