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The House easily approved bipartisan legislation aimed at improving the safety of drugs produced by compounding pharmacies that mix customized pharmaceuticals.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said on his Democratic-led chamber was certain to kill legislation moving through the House of Representatives to delay "Obamacare" for one year and repeal a medical device tax that would be attached to a government-funding bill.
Lawmakers on both sides of the Capitol already have overwhelmingly rejected the medical device tax that House Republicans insist on repealing as a condition for keeping the government open. It's just that those earlier votes didn't count. Despite its unpopularity, both the White House and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid vowed they would not let Republicans make the tax a bargaining chip in averting a government shutdown.
The intersection of fiscal politics, national crisis, and technology regulation is a silly place, as there should be no overlapping space between the three issues. And yet. Good news: We're not ending net neutrality. The bad news, depending on your politics, is that we're likely going to shut down the United States government. That said, the current Washington dynamic has offered up a new fact: Technology policy and regulation is game for political football. Long gone now are the days in which technology managed to steer mostly clear of politics.

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