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Rep. Zeldin Announces Passage of 21st Century Cures Act

July 10, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, July 10, 2015, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, C – Shirley) announced that bipartisan legislation he co-sponsors, the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 6), has passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 344 to 77.

“The 21st Century Cures Act is a key piece of legislation for the health of residents on our island and across the nation,” said Congressman Zeldin. “From helping deliver lifesaving or life improving cures and treatments to Long Islanders suffering from a disease, to providing our community with high-paying research and private sector jobs, this is a huge win for Long Island and I am proud to have worked with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to secure this bill’s passage.”

The 21st Century Cures Act would remove barriers preventing research collaboration, increasing researchers’ access to essential data from previous research and clinical studies. Additionally, the legislation secures $10 Billion for the National Institutes of Health, which would provide additional research and development resources for Stony Brook, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and other science research laboratories on Long Island and across the nation. The legislation would also boost the field of personalized medicine, tailoring treatment to patients’ needs. 

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher said, “The nation’s colleges and universities - our public institutions, in particular - rely heavily on federal support for the advancement of medical research and innovation by our students, faculty, and staff. We appreciate Representative Zeldin's strong support for H.R. 6, the 21st Century Cures Act. This bill will put our scientists in a position not only to continue working toward life-saving medical technologies, treatments, and cures but also to attract research partners and additional investment.”

Dr. Samuel L. Stanley Jr., President of Stony Brook University said, "Millions of Americans and their families are faced with the reality of deadly diseases like cancer, AIDS and Alzheimer's. It is very encouraging when leaders like Congressman Zeldin champion initiatives, such as the 21st Century Cures Act, which designates critical funding to our nation’s top research institutions, in order to advance discovery of life-saving treatment of these devastating diseases."