STAT+: FDA funding negotiations heat up ahead of September deadline

WASHINGTON — Negotiations are intensifying over massive, multibillion-dollar legislation to fund the Food and Drug Administration, with just weeks left before the current agreement expires, four sources following the talks said.

Democrats this week made a counteroffer to Republicans including Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), who demanded in July that the so-called user fee bill pass without any additional health policy attached. Senate health committee leadership and House Energy & Commerce leadership are involved in the talks, one source said.

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