Joe Biden: Spending bill 'will help put us closer to curing cancer'

Vice President Joe Biden is pleased with the passing of the $1.1 trillion spending bill Dec. 18, saying its funding toward cancer research is especially important, according to The Hill.

The bill will bring the funding for the National Institutes of Health to $32 billion — an increase of $2 billion and the biggest investment in the NIH in a decade, according to Vice President Biden. The bill also includes a $264 million increase for the National Cancer Institute.

"It will help put us closer to curing cancer — turning deadly diseases into manageable chronic conditions — and on the verge of countless other life-saving and life-changing discoveries," Vice President Biden said in a statement, according to the report.

Vice President Biden is a major advocate for cancer research, as his son Beau died of brain cancer in May.

"The things that are just about to happen, we can make them real with an absolute national commitment to end cancer as we know it today," he said, according to the report. "And I'm going to spend the next 15 months in this office pushing as hard as I can to accomplish this."

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