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Top Senator Apologizes for Monsanto Protection Act

Anthony Gucciardi
April 2nd, 2013
Updated 05/08/2014 at 11:53 am
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senatorMikulskimonsantoprotectionact 263x164 Top Senator Apologizes for Monsanto Protection ActSenator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland has released a public statement apologizing to the public for the passing of the Monsanto Protection Act, stating that the legislation was buried deep within a government spending bill that was required to ‘prevent a government shutdown’.

Mikulski is the Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman, one who was ultimately responsible for passing the bill that contained the notorious Monsanto Protection Act — a legislative ‘rider’ that grants biotech juggernaut Monsanto immunity from federal courts when it comes to their GMO crops. Although ‘written’ by Senator Roy Blunt, who actually gave Monsanto the ability to write their own Monsanto Protection Act and has received over $60,000 from Monsanto, Mikulski has taken serious flak for the passing of the rider.

A rider that Monsanto thought they could slip through the Senate without much of a fight, only to find that the alternative news has made it a mainstream media topic by force (despite GMO lovers saying that it never even happened).

Massive Activism Leads to Apologies

In a release from Senator Mikulski’s office, Mikulski states that she actually sides with frustrated activists who are against the Monsanto Protection Act and had no other choice but to pass the spending bill to prevent ‘government shutdown’. And she’s not the only one. Senator Tester reportedly told Politico that the rider serves no one but major biotech corporations, and many others have begun to speak out following the outcry.

The Mikulski office press release written by a staffer and summarizing the stance of Mikulski, reads:

“She didn’t put the language in the bill and doesn’t support it either.  As Chairwoman of the Appropriations Committee, Senator Mikulski’s first responsibility was to prevent a government shutdown. That meant she had to compromise on many of her own priorities to get a bill through the Senate that the House would pass. She will continue to fight for a regular and timely Appropriations process and other valuable priorities, including food safety.”

Now the question is whether or not she is being sincere or simply performing PR damage control following the fact that the public is finding out about the severity if the issue.  Instead of arguing the reality behind the politics of the bill and whether or not it would lead to ‘government shutdown’ as she says, let’s look at her fruits regarding the GMO issue. First of all, my question is why did she not say anything before the issue got super hot in the media? Why did she not warn her citizens and the US at large about what was happening before she was a target?

Admittedly, and as her release states, she has supported the labeling of genetically modified fish — something that the FDA should do anyway without political pressure (but they won’t) through legislation. But what about the fight against Monsanto’s immunity? The reality is that multiple Senators are now being forced to answer for their actions thanks to serious outrage from the public and readers like you that genuinely just want to eat real food and prevent destructive corporations like Monsanto from receiving immunity against the law.

Even if some of the Senators are just covering their rear ends, the fact is that we do have a voice and we are forcing those responsible for passing corrupt legislation accountable.

About Anthony Gucciardi:
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  • Michael Carpenter


  • blackbird63

    Where on earth did they get the impression that the government could or would ever be shut down? Were they brain washed? But I think these two Senators were brave to speak out and I hope they will do their best and succeed to get the act reversed. Senator Roy Blunt should be put in prison for treason and all of his assetts should be siezed, liquidated, and given to the Social Security fund.

  • Gordon Wilson

    Sorry does not cut it. Actions speak louder than words. They could make good on this if they really wanted to.

  • Terry Black

    Stick your apology up your butt!

    If there is ever anything I can do to to avert gratification to your life! I will do it at every opportunity!

    I curse the very ground you walk on!

  • Janean

    I am so sick of the whole lot of them… Democrat or republican.. doesn't make any difference. If anyone thinks our elected leaders are working for our best interest I have a bridge I can sell them!

  • Abe

    Well lets see now. She was a "Community Organizer" before she went to DC. Has anyone seen a community organizer that told the truth??

  • juliaw1955

    I have just sent Roy Blunt a very scathing letter telling him to resign! I'm sick of all these congressmen and our gutless president! It's time to clean house! WE THE PEOPLE DESERVE TO LIVE WITH FREEDOM, LIBERTY, AND UNPOLLUTED AIR, WATER, SOIL, AND FOOD!!!! Where's my pitch fork?

