Science policy news: weekly roundup: July 10, 2015 ?>

Science policy news: weekly roundup: July 10, 2015

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21st Century Cures:

The House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures act this morning by a vote of 344-77.

House Passes 21st Century Cures (ASBMB Policy Blotter)


Leading up to today’s House vote, funding for the Cures Innovation Fund was reduced and additional amendments introduced that would have shifted that funding to come from discretionary budgeting.

Floor debate begins on HR 6 – 21st Century Cures (ASBMB Policy Blotter) ASBMB Public Affairs Director, Ben Corb, breaks down what happened to the 21st Century Cures Act on its way to today’s vote.

Late objections cast doubt on cures bill (The Hill) Cures sparked last minute anxiety from both conservatives and liberals. Some Republicans shied away from awarding the Innovation Fund as mandatory spending. Liberals were outraged by inclusion of policy riders that would affect abortion funding.

21st Century Cures: Helping Americans Live Longer, Healthier Lives (Politico) Speaker of the House, John Boehner, R-Ohio, penned this piece in support of H.R. 6.

Heritage Action urges lawmakers to oppose medical cures bill (The Hill) Conservative group, Heritage Action announced Tuesday that they opposed 21st Century Cures.

House bill reduces spending boost for NIH (The Hill) Before reaching the House floor for vote, the Cures Innovation Fund was cut from $10 billion over five years to $8.75 billion.

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