21st Century Cures, 21st Century Solutions

“Ultimately our goal should not just be to provide life-long treatment but to find life-saving cures. 21st Century Cures offers the promise of real solutions.”

Republican Leadership Press Conference
July 8, 2015

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH)
Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)
Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA)
Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)
Conference Vice Chair Lynn Jenkins (R-KS)
House Committee on Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI)

Chair McMorris Rodgers, Remarks as Prepared for Delivery:

“Good morning! This week, the House will continue its work removing barriers between Americans and life-changing innovation, whether it’s in the classroom or the doctor’s office. I’m particularly pleased that after more than a year of hard work, and listening to experts and patients from across the country, we will be voting on the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act this week. Ultimately our goal should not be to provide life-long treatment but to find life-saving cures. 21st Century Cures offers hope to people across the country suffering from currently incurable and untreatable diseases, and offers the promise of real solutions.

“In my Eastern Washington district, we recently mourned the death of a visionary leader – Washington State University President Elson Floyd, who lost his battle with colon cancer. He and millions of other parents, brothers and sisters, and kids lost to horrible diseases serve as powerful reminders of why finding cures is so important. We need to empower our scientists and researchers so we can discover, develop and deliver medical breakthroughs to cure diseases or people like Elson Floyd, or the mom with ALS, or the son with lupus. After all that is why we serve: to help people have better lives and reach their full potential, and this proactive initiative will have a life-changing effect on families in Washington State and across America, and I thank Chairman Upton for his work.”