House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says House Democrats don’t unanimously back the 21st Century Cures package, which advocates hope will come up for a vote in both chambers of Congress during the upcoming lame-duck session.
“I support ranking member Pallone and Congresswoman Diana Degette (D-Colo.) who have worked very hard on this and so we stand ready to help pass it in the lame duck,” Pelosi said at a Capitol Hill press conference Wednesday. “That’s not a universal view in our caucus, some people don’t have the same support for him so we’re just going to have to build consensus.”
“But if leadership takes it up I think it will pass,” she added.
House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have both named the effort a priority for when Congress returns to D.C. after the election. The measure aims to speed the development of medical treatments and cures.
The House passed the measure by a vote of 344-77 last year, with just seven Democrats voting against the bill. On the Senate side, the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee approved more than a dozen medical innovation bills this year, but negotiations around new funding to go along with the measures have stalled progress.
A spokeswoman for Pelosi declined to elaborate on her comments.