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.