Obama holds last cer­e­mony for a bill sign­ing, the Cures Act

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Dave Boyer

Pres­i­dent Obama held the fi­nal bill sign­ing of his pres­i­dency Tues­day, sign­ing into law the 21st Cen­tury Cures Act and prais­ing the Repub­li­can and Demo­cratic law­mak­ers for their “out­stand­ing work.”

The mea­sure pro­vides $6.3 bil­lion over the next seven years for treat­ment of the opi­oid epi­demic, and funds re­search into brain dis­or­ders and can­cer, the lat­ter ef­fort part of Vice Pres­i­dent Joseph R. Bi­den’s “can­cer moon­shot” pro­gram. His son, Beau, died of brain can­cer in 2015 at age 46.

It was the 60th bill-sign­ing cer­e­mony of Mr. Obama’s pres­i­dency, far fewer than two-term pres­i­dents George W. Bush (95) and Bill Clin­ton (91). The pres­i­dent said the bi­par­ti­san deal on the mea­sure “in­di­cates the power of this is­sue and how deeply it touches ev­ery fam­ily across Amer­ica.”

Get­ting nos­tal­gic at the fi­nal such event of his two terms, Mr. Obama also praised Mr. Bi­den as “the finest vice pres­i­dent in history.”

“Go ahead and em­bar­rass Joe, go ahead,” Mr. Obama coaxed the au­di­ence, which re­sponded with cheers and a stand­ing ova­tion.

Mr. Bi­den said the law “is go­ing to help mil­lions of peo­ple.”

“I hope this bodes well for what will come next year, that we’re back work­ing to­gether,” he said of both par­ties.

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