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Monsanto Protection Act Up For Renewal

Dear Editor,

The Monsanto Protection Act is another example of how our legislators have been bought by big money special interests. The act protects Monsanto and other biotech corporations from legal action even in our federal courts.

The biotech giants got this immunity because friendly legislators slipped the act into a Senate energy spending bill as a rider. Because the energy bill was critical to the country’s continued operations, Senators felt compelled to vote for it.

The original spending bill is due to expire soon. Once again Republican politicians are pushing to renew The Monsanto Protection Act. Once again, Republican politicians are willing to put the interests of their campaign contributors ahead of the interests of the American people. The following item appeared in the Huffington Post:

“House Republicans will include an extension of the so-called Monsanto Protection Act in the spending bill designed to avert a government shutdown, according to text of the legislation released Wednesday by House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.). The Monsanto measure was originally enacted into law in March by being slipped into the previous spending resolution, which is now set to expire.”

If you believe, as I do, that no business should be immune from the laws that protect us, and that no business entity should have more power than our federal government and our courts, call your representative, Tom McClintock, Toll Free at 1-877-210-5351 or 1-877-762-8762 or write him at 434 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515 and tell him to vote no on the Continuing Resolution, H.J.RES.59, unless the anti-American insertion, the “Monsanto Protection Act”, is removed. Then follow up to see if he voted for the people or Monsanto.

The solution to this kind of rampant corruption is Publicly Financed Campaigns: The voters have the power; not the politicians, not the corporations.

Lowell Young,

Mariposa, CA

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