Last week in Washington, the Senate scheduled a vote on FDA Commissioner nominee, Congress passed the 2017 omnibus spending bill, U.S. beef imports were brought to Brazil, and a letter was sent to Congress in support of a new animal disease program. Here’s the review:
- The Senate will vote on the nomination of Scott Gottlieb to be FDA Commissioner, and the nomination of Robert Lighthizer to be USTR could be voted on as early as this week.
- Congress passed the 2017 omnibus spending bill to authorize funding for the government through September 30th. The majority of NASDA funding priorities fell short of requested levels, however nearly all were funded at or above 2016 enacted amounts, while several were enacted at higher than requested amounts. View the full breakdown here.
- For the first time since 2003, U.S. beef imports were allowed in Brazil, after the beef was blocked over concerns of mad cow disease.
Written by Lacie Dotterweich