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GOP Weekly Address: How the Kids First Research Bill Helps Special Needs Children

United States Congress(WASHINGTON) -- In this week's Republican address, the first for 2014, Rep. Gregg Harper of Mississippi speaks about his bipartisan Kids First research bill.

Harper says he understands first hand what families go through raising children with special needs.

“As the father of a 24-year-old son living with Fragile X Syndrome, I understand the challenges families raising special needs children face,” says Harper. “But I also recognize the value of expanded and improved medical research.”

The bill, called the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act," would reallocate $126 million to the National Institutes of Health for children's research from an account for taxpayer funding of party conventions.  Harper praises the House's vote to move the bill forward, but says the job isn't done and urges the Senate to keep the ball rolling.

“I am thrilled that our Republican leadership, particularly Speaker Boehner and Leader Eric Cantor, recognize the urgency of creating hope and opportunity for some of our most vulnerable kids,” Harper says. “But we are not done yet. I urge the Senate to act swiftly and advance this important legislation to the president’s desk so that our nation’s children can experience the full benefits of promising clinical trials and medical advancements."

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