The fight against breast cancer

With pink ribbons everywhere throughout the month of October, it’s easy to glaze over and forget the true meaning behind those little pieces of fabric.

The pink ribbons represent hard-fought battles. They represent uncertainty, loss, and triumph. They represent men like Edward, women like Helen, and families like Susan’s in the Pacific Northwest, whose lives have been changed by breast cancer.

For them and for millions of Americans, October is about continuing the fight for a cure.

When we rolled out our Better Way agenda two years ago, a key component of our plan was to focus on cutting-edge cures. We wanted to help change the way our country approached medical research.

After all, our ultimate goal should not be to provide lifelong treatment, but to find life-saving cures.

All too often, however, medical innovations are delayed by clunky, costly, and time-consuming processes. Bureaucrats hardly know how to respond to new treatments except to say no.

It shouldn’t take 15 years and billions of dollars to maybe get a new medical innovation approved. We need to remove the unnecessary barriers between Americans and life-saving innovation.

We hit the ground running, and in December of 2016, the 21st Century Cures Act became law, helping develop our health care innovation infrastructure to accelerate the discovery, development, and delivery of new cures and treatments. 21st Century medical challenges should be met with 21st Century solutions.

Our work didn’t end there. We’ve consistently supported NIH research funding, providing $39 billion for FY18 and $130 million to fund the Department of Defense’s Breast Cancer Research Program in FY18. These funding levels are a $2 billion and $10 million increase, respectively, from the previous year.

This month and throughout the year, we remember those we’ve lost, stand side-by-side with those who are in the midst of their battle, and celebrate those who have overcome it.

House Republicans will continue to lead until breast cancer and the thousands of other diseases without a cure are a thing of the past.

Friends, I wanted to share with you some of the stories and events my colleagues have shared so far this month. You can find those below. And be sure to visit to learn more about the work House Republicans have done to make our country Better Off Now than it was two years ago.