When the new Congress meets with a Republican chief executive, no Obama regulation will remain untouched — and that even includes those that originated with Michelle.
The House Freedom Caucus, a conservative faction of Republicans in the House, has issued a 23-page list identifying 200 rules and regulations it wants to see gutted in a Donald Trump administration, and nutrition is a key target. Among the items identified: the FDA’s update to the Nutrition Facts panel and updated nutrition standards for school meals, both priorities championed by first lady Michelle Obama.
“The regulations have proven to be burdensome and unworkable for schools to implement,” the document says of the standards that mandate more fruits and vegetables and whole grains while cutting back on salt, sugar and fat. “Schools are throwing food away that students are not eating.” On the flip side, USDA maintains that schools are in near universal compliance, and health advocates argue that kids have largely adjusted to the changes.
Among other regulations that should be rolled back, according to the caucus: USDA’s catfish inspection rule, rules related to national forest management, rural broadband loan guarantees, and requirements for euthanizing veal calves that can’t walk or stand.
Notable Obama administration items not on the list: the FDA’s near-ban of trans fat, policies intended to limit the use of antibiotics in agriculture, menu labeling, the Food Safety Modernization Act rules, and new stocking requirements for SNAP food retailers. The cover page of the document, by the way, features a Depression-era photo of men waiting in line for “Free Soup.” Pros can find the 23-page list of all the rules in the crosshairs here.
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is being vetted by President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team for the position of Agriculture secretary, officials close to the governor told multiple media outlets. The 74-year-old cowboy hat-wearing Republican, who supported John Kasich for president back in February, was in the U.S. House of Representatives for six years (2001-2007) before winning his race for governor. He worked 30 years for the potato giant Simplot International, a company founded by his then father-in-law, and rose to the position of president.