Senate Appropriators Match Commissioner’s “Professional Judgment” Budget
This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet
A supplemental appropriations/war funding measure containing $275 million for FDA cleared the Senate Appropriations Committee May 15 but faces a tougher go in both the House and the White House
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