"Arguing that the U.S. food supply is 99 percent safe, House Republicans cut millions of dollars Thursday from the Food and Drug Administration’s budget, denying the agency money to implement landmark food safety laws approved by the last Congress.
Saying the cuts were needed to lower the national deficit, the House also reduced funding to the Agriculture Department’s food safety inspection service, which oversees meat, poultry and some egg products.
And lawmakers chopped $832 million from an emergency feeding program for poor mothers, infants and children. Hunger groups said that change would deny emergency nutrition to about 325,000 mothers and children.
The reference to the emergency feeding program for poor mothers, infants and children is to the WIC program. It's astonishingly effective. Even those who try to kill it allow that. But it's helping women and actually born children so it is not allowed."
MORE FROM THE WP ARTICLE:
No Democrats voted in favor of the agriculture appropriations bill, which passed by a vote of 217 to 203. Nineteen Republicans joined the Democrats in opposition.
The White House opposed many of the cuts, saying they would force the USDA to furlough inspectors at meat and poultry processing plants and leave the FDA unable to meet the requirements of a food safety law passed in December.
The legislation, which was the first major change to the nation’s food safety laws since 1938, calls for the FDA to significantly step up scrutiny of domestic and imported food and devise a system aimed at preventing the kind of contamination that sickens one in six Americans every year.
The law, which received bipartisan support, followed years of cutbacks at the FDA and waves of food-borne illnesses linked to foods as varied as spinach, peanuts and cookie dough.
To carry out the new law, President Obama is seeking $955 million the FDA’s food safety program in the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1.
Republican leaders in the House pared back that to $750 million, which is $87 million less than the agency currently is receiving for food safety.
They also shaved $35 million from the USDA’s food safety and inspection service.
Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), chairman of the House subcommittee that wrote the agriculture appropriations bill, said the cuts to food safety were justified because the nation’s food supply was “99.99 percent safe.”
“Do we believe that McDonald’s and Kentucky Fried Chicken and Safeway and Kraft Food and any brand name that you think of, that these people aren’t concerned about food safety?” Kingston said on the House floor. (???!!!*&##@*?!?)
Think about this next time hours of listening to FOX convinces you that voting republican is a good alternative to the BO doublespeak no help solutions. You will go to the original article in the Washington Post by clicking on the title of this post.
But you really should go to Echidne and read the latest posts on the republican assault on attempts to reform the US banking system. Don't Mind the Man Behind the Curtain. She makes it easy to understand.
And while I am on the subject there is a post on electoral reform by Lorac (who gives good advice) on Uppity Woman today. If you are a feminist and long for the old time feminism - clear. no BS. feminism. read Uppity Woman's COMMENTS on that post here.
I beleve that a woman could win big anywhere with the support of women, right after they show us that they actually care more about the best interest of all women, not just their own best interests.
That they actually believe women are equal and should be treated as such, that they understand that laws should be made in accord with the constitution not religious dogma, and that they have a real problem with men controlling women’s lives and choices.
I want to know what the ERA means to every woman running for office. Ask that question and then You Will Know. It is 2011 and our ‘leaders’ still have a problem ‘allowing’ women their own rights. They have a problem with women receiving equal pay and rights. It is a shame that we even have to discuss an ERA, and it is also confirmation that we are being controlled and do not enjoy the full benefits of freedom to do as we please.
And one more very important thing. A woman who shows me a blank stare when the issue of a raped woman is brought up, a woman who has no expression and doesn’t acknowledge that rape RUINS WOMEN’S LIVES FOREVER!, a woman who would actually come right out and say that a woman or child raped by a psycho, or a child who is raped by a relative should have that baby and “make lemonade” is NOT A WOMAN ANY LONGER BUT IS A HEARTLESS TOOL OF A PATRIARCHY. You would have to pull the trigger on me before I would vote for such a creature.