The 21st Century Cures Act, congressional legislation that boosts federal spending on medical research as well as streamlines the discovery-to-treatment pipeline, passed the U.S. House of Representatives with a large, bipartisan majority (174 D, 170 R) on July 10. 

The bill, spearheaded by U.S. Rep Fred Upton (R-MI), chairman of the Energy & Commerce committee, and U.S. Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA), would invest $1.75 billion per year in the National Institutes of Health.

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee is currently shaping legislation that will also advance biomedical research.