Gabriella Miller

The devil felt like picking on a little girl, so he chose me.

The Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act (H.R. 2019Pub.L. 113–94) is a law that ended taxpayer contributions to the Presidential Election Campaign Fund and authorized a pediatric research initiative through the National Institutes of Health. The total funding for research would come to $126 million over 10 years. At the time of its passage, national conventions drew about 23% of their funding from the Presidential Election Campaign Fund.

Gabriella Miller was a girl who died of cancer on October 26, 2013 at the age of 10. While she was ill, she worked as an activist to raise support for research into childhood illnesses like cancer. Through her activism, she "raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and helped launch the Smashing Walnuts Foundation to fund pediatric cancer research." In "The Truth 365" documentary, Gabriella answered a question that what she'd like to tell American leaders about research on pediatric cancer was that there needed to be "less talking, more doing... We need action." House Majority Leader Eric Cantor saw this video and decided to name the bill in her honor.

The Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act was introduced into the United States House of Representatives on May 16, 2013 by Rep. Gregg Harper (R, MS-3). It was referred to the United States House Committee on Energy and Commerce, the United States House Committee on House Administration, the United States House Committee on Ways and Means, and the United States House Energy Subcommittee on Health. On December 11, 2013, the House voted in Roll Call Vote 632 to pass the bill 295-103. On March 11, 2014, the United States Senate passed the bill by unanimous consent. President Barack Obama signed the bill into law on April 3, 2014, as Pub.L.


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