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Is Rep. Reed in favor of GMO labeling?
We can not tell from his response to Peter. It tells him that he (or someone on his staff) knows about the Genetically Engineered Foods Act. It tells him that Agriculture is an important industry in New York, and that his staff will monitor the bill (Shouldn’t they monitor all bills?)
The New NY 23rd has pointed out our congressman’s inconsistence stances. William Hungerford has written numerous articles about how other congress members ( Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) and Rep. Michael Capuano (D-MA) ) inform their constituents about how they feel about the bills in congress. It is a mystery to constituent Peter on how ours feel about a bill he finds important. Granted I don’t know what Peter asked Rep. Reed, but this form letter response doesn’t give much information.
With a little research responded to Peter with this:
Reed has NOT co-sponsored it. (There are 37 co-sponsors, 36 are democrats) The person who introduced the bill is a Democrat. There was a similar bill in 2013, which died in committee which Reed also did not co-sponsored. (Only Democrats co-sponsored it in). My guess is that Reed is banking on it not getting out of committee and wants you, and others think that he would support it. My bet is If that cost companies more money he will be against it.
Peter has attended a few of Rep. Reed’s Town Hall Meets with me since Reed’s early days when we were the NY 29th. He has commented on how much Rep. Reed has improved his demeanor at those events. That has not carried over in his written communications. Rep. Reed remains a man of mystery.