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Rep. Zeldin Pushes for Congress to Pass the 21st Century Cures Act

June 22, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, C – NY-1) just announced that he has co-sponsored a key piece of legislation for Long Island and our country: the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 6). 
 
“The 21st Century Cures Act is a bipartisan legislative effort in Congress to improve and modernize our nation’s healthcare by paving the way for healthcare innovation in the United States. This legislation would accelerate the process for scientific advancement, giving researchers access to the resources they need in order to advance their research and development, and help deliver lifesaving or life improving cures and treatments to the Long Island residents suffering from a disease," said Congressman Zeldin.

Currently, there are over 7,000 identified diseases and disorders which affect more than 300 million people across the world. Sadly, we only have a cure for 500 of these diseases.

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. 
 
Among other important aspects of the bill, the 21st Century Cures Act would ensure our country remains a leader in the medical industry field, which provides our community with high-paying research and private sector jobs.

Over 140 members of Congress are now supporting this legislative initiative.