Obama set to sign bill boosting spending on cancer research

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  • President Barack Obama signs the 21st Century Cures Act, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    President Barack Obama signs the 21st Century Cures Act, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) (The Associated Press)

  • President Barack Obama embraces Vice President Joe Biden after signing the 21st Century Cures Act, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. Standing behind, from left are, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., and Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    President Barack Obama embraces Vice President Joe Biden after signing the 21st Century Cures Act, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. Standing ... behind, from left are, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., and Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (The Associated Press)

  • President Barack Obama hugs Kate Grubb, and Vice President Joe Biden hugs her husband David Grubb before signing the 21st Century Cures Act, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. The Grubb family, from Charleston W.Va., lost their daughter Jessie Grubb in the spring of 2016 after a long battle with substance abuse. Grubb's story gained recognition after Obama visited Charleston in October 2015, focusing on the drug epidemic.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    President Barack Obama hugs Kate Grubb, and Vice President Joe Biden hugs her husband David Grubb before signing the 21st Century Cures Act, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the ... White House complex in Washington. The Grubb family, from Charleston W.Va., lost their daughter Jessie Grubb in the spring of 2016 after a long battle with substance abuse. Grubb's story gained recognition after Obama visited Charleston in October 2015, focusing on the drug epidemic.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) (The Associated Press)

President Barack Obama will sign legislation on Tuesday that makes new investments in cancer research and battling drug abuse.

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The 21st Century Cures Act invests $1.8 billion for a cancer research "moonshot" that is strongly supported by Vice President Joe Biden, whose son Beau died of the disease.

Biden, who will speak at the signing ceremony, says "God willing, this bill will save lives."

The bill also authorizes giving states $1 billion over two years to prevent and treat the abuse of opioids and other addictive drugs like heroin.

Overall, the measure plans $6.3 billion in new spending over the coming decade.

The bill also streamlines the approval process for drugs and medical devices at the Food and Drug Administration, which some patient safety groups say is dangerous.