FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 1, 2016
SANFORD ANNOUNCES PUBLIC SCHEDULE FOR AUGUST 2
In continuing to catch up with all the activity of the House over the last few weeks, I wanted to write on S. 764. This bill would knock out state Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) labeling standards and replace them with a federally mandated barcode-style label. I voted no along with 36 other Republicans as well as 81 Democrats, but the bill passed 306 to 117.
Last week, the House voted on S. 304, the Conscience Protection Act, a bill that would prevent medical professionals from being forced to provide abortions, if doing so conflicts with their religious beliefs. The bill passed 245 to 182, and I voted yes.
A week ago, the House voted on H.R. 4768, the Separation of Powers Restoration Act. If this bill becomes law, the courts would be able to stop deferring to federal agencies during lawsuits on government regulations. The effect of the bill would be to make it much more difficult for this administration and future ones to enforce far-reaching regulations from agencies like the EPA.
Privacy and the Fourth Amendment still matter. Big time. Accordingly, I write on three votes that occurred in the House on Monday night: the Anti-Terrorism Information Sharing is Strength Act (H.R. 5606), the Enhancing Treasury’s Anti-Terror Tools Act (H.R. 5607) and finally H.R. 5602, which would expand the Treasury Department’s ability to closely examine private financial records.
Last week, the House voted on S. 524, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016. This bill would spend $324 million over 10 years to provide grants to combat drug addiction at the state and local level. While very well intended in its purpose, it was simply the conference report of a bill the House had already voted on.