House Overwhelmingly Approves 21st Century Cures Act

06:05 EST 1 Dec 2016 | Genetic Engineering News

The U.S. House of Representatives last night passed by a wide bipartisan margin the 21 st Century Cures Act, sending to the Senate a measure intended to speed up approval of new drugs and maintain U.S. leadership in research, while tackling a host of disease and health priorities ranging from cancer to the opioid epidemic. By a 396 to 26 vote, the House approved an amended version of the legislation it passed last year, only to see the measure stall in the Senate after key committees decided to support only portions rather than the whole bill. For the current bill to fare better in that chamber, it will need to overcome emerging opposition promised by two Democratic senators, Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Bernie Sanders (D-VT). Included in the bill is $4.8 billion for the NIH, specifically to fund three Obama administration research efforts. The “Cancer Moonshot” headed ...

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