The Children's Cause Blog

Today the House of Representatives will consider HR 2019, the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act.  This legislation would eliminate taxpayer financing of Presidential elections and conventions and authorize this funding to instead be spend pediatric research at the NIH.  We at Children’s Cause for Cancer Advocacy have not endorsed this legislation and would like to take this opportunity to explain why.

Unfortunately, there’s no guarantee that one dime will be spent on pediatric cancer research as a result of passage of HR 2019.  In fact, all indications are that this legislation will not be acted upon in the Senate which means no enactment into law.  Furthermore, even if HR 2019 was passed by the Senate and signed into law, it would still be subject to the appropriations process that may never allocate this funding.  Instead, the pediatric disease community will be put in competition with each other for a…

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