Obama administration officials rejected Republican claims that they re seeking free rein to expand the reach of the Clean Water Act, but admitted a proposed rule had led to widespread confusion about what streams, ditches and other features could be regulated.
Margaret Hamburg, who has run the Food and Drug Administration since 2009, is stepping down with a number of key food safety and nutrition issues still to be resolved. But the impact of her departure on those issues is likely to be limited because Hamburg created a deputy commissioner
The House Agriculture Committee will take another look at the idea of severing nutrition programs from the rest of the farm bill as part of its upcoming review of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, said the panel's chairman, Mike Conaway.
President Obama is proposing for the first time to create a single food-safety agency while also reviving failed attempts to slash crop insurance premium subsidies and impose new user fees on agribusiness and food companies.