Wednesday, December 11, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As an original co-sponsor, Congresswoman Jackie Walorski today applauded the bipartisan passage of the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act, H.R. 2019. This bill would eliminate $126 million in federal funding for presidential campaigns and conventions, redirecting this amount to pediatric medical research.

“During the holiday season, it is a delight to see lawmakers reach across the aisle and pass a smart bill that redirects funding to pediatric medical research, helping families in Indiana and across the nation. This straightforward legislation would support new initiatives to improve medical technology and find cures for our children. I am encouraged by the House’s bipartisan efforts, and hope the Senate will quickly pass this bill as well.”

Several children’s advocacy associations support the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act, including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Last week, Congresswoman Walorski met with local children, parents, and community members from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to discuss their goals and hear about the everyday challenges facing families.

In attendance was Susan from South Bend, who was diagnosed with Type I diabetes in 1965 at the age of twelve. She recalled the daily challenges of using glass syringes and dull metal needles that made treatment difficult. Thanks to improved research and technology, Susan’s son, Eric, who also suffers from Type 1 diabetes, has experienced a more comfortable lifestyle. Susan said, “He is able to benefit from new technologies, but none of them is a cure.”

Passage of the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act will allocate funding for juvenile diabetes research and many others—including but not limited to autism, childhood cancer, cerebral palsy, and Down syndrome.

With a vote of 295-103, the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act will next be referred to the Senate for consideration.


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