    • Ann

      I totally agree with you. All politicians should be sent the same letter.

  • yankee phil

    Every new law or anti-law as is this situation that is contrary to the public welfare is said to be enacted to save the govn't from shutdown,like when they gave the super rich another trillion dollars back in 2009 so they could keep stealing. When will you americans get rid of your 2 party dictatorship and grow into a real multiparty democracy where you can get rid of these nazi's you have in the senate and congress. Forcing your children to eat and inject poisen that shortens their life expectancy is treason and protecting those that do it is collaborating with the enemy……act accordingly when dealing with the problem

  • Anthony

    Yes, the Senate had a choice.
    They could easily have sent the bill back to Obama and told him to shove it.
    Does giving Monsanto free reign necessary for the Government to pay its accounts?

  • AMS, Canada

    All the Americans need to show the Government what each of you can do with your wallet. Grow your own, buy fresh, eat right, avoid fast food places, take care of your health and exercise. Right now Monsanto needs to get out of the many countries where they have a presence, they are obviously buying out these government bodies with bribes. Eventually is their idea to get rid of humanity? Then if you get sick with the gm foods, the pharmaceutical companies are just around the corner, they have made so many concoctions that none of them are without side effects and mostly they do not work. Prior to that you have to go see the physician who is fed by the Big Pharma and then guess what, the insurance company has a stake in it, they are all in a bad marriage. ALL YOU CAN DO IS TAKE YOUR HEALTH IN YOUR HANDS. Contribute to save our bones website, Vivian has done amazing work and she lives in Florida. Of course subscribe to Natural Society and become a member of Avaaz, has at least 20 million followers and we can have a voice to make a difference. Can you count on YOU to BE THE CHANGE YOU WISH TO SEE IN THE WORLD? Quote by Mahatma Gandhi.

    • Ann

      Easier said than done. It is very difficult for a lot of people to grow their own foods and actually send a message with your wallet. Grocery stores are flooded with more GMO's than anything else. Organic foods are few and very expensive because GMO's are less costly to grow. They can grown GMO foods abundantly, especially when they are sprayed with pesticides, herbicides, etc.
      There HAS to be a Better way of STOPPING Monsanto and FORCING Governments to listen to their citizens and do what is in the BEST INTERESTS of the people who voted them in office and not do what GREEDY CORPORATIONS, PHARMACEUDICALS etc. are telling them to do.
      When the citizens of this country don't have their Health, they have NOTHING and this government is contributing to the poor health of its citizens and KILLING them!

  • Jacqueline

    We need a bill IMMEDIATELY that prohibits the insertion of other bills within a bill. This is deception and misrepresentation and the public must demand that this entire bill be thrown out by means of deceiving the people….This is a dereliction of oath of office…..Washington BS in its entirety needs to be replaced. BTW, we need a bill that demands that the House and the Senate read the bill before signing it especially when it was never written beforehand. They voted for a blank piece of paper… smart is that? Dummies, your day in the sun is over….it is raining on your parade!

  • Wrusssr

    Senator, your actions speak so loudly I can't hear what you're saying. You, and the others like you there who say "…oh, I guess we'll just have to pass this 3,000 word bill to find out what's in it. . ." — Obamacare, Patriot Act, Food Safety Bill, TAARP come to mind– all legislation containing anti-Constitutional, rights-destroying mandates that rest your (and those like you) elected shoulders. America knows your august body doesn't write those bills. They'e handed to you, you're told to vote for them, and you keep right on depositing your checks. You think the America people are gullible enough to buy halfa_ _ed excuses like this? You're a neophyte when it comes to excuses. Take some lessons from the masters up there and try again. Oh, and by the way, did you know "they" called California's close yes-no GMO vote on Prop 37 with 3.5 million vote returns uncounted? Well, nothing more to see here I guess. Time to move along now chillern. Don't you worry your pretty little heads none about a little old mistake now and then. You know we got your interests at heart up here Washington. Pigs fly, too.

