A bipartisan group of House and Senate lawmakers reached an agreement on the bill after both chambers easily passed stand-alone versions with only slight differences. Although the user fees do not expire until the end of the fiscal year, lawmakers wanted to send the FDA bill to Obama before the Supreme Court’s healthcare decision, which will likely spark renewed partisan rancor over health policy.
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Godot SCOTUS: The Supreme Court waiting game continues. There were no new tea leaves to read Tuesday (not that any tea leaves are actually readable). But as the decision grows closer, the pressure is growing on lawmakers and stakeholder groups to be ready with a quick response to the decision, however it goes. House Republicans will hold multiple press conferences Thursday to either celebrate or condemn the decision, and the day is already wall-to-wall with conference calls organized by outside groups.
Check back in the morning for more on the Supreme Court.
Wasted: If the court overturns the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s first term will have been a waste, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Tuesday.
“As you know, the Supreme Court is going to be dealing with whether or not ObamaCare is constitutional. If it's not, if ObamaCare is not deemed constitutional, then the first three and a half years of this president's term will have been wasted on something that does not help the American people,” Romney said at a campaign stop in Virginia.
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