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Good morning, everyone, and how are you today? We are just fine, thank you, now that the short person has left for the local schoolhouse and the official mascots have settled in for the hours-long snooze. This makes it possible to enjoy a cup of stimulation and focus on the matters at hand. And there are quite a few of them. So, time to get cracking. Here are some tidbits to help you along. Hope your day goes well and do keep us in mind for juicy items …

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell expects bipartisan support for approval of a bill authorizing taxpayer and industry funding for the Food and Drug Administration, Reuters reports. On Tuesday, President Trump proposed in his 2018 budget that the industry pay the full cost of drug and medical device reviews, which is unlikely to be approved in this cycle. The industry currently pays about 60 percent of the cost for reviews.

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