Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) today spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate in opposition to the Murkowski Amendment.
Below is a statement from Senator Kerry on the Amendment:
"This amendment could imperil the enactment of this overall bipartisan legislation. This is not the time or appropriate vehicle for this amendment. We have to make sure any fish we sell or serve to our families is absolutely safe and that it does not threaten our wild salmon populations or the integrity of our natural biodiversity. But we should respect the work done by the FDA, industry, consumer groups, and Congress over the past year to reach an agreement on this overall bill which will bring new treatments and devices to the market in a safe and expeditious fashion. This would be the first time Congress has ever interfered in an FDA-based, science-based approval process, and if we open that up in a sudden rush to action, we would be opening up an extraordinary can of worms without adequate debate. This isn't an amendment to decide whether or not genetically modified fish are good or bad, instead it is an amendment to circumvent and invalidate the FDA's scientific review process which should be completed."