News bites: Scrutiny shifts to regulators after Texas blast

The latest from RegWatch:

Industry groups balked at a “food safety tax” they say will soon hit consumers.

Conservation groups asked the White House to impose new protections for whales.

The Federal Housing Finance Agency’s DeMarco received a vote of confidence from lawmakers.

The Obama administration lifted sanctions on a Syrian businessman.

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