Poliquin touts ‘Cure’

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Maine’s Second District Congressman Bruce Poliquin released a statement following the U.S. House of Representatives passing the 21st Century Cures Act on Monday.

“Health research facilities, such as Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor and the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory, are essential in keeping America the global leader in medical research. It’s critical that these institutions, and those across our nation, are fully supported.

“To that end, I am proud to have voted in support of the 21st Century Cures Act, as it will help provide more resources in a fiscally responsible manner to these engines of health research in Hancock County.

The bill provides new incentives to help expedite the development of therapies for rare and life-threatening diseases.

“The Cures Act also focuses on Young Scientists so that Jackson Labs and MDI Biological Labs can attract and retain our next generation of researchers, who may be able to develop cures and treatments for diseases,” Poliquin said.

“I am pleased to see this commonsense, lifesaving bill pass the House with strong bipartisan support, as it will help protect jobs, provide more resources and, most importantly, save lives.”

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