As a House-backed bill to prevent states from issuing mandatory labeling laws for genetically modified foods could be headed to the Senate soon.
Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) is looking for a Democratic co-sponsor of the companion legislation to the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, which was introduced in the House by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.).
Opponents of the bill suggest finding a Democratic sponsor will take considerable time. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) has been one critic of the bill.
“If they undo these reasonable state regulations to protect conventional and organic crops, they could really screw up the agriculture export industry in America, so I would hope the Senate isn’t as stupid as the people in the House who wrote the bill,” DeFazio is quoted as saying by The Hill.
The earliest the Agriculture Committee could look at the bill would be in October because it will be tied up with the visit from Pope Francis this week and Congress working to avoid a government shutdown at the end of September.