Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Actby Representative Doug Collins
Posted on 2013-12-11
COLLINS of Georgia. Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
Mr. Speaker, I am honored today to add my name to the list of those who support this legislation. H.R. 2019 bears the name of a child whose bravery and wisdom should inspire us all.
Gabriella Miller reminds us that government has the ability and the obligation to strive for the greater good--to protect the innocent, to preserve their futures. If we lose sight of that goal, we have failed.
In the year that I have been in Congress, most of my time has been spent fighting against bad policies and bad politics, but today is different. Today, I stand before this body and proclaim we can do something and we can help. The Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act prioritizes pediatric research to help children with autism, cancer, and other diseases.
If you were to ask me what defines Doug Collins, I would tell you three things: I am a man of faith; I am a husband; and a father, a father to a daughter who has spina bifida, but also inspires me to be the type of person that I would want to be.
She is a lot like Gabriella Miller. Gabriella Miller really won her fight. My daughter continues. It reminds us that you can help and when you can help, you should. When you can make a difference, no matter how small, it still matters. It is still worth doing.
I am a freshman here, but what amazes me is when you take a step forward in putting something productive on the floor which makes at least a small statement--and Congressman Harper brings forth that with others--when you take a small step forward and bring something down to this floor and are ridiculed and it is said it is window dressing, I am sorry, this is not window dressing. It is a step to being the government we are called to be, and that is prioritizing, that is putting faith back into a system in which people have lost faith.
On the floor today, it is no wonder that they have lost faith. When a good-faith effort is put forward and it is criticized in light of children and research to make other political points, that is what is truly appalling today; that is what is bad.
This is a simple step that was brought forth in good faith. All I am saying is let's prioritize. I agree with my friends across the aisle: it is time we prioritize our mission; it is time we prioritize our battles here. This is one step forward.
I would encourage all Members to support something that actually does make a difference.