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Upton Committee Advances Breakthrough 21st Century Cures Act

Upton: Historic Day Marks a Big Bipartisan Step Forward on Our Path to Cures

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, and members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce today advanced H.R. 6, the 21st Century Cures Act, by a unanimous 51-0 bipartisan vote.

“This historic day marks a big bipartisan step forward on our path to cures,” said Upton, who chairs the committee. “We have all said too many early good-byes to people we love and treasure. Every single person has a common goal: we want more time with those we love. In this, the greatest country in the world, Americans deserve a system second to none. We can and must do better. The time for 21st Century Cures is now.”

The 21st Century Cures Act is the product of more than a year of listening to patients, care givers, innovators, regulators, and researchers. During the conversation, the committee received countless ideas in response to committee white papers, eight Health Subcommittee hearings, and more than a dozen roundtable discussions hosted by both the committee and members in their districts across the country – including one at the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine.

In January, the committee launched the legislative phase by circulating a discussion document, which included a number of ideas proposed by both Republicans, Democrats, and throughout the year-long listening session. The Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on the discussion document on April 30, 2015. Subcommittee members then met on May 14, 2015, to consider the discussion draft before voting to forward the bill to the full committee.  

Learn more about H.R. 6  here.

Learn more about the 21st Century Cures initiative here.

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