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December 29, 2016 | Daily News

FDA’s efforts to fill 1,000 vacancies at the agency, boosted by provisions in the 21st Century Cures Act, could be jeopardized by President-elect Donald Trump’s proposed federal government hiring freeze, warned Steven Grossman, deputy executive director of the Alliance for a Stronger FDA.

December 01, 2016 | Daily News

Republican Rep. Tom Price (GA), tapped to serve as HHS secretary in the incoming administration, is pushing for two-year budget cycles, a repeal of pay-as-you-go and a required notice and comment process on all significant guidance documents in a draft rewrite of the congressional budget process.

September 27, 2016 | Daily News

The Senate failed Tuesday (Sept. 27) to advance a temporary government spending bill introduced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) that would fund Zika vaccine development and mosquito control, as well as provide resources for the opioid bill signed into law earlier this year.

August 15, 2016 | Daily News

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton announced that if elected she would call on Vice President Joe Biden to continue his work on “Project Moonshot,” and urge Congress to approve funding for the initiative.

July 07, 2016 | Daily News

House Appropriations health subcommittee Republicans on Thursday (July 7) blocked Democrats’ amendments to restore funding that the chamber's HHS-spending bill would eliminate, such as money for Obamacare programs, comparative-effectiveness research and family planning programs.

July 06, 2016 | Daily News

The House Appropriations Labor-HHS subcommittee on Thursday (July 7) will consider a $161.6 billion draft appropriations bill that includes $73.2 billion for HHS but cuts prior-year mandatory funds for the Affordable Care Act and freezes new discretionary spending used to run the law.

June 27, 2016 | Daily News

Six former FDA commissioners over the weekend expressed support for making the FDA an independent agency, citing concerns with accessibility to the president, the affects of micromanagement on the agency and the “political maze” regulatory decisions currently need to navigate that keep FDA from taking important actions.

June 16, 2016 | Daily News

Beneficiary advocates are upset by the Senate appropriators' move to eliminate Medicare State Health Insurance Assistance Program funding in the fiscal 2017 HHS spending bill they passed June 9, and one advocate is urging the House not to follow suit.

June 07, 2016 | Daily News

Senators may offer provisions of the Senate's version of the 21st Century Cures Act to the National Defense Authorization Act and the agriculture appropriations bill, a congressional aide told Inside Health Policy.

June 07, 2016 | Daily News

Senators may offer provisions of the Senate's version of the 21st Century Cures Act to the National Defense Authorization Act and the agriculture appropriations bill, a congressional aide told Inside Health Policy.

June 07, 2016 | Daily News

Several public health groups urged lawmakers Tuesday (June 7) to include an amendment in the defense spending bill that would establish a new limited population antibacterial drug approval pathway for antibiotics to treat serious or life-threatening infections, saying the recent discovery of E. coli resistant to colistin, an antibiotic of “last resort,” is a “sharp reminder that antibiotic resistance is outpacing antibiotic development.”

June 07, 2016 | Daily News

A Senate Appropriations subcommittee approved an HHS spending plan Tuesday (June 7) that gives the National Institutes of Health a $2 billion bump, increases funds to fight the opioid epidemic, eliminates funding for the Independent Payment Advisory Board and would fund the Affordable Care Act at 2016 levels.

May 27, 2016 | Daily News

Stakeholders point to the detection of bacteria resistant to a last-resort drug as a reason to accelerate government efforts to combat antimicrobial resistance through increased surveillance and development of new antibiotics.

May 27, 2016 | Daily News

Stakeholders point to the detection of bacteria resistant to a last-resort drug as a reason to accelerate government efforts to combat antimicrobial resistance through increased surveillance and development of new antibiotics. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) urges passage of his bill to accelerate approval of antibiotics for a limited population, and the HHS says the discovery is a reason for lawmakers to move forward with increased funding for efforts to combat antibiotic resistance.

May 17, 2016 | Daily News

The Senate Appropriations agriculture subcommittee cleared a spending bill Tuesday (May 17) that would provide $2.8 billion in discretionary funding for FDA, including a $40.2 million boost for food safety activities.

May 16, 2016 | Daily News

The House is expected to take up a bill this week sponsored by Appropriations Chair Hal Rogers (R-KY) that would provide $622.1 million in funding to combat the Zika virus, which falls far short of President Obama's $1.9 billion emergency supplemental request.

April 22, 2016 | Daily News

House appropriators noted that only 38,370 prescribers of extended-release and long-acting opioids have been trained through FDA's risk evaluation and mitigation strategy since 2012, which is less than half of FDA's prescriber training goal for 2015 and less than 25 percent of the goal for 2016, coming while FDA contemplates extending the REMS program to immediate-release opioids.

April 21, 2016 | Daily News

FDA Commissioner Robert Califf encouraged stakeholders Tuesday (April 19) to push Congress to give more funding for the agency's device center as it works to create a national device evaluation system (NMDES), in remarks at an Alliance for a Stronger FDA meeting.

April 19, 2016 | Daily News

The House Appropriations Committee passed an FDA funding bill that includes report language directing the agency to cease work on its controversial laboratory developed test guidance and to work with Congress on a legislative solution.

April 19, 2016 | Daily News

The House Appropriations Committee passed an FDA spending bill Tuesday (April 19) that hikes funding for food safety oversight, inserts a handful of provisions from the House-passed 21st Century Cures bill, slates $10 million for FDA to combat Zika and Ebola outbreaks, and prevents FDA from limiting sodium in food until bodies outside the agency write dietary reference intake reports.

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