1. CD137: Story of the 114th Congress Jennifer Briney 1:48:30

The 2016 Election is finally here; in this episode, we take a look at the job performance of our 114th Congress.

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Vote on Trade Promotion Authority (Fast Track)

H.R. 2146: Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act (The final version of fast track)

Bill Highlighted in This Episode S. 764: A bill to reauthorize and amend the National Sea Grant College Program Act and for other purposes (The GMO labeling law)

The real title should be “National bioengineered food disclosure standard” but S. 764 (about the college program) was used as a vehicle to get the GMO labeling bill into law. Definitions

  • Bioengineering
    • Food that “has been modified through…(DNA) techniques” using a modification that “could not otherwise be obtained through conventional breeding or found in nature”.
  • Food
    • Food intended for human consumption

Establishment of a Labeling Standard

  • By July 29, 2018, the Secretary of Agriculture has to establish a “national mandatory bioengineered food disclosure standard”
  • Animals fed bioengineered foods will not be labeled as bioengineered themselves
  • Regulations will determine how much of a bioengineered substance needs to be present for the food itself to be considering bioengineered
  • The labels can be text, symbol, or electronic or digital link; the manufacturers get to pick
    • If they choose the electronic or digital link, the bioengineering information must appear on the first page presented and without advertisements.
    • The link can not “collect, analyze, or sell any personally identifiable information about consumers or the devices of consumers”
  • Foods served in restaurants and “very small food manufacturers” are excluded from the regulations
    • “Very small” is not defined.
  • States are prohibited from enacting their own bioengineering labeling laws.

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Jennifer Briney started paying attention to world events while studying in Germany in the spring of 2003 when the United States overthrew the government of Iraq. After experiencing the war from outside the United States, she started asking questions about her government. Every answer led to fifty more questions. This led to a thirst for information that she is still unable to quench.

Over the years, the feeling like she was the only person paying attention to this information was making Jen insane so in late 2012, she launched Congressional Dish in order to share the information, to have an emotional outlet for dealing with the discoveries, and to create a community of people who were interested in Congress’s effect on our lives. Congressional Dish is now her full-time career, thanks entirely to the support from our growing community of producers from all over the world.