Senate Appropriations Committee Marks-Up Ag/FDA Appropriations Bill

Yesterday, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the appropriations bill for funding the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. The House Appropriations Committee has already acted. Floor consideration will be the next action.

The Senate bill reported from Committee this week would give FDA $2.76 billion for salaries and expenses (S&E) for FY 17. This is $39 million more than FY 16 and $29 million more than the President’s Request. The Senate Committee mark is $6 million more than the House Committee mark, with most of the additional funds allocated to food safety.

Food safety activities (CFSAN) are to receive an additional $40 million, reflecting the concern over food safety. Also the Senate Committee allocates $3 million in additional funding for improved foreign high-risk inspections. While this is movement in the right direction, it does not come near to the resources needed to accomplish the important mission of FDA.

NTEU will continue to be a voice for members at FDA and USDA as this process moves forward.

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