WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski applauded the passage of a measure that would cut $126 million in federal funding for presidential campaigns and use it instead for pediatric medical research.
“During the holiday season, it is a delight to see lawmakers reach across the aisle and pass a smart bill that redirects funding to pediatric medical research, helping families in Indiana and across the nation,” Walorski, a Republican, said in a statement Wednesday, Dec. 12. The legislation “would support new initiatives to improve medical technology and find cures for our children.”
Several children’s advocacy groups support the legislation, the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act, including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, according to Walorski’s statement. Last week, the lawmaker, a bill co-sponsor, met with local children, parents and community members from the foundation.
The House passed the measure Wednesday 295-103, with overwhelming GOP support and backing from 72 Democrats. Now it goes to the Senate. Funding would be drawn from a pool now earmarked for presidential campaigns and conventions.