Lately it seems like every time Congress passes good legislation, it then defunds the agencies responsible for implementing those policies. The latest example: Back in December, Congress reformed the food safety system to deal with problems similar to, oh, that E. coli outbreak that's sickening thousands of people over in Europe. But on Tuesday, House Republicans voted to cut the Food and Drug Administration's budget so severely that the agency won't have the resources to step up inspections, improve recalls, and hold gigantic food corporations accountable.

But don't worry! If you're among the one in six Americans that gets sick from food contamination each year, the country's robust, equitable, and affordable health care system will be there to take care of you! Oh, no, wait …

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