U.S. House Passes Bill To Speed New Cures, Arkansas Delegation Splits
The U.S. House of Representatives Friday passed a bill aimed at introducing medical breakthroughs faster to market. The state’s delegation split 2-2 on the bill.
H.R. 6, the 21st Century Cures Act, passed by a bipartisan vote of 344-77. Third District Rep. Steve Womack, a co-sponsor, and 2nd District Rep. French HIll voted for the bill. Voting no were 1st District Rep. Rick Crawford and 4th District Rep. Bruce Westerman.
The bill would create an “Innovation Fund” of $1.75 billion per year for five years for the National Institutes of Health and $110 million per year for five years for the Food and Drug Administration.