Published on November 30, 2016.
Legislation Paves Way For Drug Innovation and Advances
Legislative Package Includes Main Street’s Mental Health Legislation
WASHINGTON – Republican Main Street Partnership President & CEO Sarah Chamberlain hailed the final passage of the 21st Century Cures Act today. Many of the provisions in the legislation originated with Main Street Advocacy’s Women2Women tour and the final legislation reflected the work of key Republican Main Street Members.
The bill began three years ago with Republican Main Street’s Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) and Rep. Diana DeGette (D-MI) noting that there were only 500 known cures for the 10,000 diseases in the world.
The 21st Century Cures Act grew from their recognition that biomedical research recently has made thrilling progress toward curing cancer and other terrible diseases — but the pace at which these breakthroughs are being turned into widely available, life-saving and life-extending treatments is much too slow.
“Many women who took part in our nationwide Women2Women tour singled out advocated for the passage of the Cures Act,” said Sarah Chamberlain, President and CEO of the Republican Main Street Partnership. “Together with all of our Congressional members of the Republican Main Street Partnership we galvanized a bipartisan group of nearly two hundred Members of Congress to sponsor and co-sponsor this benchmark legislation,” added Chamberlain.
Earlier this year, Main Street Advocacy amassed over 50,000 signatures in support of the bipartisan Helping Families in Mental Crisis Act, sponsored by Republican Main Street’s Representative Tim Murphy (PA-18). The mental health legislation passed the House this evening as part of the 21st Century Cures legislative package.
“The Republican Main Street Partnership and it’s sister organizations deliver great policy solutions for the American people. The 21st Century Cures Act legislative package includes the first piece of significant mental health care legislation passed in over 50 years, a testament to what our united governing party can do when it reaches bipartisan solutions,” Chamberlain concluded.