Congress Passes FDA User Fee Reauthorization Bill

Congress has completed action reauthorizing FDA’s user fees. The bill now goes to the President.

img_7869The United States Senate has passed HR 2430 by a vote of 94 – 1, legislation to reauthorize user fees collected by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA). The bill, which previously passed the House, now goes to the President’s desk. Continue reading “Congress Passes FDA User Fee Reauthorization Bill”

Senate Passes Office of Special Counsel Reauthorization

Yesterday, the Senate passed S. 582, the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) Reauthorization Act of 2017 by unanimous consent. The bill reauthorizes OSC through fiscal year 2022 and provides other authorities.

United States of America Office of Special Counsel sealS. 582 provides the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) with statutory authority to access information, an enhanced ability to oversee agency implementation of corrective actions, and streamlined procedures for reviewing allegations. Continue reading “Senate Passes Office of Special Counsel Reauthorization”

Update on Government Funding

As Congress prepares to leave for August recess, the nation is scheduled to reach the debt ceiling by the end of September, at the same time Fiscal Year 2017 agency funding expires. To date, none of the Fiscal Year 2018 appropriations bills have been enacted and there remains no agreement on a budget or whether to adhere to the 2011 Budget Control Act, which established sequestration.

Agency ShutdownHeading into the August recess, Congress is leaving a long list of work it must complete in the Fall. In addition to consideration of health care, immigration, and tax reform, Congress must vote before September 30 to increase the debt ceiling and pass a continuing resolution, 12 appropriations bills, or some combination thereof to keep the government open as of October 1, 2017. Continue reading “Update on Government Funding”