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January 26, 2012 | Daily News

House Energy and Commerce health subcommittee Chair Joe Pitts (R-PA) is pushing for a two- or three-year Medicare physician payment fix paid for through Medicare cuts, and opposes the idea of using war savings as an offset although other Republicans appear to be warming to the idea.

January 26, 2012 | Daily News

This year's appropriations process could be more difficult for FDA than it has been in recent years because of a more constrained budget environment, the unlikelihood that major initiatives -- like the food safety law -- will continue to enjoy funding hikes, new funding needs that could surface through the reauthorization of user fees and a looming budget sequestration put in motion by the super committee's failure to hammer out a deficit plan, although the agency continues to have strong funding advocates, sources said.