Congress prepares to punt controversies

Under a new, 21-page action plan, which was developed to reflect FDA’s broader antimicrobial resistance strategy and released on Friday (Sept. 14), CVM has committed to making efforts between 2019 and 2021 to bring the remaining 5% of medically important antimicrobials approved for use in animals (including certain injectable drugs) under veterinary oversight, and also to formulating a strategy to ensure such drugs have an appropriately targeted duration for use.

“FDA has determined that about 40% of approved medically important antimicrobial drugs used in the feed and water of food-producing animals include at least one indication that doesn’t have a defined duration of use,” said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on Friday. “That’s why the FDA is announcing today our plans to develop and implement a strategy to address this issue.” Washington Insider: Congress Prepares to Punt Controversies

One of these is whether to overhaul food stamps in the farm bill and whether to include trucking provisions in a reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration. And, this outlook is complicated by the fact that there are just nine legislative days before the new fiscal year begins on Oct. 1. That’s putting the squeeze on both chambers and “lawmakers are starting to point fingers across the Capitol,” The Hill says.

But Republicans and Democrats have been at odds over which version to bring to the floor this year. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, teamed up with Democratic leaders this summer to introduce an enhanced VAWA bill, which includes new provisions to expand housing protections, provide economic security assistance for victims and strengthen judicial and law enforcement tools.

Some House Republicans, however, would prefer to pass an unaltered, six-month extension of VAWA so that they would have more time to write their own version of the bill. “A six-month extension provides Congress the opportunity to hold hearings and make improvements to VAWA without threatening critical existing programs,” Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., said in a statement. “I urge House Leadership to bring up this extension for a vote immediately.”

So, we will see. It is almost unimaginable that during this ultra-polarized, pre-election moment many of the necessary compromises can be hammered out – especially as the administration is poised to impose still more tariffs in the ongoing trade war, a key concern for producers that certainly bears watching as the trade debate intensifies and Congress defers, Washington Insider believes.

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