House passes kids cancer bill, Senate action not expected
December 11th, 2013
05:31 PM ET
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House passes kids cancer bill, Senate action not expected

(CNN) – The House approved legislation on Wednesday that would take $126 million in federal money set aside over 10 years for political conventions and apply it to pediatric cancer research.

The bipartisan Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act passed over the strong objections of senior Democrats, who opposed it as a publicity stunt that papers over billions in spending cuts for federal cancer research.

Less than 4% of $5 billion in cancer research goes to childhood cancers.

But at the end of the day, enough House Democrats voted for the measure inspired by Gabriella Miller, 10, who died from brain cancer in October.

Will Congress carry on Gabriella's fight?

It was crafted by Rep. Gregg Harper, R-Mississippi, and Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vermont.

To Democrats who say Gabriella's story is being used for publicity purposes, her father, Mark Miller said the point was to raise awareness.

"We felt comfortable letting them use Gabriella to help build support and momentum for it."

In an interview with CNN after the House vote, Ellyn Miller, Gabriella's mother said they were excited the vote passed and believes their daughter would be saying: "Ok, she's thinking, OK, Senate, it's your turn now!"

The Senate has no plans to consider the legislation.


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  1. just asking

    House passes kids cancer bill, Senate action not expected
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    seriously democrats??? you can't even get off your collective backsides to help kids with cancer?!! what total losers.

    December 11, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  2. Tampa Tim

    Is this the first bill that the house passed that does not attack women's rights? If that is true, then the bill must defund Obamacare. That is all the tan man knows.

    December 11, 2013 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  3. Tommy G

    The Democrats telling these kids that trying to save their life isn't as important as spending money on political conventions. Just when you thought the Democrats couldn't get any lower, they do. much lower.

    December 11, 2013 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Political stunt. GOPers/Teatrolls cut billions from NIH and other budgets that fund cancer research for children and everyone else. They passed this piddling amount as a token, symbolic gesture because they knew it would be opposed as such and would give them an opportunity to blather disingenuous talking points about the Dems not supporting cancer research for teh childrenz.

    December 11, 2013 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  5. smith

    The gop uses the little Miller girl`s story to craft a bill and raise awarness(with the blessing of her parents). The dems use the Sandy Hook victims(without the parents permission) to try and pass useless guns laws that in the end would have made no difference regarding the tragedy of Sandy Hook.

    December 11, 2013 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  6. O'drama ya Mama

    just asking

    House passes kids cancer bill, Senate action not expected
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    seriously democrats??? you can't even get off your collective backsides to help kids with cancer?!! what total losers.
    December 11, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
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    The Democrats wanted $5 billion, the Republicans threw some quarters on the floor and called it a deal.

    December 11, 2013 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  7. Silence DoGood

    @just asking
    House passes kids cancer bill, Senate action not expected
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    seriously democrats??? you can't even get off your collective backsides to help kids with cancer?!! what total losers.
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    form the original story – some Dems resented that bill because it was not actually guaranteed money and was possibly put up as a GOP stunt after they removed WAY more than this in funding for cancer and to the NIH. As usual the news in information lite. Gotta watch those tricky GOP folks.

    December 11, 2013 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  8. Evergreen

    Why was Billions cut from cancer research? Also this article does not make clear whether the 126 million is being made available now or is spread out over the next 10 years.

    December 11, 2013 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  9. Brian-PA

    @just asking

    And this is just the politics the house wants to play. They want to play to your emotions. You fell for it.

    December 11, 2013 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  10. wmontanye

    just asking, Read the thing..

    Democrats, who opposed it as a publicity stunt that papers over billions in spending cuts for federal cancer research.

    December 11, 2013 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  11. Hank

    Taking money from political conventions and shifting it to childhood cancer research seems very just to me. Unless of course those who refuse to vote yes on this prefers that money be spent on the thousands and thousands and thousands of balloons and other novelty expendtiures political conventions waste. This bill seems to make sense in that it's not raising taxes, not cutting from another real valuable program, and has bi partisan authorship. So what's the problem with the Senate Democrats that they are so into convention spending instead? Freaks, nuts, and totally messed up typical liberal fruit loops.

    December 11, 2013 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  12. reality

    She can't vote Democrat.. there is no need to campaign for her.

    December 11, 2013 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  13. cdow1

    Republicans pass bills that attack women's right's?

    December 11, 2013 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  14. Eagle0831

    Let's see, what would the libs say if shoe was on other foot? I know! Democrats hate children and Democrats wage war on children!

    December 11, 2013 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  15. simplyput

    So is news coverage *publicity* or *raising awareness*? One sounds so nasty, and the other educational; there is no difference at all. The nuances of words are the lamest things liberals rely on. Only elitist elements make the difference when children's lives are at stake, whether they be red or blue, and both are repellant.

    December 11, 2013 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  16. Democrats,Obama bad for America.

    I am not surprise, OBama and the Democrats care nothing for the people of this country.

    December 12, 2013 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  17. RandyIA

    And now the real obstructionist party makes itself known.

    December 12, 2013 07:47 am at 7:47 am |