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Biden signs ALS legislation put forth by Nebraska Congressman Fortenberry

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Published: Dec. 23, 2021 at 2:56 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 23, 2021 at 4:26 PM CST
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WOWT) - President Biden on Thursday signed the ACT for ALS, a bill sponsored by Nebraska 1st District Rep. Jeff Fortenberry.

The bill funds further research for new treatments for ALS, also known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” is described on the ALS Association website as “a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.”

The law will funnel $100 million annually between 2022 and 2026 into research into Lou Gehrig’s disease, an incurable neurodegenerative disorder also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and similar diseases. It will also create grant programs and provide early access to promising treatments for patients who aren’t accepted into clinical trials.

The Republican Congressman issued a statement following the Senate’s passage of the bill on Dec. 16:

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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