Well, like any good American, i hate it when any part of the government asks for even more money so that they can do their jobs. However given what has happened in the last few years, in most part whose blame lies with the FDA, i think that asking for more money and using it to "upgrade" how thing are done by the FDA is a good thing.
If you are not aware of what things that could be blamed as the fault of the FDA, then allow me to state a few cases. There were cases were peanut butter products had salmonella in them in the good old United States of America (2009), contaminated milk from china that killed four children (2008) and salmonella contaminated jalapenos from mexico (2008). In the cases shown above, all the products were allowed to be consumed within our borders.
The FDA is doing this in most part to follow the president's 2011 fiscal budget. the FDA's budget will be raised by 23% to become $4.03 billion. Of the 23% increase, $318.3 million will go to Transforming Food Safety, $215 million to Tobacco related items , $100.8 milllion will go to Protecting Patients, and the remaining $25 milling will go towards Advancing Regulatory Science.
For more information about what and how the increase funding will be used, please to the the FDA site. Source