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Senate Democrats block GMO labeling bill, say it's bad for consumers

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Democratic lawmakers voted to prevent the Senate from moving forward with legislation to establish voluntary labeling rules for foods with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.

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The Senate voted 48 to 49 in favor of a procedural motion to advance the bill, falling well short of the 60 votes required.

Most Democrats voted against the motion along with Republican Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, Dean Heller, R-Nev., Mike Lee, R-Utah, Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, Rand Paul, R-Ken., and Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ken., also voted against the motion in order to bring the bill back up at a later time.

Democrats claim that the bill, which would preempt state GMO labeling laws, would be a step backwards for consumers.

Meanwhile, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., argued opponents of the bill risk increasing costs for consumers and further uncertainty in the marketplace for farmers and manufacturers.

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