  • visgoth

    She knew which side her bread was buttered with.

  • ojr

    it's a VIOLATION OF THE CONSTITUTION which states all courts shall be open and provide equal protection of law.the a person and must be treated equally therefore it cannot have immunity to violation of the constitution It must be taken to the supreme court

  • listens

    Hey, senators that are so very, very sorry – simple solution – pass another bill canceling the Monsanto portion of the rider on the appropriations bill – now isn't that easy! Show you're upset about the rider or whatever it was and – now veto it with the full senate's and house cooperation.

    Nahh, that's too difficult and it isn't THAT bad, is it?

  • Beth


  • Light Worx

    If you want to know what money can do in this country, watch this:…. It is absolutely INSANE!

  • Wendy Crandall

    Monsanto is powerful. The one sure way to stop them is to stop buying their products.

  • Daniel Beck

    Proof that Obama isn’t one of us. He’s not an American folks, look at all the proof and start with the first lie……he doesn’t have a f’n birth certificate!!!! I can’t even get a lobots job without one, how is this freak of nature the f’n president!!!

  • P****D OFF

    The Monsanto Protection Act is a disgraceful, deliberate passing of a piece of legislation to harm the people and protect big agro on the part of the senators who are all bought off. Every citizen should call their representatives and congressmen and express the outrage that every citizen feels. How dare they do the populace dirty! And how many other pieces of legislation have been passed on the tailends of bills that had nothing to do with the major topic being passed at hand. Many from what I have read! How about the one that says that it's illegal to have more than 3 days worth of food in your home or the one that says that it's illegal to grow your own organic vegetable garden in your yard! Can you imagine that this S**T has actually been passed as law?!?! What the hell is going on?!?! HAVE THEY ALL LOST THEIR MINDS?!?!?! I'm so glad that it's made mainstream media. Saw it on Jon Stewart last nite as well as the new stations!

  • suss

    well look at her; she’s a bloated pig she probably eats nothing but gmo and you know the saying, whats good or the goose is good for the gander. Yeh they are all corrupt through and through and w/ electronic voting they can win w/ or w/out your votes!!!! Its all for show people- and if enough people started growing their own food and stopped buying corporate food they would start enforcing the S510 food bill and come after our gardens- just watch they are going to make damn sure you eat your gmo’s!!!!

  • JGP

    Obama is as two faced politician as they come. He promised to order labeling of GMO's if he got elected.Didn't do it. He orders his family to be fed organically from the White House lawn garden which we are paying for and now he gives immunity to a company who pays off the politicians. The same company who has given the world everything from agent orange, roundup and now a multitude of genetic food products and future agriculture problems. He has thousands of signatures (one from me) asking him to take the Monsanto protection bill out and he signs it instead. I hope everyone now see how two faced he has become and does not care about our health one iota. I personally will never let this issue rest until I die from their high tech food blunders .

  • Amigo

    I cant believe you are giving this self serving BS positive publicity! Mulkaski knew full well the rider was in there long before the vote last week. She was on the ag committee when it was introduced last summer, and she is the Chair of the committee now, and could have opened a hearing on it at nearly ANY time! This is CYA politics at its finest! Notice she doesn't ever mention that she will do something about it now, like get it nullified, or kill it when it gets another vote at the end of the fiscal year. And her BS statement about voting for the GMO fish labeling is so transparent its laughable. It was a VOICE vote, who can tell if she really did vote for it ? It is NON BINDING, and it is almost certain to get killed in the House. Its easy talking green, if you know the outcome makes you look good. Mulkaski is just as guilty as Blunt or Obama.

