FDA User Fee Liberation Likely Hinges On Senate Appropriations Panel
This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet
House leadership plans a comprehensive bill to undo sequestration for the government as a whole, but Republican Robert Aderholt, who chairs the House subcommittee that originates appropriations for FDA, says he is willing to work with Senate appropriators in conference on a fix specific to the agency’s user fees.
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