Skip to comments.House Cuts FDA Budget by $285 Million!
Posted on 06/22/2011 8:21:45 AM PDT by Sopater
And with that budget hit, the so-called food safety law cant be implementedand 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 FDAs 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 laws 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!
Not enough. Now abolish Education, epa and a host of other programs!
How many minutes will it take the US to accumulate that much new debt at the rate the nation is borrowing?
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.
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.
Oh, this is wonderful news and makes my day!
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?
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.
No. The $285M cut inhibits the $1.4 billion to be implemented over the next five years.
That’s too bad... sounds like advantage to the ‘rats, as neither Reed (sic) nor zer0 will be inclined to go along.
I think they should eliminate BATFE ASAP.
fifty years of propaganda that these agencies “keep us safe” has certainly done its damage
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.
instead of cutting the budget, eleminate the FDA!
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.