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