Deal Offers Reprieve as Congress at Odds With White House Over FDA User Fees

by Brian Rye, Bloomberg Government

The recently enacted Ryan-Murray budget deal removes user fees paid to the Food and Drug Administration from the threat of sequestration for two years, but the automatic budget cuts set to resume in fiscal 2016 will include these user fees.

The Ryan-Murray budget deal, H.J.Res. 59, which President Barack Obama signed into law on Dec. 26, raises Congress’ spending caps for fiscal 2014 and 2015 such that sequestration of discretionary funding won’t be required.

Thus, sequestration won’t affect the FDA’s appropriated funds in fiscal 2014 and 2015, and the agency should have access to user fees it collects during the next two years.

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