H.R. 2019: Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act of 2013

H.R. 2019

Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act of 2013

Date
December 11, 2013 (113th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Wednesday, December 11, 2013, the House will consider H.R. 2019, the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act of 2013, under a suspension of the rules. H.R. 2019 was introduced by Representative Gregg Harper (R-MS) on May 16, 2013 and has 152 cosponsors. 

Bill Summary

H.R. 2019 reprioritizes federal resources by terminating the funding for political party conventions and redirecting the funds towards pediatric medical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Specifically, the bill ends funding from the Presidential Election Campaign Fund for political party conventions and redirects the funding toward pediatric medical research.  To ensure that the funds are spent on pediatric research, the bill establishes the Pediatric Research Initiative Fund (Fund) and authorizes the Fund to receive future additional funding.  Finally, the bill clarifies that all pediatric diseases and disorders are eligible for funding under the Fund, with decisions to be made through the peer-review process established at NIH.  

Background

According to the bill’s author, each party received approximately $18 million in 2012 for its nominating convention for a total of more than $36 million.  Analysis of spending at the 2008 convention conducted by Senator Coburn reveals that taxpayer dollars have been used for candidate bio-pics, floral arrangements, gift bags, makeup consultants, and music.  Moreover, in 2008, approximately $1.5 million was spent on catering alone. In the 112th Congress, both the House and Senate passed language eliminating funding for the party nominating conventions.[1] According to statistics, less than 5-10 percent of NIH’s budget is directed toward pediatric research.[2]

Cost

According to informal cost estimates by CBO, enactment of H.R. 2019 would save $126 million over ten years. The bill would authorize appropriations of $13 million per year over ten years for pediatric research. 

Additional Information

For questions or further information contact the GOP Conference at 5-5107.