Medical Cures Bill Unanimously Passes House Panel

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Source: The Hill

The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Thursday unanimously approved a medical cures bill shortly after reaching a bipartisan $13 billion deal to pay for the legislation.

“That is an amazing accomplishment,” Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), said, noting that he had been on the committee for 28 years and had never before seen a major bill pass without a single “nay” vote.

The 21st Century Cures measure, which passed 51-0, is aimed at streamlining the Food and Drug Administration’s approval process for new drugs. It received bipartisan support in the Energy and Commerce Committee, easily passing a subpanel last week on a voice vote. The committee’s chairman, Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), worked with Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) on the bill for over a year.

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