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Postal commission chair outlines proposal for deep staff cuts

September 18, 2003 A co-chairman of a commission appointed by President Bush to suggest ways to overhaul the U.S. Postal Service outlined his vision Wednesday for a "dramatically streamlined" mail system-with far fewer employees-to the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee. James Johnson, one of two commission co-chairmen, testified in the first of a series ...

House panel backs user fees for FDA animal drug reviews

September 11, 2003 The House Energy and Commerce Committee Wednesday approved legislation that would authorize a user-fee program for Food and Drug Administration reviews of animal medications. The Animal Drug User Fee Act (H.R. 1260), which passed by voice vote, without amendment, is similar to the Prescription Drug User Fee Act that was ...

Postal reform backers upbeat, but effort may be delayed

August 15, 2003 Congressional champions of Postal Service reform are predicting success for legislation to overhaul the cash-strapped mail system. But postal unions' opposition to some reform proposals could push the effort into next year, some involved sources suggest. At the heart of the debate is a report that the President's Commission on ...