Weekly Address: Senate Must Act to Put #KidsFirst

John Boehner

This week’s Republican address features Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS) calling on the U.S. Senate to pass the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act, bipartisan legislation that boosts pediatric medical research by ending taxpayer subsidies for political party conventions. “In this season of sweeping resolutions,” Harper says, “here’s a chance to show how one small change can make a big difference.”

“Republicans used their weekly address to urge the Democratic-led Senate to take up a bipartisan House-passed bill that redirects federal tax dollars from political party conventions to pediatric research.  … The bill, part of Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s ‘Making Life Work’ agenda, would shift $126 million from the party nominating conventions to the National Institutes of Health. … He urged viewers to lobby their senators in support of the bill and noted that Senate leaders had previously voted to end the taxpayer subsidy for party conventions.  ‘In this season of sweeping resolutions, here’s a chance to show how one small change can make a big difference,’ Harper said.” (The Hill)

GOP congressman urges Senate to pass childrens cancer bill. Rep. Gregg Harper, R-Mississippi, urged his Senate colleagues to pass the bipartisan Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act in the GOP’s weekly address Saturday. … Less than 4% of the federal government’s $5 billion for cancer research goes to study childhood cancers.  … ‘No, we can’t fix everything,’ he added. ‘But that doesn’t mean we should accept things as they are. After all, don’t we teach our kids never to settle for less?’” (CNN)

“The bill, the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act, was renamed last fall for a 10-year-old Virginia girl with an inoperable brain tumor who drew attention for her efforts to promote pediatric cancer research; she later died.  Mr. Harper noted that he had a personal interest in the proposal.  ‘Livingston, our oldest, was 4 when he was diagnosed with fragile X syndrome, a disorder that is often misdiagnosed as autism,’ he said. ‘Today, he’s making his way through college in a program for students with intellectual disabilities.’” (The New York Times)

“Mississippi Congressman Gregg Harper delivered the Republican weekly address. He calls on the Senate to pass the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act.  It seeks to boost funding for pediatric research at the National Institutes of Health.  The measure passed the House in December.” (Associated Press)

“In the Republican address Saturday, Congressman Gregg Harper (of Mississippi) called on the Senate to pass the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act.  The bill, passed by the House of Representatives last month, seeks to boost funding for pediatric research at the National Institutes of Health.” (VOA News)

“In this week’s Republican address, the first for 2014, Rep. Gregg Harper of Mississippi speaks about his bipartisan Kids First research bill.  Harper praises the House’s vote to move the bill forward, but says the job isn’t done and urges the Senate to keep the ball rolling.” (ABC News Radio)

“Bipartisan legislation to end taxpayer subsidies for party conventions and route the money to pay for pediatric research at the National Institutes of Health is heading to the Senate, and its sponsor, Republican Rep. Gregg Harper, on Saturday called for cooperation in getting the legislation passed.” (Newsmax

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