Senate Renames Cancer Initiative in 21st Century Cures Bill After Beau Biden
‘I think it fitting to dedicate this bill’s critical cancer initiatives in honor of someone who’d be so proud of the presiding officer today: [the Vice President’s] son Beau.’
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the renaming of the NIH cancer initiative in the 21st Century Cures Act after Vice President Joe Biden’s late son, Beau, who lost his battle with cancer last year:
“It’s a rare day when we get to see the Vice President presiding in that chair.
“It’s great to have him here today.
“We look forward to welcoming him again later this week too.
“I know members will have plenty to say about his life and his legacy then.
“But today, the Senate would like to specifically acknowledge his efforts to help Americans struggling with cancer.
“He’s known the cruel toll this disease can take.
“But he hasn’t let it defeat him — he’s chosen to fight back, he’s taken a leading role, and the Senate will soon pass the 21st Century Cures Act as testament to tremendous efforts like his.
“I think it fitting to dedicate this bill’s critical cancer initiatives in honor of someone who’d be so proud of the presiding officer today: his son Beau.
“And, in just a moment, that’s exactly what the Senate will do — renaming the NIH’s cancer initiatives in this bill after Beau Biden.”
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