When President Obama delivers the State of the Union address on Tuesday, he’ll be speaking to a polarized Congress where brinksmanship is the order of the day. If lawmakers don’t act by March 1, budget sequestration will slash funding for biomedical research and oversight of the nation’s food and drug products.
The government will shut down unless Congress passes an appropriations bill by March 27. And there are April 15 and May 19 deadlines for passing a budget and extending the debt ceiling.
Can NIH and FDA endure budget brinksmanship? The newest edition of BioCentury This Week television hears from one of the most conservative Republicans in Congress and one of the most liberal Democrats.
Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) chairs the House Appropriations subcommittee that sets the budget for HHS, including NIH and the CDC.
Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) is the ranking member of the subcommittee on health of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee.
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