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October 31, 2000

Action Alert

Tell Congress to Support Biotech Labeling Bill and GE-Food Safety Testing Bill

This is a coordinated national effort with other groups.

Two good bills. Both are still in committee. The sponsors won't bring these bills to the floor for a vote until more legislators become cosponsors. That's your job. Check the lists of cosponsors below. If your legislators are not on the list, call your representative and senators at 202/224-3121, and tell them to cosponsor the following bills:

  • The Genetically Engineered Food Right to Know Act

    In the Senate, this is called "S. 2080" (Sponsor: Senator Boxer of California). It has no cosponsors in the Senate.

    In the House, this is called "H.R. 3377" (Sponsor: Rep. Kucinich of Ohio). It has 56 cosponsors in the House (see below)

This bill would require biotech food to be labeled for consumers.


  • The Genetically Engineered Food Safety Act

    In the Senate, this is called "S. 2315" (Sponsor: Sen. Moynihan of New York. He is retiring, so probably co-sponsor Sen. Boxer will take over)

    In this House, this is called "H.R. 3883" (Sponsor: Rep. Kucinich of Ohio). It has 12 cosponsors in the House (see below).

This bill would require novel genes to be treated as food additives, with compulsory safety testing.

Please take a few minutes before Election Day to phone your representative and two senators (at 202/224-3121) and ask them to support the two bills that are in the House or the Senate. We don't yet know what position many of the legislators will take. If you find out about any of them, please let Genetic Engineering Action Network know: Contact Andy Zimmerman, turtle@westnet.com


HR 3377 "The Genetically Engineered Food Right to Know Act": To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, the Federal Meat Inspection Act, and the Poultry Products Inspection Act to require that food that contains a genetically engineered material, or that is produced with a genetically engineered material, be labeled accordingly. Currently it is in both the Agriculture and Commerce Committees.
Sponsored by Rep. Kucinich

Co-sponsors of HR 3377, with the date they signed on:

Rep Andrews, Robert E. - 3/28/2000
Rep Baldacci, John Elias - 10/10/2000
Rep Barrett, Thomas M. - 2/1/2000
Rep Bonior, David E. - 11/16/1999
Rep Brown, Sherrod - 11/16/1999
Rep Carson, Julia - 3/28/2000
Rep Clay, William (Bill) - 2/1/2000
Rep Conyers, John, Jr. - 2/1/2000
Rep DeFazio, Peter A. - 11/16/1999
Rep Delahunt, William D. - 2/1/2000
Rep Doyle, Michael F. - 11/16/1999
Rep Faleomavaega, Eni F. H. - 2/15/2000
Rep Gejdenson, Sam - 10/6/2000
Rep Gutierrez, Luis V. - 2/1/2000
Rep Hinchey, Maurice D. - 11/16/1999
Rep Inslee, Jay - 7/24/2000
Rep Jones, Stephanie Tubbs - 4/12/2000
Rep Kildee, Dale E. - 3/1/2000
Rep Kilpatrick, Carolyn C. - 2/1/2000
Rep Kleczka, Gerald D. - 2/1/2000
Rep Lantos, Tom - 3/16/2000
Rep LaTourette, Steve C. - 2/1/2000
Rep Lee, Barbara - 11/16/1999
Rep Lewis, John - 2/1/2000
Rep Lipinski, William O. - 11/16/1999
Rep Maloney, Carolyn B. - 11/18/1999
Rep Markey, Edward J. - 2/1/2000
Rep Martinez, Matthew G. - 11/16/1999
Rep McDermott, Jim - 11/16/1999
Rep McGovern, James P. - 2/1/2000
Rep McKinney, Cynthia A. - 2/1/2000
Rep Metcalf, Jack - 11/16/1999
Rep Miller, George - 2/1/2000
Rep Mink, Patsy T. - 11/16/1999
Rep Moakley, John Joseph - 2/1/2000
Rep Nadler, Jerrold - 2/1/2000
Rep Neal, Richard E. - 3/1/2000
Rep Norton, Eleanor Holmes - 11/16/1999
Rep Olver, John W. - 2/1/2000
Rep Owens, Major R. - 2/1/2000
Rep Pallone, Frank, Jr. - 2/1/2000
Rep Payne, Donald M. - 6/23/2000
Rep Pelosi, Nancy - 5/11/2000
Rep Rangel, Charles B. - 2/15/2000
Rep Rivers, Lynn N. - 11/18/1999
Rep Sanders, Bernard - 11/16/1999
Rep Schakowsky, Janice D. - 11/16/1999
Rep Sherman, Brad - 2/15/2000
Rep Smith, Christopher H. - 11/16/1999
Rep Stark, Fortney Pete - 11/16/1999
Rep Udall, Mark - 2/1/2000
Rep Udall, Tom - 3/1/2000
Rep Velazquez, Nydia M. - 6/23/2000
Rep Waters, Maxine - 11/16/1999
Rep Weiner, Anthony D. - 2/15/2000
Rep Woolsey, Lynn C. - 11/16/1999
Rep Wu, David - 5/11/2000
Rep Wynn, Albert Russell - 2/1/2000



HR 3883 The Genetically Engineered Food Safety Act: To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to the safety of genetically engineered foods. Currently, it is in the House Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Health and Environment
Sponsored by Rep. Kucinich


COSPONSORS, with the date they signed on
Rep Bonior, David E. - 3/28/2000
Rep Carson, Julia - 5/11/2000
Rep Conyers, John, Jr. - 3/9/2000
Rep DeFazio, Peter A. - 3/16/2000
Rep Hinchey, Maurice D. - 3/9/2000
Rep Lee, Barbara - 3/9/2000
Rep Metcalf, Jack - 3/9/2000
Rep Owens, Major R. - 3/16/2000
Rep Sanders, Bernard - 3/9/2000
Rep Udall, Mark - 4/12/2000
Rep Waters, Maxine - 6/23/2000
Rep Woolsey, Lynn C. - 3/9/2000

S. 2315 (Moynihan) has 2 cosponsors, Sen Boxer, Barbara - 3/29/2000
Sen Reid, Harry M. - 3/29/2000


The text of the bills, and up-to-date information about the bills' status, including the legislators who have signed on to them, is at the congressional web site, http://thomas.loc.gov. Search on the bill number, including "S" or "HR"

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