FDA Not Likely to Get Full $4.9 Billion Budget Request

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Source: FDA News

Republican lawmakers warned the FDA to expect fiscal year 2016 funding levels to be in line with this year’s $4.4 billion, not the full $4.9 billion in funding that President Barack Obama asked for in his budget request.

Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Kan.), chair of the Appropriations Committee, called the FDA’s request the largest in recent history and difficult to swallow.

Congress gave CDER $1.338 billion and CBER $344 million for the current fiscal year, which ends September 30.

For FY 2016, the FDA is asking for a $277 million hike in allowed collection of total user fees, Hamburg told the committee. The agency is also looking for an $84.8 million increase in funds for medical product safety efforts.

Neither Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.), chair of the subcommittee that oversees the FDA, nor fellow subcommittee members offered any specifics on areas where cuts might be seen during Wednesday’s hearing.

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