Bill ends taxpayer funding for political party conventions and reallocates $126 million to the NIH for children’s research

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Committee on House Administration Chairman Candice Miller (MI-10) released the following statement applauding the Senate’s passage of the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act, H.R. 2019. This legislation was sponsored by Committee on House Administration member Representative Gregg Harper (MS-03) and was passed in the House with an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 295-103. H.R. 2019 ends $126 million in taxpayer funding for political party conventions and redirects that funding to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and pediatric research. H.R. 2019 now heads to the President for his signature. Miller said:

“Gabriella Miller’s bravery inspired us all and the passage of this legislation, which redirects $126 million in taxpayer funds from partisan political party conventions to pediatric research at the NIH, honors her all too short life and will hopefully lead to cures to help other American children. While requiring taxpayers to subsidize political party conventions is a waste of taxpayer dollars, funding vital pediatric research is a noble use of those dollars and much better reflects the values of our great nation. I thank Mr. Harper for authoring this bill and his steadfast leadership which resulted in the bipartisan charge to get it to the President’s desk.”