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VA Legislators Push Pediatric Research Funding Bill

Wednesday, January 29, 2014  
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This week, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) joined House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-7th) and Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) to announce bipartisan, bicameral support for the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act, named for a girl from Leesburg who had an inoperable brain tumor and died in October.

In December, H.R. 2019 overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives with a bipartisan vote of 295-103. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Mark Warner (D-VA), and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) plan to lead support for the companion bill in the U.S. Senate.

"The Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act is an important way to honor the memory of this remarkable young Virginian while recognizing the importance of pediatric disease research. I’m honored to support this effort and look forward to doing all I can to move it forward in the Senate,” said Senator Kaine.

Leader Cantor said, "Putting a priority on federal funding for pediatric medical research at the NIH will help overcome childhood cancer, autism and many other diseases impacting our children. Thanks to the hard work of Congressmen Gregg Harper, Peter Welch, and Tom Cole the House chose to put finding cures for our kids before financing political conventions. With the bipartisan support of Senators Kaine, Warner, and Hatch, I hope the Senate acts swiftly to do the same and sends Gabriella’s bill to the President’s desk to be signed into law so we can help more children.”

"I am pleased to add my support to this worthwhile effort to boost NIH research for pediatric diseases. By all accounts, Gabriella Miller was a profile in courage, and I can think of no better way to honor her legacy,” noted Senator Warner.

The Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act is supported by over 100 patient advocacy groups and has over 2,600 Citizen Cosponsors.

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