President Obama on Tuesday signed a sweeping medical cures bill into law, capping more than a year of bipartisan negotiations.
The 21st Century Cures Act seeks to speed up the approval of new drugs and invests new money in medical research.
The measure grew to include a slew of bipartisan priorities, including $1 billion over two years to fight the epidemic of opioid addiction and $1.8 billion for Vice President Biden’s cancer “moonshot” initiative. A long-awaited mental health bill was also included in the package.
The bill passed both houses of Congress on overwhelming bipartisan votes, an unusual development on healthcare as lawmakers gear up for a partisan fight over ObamaCare in the new year.