Collins Proposes Shifting Pres. Campaign $ Toward Juvenile Disease Research
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Congressman Chris Collins says since no one apparently wants to use matching federal campaign funds for upcoming presidential races, he says the $130 million should go to better use. He's proposing using that money toward research for juvenile diseases.
“Instead of using federal taxpayer dollars to fund political activities every four years, our priority should be to support medical breakthroughs that would help children diagnosed with a range of diseases and disorders,” said Congressman Collins. “Instead of asking taxpayers for more of their hard-earned money, this nation has to reprioritize its spending. The Kids First Research Act will put the health and wellbeing of our children ahead of presidential politics.”
“The millions of federal taxpayer dollars we currently spend on these party activities would help the NIH make huge strides in research and clinical trials aimed at curing and preventing juvenile (type 1) diabetes, childhood cancers, autism, and Down Syndrome, to name a few,” continued Collins.
Specifically, the Kids First Research Act would eliminate the Presidential Election Campaign Fund (mainly used to finance party conventions) and reallocate $130 million, over ten years, to the NIH.
The Kids Research First Act was introduced jointly by Congressmen Gregg Harper (R-MS) and Tom Cole (R-OK). To date, it has more than 100 co-sponsors.