Planned White House Reorganization Would Affect USDA

Randall Weiseman Legislative

restructuringA government reorganization announced last week by the White House would reorganize some sections of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). That includes USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service and the food safety functions of the Food and Drug Administration into a single agency within USDA. During an open media cabinet meeting last week, Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, gave an explanation of the plan, which included these comments.

The plan would also move the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program from USDA to the new so-called welfare department. The plan also would move USDA’s rural housing program to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. But according to the Washington Post, many of the proposals would require congressional approval and are expected to face significant opposition from both Democrats and some Republicans.