Freeing FDA User Fees From Sequestration Proposed Again In Congress
This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet
House members again make a bipartisan bid to prevent FDA user fees from being withheld in a potential sequestration as the Obama administration and Congress come to loggerheads over the fiscal 2016 budget.
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