Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Actby Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson
Posted on 2013-12-11
JOHNSON of Texas. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in
opposition to H.R. 2019, The Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act.
This bill completely bypassed procedure in the House, skipping any
committee action prior to a full House vote and leaving no opportunity
for discussion as to what could be the best way to fund pediatric
While my colleagues and I fully support increased funding to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and pediatric research, the ``Kids First Research Act'' would not provide any additional funds to the NIH for this purpose. The bill merely authorizes that the Presidential Election Campaign Fund be available to a certain extent. These funds would still be subject to the Budget Control Act caps and the normal Appropriations Committee process.
H.R. 2019 is merely a messaging tactic for House Republicans to appear to be supportive of biomedical research funding. House Republicans attempted to cut $1.6 billion from NIH funding in 2011. This year, sequestration cut the NIH budget by $1.55 billion and took an additional $255 million from the cancer institute and $66 million from the child health institute within the NIH.
If House Republicans intend to increase funding for NIH research, they should do so by replacing sequestration with a more balanced approach. This bill not only restricts funding for the NIH, it represents Congressional micromanagement of research. Overall, HR. 2019 does nothing to advance the goals of biomedical research. I urge my colleagues to support the work of our scientists and researchers and oppose the Kids First Research Act.