In this week’s Republican Weekly Address, Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) highlights the landmark 21st Century Cures legislation that is heading to the President’s desk to be signed into law. Through a conversation with the American people — from patients to doctors to advocates — this legislation was crafted to help fight disease, find cures, and save lives. Here are 6 highlights from Chairman Upton’s weekly address:
- “The holiday season is one of joy, but it’s often a time for families to come together and reflect on loved ones lost. Taken much too soon by disease.
- “We’ve all said too many early goodbyes to folks that we hold dear. Families robbed of a parent that will never get to see their kids’ milestones. A child born without the gift of a future. Every day, countless folks living vibrant lives are delivered unexpected diagnoses.
- “So whether it be Alzheimer’s, Lupus, MS, Cancer, you name it. Three years ago we had an idea that we could do better. That we needed to do something and transform our health and research system to effectively fight disease in the 21st century.
- “We needed to change the conversation and restore urgency to boosting research and innovation, and working together we have with 21st Century Cures.
- “We’re on the cusp of something special. A once in a generation opportunity to transform how we treat disease. President Obama will sign this legislation into law next week, and his help is critical in getting this law enacted.
- “A new day for medical research is on the horizon. A new day of hope for patients and their loved ones. We needed to do better, and with 21st Century Cures we will.”