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21st Century Cures Legislative Phase to Continue THURSDAY


#SubHealth to Markup Updated Discussion Draft of 21st Century Cures AND Bipartisan Microbead-Free Waters Act

The Subcommittee on Health has scheduled a markup on Thursday, May 14, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building to consider the 21st Century Cures Act and H.R. 1321, “the Microbead-Free Waters Act.”

“Every bill we draft, every vote we cast, we’re moving forward on the path to cures. This is a major milestone for hope and health,” said full committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI).

21st Century Cures is the product of a yearlong, bipartisan, nationwide listening tour spearheaded by Upton and Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO). Upton, DeGette, Health Subcommittee Chairman Joe Pitts (R-PA), full committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr., (D-NJ), and Health Subcommittee Ranking Member Gene Green (D-TX), recently released a discussion draft and held a Health Subcommittee hearing to continue the public discussion on Cures. An updated draft will be released prior to Thursday’s markup.

The Health Subcommittee also recently held a hearing to discuss H.R. 1321, the Microbead-Free Waters Act, authored by Pallone and Upton. The bipartisan bill addresses the issue of synthetic plastic microbeads in cosmetic products polluting American waters, including the Great Lakes.

Electronic copies of the legislation can be found on the Energy and Commerce Committee’s website here. A background memo, amendments, and votes will be available at the same link as they are posted.


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