July 10, 2012
Enzi says bill passed because senators went about it the right way
The president signed the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (S.3187) this week.
The Senate passed the legislation with bipartisan support from the Health, Education, Labor and Pension (HELP) Committee. The bill will help ensure that the FDA can approve drugs and medical devices, save biomedical industry jobs, protect patient access to new therapies, and preserve America’s global leadership in biomedical innovation, according to sponsor U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo.
Enzi said he and HELP Chairman Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, were able to get the bill passed because they looked for areas of agreement and left out things which they knew people would not agree on. Enzi calls it his 80 percent (agreement) rule.