This amendment did not require the labeling of GE products. It merely asserted that States have the right to require such labeling. So, of course, every Republican senator save one (Murkowski), along with about half of Democratic senators, voted against it siding with the interests of corporations invested in GE products over the rights of people to know what is in the products they are buying. Interestingly it looks like the west coast (WA, OR, CA) and states farther west (AK, HI) were a solid voting block in favor of the amendment.
The Senate today rejected an amendment by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) to let states require clear labels on any food or beverage containing genetically engineered ingredients. The vote was 26 to 73…..
In the United States, Sanders said, food labels already must list more than 3,000 ingredients ranging from high-fructose corn syrup to trans-fats. Unlike 49 countries around the world, however, foods that contain genetically engineered ingredients do not have to be labeled in the U.S.