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Reed Votes for Kids First Research Act

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Washington, DC, December 11, 2013 | comments

Congressman Tom Reed voted Wednesday in support of the bipartisan Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act. The bill prioritizes taxpayer funding for scientific research of pediatric diseases and disorders such as autism, juvenile diabetes, and children’s cancer by eliminating taxpayer funding for political conventions. Reed co-sponsored the bill.

“Caring for our children should always come before politics,” Congressman Reed said. “This bill prioritizes funding where it is needed: investing in our children. Finding cures and improving the quality of life for these children and their families is something we can and should all come together to support.”

The Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act authorizes $126 million over ten years for pediatric research grants at the National Institutes of Health by eliminating the Presidential Election Campaign Fund (PECF) and terminating taxpayer funding for political party nominating conventions.

Earlier this year Gary Mervis, Chairman and Founder of Camp Good Days and Special Times, joined Congressman Reed in supporting the bill and joined forces to highlight the need to prioritize children’s health ahead of politics. Their op-ed can be found here.

“Nothing says more than who we are as a people than the care and love we share with our children,” Gary Mervis said. “Diseases rob them of who they are and cause them to grow up too quickly. We owe it to them to find new treatments and cures, this has to become a priority. The passage of the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act is a giant step forward. I applaud Congressman Reed and the other organizations that have supported this bill.”

A host of organizations have voiced their strong support for the bill, organizations like Autism Speaks, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, National Fragile X Foundation, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the National Down Syndrome Society and Camp Good Days and Special Times.

The bill was named the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act after ten-year-old Gabriella, who passed away after being diagnosed with brain cancer last fall. Throughout her hard-fought battle with cancer, Gabriella spoke out to raise awareness for childhood cancer.   


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