House Appropriations Subcommittee Approves Agriculture/FDA Funding Bill

The House Subcommittee on Agriculture/FDA Appropriations has approved the appropriations bill for funding the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for fiscal year (FY) 2017. A full committee vote in the House would be the next action.

Under the bill, the FDA would receive a total for salaries and expenses of $2.754 billion in discretionary funding. This is $33 million more than in FY16 and $18 million above the President’s FY17 request. While this is movement in the right direction, it does not come near to providing the resources needed for the important mission of FDA.

Food safety activities (CFSAN) are to receive an additional $36 million, reflecting the concern over food safety. However, I am concerned that the legislation does not provide the funding for rent and other facilities costs that current leases require, which could force FDA management to move funding from other parts of the agency’s budget. NTEU will continue to be a voice for our members at FDA as this process moves forward.