A U.S. Senate panel held a hearing Tuesday on the 21st Century Cures Bill, which would increase funding to the National Institutes of Health by $8.75 billion over the course of five years. The House passed the measure last week. Dr. George Weiner, who heads the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa, is also president of the Association of American Cancer Institutes. He says, when factoring inflation, over the past 12 years N-I-H funding has dropped by more than 22-percent.
All four of Iowa’s congressmen voted in favor of the bill, which passed the House on a tally of 344-77. Weiner says the funding is an investment in both medical research and the economy.
Leaders of the House said they don’t expect the legislation to reach a vote in the Senate until later this fall at the earliest.