  • Sandy

    NO MORE GIVING THEMSELVES RAISES EVERY DANG YEAR — SHOULDN'T "WE" DETERMINE "IF" THEY GET ONE OR NOT? We can't give ourselves raises in OUR jobs, even if we deserve it – why should THEY? When did it become only THEIR GOVERNMENT AND COUNTRY TO RUN. Maybe because WE THE PEOPLE let them, bought into their lies, empty promises and BS, NONE of this vote party garbage either, they ALL LIE, no side is any better or worse than the other, come on people, you can't be that ignorant any more? Next election don't even bother listening to all that BS – JUST GO TO THE POLLS and VOTE for anyone BUT the Incumbents and see IF the next one takes notice. START NOW – bumper stickers on every car – NO VOTES FOR INCUMBENTS. Signs and pickets everywhere – NO VOTE FOR INCUMBENTS!!!

  • Sandra Hill-Diggles

    WE THE PEOPLE have to take a stand — from now on NO incumbent running for another term gets our vote – NO MORE career politicians – they all lie and cover their butts and line their pockets at our expense – why should they listen to a public that just keeps voting them in year after year, no matter how bad they screw up???? NO INCUMBENTS gets our vote any more TIL we get one in THAT ACTUALLY HEARS, LISTENS AND DOES what the people WANT, over what big corporations and they think or get extra money for — my gosh don't they make enough off us as it is. Give themselves a raise EVERY YEAR NO MATTER WHAT – THIS INSANITY HAS TO STOP – WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING . It's very easy – no thinking involved — just vote for ANYONE ELSE except THE INCUMBENT WHO IS RUNNING AGAIN – PERIOD.

  • Ann

    REPEAL THIS BILL NOW.!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kathi

    I remember a saying from my youth: "It's always easier to apologize than ask permission." Sorry, I'm not buying it.

  • Laura

    Simply stop buying their artificial crap and start eating real food. You can grow lettuce on your windowsill, plant fruit trees, trade with neighbors, in the summer go to farmers markets and ask them how they grow their food, whatever you have to do. We have become too dependent on easy solutions for food prep. Use the crock pot to simplify. You just give them your power when you feel dependent on the s*** they pass as food. We can stop them in a heartbeat if we quit purchasing non organic fake-o food. We have that power, let’s use it

    • Patti Jo Edwards

      And stop buying and using RoundUp. White distilled vinegar can be found in the salad dressing isle at your grocery store and is very effective on weeds.

  • D. Smith

    Sounds familiar. The old "you have to pass it to see what's in it" routine that we all got from Pelosi about the Obamacare Act (it's an act, all right). That seems to be the common MO on the hill these days.

    If the politicos aren't allowed enough time to read these bills and to know what they're passing, they shouldn't be passing them. END OF STORY. Is that not what we PAY them to do?? They are supposed to protect citizen interests, not make some lameass apology after the fact. They have absolutely no clue what they're doing (and citizens know even less about what they're doing or how they're spending our tax money); one of these times they're going to pass a bill which says they will lose their jobs at midnight on May 1st and get no pensions and lifetime perks either. Wouldn't that be a shot in the rearend? Maybe if more of *our leaders* thought they might actually pass a bill including something like that, they'd be more insistent about having the time it takes to read these things. You don't pass them first and THEN read them.

    Only in america.

  • Mac

    No place in this writing has the real information/text been quoted, linked to. I see a few links that point to several other outlets like FOX, Huffpost, Tell us where to find biotech, let alone Monsanto is named ,pointed to, in the legislation. To remain valid for me to read get better at this.
    Exactly how are the, we, spoken of, going to hold them accountable? There is only one way to hold anyone accountable, that is to look in the mirror and ask the reflection, Do you know "who" you get your food from?

    • ewcollins

      Here is the text of Section 735 of H.R. 933. I am not sure what it really means.

      In the event that a determination of non-regulated status made pursuant to section 411 of the Plant Protection Act H. R. 933—35 is or has been invalidated or vacated, the Secretary of Agriculture shall, notwithstanding any other provision of law, upon request by a farmer, grower, farm operator, or producer, immediately grant temporary permit(s) or temporary deregulation in part, subject to necessary and appropriate conditions consistent with section 411(a) or 412(c) of the Plant Protection Act, which interim conditions shall authorize the movement, introduction, continued cultivation, commercialization and other specifically enumerated activities and requirements, . . .

