In front of the Senate appropriations subcommittee yesterday, US Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said the agency is a "true bargain" among federal agencies, at a cost of about two cents a day or eight dollars a year for each American.

Reuters reports that Hamburg appeared before the committee to ask for more money in the face of mandatory cuts of about $209 million to the agency budget as part of the sequester.

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