Main Street Week in Review: October 18, 2014

FDA Fast-Tracking Experimental Drugs

The development of a pharmaceutical drug is a slow, deliberate process, and it can take years of back-and-forth between scientists and health officials before medicine makes it to the market.

But the worst Ebola outbreak in history has changed all that. The Food and Drug Administration is in crisis mode, and its process of reviewing applications for new drugs has been pushed into overdrive. The arrival of the deadly virus on American soil has created an unprecedented situation for the regulatory agency—especially when it comes to experimental drugs.

Now, FDA officials are reviewing new drug applications to fight Ebola…

Upton, Murphy Comment on Ongoing Ebola Outbreak Ahead of Thursday’s Hearing

WASHINGTON, DC – House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Chairman Tim Murphy (R-PA) released the following statements regarding the ongoing Ebola outbreak. The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold a hearing, Examining the U.S. Public Health Response to the Ebola Outbreak, this Thursday, October 16, at 12:00 p.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

“Ebola has been on the world's radar screen since March and yet the United States and the international community are still scrambling to stay ahead of and stop this outbreak. We remain gravely concerned about…

Coming Soon to the House GOP: More Moderates?

House Republicans may be near their saturation point in their conquest of ruby-red-state congressional districts. That leaves them one remaining frontier for growth: swing states.

A number of Republicans this year are running competitively in blue- or purple-state seats now held by Democrats. So while recent election cycles have swept a host of conservative and tea-party-backed GOP candidates into Congress, the next freshman class could well include more moderates and lawmakers who owe their allegiance to current party leadership.

That influx could dampen the impact of the still-powerful tea-party wing of the GOP Conference, while handing Speaker John Boehner an easier path—though…

ISIL bombing vote in Congress now questionable

A vote on Capitol Hill to authorize the bombing campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is looking less and less likely this year.

Just a week after cooperating so closely on legislation to arm Syrian rebels, the GOP House and Democratic Senate are now openly disagreeing on when to hold a broader vote on the widening bombing campaign in the Middle East. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) now says he opposes doing a congressional Authorization of the Use of Military Force in the post-election lame duck, a direct break with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and…

House GOP drafting Syria language

House Republicans want to keep the Obama administration on a short leash when it comes to arming and training Syrian rebels.
The legislation that the GOP is drafting to give the White House authority to provide military support to the Free Syria Army will also require the Obama administration to send a progress report to Congress every 90 days, according to senior Capitol Hill sources and a draft of the resolution obtained by POLITICO.

The legislation will also mandate that the Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel send a report to Congress 15 days before arming or training the rebels. The resolution explicitly states…

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Main Street Week in Review: October 17, 2014

FDA Fast-Tracking Experimental Drugs The development of a pharmaceutical drug is a slow, deliberate process, and it can take years of back-and-forth between scientists and health officials before medicine makes it to the market. But the worst Ebola outbreak in history has changed all that. The Food and Drug Administration is in crisis mode, and […]

Upton, Murphy Comment on Ongoing Ebola Outbreak Ahead of Thursday’s Hearing

WASHINGTON, DC – House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Chairman Tim Murphy (R-PA) released the following statements regarding the ongoing Ebola outbreak. The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold a hearing, Examining the U.S. Public Health Response to the Ebola Outbreak, this Thursday, October 16, […]

Coming Soon to the House GOP: More Moderates?

House Republicans may be near their saturation point in their conquest of ruby-red-state congressional districts. That leaves them one remaining frontier for growth: swing states. A number of Republicans this year are running competitively in blue- or purple-state seats now held by Democrats. So while recent election cycles have swept a host of conservative and […]

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