U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper (R–Miss.) will attend a White House bill signing ceremony for the “Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act,” legislation that the third-term Republican lawmaker authored to fund pediatric medical research with the money currently designated for political nominating conventions. The event is set to take place in the Oval Office Thursday, April 3, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. Eastern.
“Mississippi has a rich history of appointing student leaders to our nation’s military academies,” Harper said. “I invite all interested students to attend this helpful event to learn more about how they can serve our country and receive a world-class college education.”
“As the father of a special needs child, I understand fully the challenges facing families raising kids with medical difficulties,” said Harper, whose 24-year-old son lives with Fragile X Syndrome. “This bill appropriately places kids first by prioritizing research for our country’s most vulnerable children.”
“This bill represents the most significant savings in agriculture programs in our nation’s history,” added Harper. “Because of the conservative leadership of Senator Thad Cochran, Americans will experience the benefits of a farm bill that helps farmers and reflects the values of the Mississippians we serve in Congress.”
“The president’s attempt to intimidate Congress by abusing executive power demonstrates a serious unwillingness to work with the coequal legislative branch of government. If the president is serious about helping people, he will swap his recycled campaign-style speeches for action on issues that create equal opportunity for success and self-reliance. Hard work has always been America’s formula for individual success.”
“Creating a lifetime of hope and opportunity for our most vulnerable kids is more important than subsidizing week-long political pep rallies for the Democratic and Republican parties,” said Harper at the time of passage. “And with today’s announcement, we are one step closer to sending this important legislation to the president’s desk.”
U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) has been selected by House Speaker John A. Boehner to deliver the Weekly Republican Address on Saturday, January 4, 2014. Harper serves as chairman of the Fragile X Caucus and is the author of the House-passed “Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act,” a bipartisan bill that he will highlight in his remarks.
"Creating a lifetime of hope and opportunity for our most vulnerable kids is more important than subsidizing week-long political pep rallies for the Democratic and Republican parties. And I am pleased that my House colleagues acknowledged this simple truth. But we are not done yet. I urge the Senate to act swiftly and advance this important legislation to the president’s desk so that our nation’s children can experience the full benefits of promising clinical trials and medical advancements."
“The EAC is dead, and having two commissioners carrying it between them like a scene from Weekend At Bernie's doesn't make it any more alive, or any more useful. Unfortunately, since the Senate changed its rules, it could approve these nominations on a purely partisan basis and continue to force taxpayers to subsidize government waste."
"These efforts began with a conversation about physician shortages and concerns with patients' access to quality and affordable health care," the authors said in a letter urging their colleagues to cosponsor the bill. "Until we are able to attract more physicians to rural communities and tighten the access gap, the next best alternative is to use technology to connect health professionals with underserved populations – rural and urban – through telehealth networks."