Bill brings U.S. healthcare innovation infrastructure into the 21st Century
(Greg Lemon) – WASHINGTON – Congressman Joe Heck (NV-03) today backed House passage of H.R. 6, the 21st Century Cures Act. The legislation, which passed on an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 344 to 77, will bring U.S. healthcare innovation into the 21st Century.
“Improving healthcare innovation will allow us to better treat patients and save lives,” Rep. Joe Heck said. “As a physician, I understand the important role medical research, clinical trials, and collaboration play in developing treatments and finding cures to rare diseases. If we want to keep pace with the scientific advances of recent years we must update federal rules for drug and device approval to deliver cures and therapies more quickly to patients who desperately need them. The United States has more Noble Prize winners in medicine than any other country and the 21st Century Cures Act will ensure we maintain our nation’s leadership role in discovering the cutting-edge, novel therapies and treatments of the future. I was pleased to cosponsor this legislation and support its passage on the floor and urge the Senate to quickly consider this bill.”
The 21st Century Cures Act modernizes the health care innovation infrastructure, incorporates a patient perspective into the drug and device approval process, supports advances in personalized medicine, streamlines clinical trials, and provides more resources to support cutting-edge research to ensure the United States maintains its role as the premier medical innovator in the world.
Congressman Joe Heck represents Nevada’s Third Congressional District in the House of Representatives. He serves on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.