WASHINGTON, D.C. (FOX 56) – On Thursday, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the bipartisan FDA Modernization Act 2.0, sending it to the House of Representatives.

The bill, headed by Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Cory Booker (D-NJ), will end a 1938 Food and Drug Administration mandate that experimental drugs be tested on animals prior to moving to human trials.

While not outright banning animal testing, the bill does allow drug sponsors to have the option to use alternative methods.

The bill is cosponsored by Senators Mike Braun (R-IN), Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Susan Collins (R-ME), Angus King (D-ME), Alex Padilla (D-CA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), and Rick Scott (R-FL).

“The FDA Modernization Act 2.0 will accelerate innovation and get safer, more effective drugs to market more quickly by cutting red tape that is not supported by current science, and I’m proud to have led the charge. The passage of this bipartisan bill is a step toward ending the needless suffering and death of animal test subjects – which I’m glad both Republicans and Democrats can agree needs to end,” said Paul.

“Lawmakers from both parties recognize that the United States must lift an archaic animal-testing mandate for drug development and replace that strategy with 21st-century methods grounded on human biology,” said the President of Animal Wellness Action and the Center for a Humane Economy Wayne Pacelle. “This is the biggest policy development in Congressional history on the fight to replace animal testing with morally and scientifically superior methods.”

You can read the FDA Modernization Act 2.0 HERE