Chairman Upton is working on a new version of his 21st Century Cures Act, which passed the House on July 10, 2015.
Sullivan reports that Upton’s revamp could be introduced as soon as this week, though lobbyists and aides say that there is still much work to be done, and it would be tough for the legislation to move before the November elections.
For months, supporters of the 21st Century Cures Act reportedly have struggled to find a bipartisan way to pay for billions of dollars in new spending for medical research at the National Institutes of Health.
While the House passed the bill in a bipartisan vote in July 2015, it has been mired in the Senate since then amid months of talks over ways to offset the new spending.
With the window for passing legislation this year rapidly closing, Chairman Upton is making a push to jump-start the efforts by passing a new bill through the House.
Meanwhile, Sullivan reported the Senate could theoretically then take up that bill in the lame-duck session after the elections.
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For the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey’s (HINJ) statement on the Cures Act’s July 2015 House passage, click here.