WASHINGTON, D.C. - Rep. Leonard Lance (NJ-07) hailed passage of the 21st Century Cures Act in the U.S. House. Lance, the chair of the Congressional Rare Disease Caucus and a member of the Energy and Commerce Health Committee, praised the landmark bill which has been two years in the making:
“This legislation is for anyone who has lost a loved one from cancer, had a friend who struggled with a rare disease or chronic condition, seen the pain of those suffering from mental illness or seen a life cut short from addiction. These are national priorities and I am proud to see this legislation through to the finish line. Patients are waiting. I urge the U.S. Senate to pass this measure and send it to the President for his signature,” said Lance after passage.
Lance has worked for years to secure the following priorities, each was included in the final product:
- Overhaul of the country’s biomedical innovation laws.
- Reforms to mental health care that increase access and treatment.
- Funding for drug addiction prevention and programming for local communities and law enforcement.
- Measures strengthening New Jersey’s life science sector - critical to the State and local economies.