Durbin: Dems will block GMO labeling bill
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Sen. Dick DurbinDick Durbin McConnell: I’m very sympathetic to 'Dreamers' Senate Dems move to nix Trump's deportation order Dem senators call for independent Flynn probe 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 ReidIf Gorsuch pick leads to 'crisis,' Dems should look in mirror first Senate confirms Mulvaney to be Trump’s budget chief Democrats declare victory after Puzder bows out MORE (D-Nev.) said earlier Tuesday. 
 
Sen. Jon TesterJon TesterGOP loses top Senate contenders Senate advances Trump's Commerce pick Schumer tries to keep the peace as Sanders speaks out MORE (D-Mont.) added, separately, "Quite frankly, voluntary standards are no standards at all." 
 
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 McConnellMitch McConnellThe Trump Administration has definitely not drained the swamp How does placing sanctions on Russia help America? THE MEMO: Trump's wild first month MORE (R-Ky.) could vote against the legislation, using a procedural move that would allow Republicans to bring it back up later.