Fitzpatrick: Put Kids Ahead of Politics

Mar 11, 2014 Issues: Congressional Issues, Health
Fitzpatrick: Put Kids Ahead of Politics

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) released the following statement Tuesday following the Senate passage of the Gabrielle Miller Kids First Research Act [H.R. 2061] of which Fitzpatrick is a cosponsor:

Our kids come first. As parents, and as lawmakers, we know that ensuring the best for our children isn’t a partisan issue – it’s what’s right. That’s why I am pleased the Senate has passed the ‘Gabrielle Miller Kids First Research Act’ today in strong bipartisan fashion.

This common sense piece of legislation prioritizes funding for scientific research of pediatric diseases and disorders – from cancer to autism - by eliminating taxpayer funding for the Republican and Democratic national conventions.

As a cosponsor of this bill – and a member of the Congressional Autism and Rare Disease caucuses - I applaud the Senate’s vote and urge the president to take swift action to ensure we’re putting our children ahead of party politics.

Fitzpatrick was a co-sponsor of H.R. 2019 which passed the House (295-103) in December. The bill is supported by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), Autism Speaks, Children’s Hospital Association, Coalition of Pediatric Medical Research, National Down Syndrome Society and Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. 

Fitzpatrick is a member of the Rare Diseases Caucus, the Congressional Autism Caucus, as well as the Childhood Cancer Caucus and has been a leading advocate of medical research and innovation during his time in Congress. He supports robust funding for the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to continue their innovative research and creation of new treatments. 

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Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He represents Pennsylvania’s 8th district which includes all of Bucks County as well as a portion of Montgomery County. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.