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Friday, July 1, 2016

21st Century Cures Act

In The Politics of Autism, I write about medical and scientific research.

An email from Autism Speaks:
Thank you for making your voice heard in recent weeks on legislation that would accelerate medical innovations for the autism community.

Last year, HR 6, the 21st Century Cures Act, passed with bipartisan support and now we need your help to pass companion legislation in the U.S. Senate.

The legislation has already cleared a key committee hurdle and we need our community to ask the Senate to bring the legislation for a floor vote as soon as possible.
Ask your U.S. Senators to support the Senate HELP Committee's medical innovations package.

Thanks for all your hard work!
Stuart Spielman
Senior Policy Adviser and Counsel
Autism Speaks
From Govtrack:
The 21st Century Cures Act is a bipartisan bill that would reform the current standards and appropriations for biomedical research, provide $1.75 billion annually for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and $110 million for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This funding would end after five years. Support for this funding would come from budget offsets. Along with an increase in NIH and FDA funding, the bill would reduce regulations on access to medical research and expedite the testing processes of new drugs. The bill was referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, which released a section-by-section summary and a discussion document. The committee chairman, Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI6), sponsored the bill. It passed by a vote of 344-77 [on July 10, 2015] It received bipartisan support, with 170 Republicans and 174 Democrats voting in favor of the bill. It has moved on to the Senate.