Larson on Bipartisan Passage of 21st Century Cures Act
Washington – “The 21st Century Cures Act represents a bold step forward for biomedical research and the treatment of disease. Increasing funding to the National Institute of Health (NIH) will not only encourage medical breakthroughs to keep Americans healthier and potentially even save lives, but also spur the economy and support over 400,000 jobs across the United States. Passing this bipartisan legislation demonstrates the ability of Congress to put the health and wellbeing of all Americans above partisan squabbles. I am proud to cosponsor this bill, and I commend my colleagues for making this sensible investment in the NIH.
“Furthermore, improvements to FDA approval processes and the development of next generation treatments will provide Americans with the very best tools to combat sickness and disease. I am proud to support the 21st Century Cures Act and the work it does to safeguard the health of our citizens.
“This bill will allow the NIH to increase the amount of research projects it supports and diversify its biomedical workforce. Including researchers from underrepresented communities will ensure the NIH accounts for the feedback of great minds from an array of backgrounds. This broader perspective both reflects the rich makeup of the nation and provides a more nuanced consideration of vital research.”