House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) today delivered the following speech urging colleagues to support the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act (H.R. 2109). With Gabriella's parents, Mark and Ellyn, present in the House chamber, H.R. 2019 passed the House of Representatives with a bipartisan vote of 295-103.
“Thank you, Mr. Speaker, and I thank the gentleman from Michigan. Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong support of the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act. I also would like to thank my colleague, the gentleman from Vermont, for his courage in providing bipartisan support, along with some other colleagues, in support of this bill – as well as the Republican cosponsors Gregg Harper from Mississippi and Tom Cole from Oklahoma, here in this chamber. I also would like to recognize, for those colleagues who are here in the chamber, we are joined by Gabriella’s parents in the gallery, Ellyn and Mark Miller. I want to thank them for their courage in being here. I want to thank them for their understanding of what goes on on this floor and to not take it in any other way than we’re trying to do what’s right. We’re trying to do what’s right in delivering on the legacy of their daughter.
“Mr. Speaker, Gabriella Miller, a young girl from Virginia, was only 9 years old when she found out she had an inoperable brain tumor the size of a walnut and wasn’t given long to live. Despite her diagnosis, Gabriella and her family chose to fight and share her dream with others of overcoming childhood disease.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor made the following remarks at the weekly House Republican leadership press conference:
“We have a very full agenda this week in the House, the final week of the session this year. As the Speaker said, we still have a lot of concerns- as do the American people – about ObamaCare.
“Zeke Emanuel was on TV this weekend saying that when the President said that you can keep your health care if you like it, what he really meant was you can do that just by paying a lot more money. That’s how you do it. Well, that is a broken promise to the American people. I know we have Secretary Sebelius coming to the Energy and Commerce Committee this week and I’d be interested to hear her answer to the question of why that is now what the President really meant.
Budget Deal Allows Us To Maintain Savings, Not Raise Taxes:
“I think the important piece to this deal, and yes it is a modest deal, is we maintain the savings of the sequester. Remember the sequester was in place because a supercommittee back two years ago failed to come up with an agreement. What this is, is an agreement on less than 10% of that sequester money – that $1.2 trillion. The savings are maintained and what we've always said was we need the savings in the mandatory, the entitlement, the auto pilot spending arena. And the savings that are inside this budget deal really are primarily derived from reforms to the pension benefits for federal employees. This is the federal government finally trying to do what most responsible states are doing in dealing with their unfunded liabilities connected with their pensions…The reason why this deal allows us even a better path forward is it maintains the savings, but places those savings in areas, frankly, that are much smarter and so that we can go about the business of reassuming our role in setting budget priorities and continuing to ratchet down the wasteful spending here in Washington.”
Learn more about Gabriella Miller's remarkable story and the bill that can help: www.MajorityLeader.gov/makinglifework/kids-first-research-act