Durbin: Dems will block GMO labeling bill
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Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinSenate left in limbo by Trump tweets, House delays The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — Immigration drama grips Washington Senate Gang of Four to meet next week on immigration MORE (D-Ill.) suggested Tuesday Democrats will block legislation that bans states from issuing mandatory labeling laws for foods with genetically modified organisms (GMOs). 

"The current feeling in our caucus is decidedly that we will not allow them to go to this bill," the Senate's No. 2 Democrat told reporters about the GMO bill. 
 
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He added that unless senators are able to get a deal, "I think there will not be enough votes, 60 votes, on the floor." 
 
 
In addition to banning mandatory state laws, Roberts's legislation would also establish a voluntary national standard for GMO labeling. 
 
Democrats, however, have been deeply critical of the measure this week, arguing that the bill lacks teeth and the public should know what is in its food. 
 
"This is just another case of the Republicans in the Senate trying to create an appearance of doing something without really doing anything at all. It happens so often and has happened often during the past year," Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidAmendments fuel resentments within Senate GOP Donald Trump is delivering on his promises and voters are noticing Danny Tarkanian wins Nevada GOP congressional primary MORE (D-Nev.) said earlier Tuesday. 
 
 
The rhetorical battle comes as the Senate is expected to take a procedural vote Wednesday on Roberts's bill. Republicans will need the support of at least six Democrats to move forward and get a final vote this week. 
 
Roberts suggested the debate surrounding his legislation has "been a little harsh." 
 
"I'm somewhat perturbed that everyone is criticizing the compromise, but they're sure as hell not offering anything else," he said. 
 
Roberts added that if Democrats block the legislation, Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMulvaney aims to cement CFPB legacy by ensuring successor's confirmation Senate left in limbo by Trump tweets, House delays Political figures pay tribute to Charles Krauthammer MORE (R-Ky.) could vote against the legislation, using a procedural move that would allow Republicans to bring it back up later.