WASHINGTON, March 4, 2015 – The Food and Drug Administration’s request for more money to start enforcing new food safety regulations on domestic and imported foods is getting a cool reception from the lawmakers who write the agency's budget.

House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers, R-Ky., told FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg that a $150 million increase to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act  in fiscal 2016 would be “tough to swallow.”

FDA is in a bind because of court-ordered deadlines for implementing the rules, she told the Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee. FDA’s total food safety budget request for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1 is $1.5 billion.