GOP-Backed Childhood Cancer Research Bill Passed by Senate

Tuesday, 11 Mar 2014 12:27 PM

 

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

The Senate Tuesday passed Republican-backed legislation to repeal taxpayer funding for political conventions and to go on record in support of devoting $126 million over the coming decade for additional research into pediatric cancer and other childhood disorders like autism and Down syndrome.

The measure was passed by unanimous voice vote at the request of Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. It now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. The House passed the measure late last year.

The legislation was named after Gabriella Miller, a Virginia girl who died of brain cancer last year at age 10. She had helped raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and also sought to win public support for pediatric cancer research.

"One courageous young girl, Gabriella Miller, inspired bipartisan action to help research, treat and cure pediatric diseases and disorders," said Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., a key House sponsor of the measure. When people would remark that Gabriella was wise beyond her years, she would tell them that having a brain tumor means you have to grow up real fast."

Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada said that the measure is largely symbolic and doesn't directly fund additional pediatric research; the actual funding would come in future appropriations bills. Funding for medical research through the National Institutes of Health has been squeezed in recent years under tight spending limits and automatic spending cuts known.

"It's extremely important that we understand that the NIH is billions of dollars short of being able to maintain the place they've had in the past," Reid said.

© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Singer Joe Cocker Dies at 70: Report

Monday, 22 Dec 2014 13:45 PM

Joe Cocker, the British singer who had numerous hits in the 1970s and '80s including a barrel-throated rendition of Wit . . .

Most Believe Santa Claus Is a Republican

Monday, 22 Dec 2014 12:51 PM

He probably doesn't have time to vote, what with all that toy-making, reindeer-steering and chimney-dropping, but did yo . . .

Number of Districts Axing School Lunch Program Growing

Monday, 22 Dec 2014 11:53 AM

Yet another school district, this time in the Obamas' home area of Chicago, has bailed out of the school lunch program f . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved