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The Money You Pay for Political Conventions Could Mean New Hope for Sick Kids

WASHINGTON, D.C.–If you have a child that’s sick or disabled, there could be new money for research to find a cure. It’s a new US House Bill called the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act and it would involve your tax dollars, but you might be willing to see the money go from one cause to another in this case.

Cong. Greg Harper from Mississippi is co-sponsoring the bill with Democratic rep. Peter Welch of Vermont. He talked about the bill when he delivered this week’s Republican Address.

He said the money would come from the part you pay for the Republican and Democrat National Conventions every four years.

“Instead of funding these conventions once every four years, we’ll make it a daily priority to explore the full potential of clinical trials and advancements, not only for childhood cancer, but for all pediatric conditions, even the most rare genetic diseases,” he said.

Harper said legislators have already voted to cut the subsidy for conventions. He said the House Bill (HR 2019) passed last month and now it’s up to the Senate.

Harper said his inspiration came from his son Livingston, who was diagnosed with a disease often misdiagnosed as autism, but he is currently attending college thanks to research.


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