Today, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Washington Redskins defensive end Darryl Tapp, Rep. Tom Cole, Rep. Renee Ellmers, and Rep. Susan Brooks toured the Children's National Medical Center to visit with families and learn more about how resources can be better directed towards finding cures for pediatric diseases.
Following the tour, Leader Cantor delivered remarks in support of the Kids First Research Act, a bill to prioritize federal research spending for pediatric diseases.
Leader Cantor delivered the following remarks:
“It’s a real pleasure to be here at Children’s National. My colleagues and I chose to come here at the invitation of Dr. Newman and his team because we believe in medical research and discovery. We believe that pediatric medical research is and should be a national priority.”
“This bill says, in times of fiscal stress especially, we are called upon in Congress to set priorities. And there are a lot of reasons why medical research, and in particular pediatric research should be a priority. One is that it’s just the right thing to do.”
“Today, I met Haiden, Dmitri, Noah and Emma – and so many of the kids who have benefitted from the treatment and the research here at Children’s National. All of us as parents – I have three kids – have to believe that it is the right thing to do for a fuller life ahead of them.”
“It’s also the right thing to do because research in this country has proven to be a tremendous boon to our economy. It is a culture of innovation that allows for job growth, that allows for America to lead the world. And it starts with basic research at institutions like this.”
“First, it’s about the kids and their well-being and cures. Second, it’s about the economy and what it does for growth in our country. Third, ultimately, if we dedicate ourselves to this priority, we can find cures. Cures to disease will allow us to address health care costs so we can bring those down.”
Here are some photos from the visit:
Leader Cantor and Rep. Cole greeting hospital President Dr. Kurt Newman:
Washington Redskins Defensive End Darryl Tapp showed his support for putting #KidsFirst:
The tour made someone sleepy:
Leader Cantor made a new friend:
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