Rep. Eshoo Meets with President Biden and Vice President Harris in Bipartisan Meeting to Discuss Curing Deadliest Diseases

March 3, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18), Chairwoman of the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, met with President Biden, Vice President Harris, and a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers to discuss new federal investments in the early detection and research of America’s deadliest diseases.

“Cancer is a personal issue for nearly every American. It is the second-leading cause of death in the U.S., and almost 1.9 million people will be diagnosed with cancer in 2021,” said Rep. Eshoo. “The President and Vice President understand all too well the heartbreak cancer and other fatal diseases can cause and the urgent need to find breakthrough cures. We had a productive bipartisan conversation today how best to seize this moment to tackle the health challenges of our time by crushing the pandemic and investing in the medical research and innovation needed to detect and cure cancer and address other debilitating diseases. I will work across the aisle and with the Administration to revitalize our efforts to cure the deadliest diseases and give hope to people who face the death sentences of these diseases today.”

Eshoo has been a longtime advocate for medical research. In 2012, Eshoo passed the Recalcitrant Cancer Research Act, which required the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to develop a scientific framework for research on recalcitrant cancers with a survival rate of less than 50%. Thanks to this law, NCI has begun strategic research programs into the treatment and early detection of pancreatic cancer, lung cancer, and stomach cancer.