Senate Wants To Keep FDA Device Center At Near-Current Levels In 2020 In 'Minibus' Funding Bill
The US Senate Appropriations Committee has drafted a “minibus” bill covering funding in fiscal year 2020 for five agencies – including the FDA – that would give the agency's device center only $387m. That would keep the center’s spending level approximately the same as it was in FY 2019. The Senate’s proposed spending level is in sharp contrast to what the US House wants for the device center, which is $420m.
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