Pelosi Remarks at the Congressional Enrollment Ceremony For the 21st Century Cures Act

Dec 8, 2016
Press Release

Contact: Drew Hammill/Caroline Behringer, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi delivered remarks today at the bipartisan Congressional Enrollment Ceremony for the 21st Century Cures Act.  Below are the Leader’s remarks. 

“The 21st Century Cures Act represents a vital step forward – one that is very important to modernize and strengthen our nation’s pursuit of lifesaving treatments.

“National Institutes of Health has the biblical power to cure.  Where there is scientific opportunity, I think we have a moral responsibility to allocate resources – that’s part of what this legislation does. 

“We are providing reforms and resources that will accelerate innovative biomedical research, in precision medicine – an interest of President Obama, brain research – very important, and I want to particularly salute Vice President Biden because he really advocated for not only his cancer moonshot initiative, but for the entire bill – bringing clarity to its purpose and votes for its success.

“Frank Pallone, our Ranking Member on Energy and Commerce and Diana DeGette have made this legislation their life’s work for a very long time.  Their knowledge, their persistence, their traveling the country, again, to have the best possible input, working in a bipartisan way – as the Speaker and the Leader mentioned, which was very, very important.  And I’m very pleased that, finally, we have the $1 billion in opioid funding needed for the epidemic of addiction.

“We’re also making improvements to mental health and substance disorder services.  And that was a very bipartisan initiative as well.

“I’m also pleased to have a letter from the Speaker promising that Congress will meet its responsibility to robustly fund these commitments in the years ahead – not just in the 2017 appropriation.

“Don’t worry?  Okay.

[Laughter]

“You heard it.  ‘Don’t worry.’  I’m relieved.

“Accelerating the development of cures and protecting the health and safety of the American people depend on fully funding the FDA and the NIH.  And may I say that when we make these investments and we come forward with cures and interventions, we want them to be available to all Americans.  We will continue to try to work in the bipartisan way to champion the robust investments in innovation and R&D that power new miracles – new miracles, going back to that biblical power to cure.  And I join the Speaker in saying, ‘I can think of no better way to start the holidays,’ than to sign this legislation, which makes America more healthy.  I yield to Mr. Upton.”

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