July 6, 2016 - Issue: Vol. 162, No. 108 — Daily Edition114th Congress (2015 - 2016) - 2nd Session
GMO BILL; Congressional Record Vol. 162, No. 108
(Senate - July 06, 2016)
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[Pages S4799-S4800] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] GMO BILL Mr. REID. Mr. President, the Senate is about to hold a cloture vote on GMOs. This legislation--I personally need the conversations that are going to take place if cloture is not invoked on this matter. I will be voting no on cloture for that reason. I think it is wrong, and all I have to do is parrot what my friend the Republican leader said numerous times a year and a half ago and many years before that. He said that it is not fair to get on an important piece of legislation and not have an opportunity to offer amendments. That is true, but in addition to that, my friend the Republican leader said that we were going to have a new sheriff in town. He was going to make sure any matter that came before this body had a full hearing in our committees. On GMOs, that is not the case. Certainly there have been none on this bill. In addition to that, we should have an amendment process. My friend the Republican leader said there would be a robust amendment process when he took over. If this is robust, it is a sad day in the world. This is wrong. It is unacceptable to push through this important legislation with no debate, no amendments, and without a hearing in the committee. We owe it as a body for the American people to give this legislation proper consideration. Democrats and Republicans alike should be concerned about this. We must not stand for the Republican leader jamming this bill through the Senate, and that is [[Page S4800]] what is happening. I listened and I need to listen to the debate on this legislation, and other Senators feel the same way. Members need to state their opinions and offer amendments. The Republican leader repeatedly promised--I repeat, repeatedly promised--regular order and an open amendment process. I can't get away from the fact that he promised a robust committee process. He trumpeted the importance of committees. Once again he has failed to live up to the promise of what he would do. I assume he is not living up to his own standards. I am going to vote no on cloture, and I encourage my colleagues to do the same. I invite my Republican colleagues to do the same. That is what they asked us to do, and I am asking them to do that. It is simply too important to just push this through. Senator McConnell should respect his colleagues, Democrats and Republicans, and the importance of this legislation by allowing regular order to take place. Until that happens, I will oppose cloture on this measure. ____________________