Chuck Grassley

GOP prepares for House vote on medical research bill

Republicans and Democrats put finishing touches Tuesday on a $6.3 billion medical research bill as GOP leaders prepared to try pushing the measure through the lame-duck Congress by next week. The White House said it backs the measure, all but ensuring its approval.

While Democrats and consumer groups were unhappy with parts of the legislation, it contained enough accomplishments for both sides. Government drug approvals would be accelerated, there would be more money for biomedical research — including on cancer, a priority for the White House and Vice President Joe Biden — and there would be added funds for battling abuse of addictive drugs like opioids, a growing...