Lawmakers meet in Washington to discuss 21st Century Cares Act
The meeting brought to the White House Vice President Joe Biden, Senate HELP Committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and ranking member Patty Murray (D-WA).
Also in attendance were House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Fred Upton (R-MI), ranking member Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ) and Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO), who issued a joint statement after the meeting.
“Today’s meeting with Vice President Biden and Senate leaders was positive and productive,” the members said. “The #Path2Cures connects both the White House and U.S. Capitol, and we welcome the vice president’s enthusiastic participation in this bipartisan effort. As many patients and their families are too painfully aware, there’s not much time. But the good news is, we are more than halfway there, as we’ve already done the legwork in the House -- and the Senate is making headway on its innovation package.”
The lawmakers said the act represents “a tremendous opportunity for Cures.”
“There is no question that 21st Century Cures is the right vehicle to get this done,” they said. “We will all continue working together -- House, Senate and White House -- until we are successful in delivering #CuresNow for patients across America.”
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