Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN) joined House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK), Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (R-NC) and Washington Redskins player Darryl Tapp in highlighting the Kids First Research Act today during a tour of the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC. The Act, cosponsored by Congresswoman Brooks, prioritizes funding for pediatric research by eliminating taxpayer financing of presidential campaigns and party conventions.
"I was proud to join Leader Cantor and my fellow members today in giving a voice to children who will benefit from new levels of support for potentially groundbreaking research," Brooks said. "Hoosiers understand the importance of spending taxpayer dollars wisely. Prioritizing the needs of our kids and their families is the best investment we can make."
Participants met with patients, families, doctors, researchers and hospital officials during their visit. They discussed the importance of research that can help find new treatments for challenging pediatric conditions.
Following the tour, the members joined President and CEO of Children's National Dr. Kurt Newman for a press conference in support of the legislation.
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The Kids First Research Act is supported by Autism Speaks, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the Children's Hospital Association among other groups.