Obama signs $6.3 billion law for cancer research, drug treatment

WASHINGTON — President Obama signed a $6.3 billion bill to fund drug treatment, a precision medicine initiative and Vice President Biden’s signature effort to “end cancer as we know it.”

In an emotional bill signing ceremony — likely the last one of this presidency — Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act in a White House auditorium. The signing brought full circle Obama’s State of the Union challenge to Congress to “surprise the cynics” by tackling some of the biggest health priorities facing the country.

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