Rep. Eshoo Secures Funding for ARPA-H in Omnibus Package

March 9, 2022
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18) voted for the government funding package that includes $1 billion to fund the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health, or ARPA-H. The new health agency will focus on accelerating biomedical innovation to develop transformative breakthroughs in how we detect and treat the deadliest diseases. Rep. Eshoo introduced legislation to establish ARPA-H last year after meeting with President Biden and a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers to discuss the new approach.

“ARPA-H will serve as a beacon of hope to the many Americans who for decades have urged Congress to do more to address diseases that are currently a death sentence, such as pancreatic cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, ALS, and glioblastoma. This legislation takes the world’s deadliest diseases head-on by providing $1 billion to create an independent ARPA-H. I’m proud to champion this bipartisan effort, but the work is not done yet,” said Rep. Eshoo. “While this legislation provides the startup funding for the agency, my legislation ARPA-H Act must be passed by Congress to codify the agency’s authorities.