Commerce Committee Chairman Rep. Thomas Bliley (R-VA) is pushing the bill which has garnered a large number of co-sponsors and has the enthusiastic backing of the food industry and packaging interests. "H.R. 1627 strengthens and updates America's food safety laws" said the National Food Processors Association (NFPA) in a prepared statement. "There is widespread agreement by the food industry regulatory agencies and consumer organizations alike that existing pesticide law-particularly the 1950s-era Delaney Clause-is outdated unworkable and must be reformed." The Delaney clause or the elimination thereof also was included in the comprehensive regulatory reform measure that was pending in the Senate at presstime.