Rep. Rod Blum Supports 21st Century Cures Act
Legislation Will Promote Research and Accelerate Treatments for Patients
Today, Congressman Rod Blum joined a bipartisan majority of his colleagues in voting in favor of H.R. 6, the 21st Century Cures Act. The legislation passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 344-77. H.R. 6 reauthorizes funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), streamlines the Federal Drug Administration’s approval process for new drugs and medical devices, and creates a new “Innovation Fund” that provides $8.75 billion over the next five years dedicated to discovering new cures for debilitating diseases.
“Investing in research to cure the diseases that afflict millions of Americans is truly one of the best ways the federal government can utilize our resources. I firmly believe that this legislation will allow the NIH to be at the forefront of breakthrough developments that will eliminate or treat many diseases that affect Americans. As the best incubator for medical research in the world, the United States should be leading the way to encourage further investment into cures and treatment procedures for patients, and I was proud to support the 21st Century Cures Act in the House today,” said Congressman Blum.
The Senate is currently working on their version of the legislation which is expected to be debated sometime this fall.
Rod Blum is the Republican Congressman in Iowa’s 1st District. He is a member of the Budget Committee and the Oversight & Government Reform Committee.