House Republicans Plan To Gut Food Safety Budget

Earlier this year, President Obama signed into law an overhaul of the nation’s food safety system that significantly upgraded the ability of the Food and Drug Administration to prevent and respond to outbreaks of foodborne illness. However, Republicans opposed to the bill are threatening to essentially repeal it through defunding. To that end, the House Appropriations Committee plans to vote this evening on a fiscal year 2012 budget for the FDA that would cut $87 million from the agency. Republicans plan to appropriate $750 million to the FDA, more than $200 million less than Obama’s request.