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House Cuts FDA Budget by $285 Million!
Alliance for Natural Health ^ | June 21, 2011

Posted on 06/22/2011 8:21:45 AM PDT by Sopater

And with that budget hit, the so-called “food safety” law can’t be implemented—and no money to approve Frankenfish! This is huge!

Last week the House of Representatives passed the agriculture funding bill for fiscal year 2012, and the bill included a gigantic cut in FDA’s budget. This is particularly significant because they were tasked with implementing most of the provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act that Congress passed last year.

The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the cost of implementing the Food Safety act would be $1.4 billion over five years. The whopping $285 million budget cut makes it likely that many of the enforcement and oversight provisions of the act will not be implemented. FDA told an industry publication just before the vote that if the House funding cuts were approved, there will be a “significant delay in implementation of the new Food Safety Modernization Act (including the law’s nineteen priority areas, especially import oversight, training, and inspections).”

Before final passage of the agriculture funding bill, the House approved an amendment by Rep. Don Young (R-AK) to prohibit the FDA from spending money to approve an application for the controversial genetically engineered salmon.

Now the funding bill moves on to the Senate. ANH-USA will work hard to make sure the GE salmon amendment stays in place. If it passes in the Senate as well, FDA will not be allowed to use its funds in FY2012 to approve genetically engineered salmon. This is a big win!


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: farming; fda; foodsafetyact; usda
Can I get a "BOOYAH!"?


1 posted on 06/22/2011 8:21:48 AM PDT by Sopater
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To: Sopater

Not enough. Now abolish Education, epa and a host of other programs!


2 posted on 06/22/2011 8:23:33 AM PDT by IbJensen (Welfare: putting a cake under the sink expecting that it wont attract cockroaches.)
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To: Sopater
House Cuts FDA Budget by $285 Million!

How many minutes will it take the US to accumulate that much new debt at the rate the nation is borrowing?

3 posted on 06/22/2011 8:24:26 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Sopater

Unfortunately, it is just for show.

The funding will be fully restored (if not increased) in the Senate version and when it goes to the conference committee the RINOs will cave.


4 posted on 06/22/2011 8:25:25 AM PDT by kennedy (No relation to those other Kennedys.)
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To: IbJensen
Not enough. Now abolish Education, epa and a host of other programs!

Certainly not. It's only a baby step. We have a very long way to go.
5 posted on 06/22/2011 8:25:44 AM PDT by Sopater (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. - 2 COR 3:17b)
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To: Sopater

We need a 50% cut of all Fed agency funding, just as an across-the-board action. Then eliminate the pernicious, bloated ones, education, EPA, State Dept.


6 posted on 06/22/2011 8:26:11 AM PDT by lurk
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To: Sopater

Oh, this is wonderful news and makes my day!


7 posted on 06/22/2011 8:26:27 AM PDT by ransacked
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To: Sopater
Now the funding bill moves on to the Senate...

Do I understand correctly if I say that if the Senate approves this bill, then its a $285M budget cut and if the Senate does not approve, then its a $1.4B budget cut?

8 posted on 06/22/2011 8:27:03 AM PDT by C210N (0bama, Making the US safe for Global Marxism)
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To: Sopater

Nice....


9 posted on 06/22/2011 8:27:54 AM PDT by shield (Rev 2:9 "Woe unto those who say they are Judah and are not, but are of the synaGOGue of Satan.")
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To: C210N
You know people will die because of this, either bad drugs will get approved. or good drugs will be slow to market. How do I know? Because Nancy Belagosie will tell us on every Alphabet News channel tonight.
10 posted on 06/22/2011 8:31:12 AM PDT by DAC21
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To: Sopater

E Coli will mysteriously turn up at some hamburger drive thru out in South Succotash someplace, the media will decry GOP austerity and they will all turn tail and run for the hills.


11 posted on 06/22/2011 8:32:47 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: C210N

No. The $285M cut inhibits the $1.4 billion to be implemented over the next five years.


12 posted on 06/22/2011 8:34:08 AM PDT by ransacked
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To: ransacked

That’s too bad... sounds like advantage to the ‘rats, as neither Reed (sic) nor zer0 will be inclined to go along.


13 posted on 06/22/2011 8:37:47 AM PDT by C210N (0bama, Making the US safe for Global Marxism)
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To: lurk

I think they should eliminate BATFE ASAP.


14 posted on 06/22/2011 8:37:58 AM PDT by jospehm20
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To: Buckeye McFrog
The great thing about that is that there are laws to protect the companies that produce the e. coli laden food! Imagine what would happen to the occurrence of e. coli, salmonella, etc., if we were a capitalist country and private citizens could sue when contaminated products where sold as safe to consume. We would not need the bloated FDA!
15 posted on 06/22/2011 8:43:23 AM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: C210N
Do I understand correctly if I say that if the Senate approves this bill, then its a $285M budget cut and if the Senate does not approve, then its a $1.4B budget cut?

