WASHINGTON – Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker each scored big bipartisan victories last week as Congress wrapped up its work for the year.
A sweeping health policy bill that Alexander championed to speed up the approval of drugs and medical devices and boost funding for research into treatments and cures for diseases such as cancer cleared the Senate and the House with large bipartisan majorities. President Barack Obama will sign it into law on Tuesday.
Corker's legislation to end modern slavery around the world also easily passed both chambers as part of a broader defense policy bill. It, too, is awaiting the president's signature.
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