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Murray Blasts Trump Proposal That Would Upend Bipartisan FDA User Fee Negotiations

(Washington, D.C.) – Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today released the following statement in response to a letter from Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Tom Price seeking to restructure the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) user fee program.


“Democrats and Republicans in Congress have worked together on reauthorizing the user fee agreements to ensure the FDA can meet its responsibilities to patients and families across the country—so it is disappointing that President Trump continues to attempt to inject partisanship into an otherwise bipartisan process. Today’s proposal from the Administration would upend our work and if implemented, leave the FDA hamstrung and without the federal investments it relies on to carry out its important public health work. I hope and expect that Republicans and Democrats alike will reject it.”