      • ewcollins

        . . . including measures designed to mitigate or minimize potential adverse environmental effects, if any, relevant to the Secretary’s evaluation of the petition for non-regulated status, while ensuring that growers or other users are able to move, plant, cultivate, introduce into commerce and carry out other authorized activities in a timely manner: Provided, That all such conditions shall be applicable only for the interim period necessary for the Secretary to complete any required analyses or consultations related to the petition for non-regulated status: Provided further, That nothing in this section shall be construed as limiting the Secretary’s authority under section 411, 412 and 414 of the Plant Protection Act.

  • The John Doe Society

    Overthrowing Karl Rove's Citizens United would be a good start. In our plutocracy of a government, the rich have no idea about how the rest of us have to live. It is proven over and over again that "they" are as corrupt as they come…all of them. With millions of untraceable corporate dollars pouring into the pockets of the govt. officials, why would they want to change? They vote themselves automatic pay raises while the rest of us have to live on whatever we can eek out a living, with no help from "them", they allow big oil to destroy our gulf and pristine waters, they allow big corporations, who have bought them, run amuck with their destruction with no accountability, they "work" about half of the time…Many "recesses" in which they supposedly go back to their home states to hear from the constituents, but there seems to be a disconnect…oh, right…it's their Ivory Towers that allow them to look down upon us Peons with distain. ALL of them should go! Term limits and line item veto would help…that is if they actually READ them! Disgraceful!

  • Joe6Pack

    Fraudulent! She knew what she was doing. And what's more important? The health of the nation or propping up a joke of a government? She was covering her hind end the entire time. And to believe the government would actually shut down is a statement of ignorance.

  • Eyes wide open

    What BS. You people in gov need to stop with the lies. They are as transparent as Saran Wrap. Bs, you're sorry..if you were, you'd say how YOU were going to fix it. This crap won't be covered or forgotten. I want to know who else signed this. There will be hell to pay. WE THE PEOPLE must take a stand, give of your time and together WE can stop this.
    Stop believing all the separatist BS the gov just wants to pit us against each other, together they don't have a chance against us. Pointing the finger of blame at one targeted group after another…wise up to their game. What WE have is EACH OTHER no hate- that is their game. We must be for each other, regardless! Lets get strong, join together and get the government WE WANT! WE THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE

  • John Galt

    Typical PR move for a politician! You can't trust what they say, you have to look at how they vote. They smile to our faces, while knifing us in our backs.

    Hey, forget about Big Agra trying to control the food supply, let's not let our corrupt government shutdown. Yeah, let's make sure all the criminal politicians get their paychecks and more pension funds.


  • fangolio

    The real story is: why did Monsanto want this protection? What are they worried about? I'm willing to bet that whatever it is, the problem is already out there.

  • Topweedseeds

    The horrible fat c**t shouldnt have signed it in the first place

  • iowa pam

    I sent her a nasty email telling her how she had betrayed the American people. Seems she may have heard from a few thousand others that felt the same way…

  • Rose

    They don't read the freakin bills before they sign them!!! This is just back peddling nd I have lost complete trust and confidence in Pres Obama. Is he going to be feeding his children GMO's – I don't think so!!

  • Kiras Carrot

    Similarly, Obama needs to be called out for his abject failure- if not downright betrayal- of the American public. He knew exactly what he was doing. Will never extend him the courtesy of trust ever again, and none of us should.

  • Twila Pritchett

    She needs to resign and I mean now, and The president is no better! This is coming from a Democrat. I am so upset with this group of ignorant a**'* Everyone in Washington needs to be ran out of office, not just the republicans but the democrats too!
    Sick of the whole lot! They are all paid off by Monsanto ! Karma is coming!

    • Joanne

      Monsanto is a chemical company. The government and the corporations (follow the money syndrome) are contaminating this planet. I see meat, veg. & fruit (organic) from Agent Orange Mexico. What is that all about?Mother nature in time will have to balance. God Bless this planet!!!

