Congressional rep hiding position? Has no position?
I sent a short 2-sentence email to my congressperson, Martha Roby, containing no opinion but asking her position on label requirements for GMO food ingredients. I have typed the response I received below, verbatim. I don't see an answer to my question, do you? Isn't a constituent entitled to know a representative's position on issues? Apparently not. If you ask your rep about their position, do you get an answer? I don't know which is worse, refusing to state one's position, or lack of knowledge necessary to form an opinion. The latter is especially difficult when one is a member on one of the committees to which this legislation has been referred. Either is unacceptable, and I'm not sure which happened in this instance.
Thank you for contacting me regarding genetically engineered food. I appreciate hearing from you, and I welcome the opportunity to respond.
As you may know, the production of genetically modified and engineered foods has increased substantially. Representative Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) introduced HR 3553, the Genetically Engineered Food Right to Know Act, on December 2, 2011. This legislation would amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, the Federal Meat Inspection Act, and the Poultry Products Inspection Act to require the labeling of all foods that contain, or are produced with, genetically engineered material.
HR 3553 has been referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and the House Committee on Agriculture, of which I am a Member. Please rest assured that I will keep your thoughts in mind should this legislation come to the House floor for a vote.
Thank you again for contacting me. Please feel free to do so in the future on other matters of importance.
- Martha Roby"