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Congressman Tom Cole

Representing the 4th District of Oklahoma

Cantor, Cole Urge Pediatric Research During Hospital Visit

June 27, 2013
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) joined with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (VA-07) and Congresswomen Renee Ellmers (NC-02) and Susan Brooks (IN-05) on Tuesday to urge pediatric research. During their visit to Children’s National Medical Center, the delegation highlighted the Kids First Research Act, legislation that would redirect public funds currently used for presidential campaigns and instead use it for pediatric research to cure and prevent diseases like autism.

“After visiting the children’s hospital, I was reminded yet again of the importance of pediatric research funding,” said Cole. “Childhood is something that should be full of carefree memories, but for many of the children I met Tuesday, theirs has included relentless pain and suffering due to illness.  

“You can truly measure the decency of society by the priorities of its people. We must prioritize pediatric research, and the Kids First Research Act does exactly that by redirecting public funds wasted on presidential campaigns. I have long been an advocate of defunding the Presidential Campaign Fund, and this legislation effectively does that and instead funds something that all Americans can agree matters. This is truly an example of two good ideas coming together to make a great idea,” concluded Cole.

For a video of Congressman Cole’s remarks during the visit, click here.