Today's news from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.):
Senate Votes No on Food Labeling: The Senate on Thursday rejected an amendment from Sen. Bernie Sanders that would have allowed states to require labeling of genetically modified foods. “People are concerned about the quality of the food they are ingesting and giving their kids,” Sanders said. Sanders promised to continue pushing for states’ rights to GMO labeling, reported The Associated Press.
Sanders Not Giving Up: Vermont could become the first state to mandate GMO labeling and become a test case for anyone in the bio-technology or food industries who wishes to challenge such a law by claiming that food labeling must be left to federal regulators. “Without federal protection for the states, such legal challenges are pretty much guaranteed from an industry with very deep pockets … Fortunately, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders … is not giving up,” the Brattleboro Reformer said in an editorial.
VA Claims Backlog: With Memorial Day a few days away, Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Sanders talked about key issues facing veterans during an interview to be broadcast Sunday on C-Span. He credited VA Secretary Eric’s Shinseki for setting “a very ambitious goal” to eliminate a “completely unacceptable” disability claims backlog. Sanders has introduced legislation that would require quarterly progress reports. Sanders praised President Barack Obama’s commitment to veterans but agreed with House counterparts who this week urged the White House to become more involved in resolving the claims backlog.
Older Americans Act: Updates introduced this week to the Older Americans Act would improve the funding potential for senior care services across the nation. Amendments to the existing legislation, reintroduced by Sen. Sanders, would help support initiatives allowing older Americans to age in their homes and their communities, Senior Housing News reported.
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