On Friday, July 10, 2015, the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 6) was passed by the US House of Representatives! Over 230 bipartisan Representatives cosponsored this bill, and it passed the House with a 344-77 vote.
From its inception, the 21st Century Cures Act has been a bipartisan effort originating in the House of Representatives under the leadership of Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Representative Diana DeGette (D-CO). This legislation aims to accelerate the approval of new drugs and medical devices to treat and cure deadly and chronic diseases and conditions. In addition to improving the Food and Drug Administration's regulatory review process, the bill provides an additional $8.75 billion over 5 years to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which will ultimately put the federal agency on a path to long-term growth and continued investment in medical research.
Please take a moment to thank your representative, and urge your Senators to support this crucial legislation as it makes its way to the Senate floor. Contact Aly Galloway, MDF Advocacy & Engagement Manager, for your personalized letters to your members of Congress.
Even if you have already contacted Congress as part of our summer advocacy campaign, continuing to follow up and establish relationships with your legislators and their staff is critical to our future advocacy efforts.
Thank you for all your hard work and dedication to the fight against myotonic dystrophy!