Capital Hill Review
114th Congress - 2st Session (2016)
Thursday, August 3, 2017
FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017 (H.R.2430)
The Senate on Thursday, August 3, 2017, passed the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017 (H.R.2430; Text of Legislation) on an 94-1 vote (To view how your senators voted visit: 187 ). For companies seeking federal approval of brand-name and generic drugs, medical devices and biotechnology products the measure would authorize the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to collect more than $5 billion over five years in user fees. Of the overall FDA budget the revenue is expected to fund about 25 percent. Also, the measure expands patient access to highly experimental clinical trials; expedites the development of drugs for treating cancer in children; promotes competition in developing generic drugs; speeds the development of over-the-counter hearing aids; cracks down on counterfeit drugs; spurs advances in medical imaging and addresses the rising cost of prescription drugs, among hundreds of other provisions.
Dan R. Brouillette — Department of Energy (PN459)
On Thursday, August 3, 2017, the Senate confirmed Dan R. Brouillette (PN459; Text of Legislation) as deputy secretary of energy, the second-ranking post at the Department of Energy on a 79-17 vote (To view how your senators voted visit: 186).
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Marvin Kaplan — National Labor Relations Board (PN681)
Marvin Kaplan (PN681; Text of Legislation), chief counsel at the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, was confirmed by the Senate on Wednesday, August 2, 2017, on a 50-48 vote (To view how your senators voted visit: 184 ) for a seat on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The five-person panel now has two Republican and two Democrat members, with the addition of Kaplan. And the board is expected to be put under Republican control when President Donald J. Trump appoints its fifth member. Under terms of the 1935 National Labor Relations Act the NLRB is charged with overseeing collective bargaining and resolving workplace disputes between labor and management.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Christopher A. Wray — Department of Justice (PN696)
Christopher A. Wray (PN696; Text of Legislation) was confirmed by the Senate on a 92-5 vote (To view how your senators voted visit: 181 ) as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday, August 1, 2017.
House of Representatives
Congress, until the week of September 4, 2017, was in recess.
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