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Three Key Questions … and the Answers

December 8, 2019

Q: Historically, appropriations conference committees were able to move fast because the House and Senate would, more or less,“split the difference.” … READ MORE …

Advocacy at a Glance

December 8, 2019

Topline: With subcommittee allocations resolved, the appropriations committees are racing to complete negotiations, with the hope of completing the process before December 20. … READ MORE …

Time to Talk Turkey … Once Again

November 22, 2019

Next week, many of us will be sitting down to a Thanksgiving dinner and talking about the parts of our lives for which we are grateful. Consider adding thanks to FDA and its devoted staff, including the inspectors who never get sufficient credit for the difficulty and potential danger in their jobs.  … READ MORE …

Advocacy at a Glance

November 22, 2019

Continuing Resolution Extends Funding through December 20. After some worrisome back-and-forth negotiating over additional items (e.g. full-year Census funding, a military pay raise), the House and Senate agreed upon and the President signed a Continuing Resolution that extends government funding through December 20. … READ MORE …

Senate HELP Committee Interviews Stephen Hahn, MD

November 21, 2019

On Wednesday, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) held a hearing to consider the nomination of Stephen Hahn, MD, to serve as the next Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). … READ MORE …

FY 20 Appropriations: More Qs; More As

November 15, 2019

Q: With the FY 20 Ag/FDA funding bill having passed both the House and Senate, why have those negotiations been stalled by the lack of 302(b) subcommittee spending allocations? … READ MORE …

Advocacy at a Glance

November 15, 2019

Topline: Congressional negotiations continue on FY 20 funding, with the possibility that a deal is close. Meantime, the next CR will extend to December 20, and there is no longer a threat of a shutdown when the current CR expires on November 21. … READ MORE …