April 3, 2014
Bill that puts pediatric research ahead of politics marks tenth public health bill from Upton’s committee to become law in the current Congress
House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, applauded President Obama today for signing the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act into law. The bill is the tenth Energy and Commerce Committee public health bill to become law in the 113th Congress (2013-2014). This law will redirect wasteful spending on political conventions to important pediatric research.
“This law – part of Gabriella Miller’s incredible legacy – will help provide hope to kids and families all across the country, including the Kennedy family in Mattawan, Michigan, whose two little girls are courageously battling SMA. Gabriella’s unparalleled strength and optimism have been an inspiration to all,” said Upton. “We wish she were here with us today as we celebrate this milestone, and know she is smiling down as we mark this important step in our effort to accelerate the pace of cures and improve the public health.”
NOTE: The House of Representatives approved the Children’s Hospital Graduate Medical Education Support Reauthorization Act earlier this week. That bill will mark the eleventh Energy and Commerce public health bill to become law in the current Congress.