The National Institutes of Health would receive an extra $9 billion over the next five years under legislation being pushed by an Illinois congressman.
U.S. Rep. Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth) was one of many House cosponsors of the 21st Century Cures Act, which aims to funnel more money into medical research for the NIH. He says the best way to curtail rising medical costs is to find cures for the most common diseases.
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"We're going to spend a little over $330 billion this year in treating diabetes alone," Dold said. "Can we get some research dollars to see if we can cure it, because heaven knows we can use the $330 billion in another way."
The bill passed the House in July, and Dold says there's been some disagreement with the Senate on where the funds would be coming from, but he's confident it will pass in the upper chamber, considering only 77 members of the House voted against it.