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House Passes 2010 Budget Boost for FDA, USDA

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The US House of Representatives yesterday approved increased funding for the Food and Drug Administration and for the Department of Agriculture for fiscal year 2010, with boosts going to research, regulatory, and public safety activities at both agencies.

Under the bill, FDA's budget would increase by $373 million to $3 billion, and USDA would receive $1.19 billion for the Agricultural Research Service, an increase of $37 million over what the White House had proposed for 2010.

Another $1.25 billion for USDA would fund the National Institute for Food and Agriculture, formerly called the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES), according to the bill's sponsor, Rosa DeLauro (D – Conn.).

At FDA, the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research and related activities at the Office of Regulatory Affairs would receive $873 million, the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research and related activities would receive $305 million, the Center for Devices and Radiological Health would receive $349 million, and the National Center for Toxicological Research would receive $58.7 million.

DeLauro said in a statement that FDA "has been underfunded for far too long."

The FDA and USDA appropriation bill passed on a vote of 266 to 161.

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