WASHINGTON The proposed budget for the Food and Drug Administration will soon see more funds headed its way after the Senate and the House of Representatives passed a budget resolution for a $71 million increase in the agency’s 2009 budget.
The Senate voted 51-44 for the increase, which was added in by Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. The House narrowly passed the resolution with a vote of 212-207.
The two resolutions, though, must be compared and worked on by a conference committee, which has not yet been scheduled to meet.
The total increase for the FDA’s budget is $375 million over the 2008 budget.