    • GenEarly

      Am I seeing a Liberal-Conservative Coalition forming? A Freedom Coalition! DC Pols use divide & conquer to keep the sheeples fighting while they steal the country. Corporations like GE and Monsanto aren't conservative, and All Powerful Nanny Government is not healthy.

  • Coni

    Just imagine what else slipped by……. It really shouldnt be a big deal to have things, at the very least labeled GMO….. I believe this could be the problem with so many Autistic children today…… shame! ….. as American, we should have the right to know what we are buying and eating……

  • bob

    Know how you can apologize???? REPEAL IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Aquifer

      Exactly! All the folks that wrote her should make it clear they will not “accept” her apology until she shepherds a repeal bill through ..

  • artramp

    Who Wrote the Monsanto AG Rider?

  • beth

    IF it was a baby wipe moment, IF it was a big ole' oopsie…then they have a collective responsibility toi simply make it right and piss off on the excuses and apologies! FIX WHAT YOU BROKE AND SPARE ME THE BS!

    • polidiotic

      If it was a "mistake," it just proves that these idiots don't read the bills they vote on. Get 'em all out. We need new blood. I know I'm not the only one sick of this broken Republic.

  • Kathy D.

    Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland – you must work to undo your mistake and make an all out effort to improve the quality of the food in this nation. NO EXCUSES!

    • Li Worx

      She has been paid by Monstanto. What do you expect her to do? Give back the $? She is corrupt like any other politician. They don't care about you or your family. They care about themselves! No one else.

  • Lucke

    That piece doesn't make people have more appreciation to the monsanto GMOs…

  • Izzy

    Everyone in SW Missouri pay attention who wrote this bill.
    Yes our own Roy Blunt. What a bought and paid for fool.
    We need to vote them all out………………

  • BOKinLarksville

    I am so sick of politicians and corporations!!!!

    • geoffreyfranklin

      Dont worry Bo, we will all be dead soon from the chemtrails.

  • Corkie

    What a joke, she needs to resign her office for such a failure to uphold the will of the people over the fools in washington who take to such legislative blackmail that they have to tie their CRAP legislation to other bills to FORCE them thru. Anyone who is caught aiding corporations by such measures should be FORCED to IMMEDIATELY resign their positions. PERIOD. That is the only "I'm sorry" WE the PEOPLE should accept. Get the hell out of the role that let you screw your own national populace for the 30 pieces of silver monsanto paid you…

  • Raven

    What a pile of GMO. So the new congressional modus operandi is to pass a dog of a bill and then apologize? As if this fixes everything. These corrupt senators are being watched by the alternative media because the mainstream media lap dogs refuse to their jobs, and they're getting caught in their double dealing dirty tricks. Good, but we're stuck with this bill. If she really to fix it, she'd amend the bill. Yeh sure, and Frankenpigs can fly.

    • cpmt

      the only revenge is NOT TO VOTE FOR THEM AGAIN….

  • Bob Dunn

    This is total BS, Senator Mikulski was fully aware about Monsanto Protection Act, and now she is covering her BUTT because of it, so please do not give public apolgy, she is part of the system.

    • Joanne

      Senator Mikulski is probably considered part of the Lizard family in the government. Monsanto is a chemical company not a food industry. God Bless the american people and this planet

    • cpmt

      Agree 100%+ with you THAT ALL OF THEM knew and tried to passed thinking we wouldn;t find out WELL I DON'T WANT GMO'S in my food and I have the right as many other Americans to know and not to buy GMO's foods . when there is a plague of cancers in American population in the last 10 – 15 years. SHAME OF ALL OF THEM.

    • GenEarly

      Exactly Washington 2step. Demoncats control the US Senate, No Budget for 3 years, and now Dims are "fearful" of Repub shutdown? When minority Repubs sponsored the amendment? BS!!!! A pox on both parties, in Reality only 1 party Rule.

    • jpal

      Agree. All the statement says is she understands the anger and then goes on to make excuses – it was already there when she took her role, she had to do it to keep government running. She doesn't directly state that she was against it and takes no responsibility for allowing to pass. No pass.