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Bipartisan Leaders Release 21st Century Cures Discussion Draft

April 30, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC – Bipartisan leaders from the Energy and Commerce committee have released a draft of 21st Century Cures legislation that outlines provisions to increase funding of National Institutes of Health, modernize clinical trials, and accelerate the rate of innovations including the development of personalized and precision medicines. The draft was released by Chairman Upton, Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Ranking Member DeGette, full committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Health Subcommittee Chairman Joe Pitts (R-PA), and Health Subcommittee Ranking Member Gene Green (D-TX).

Champions of the legislation, Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO), originally launched the initiative last year and members of the committee have held a number of hearings and more than two-dozen roundtables to solicit feedback from a variety of stakeholders including from members of the autism community.

According to a joint release, the five bipartisan leaders said, “The ideas outlined in this draft represent a year of listening and working together to develop a product that we believe will truly help patients and bring our health care innovation infrastructure into the 21st century.”

A hearing is currently scheduled for Thursday April 30th at 10:00 am in room 2123 of Rayburn Building.

A complete summary draft is available online here and a one page summary here.