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Confirmation for Head of New Research Hub Required in House Bill

May 17, 2022, 7:13 PM

The Senate would have to confirm the head of a new biomedical research accelerator under the latest bipartisan House proposal that’s expected to go before a committee markup Wednesday.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday posted the latest version of a bill (H.R. 5585) to authorize the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H), one day before a markup of a half-dozen health bills, including must-pass legislation to reauthorize the Food and Drug Administration’s user fees.

Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.), chair of the Energy and Commerce health subcommittee, largely drove the ARPA-H authorizing bill. But ...