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FY 2009 FDA Appropriations Will Likely Have To Wait For Next Administration

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

Executive Summary

House Democratic leaders are signaling an intention to put off finalizing fiscal year 2009 appropriations at least until next March, charging Republican members of Congress and the Bush administration with standing in the way of negotiating mutually agreeable bills

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FDA will have $2.04 billion in appropriations for fiscal 2009, including $278.4 million for the device center and related field activities, under an Agriculture bill that passed the Senate Appropriations Committee July 17. The bill would give FDA $324.6 million more than it received this year, and $5.2 million more than the Bush administration's request. CDRH would gain $40.4 million more in FY 2009 appropriations over fiscal '08, and $1 million more than the president requested. The bill anticipates $52.5 million in device user fee funding for FY 2009. With the expanded FDA funding, the committee wants $104 million spent for device, drug and biologic safety to increase overseas and domestic inspections and $40 million to upgrade science programs across the agency. The House Appropriations Committee has yet to sign off on funding levels, and Chairman David Obey, D-Wis., previously suggested resorting to continuing resolutions 1("The Gray Sheet" July 7, 2008, p. 9)

Senate panel appropriates $2.04 billion for FDA

FDA will have $2.04 billion in appropriations for fiscal 2009, including $278.4 million for the device center and related field activities, under an Agriculture bill that passed the Senate Appropriations Committee July 17. The bill would give FDA $324.6 million more than it received this year, and $5.2 million more than the Bush administration's request. CDRH would gain $40.4 million more in FY 2009 appropriations over fiscal '08, and $1 million more than the president requested. The bill anticipates $52.5 million in device user fee funding for FY 2009. With the expanded FDA funding, the committee wants $104 million spent for device, drug and biologic safety to increase overseas and domestic inspections and $40 million to upgrade science programs across the agency. The House Appropriations Committee has yet to sign off on funding levels, and Chairman David Obey, D-Wis., previously suggested resorting to continuing resolutions 1("The Gray Sheet" July 7, 2008, p. 9)

Bush Budget Request Would Cut 10 Staff Positions At FDA Device Center

President Bush's Feb. 4 budget request asks for about $7 million in additional funds for FDA's device program in fiscal year 2009 compared to current levels, but would cut 10 full-time staff equivalents at CDRH

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