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Senate Approves Pediatric Research Bill

March 14, 2014—The Senate March 11 approved by unanimous consent a bill (H.R. 2019) to authorize $126 million over 10 years for pediatric research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  The Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act would redirect federal funds from the Presidential Election Campaign Fund, which pays for the Republican and Democratic national nominating conventions.

The House passed the bill 295-103 in December. The Obama administration has not signaled if it will sign the bill.

Speaking prior to Senate approval of the measure, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) reminded his colleagues, “What we have done today is only an authorization, and the public out there should understand it is only an authorization. Until we have appropriations going, there will be nothing going to pediatric research at the National Institutes of Health.”

Democrats had criticized the proposal as insufficient, comparing it to the $1.5 billion sequestration cut in the FY 2013 NIH budget. Some conservative Republicans have said the funding should go to reduce the national debt.


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Senior Director, Government Relations
Telephone: 202-828-0559


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