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Senate Passes $6.3B 21st Century Cures Bill, Including Cancer Moonshot Initiative

POLITICO: Biden’s farewell gift: Cancer moonshot helps pass $6.3 billion research bill
“…The $6.3 billion 21st Century Cures bill was approved by the Senate Wednesday in an overwhelming 94-5 vote and is now headed to the White House as one of the last pieces of legislation to be signed into law by President Barack Obama. … The vote let lawmakers close the year and the 114th Congress on a dramatic high, after a divisive election and ahead of the heated battles next year over the dismantling of Obamacare. That drama was captured Monday night, when [Vice President Joe] Biden took the rare step of presiding over the Senate for a procedural vote on the bill and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced the Senate would rename the law’s cancer program after Biden’s late son…” (Karlin-Smith et al., 12/7).