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  • Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act

    by Representative Gerald E. Connolly

    Posted on 2013-12-11

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    CONNOLLY. Mr. Speaker, today House Republicans forced a vote on the cynically misnamed ``Kids First Research Act.'' The bill purports to increase funding for pediatric research by transferring $12.6 million from the public financing for party nominating conventions. That might sound substantial if it weren't designed to mask the fact that House Republicans have slashed NIH funding by $4.2 billion in the last three years. In fact, their most recent budget proposal would have cut NIH funding by another 20%. It's one of the most cynical acts I've seen in a Congress and reminds me of what my friend, humorist Jim Boren, used to say, ``If you're going to be a phony, at least be sincere about it.'' The SPEAKER pro tempore. The question is on the motion offered by [[Page H7666]] the gentleman from Michigan (Mr. Upton) that the House suspend the rules and pass the bill, H.R. 2019, as amended.

    The question was taken.

    The SPEAKER pro tempore. In the opinion of the Chair, two-thirds being in the affirmative, the ayes have it.

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