Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois
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Rush Votes NO on H.R. 1599: Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015

Jul 23, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) voted NO, today, on H.R. 1599, the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015”. Rush explained his vote by saying:

“Recently, I led a discussion with industry experts on food labeling. I was convinced then and I am convinced now that genetically modified foods — often known as GMOs — should be properly labeled.

“According to a recent poll, 93 percent of Americans agree that they have the right to know what is in their foods. Many of these people are my constituents and they have made it clear that they want to know what they are eating.

“Consumers in 64 countries around the world have the right to know what is in their foods. Why should American consumers be treated any differently? Every single American should have the right and the opportunity to make an informed decision about what they choose to purchase.

“Many proponents of this bill argued the need for a uniform national standard. I agree with them. This bill, however, is not the only way to reach that standard. That is why I am proud to support H.R. 913, the “Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act” and urge my colleagues to look at the options it presents.

“Simply put, if the clothes we wear are required to list their contents then why not our food?”

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