The Takeaway: How an Anonymous Rider Functionally Deregulated GMOs

Last week, Congress and the president managed to avoid a government shutdown with a continuing resolution that funds the federal government for the next six months.

Unbeknownst to most lawmakers, a last-minute rider, nicknamed the “Monsanto Protection Act,” found its way, anonymously, into the continuing resolution before President Obama signed it last Tuesday.

Senator Jon Tester, Democrat from Montana, was outraged. “These provisions are giveaways worth millions of dollars to a handful of the biggest corporations in this country and deserve no place in this bill,” he said.