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Lawmakers look to fund FDA, IHS—and avoid another partial government shutdown

February 14, 2019


Federal lawmakers on Wednesday unveiled a federal spending bill intended to stave off another partial government shutdown that includes funding for FDA, the Indian Health Service, and more.

SOTU: Trump's pledge to end HIV/AIDs, tackle drug prices, and more

February 6, 2019


President Trump during his State of the Union address Tuesday night challenged the United States to end HIV/AIDS transmissions by 2030 and called on Congress to pass legislation to lower prescription drug prices, fund research for new childhood cancer treatments, and more.

The 35-day government shutdown is over—but uncertainty lingers at FDA

January 28, 2019


President Trump on Friday signed into law a bill that temporarily funds FDA, the Indian Health Service, and other federal agencies that were affected by the partial government shutdown that lasted a record 35 days—but experts say it is unclear how FDA will resume its operations and bring back furloughed staff.

Shutdown, Day 34: Health groups says shutdown is threatening public safety, innovation

January 24, 2019


More than 40 patient and health industry groups are calling on federal policymakers to end the ongoing partial government shutdown, saying it is forcing FDA to choose between ensuring "the health and safety of Americans today" and the "prospect of new life-saving therapies for patients."

Shutdown, Day 28: Health groups urge Congress, Trump to end shutdown

January 18, 2019


Hundreds of health care groups on Thursday sent letters to President Trump and Congress, warning that a "prolonged" government shutdown could have "long-lasting health consequences."

Shutdown, Day 25: FDA brings in unpaid workers to restart high-risk food inspections

January 15, 2019


FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on Monday announced that the agency is bringing back about 150 furloughed workers to restart inspections of some high-risk food producers in the United States, such as those that produce cheeses, vegetables, and infant formula.

Shutdown, Day 20: House passes bill to fund FDA, but it's likely not going anywhere

January 11, 2019


The House on Thursday voted 243-183 to approve a bill to fund the Department of Agriculture, which includes funding for FDA and would end a partial shutdown at the agency, though it is unlikely the bill will advance in the Senate.

Shutdown, Day 19: FDA suspends some food and drug activities, IHS facilities face closures, and more

January 10, 2019


FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb says the agency has suspended all routine inspections of U.S. food-processing facilities because of the partial government shutdown, which caused FDA to furlough about 41% of its staff, but he is working on a plan to bring back some food inspectors as soon as next week to inspect facilities that are considered high-risk.

Shutdown, Day 14: The House passed a bill to reopen the government. (But it's going nowhere fast.)

January 4, 2019


The House on Thursday passed a spending measure that would end a partial federal shutdown that affects some health agencies, but President Trump has said he would veto the bill, and without his support, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will not bring the bill for a vote in the Senate.

Shutdown, Day 12: Who's furloughed at FDA and HHS—and who isn't?

January 2, 2019


A partial government shutdown—which started Dec. 22, 2018, and affects some federal health care agencies—occurred after the House, the Senate, and President Trump could not come to an agreement on a bill to extend funding for the federal government.

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