Rep. Curbelo on Passage of 21st Century Cures Act
This crucial, bipartisan piece of legislation will accelerate the creation, expansion, and distribution of new treatments for thousands of diseases without known remedies. H.R. 6, which has been in development for over a year, has brought together doctors, patients, and other medical experts in the field to find results that work for all parties involved.
Under current laws, it takes 15 years for a drug to be sold commercially in pharmacies. 21st Century Cures would expedite the process and allow scientists to focus on formulating innovative solutions instead of worrying about government interference.
H.R. 6 also improves accountability by giving Congress the authority to evaluate programs and prioritize expenses. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office recently reported that the implementation of the 21st Century Cures would reduce our national deficit by $500 million in the next ten years. With the passage of this vital bill, the United States will continue to be a competitive force in the medical field, and I look forward to H.R. 6 being signed into law.
H.R. 6 passed the House on July 10, 2015 by a vote of 377-44.