That's an interesting perspective and I'm not sure of the answer. That depends on how it is handled if it is not passed. Will the FDA go on to spend the $1.4B without the bill or will they not be able to spend anything? I expect that if the bill does not pass, then there will be another one to follow.
16 posted on 06/22/2011 8:44:06 AM PDT by Sopater (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. - 2 COR 3:17b)
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To: Sopater
...FDA will not be allowed to use its funds in FY2012 to approve genetically engineered salmon.

And the problem with GM salmon is.....
17 posted on 06/22/2011 8:50:15 AM PDT by rottndog (Be Prepared for what's coming AFTER America....)
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To: goodwithagun

fifty years of propaganda that these agencies “keep us safe” has certainly done its damage


18 posted on 06/22/2011 8:55:28 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Sopater
285 Billion would show a half-hearted beginning for me.

I don't trust any of those weasels to do anything but tinker around the edges for show to have the miserable MSM be "shocked at the GOP, starving the poor, women and children hurt the most!"

It's called "electioneering" and runs heavily this time of year.

19 posted on 06/22/2011 8:58:38 AM PDT by zerosix (native sunflower)
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To: Sopater

instead of cutting the budget, eleminate the FDA!


20 posted on 06/22/2011 9:00:53 AM PDT by dalereed
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To: Buckeye McFrog
I'm earning my master's degree online through Nova Southeastern, a private university in Florida, and I can't say enough good things about the institution. My current prof is conservative! She was telling us last night that she saw a news report about the FCC warning us to check our telephone bills for unnecessary costs that the company might be slipping in. Well, I check my bill anyway, but she said, “Isn't that what the FCC is for?” She continued to say that if we start doing this and regulating the telephone companies, that pretty much makes the FCC obsolete. She has never said she is conservative, but it's comments like this that make it obvious.
21 posted on 06/22/2011 9:04:22 AM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: dalereed
instead of cutting the budget, eleminate the FDA!

And if they can't eliminate the FDA, they could cut off all funding and they'll probably all just go home... ;-)
22 posted on 06/22/2011 9:04:36 AM PDT by Sopater (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. - 2 COR 3:17b)
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To: rottndog
Whether GM salmon is healthy or not is not up to the gubmint to decide. It is up to the consumer to decide to buy it or pass it up. This of course means that if people get sick from eating it, we get to punish the companies for selling us food that they claimed was not harmful. However, if it gets FDA approval and people get sick then it's just, “Sorry you guys, our bad!” As I stated in a previous post, if we lived in a capitalist country we could regulate our food ourselves. I prefer non-GM food, but that's just me. Whoever wants to eat GM food can be my guest. It's not my call to tell you what and what not to eat.
23 posted on 06/22/2011 9:08:29 AM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: zerosix
Note to self:

Last but not least, it's NOT THEIR MONEY, IT"S OURS!

A good place to begin, would be their own salaries, healthcare, pension, franking, staff, cars phones, airline travel, then on to the Department of State, each dime to any country that votes against us in the U.N. and speaking of them, cut any and all money to support that anti-American bunch, to keep them in the U.S. one minute longer, now try cutting each and every dime that goes to support illegal aliens, to fund research, to support the "no child left behind," to support the school lunch (now breakfast, dinner, snacks before during and after each meal!)

Then, come to me and try to impress me; nope, no way am I going to be satisfied with mere crumbs from the table from these liars, cheats, womanizers, gay-loving, military-hating worthless slime.

24 posted on 06/22/2011 9:14:41 AM PDT by zerosix (native sunflower)
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To: kennedy

Senate can restore it, but the House has already said NO. Senate can’t override the House.


25 posted on 06/22/2011 9:17:48 AM PDT by ichabod1 (Nuts; A house divided against itself cannot stand.)
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To: Sopater

Thus “cut” is nothing more than cleaning one bug off the windshield of a semi tractor after one year of night driving in the South.


26 posted on 06/22/2011 9:24:43 AM PDT by N. Theknow (What part of Election Day November 2010 didn't the GOP understand?)
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To: IbJensen

Right the EPA has to go. AND EDU.


27 posted on 06/22/2011 10:17:29 AM PDT by Marty62 (Marty60)
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To: ichabod1
Senate can restore it, but the House has already said NO. Senate can’t override the House.

That's why it will go to a House-Senate conference committee. The bill that comes out of the committee will then go back to the House and Senate for straight up or down majority votes (no filibusters on budget reconciliation bills).

That's how the last budget got passed with no real spending cuts.

28 posted on 06/22/2011 12:53:53 PM PDT by kennedy (No relation to those other Kennedys.)
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To: Lancey Howard
-- How many minutes will it take the US to accumulate that much new debt at the rate the nation is borrowing? --

About 105 minutes. The US government spends about 3.92 billion more, per day, than it takes in, per day.

29 posted on 06/22/2011 1:10:50 PM PDT by Cboldt
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