Senator Apologizes for Monsanto Protection Act.

, the has issued an apology for her Monsanto rider, that was added to the government funding bill President signed this week.

The rider prevents US courts from halting the planting or harvesting of unapproved genetically modified , even if they are found to be detrimental to environmental health or public safety.

In a statement issued by the Senator’s office she says she “understands the anger over this provision”, but was concerned about preventing a government shut down. Tester, , Gillibrand, , Begich and Blumenthal have all spoken out against the Bill.

Senator Mikulski allegedly compromised on many of her to get a bill through the Senate that the House would pass and mentioned that she would continue to battle for a regular and timely appropriations process and other valuable , including food safety.”

The rider went into effect on March 28th and will last for a period of 6 months, until Congress takes up a long term funding bill. The ‘Monsanto ’ compromises the federal courts’ ability to protect and the environment from unlawful and potentially hazardous GMO crops.

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