On World Autism Day, Congressman Eric Cantor (VA-07) unveiled the Kids First Research Act, a proposal which will be introduced in the House in the coming weeks to prioritize pediatric research to assist children with autism and other diseases. Sponsored by Representative Gregg Harper (R-MS) and Representative Tom Cole (R-OK), this legislation will eliminate taxpayer financing of presidential campaigns and party conventions and instead expand pediatric research at the National Institutes of Health.
Congressman Cantor said, "An astounding 1 in 50 school kids has autism. House Republicans are focused on smart policy solutions that will help parents meet the needs of their families and help children live a life full of opportunity. The Kids First Research Act will prioritize federal funding to support and expand pediatric research at the National Institutes of Health. Instead of spending millions of taxpayer dollars for presidential campaigns, these funds will be better spent helping find cures and treatments for pediatric diseases and disorders like autism."
Representative Harper said, "Recent scientific research breakthroughs linking Fragile X Syndrome and autism have given hope to individuals and their families. In order for clinical trials -- and other advancements -- to meet their full potential, adequate federal resources must be directed to pediatric research."
Representative Cole said, "I am pleased to join Congressman Harper on the Kids First Research Act. This legislation will redirect money that would have otherwise gone to fund presidential campaigns, towards autism research and other pediatric diseases and disorders. Transforming welfare for politicians into efforts to eradicate this terrible disease is a much better reflection of our national prerogatives. This legislation is an example of how much can be accomplished by ending wasteful spending and redirecting those funds toward urgent national priorities like the need to combat autism."
Learn more about the Kids First Research Act here: http://MajorityLeader.gov/KidsFirst