House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement after the House passed the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 34). Introduced by Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), this legislation accelerates the development of life-saving treatments.
“With our passage of 21st Century Cures, we’re offering hope to millions of Americans facing life with an incurable disease,” said McMorris Rodgers. “America needs to continue to lead on medical innovation, and this legislation is a step towards achieving that goal. By empowering researchers and giving them the tools they need, we can find cures faster.
“The medical challenges we face in the 21st Century should be met with 21st Century solutions. Cures has been three years in the making, and I’m grateful for Chairman Upton’s leadership and for all my colleagues who joined us in listening to patients, experts, and advocates across this country and making this bill a reality.”
Note: This morning McMorris Rodgers joined House Republican leadership at a press conference on Capitol Hill to discuss Cures, where she also shared the story of 7-year-old Max Schill. McMorris Rodgers is a Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee.