A bill requiring the Department of Health and Human Services to publish recommendations for the development of clinical data registries was approved in a July 30 vote by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, but not without sharp opposition from Democratic members.

In a markup of H.R. 5214, the House committee voted 25 to 18 to report the bill to the House floor. However, Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-N.J.), the top Democrat on the subcommittee on health, objected to the fact that a hearing was not held on the bill and it did not go through regular order in the subcommittee. More importantly, bill sponsors haven’t done their homework and the bill isn’t needed, he contends.

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