Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Actby Representative Rosa L. DeLauro
Posted on 2013-12-11
DeLAURO. Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to the so-called Kids
First Research Act, which despite its name does absolutely nothing to
support kids or pediatric research.
This bill does not include a single additional dollar for pediatric research. It just ends another program. It merely suggests this money should be used to fund NIH if, and only if, a later appropriations bill calls for it. The money does not automatically go for pediatric research.
This is a feel-good messaging bill that plays a bait-and-switch on American families hoping and praying for research dollars to save their children. This majority wants to pretend that they are supporting medical research when, in fact, they have continually cut this fundamental priority since 2011.
Consider the very first bill passed in this House in 2011, H.R. 1. That bill was supported by all but three Republicans. Almost every single Member of this majority voted to cut $1.6 billion from the National Institutes of Health. Most of those who have spoken this morning were those who voted to make that cut.
That cut is 100 times larger than the $12.6 million increase that this legislation pretends to provide. Because of the deep and reckless sequestration cuts, NIH has been cut by $1.5 billion more. We don't know whether the budget deal that is being discussed today will put that money back.
Because of these misguided policies, the National Cancer Institute has been slashed by $255 million and the Child Health Institute by $66 million.
The SPEAKER pro tempore. The time of the gentlewoman has expired.