The Senate Circus: Lying Politicians, A Money-Drop Protest, and Monsanto’s Dream Bill

More than two thousand dollars rained down over the corrupt members of the Senate Wednesday during the vote for the Roberts/Stabenow’s anti-consumer GMO labeling “compromise”.

Adam Eidinger of Occupy Monsanto, the Organic Consumer’s Association’s Alexis Baden-Mayer, and an unidentified third protester managed to enter the top lobby of the Senate building and could be heard yelling things like “Monsanto Money!”, “The Senate is being bribed”, and “This is not what democracy looks like” while showering the Senate floor with hundreds of dollar bills.

In a statement released before the incident, Alexis Baden-Mayer said, “When Congress moves to crush the will of nine out of 10 Americans because they need companies like Monsanto to fund their campaigns, you know our democracy is in real trouble. The corporate lobbyists are totally corrupt.”

(You can view the video by clicking here.)

That certainly wasn’t the only dull moment on the Senate floor on Wednesday. The usual deceptive antics of Senators Roberts and Stabenow were on full display, including the outright lies of the two, touting pro-industry talking points, instead of actual independent scientific research which questions the safety of both GMOs and the requisite carcinogenic herbicide necessary for their cultivation. Roberts even went so far as to praise the non-existent benefits of Golden Rice.

On that note, the suspected b.s. letter issued last week by the 110 Nobel Laureates was confirmed today as nothing more than a biotech ploy to sway the vote. Senator Roberts made sure to refer to it no more than half a dozen times and managed to slam Greenpeace’s staunch anti-GMO stance in the process.

There were heroes in the midst of the liars, however.

Following the disgusting antics of Stabenow and Roberts, Senators Tester, Merkley, Leahy, Sanders, and Blumenthal held a press conference lasting approximately a half hour. They blasted their fellow senators and spoke out vehemently against the heinous legislation.
(You can watch the video here. The footage begins at about the 14 minute mark.)

Senators Tester, Boxer, and Merkley also took to the Senate floor to condemn the anti-consumer bill.

Senator Boxer called the bill a “scam on the American people” and boldly pointed out that the legislation exemplifies the problem facing the American people stating, “This is the biggest issue in this election. Government elite telling people what they can know, and what they can’t know…making them go through hoops, making them use a smart phone, and defining GMO in such a way that many products aren’t covered. What a sick bill this is.”

Senator Jeff Merkley left no question about his feeling on the ridiculous bill or his disdain for the 64 votes cast by his fellow senators.

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