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FDA Head Takes $4.3B Budget Defense To Senate

Law360 (March 17, 2011, 6:07 PM EDT) -- The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday again stressed to lawmakers the value of its proposed $4.4 billion budget for 2012, telling a U.S. Senate panel the funding boost was vital to enforcing a new food safety law.

The 2012 budget, which calls for a 30 percent increase from last year, is essential to the agency's "ability to take meaningful, science-based action on behalf of the American people," FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said at a hearing before the Democrat-led Senate Appropriates Committee...
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