Eshoo Legislation to Create Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health Passes House

June 22, 2022
Press Release
ARPA-H Would Focus on Deadly Diseases

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed Health Subcommittee Chairwoman Anna G. Eshoo's bipartisan legislation, H.R. 5585, the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Health (ARPA-H) Act with a vote of 336-85. The legislation creates an independent health agency focused on accelerating transformative breakthroughs to find cures and treat the deadliest diseases, such as pancreatic cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, ALS, and glioblastoma. Congresswoman Eshoo met with President Biden in March 2021 as part of a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers to discuss his ARPA-H proposal and has worked since then to craft and advance this legislation.

“Today with a bipartisan vote of 336-85, the House passed my ARPA-H legislation to create a new agency with the authorities and autonomy it needs to be successful and ensuring it will be a nimble, dynamic, and independent agency. Modeled after the highly innovative and successful Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which developed technology such as the internet, GPS navigation, and mRNA vaccines, ARPA-H will be a small, independent agency with a mighty mission: to cure and treat the world’s deadliest diseases,” said Eshoo.