November 30, 2016
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mimi Walters (CA-45) released the following statement after voting in support of the 21st Century Cures Act, which would accelerate the cycle of discovering, developing, and delivering innovative cures:

“Over the last two years, I have met with Southern Californians of all ages and backgrounds, who suffer from incurable diseases, and I have been continuously inspired by their hope and optimism to beat the odds.  Today, the House took an important step to ensure Americans have access to the most effective cures and treatments. We passed the 21st Century Cures Act with tremendous bipartisan support to encourage scientific collaboration and accelerate the development of life-saving cures.

“For far too long, our regulatory policies have lagged behind scientific advancements, but the Cures Act will change that.  We have worked with patients, doctors, healthcare providers, researchers, and innovators to ensure this legislation will expedite the discovery, development, and delivery of new treatments.  The Cures Act will ensure that the United States remains the global leader in biomedical innovation, protecting and creating jobs here at home.  California is home to over 3,000 life sciences companies, and these companies employ nearly 300,000 people, who work to develop lifesaving treatments.  This bipartisan legislation will help ensure patients have access to these cures and treatments when they need them.  I am proud to have voted in favor of the 21st Century Cures Act, and it is my hope the Senate and the President work with us to sign this innovative legislation into law.”

Walters represents California’s 45th District and serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure and Judiciary Committees.