Trump Criticizes FDA For 'Slow' Approvals In Speech To Congress
In his first address to a joint session of Congress, Trump spoke of a need to "slash the restraints" at US FDA and other regulatory agencies, and he reminded legislators about his executive order to eliminate two regulations for each new one written. The president's anti-regulatory posture comes as the White House is expected to seek budget cuts for domestic agencies.
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