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President Obama signed into law today H.R. 34, also known as the 21st Century Cures Act.
The bill, which overwhelmingly passed both the House of Representatives and the Senate, will, among other things, provide money to fund the cancer moonshot initiative that the President announced during the 2016 State of the Union Address. That section of the bill is named in honor of Beau Biden, the son of the Vice President, who passed away in May of 2015 of cancer.
Other things that the bill will do included providing $1 Billion dollars to fight the opioid epidemic, and $4.8 Billion for biomedical research, with $1.8 Billion of that being set aside to fund the cancer moonshot program.
“We are bringing to reality the possibility of new breakthroughs to some of the greatest health-care challenges of our time,” Obama said. “It is wonderful to see how well Democrats and Republicans in the closing day of this Congress came together around a common cause. And I think it indicates the power of this issue and how deeply it touches every family across America.”
The bill passed the house by a 392-26 margin, then passed the Senate by a 94-5 margin, signaling what could possibly be one of the last instances of widespread bipartinsanism in Congress.