There are also a number of additional legislative and regulatory issues with importance to the Parkinson’s community that PAN monitors or supports. Below are some of the latest issues that we’re following in Washington.
21st Century Cures Initiative
In May 2014, Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO), launched the 21st Century Cures Initiative. PAN is actively engaging with the Committee on this exciting initiative aimed at accelerating the pace of cures in America through medical innovation. Learn more.
Accelerating Biomedical Research Act
PAN sent letters of appreciation to Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) for introducing the Accelerating Biomedical Research Act (S. 2658). The legislation would give the Appropriations Committee the authority to increase funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) above the spending caps that are currently mandated by law until 2021, providing up to an additional $46.2 billion for medical research funding over the next seven fiscal years. Learn more.
The American CURES and America HEALS Acts
PAN sent letters of appreciation (distinct from an endorsement) to Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) for their leadership in introducing legislation to help guarantee that funding for key agencies that support medical research, like NIH, continues to increase, even in tougher appropriations years. The American Cures Act (S. 2115) and America HEALS Act (H.R. 4384), respectively, would create a trust fund to provide increases to medical research funding each fiscal year. Learn more.
PAN Comments on TBI Research to Senate Special Committee on Aging
The Senate Special Committee on Aging is examining linkages between brain injury and the development of neurological conditions later in life. PAN submitted comments to the Committee, highlighting the Department of Defense Parkinson’s research program and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke approved list of 31 Parkinson’s priorities, which include finding the underlying causes of Parkinson’s disease, such as traumatic brain injury (TBI). Learn more.
Regenerative Medicine Promotion Act of 2014
On March 13, 2014, S. 2126, the Regenerative Medicine Promotion Act of 2014, was introduced by Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Mark Kirk (R-IL). The bill would launch a national strategy to support regenerative medicine. Learn more.
Award the Congressional Gold Medal to Muhammad Ali (H.R. 1084)
Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) has introduced legislation that would authorize the President to award a gold medal on behalf of Congress to Muhammad Ali in recognition of his contributions to the nation. Learn more.