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House Passes GMO Legislation. 275 to 150. Battle Goes to the Senate.

The food industry's campaign to stop states from requiring labels on genetically engineered products faces an uncertain future in the Senate following a landmark, bipartisan victory in the House.
With support from 45 Democrats, the House voted 275-150 on Thursday to approve the  Safe and Affordable Food Labeling Act (HR 1599), which in addition to preempting state GMO labeling requirements would set up a process for labeling foods as non-biotech. Twelve Republicans opposed the bill.
“We managed to get nearly every Republican and a significant number of Democrats. It puts us on pretty good footing to go over to the Senate,” said Kansas GOP Rep. Mike Pompeo, who introduced the bill and managed it on the House floor.
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