The Latest: Biden confident Congress will OK cancer funds


BALTIMORE (AP) — The Latest on Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore to help launch a new cancer-fighting effort (all times local):

3:40 p.m.

Vice President Joe Biden says he’s confident Congress will approve the $1 billion that President Barack Obama has requested for cancer research.

Biden made the comment Tuesday at the launch of a new immunotherapy institute at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Obama has likened the accelerated quest for cancer cures to a manned mission to the moon. Biden says the proposal has overwhelming bipartisan support.

Obama is requesting $755 million in addition to the $195 million in new cancer funding Congress approved in its budget deal last year.

Biden’s son Beau died from brain cancer in May.

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and others donated $125 million to create the new institute at Hopkins, focusing on using patients’ immune systems to destroy cancer cells.

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8:15 a.m.

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other philanthropists are giving $125 million for a new cancer-fighting effort at John Hopkins University in Baltimore.

The school said Tuesday in a statement that Bloomberg and others are funding the creation of an institute that will focus on research in immunotherapy, which seeks to use patients’ immune systems to destroy cancer cells.

Vice President Joe Biden is among those expected to attend the formal announcement of the institute Tuesday.

Bloomberg is a Johns Hopkins graduate, and Sidney Kimmel is founder of Jones Apparel Group. Each donated $50 million. A dozen additional supporters contributed another $25 million.

The funds will be used primarily to fund research with a focus melanoma, colon, pancreatic, urologic, lung, breast and ovarian cancers.

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3 a.m.

Vice President Joe Biden is visiting Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore to help launch a new cancer-fighting effort.

Biden’s office says in a statement that he’ll participate Tuesday in a discussion of the White House’s $1 billion proposal for a new initiative to find cancer cures.

Gov. Larry Hogan is also scheduled to speak at the event. Hogan’s office says in a statement that the event includes dedication of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg-Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy.

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is a Johns Hopkins graduate and longtime benefactor of the university.

Sidney Kimmel is a clothing-and-film-industry tycoon who has given tens of millions of dollars to Johns Hopkins for cancer research.