April 26, 2021

New Legislation Introduced Addressing Health, Nutrition, and Research

New Legislation Introduced Addressing Health, Nutrition, and Research

During the last month, there have been numerous bills introduced relating to health, nutrition, and research.

The American Cures Act and the American Innovation Act introduced by Representative Richard Durbin (D, IL) are both designed to create mandatory funds to provide steady, predictable funding for breakthrough research at America’s top research agencies, allowing the United States to remain a leader in development and discovery for decades to come. “If we want to find treatments and cures to disease, spur job growth, improve national security, and develop the technology of the future, then we must empower our federal research agencies. The American Cures Act and the American Innovation Act provide the robust funding needed to ensure America leads the world in breakthrough discoveries,” Durbin said.

Representative Frank Lucas (R, OK) reintroduced The Securing American Leadership in Science and Technology Act, (SALSTA) which would double the investment in basic research over the next decade to protect the economic and national security of the United States. “We need to protect U.S. research from theft while also maintaining the transparent and cooperative environment that generates scientific discoveries,” said Lucas.

Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Susan Collins (R-ME) reintroduced the Wise Investment in our Children Act (WIC Act) that would expand child eligibility for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) to age six or the beginning of kindergarten, expand postpartum eligibility to two years, and extend infant certification periods to two years. The long-term benefits of nutrition for children are immeasurable—when children are well-nourished early in life they’re healthier and do better in school,” said Casey. 

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will increase the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for an estimated 25 million people in very low-income households that had not received at least $95 per month in increased benefits through COVID-19 enhancements authorized by Congress. The increases vary state-by-state. “As part of President Biden’s commitment to deliver economic relief, and ensure every family can afford to put food on the table, today’s actions will provide much-needed support for those who need it most,” Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack said.