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We need a sustainable solution to the fishing crisis

The North Shore of Boston is not only home to some of the most beautiful beaches, it is also a place where generations of families have grown up fishing. Over the last several years, the industry has lagged due to over-fishing and the absence of a long-term vision. We need a sustainable solution to the fishing crisis that makes fishermen whole and stabilizes the region to thrive through the fluctuations of the fishing industry.

In Congress, I will not only secure funding to help solve the fishing crisis, I will also work alongside fishermen to identify and implement a long-term strategy that revives the industry. Our leaders must transition from viewing the fishing industry with a sense of forlorn to a spirit of progressive action to move this crisis toward solutions and stability.

Source: 2014 House campaign website, SethMoulton.com , Sep 1, 2014

Endorsed Endorsed by LCV; supports conservation efforts.

Moulton is endorsed by by the League of Conservation Voters

The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) is a national non-profit organization that works to turn environmental values into national priorities.

Source: 2014 LCV Action Fund Senate Endorsement website 14-LCV+ on Aug 11, 2014

Voted YES to require GMO labeling.

Moulton voted YEA DARK Act

A BILL to require the Secretary of Agriculture to establish a national disclosure standard for bioengineered foods.

Cato Institute recommendation on voting YES: President Obama quietly signed legislation requiring special labeling for commercial foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs)--plants and animals with desirable genetic traits that were directly implanted in a laboratory. Most of the foods that humans & animals have consumed for millennia have been genetically modified, by cross-fertilization. Yet the new law targets only the highly precise gene manipulations done in laboratories. Anti-GMO activists oppose the new law because it preempts more rigorous regulation. And that's exactly the goal of this bill, to the frustration of the anti-GMO crowd.

JustLabelit.org recommendation on voting NO (because not restrictive enough): Senators Roberts (R-KS) and Stabenow (D-MI) introduced a compromise bill that would create a mandatory, national labeling standard for GMO foods. This bill falls short of what consumers expect--a simple at-a-glance disclosure on the package. As written, this compromise might not even apply to ingredients derived from GMO soybeans and GMO sugar beets. We in the consumer rights community have dubbed this the "Deny Americans the Right-to-Know" Act (DARK Act). We need to continue pressing for mandatory GMO labeling on the package.

Heritage Foundation recommendation on voting NO (because too restrictive): The House should allow [states, at their choice,] to impose [a more] restrictive labeling mandate, but prohibit the state from regulating out-of-state food manufacturers engaged in interstate commerce. Instituting a new, sweeping, federal mandate that isn't based on proven science shouldn't even be an option.

Legislative outcome: Passed by the Senate on July 7th, passed by the House on July 14th; signed by the President on July 29th

Source: Supreme Court case 16-S0764 argued on Jun 23, 2016

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