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President Signs Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act into Law

April 3, 2014
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement today after President Barack Obama signed into law the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act. Cole coauthored the bill along with Congressmen Gregg Harper (MS-03) and Peter Welch (VT). The legislation redirects taxpayer dollars from political party conventions and instead uses those funds to further pediatric disease research. 

Kids First originated in the House and passed with strong bipartisan support in December. The following month, Senators Tim Kaine (VA), Mark Warner (VA) and Orrin Hatch (UT) announced their support for a companion bill and their desire to lead efforts for its passage. Last month, the Senate version of the bill also passed with strong support and was sent to the president’s desk for consideration.   

“I am pleased that President Obama recognized the value of the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act and acted quickly to sign it into law,” said Cole. “During my time serving as chief of staff at the Republican National Committee, I saw firsthand that political party conventions can be easily funded by private sources alone rather than wasting taxpayer dollars. This new law will now take that wasted money and give it real purpose at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). It will allow NIH researchers to advance their study of pediatric diseases and potentially discover new treatments and cures that could change and save lives. 

“Thank you to Majority Leader Eric Cantor for bringing up one of my previous legislative efforts to eliminate funding for party conventions and combining it with Congressman Harper’s efforts to increase funding for pediatric disease research. The result is not only fiscally-responsible but truly humanitarian.”