RECENT VOTES

Medical Research

On Friday, July 10, 2015 the House considered H.R. 6, the 21st Century Cures Act. This legislation establishes the NIH and Cures Innovation Fund which will provide close to $9 billion in additional funding over 5 years so the NIH can expand the scope of its research. Funds can be used to support early stage experimentation as well as areas that have previously lacked sufficient research dollars such as precision medicine and biomarkers. Additional funding not only spurs important discoveries, it also stimulates the economy by creating jobs. This is of particular importance in Massachusetts where so much biomedical and scientific research is taking place in our hospitals and universities. H.R. 6 gives the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) enhanced tools to review and test drugs. This could help make newly approved treatments more quickly available to patients. Like all legislation, H.R. 6 is not perfect but I believe its potential benefits outweigh any concerns I have. There will be an opportunity in the Senate to improve H.R. 6 and I am hopeful the final result will be a law that infuses much needed funding into important areas of medical research. I voted YES. H.R. 6 passed and the entire vote is recorded below:

  YEA NAY PRESENT NOT VOTING
REPUBLICAN

170

70

0

5

DEMOCRAT

174

7

0

7

TOTAL

344

77

0

12

MASSACHUSETTS
DELEGATION

8

0

0

1