Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act is a Trojan Horse, rushed to a vote by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in December 2013 without any debate at the committee level. The most thorough Congressional record of questioning was only a "Dear Colleague Letter," in which the bill's procedural methods and actual effectiveness were questioned. (http://democrats.energycommerce.house.gov/sites/default/files/docum...)  Instead of pediatric biomedical research being funded on its own merits, the law was also paired with the elimination of a long-standing effort toward campaign finance reform. Then, in the midst of the 2013 government shutdown, any serious debate about the bill’s empty promises and dangerous precedence was buried in some very ugly media events – most famously a putrid distortion of remarks by Senate Leader Harry Reid.  Under the pressure of such tar-and-feather politics, 72 House Democrats broke with leadership and voted for the bill, which later passed in the Senate, and was signed into law. 102 House Democrats had courage enough to still oppose the legislation when it left the House.

 

The pediatric cancer “communities” (led by newcomers: PAC2, TheTruth365, and the founders of Smashing Walnuts Fdtn) were complicit in this – they piled on like a swarm of angry trolls, never once allowing serious or thoughtful consideration of the law’s problems – and very quickly began slamming any legislator or social-media participant who opposed the bill. They almost NEVER admitted that their strategy was turning pediatric biomedical research advocacy into a tool for questionable politics or divisive ideology. Their rallying call of  “kids cancer above all” has a great ring to it, but it now means that advocates for pediatric biomedical research will perpetually be asked to ignore what choices are being exacted in that demand.  The newcomers also count on the fact that postmodern politics take no time for thoughtful consideration. They manipulate support from a base of emotions in us all, and count on the fact that barely any one ever reads beyond the headline. They never admit the problems of this strategy.

 

Yesterday, the second act began, as the Speaker of the House used the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act to push an extremely controversial “Omnibus” bill forward  – with great haste, and again under the threat of government shutdown.  At the last minute, that bill “fixed” the funding gap for national political campaigns by increasing the allowable contribution of individuals ten-fold, making it yet even easier for big money interests to control politics, life, society, and economy. Since the GMKFRA was tied to this effort at the start, it has made kids cancer advocates the handmaidens of a particular ideological position.  

 

Matters not if UR "R" or "D" Act = pro-oligarchy / big money control US politics. Dirtied Up

 See Russell Berman, "'The Most Corrupting Campaign-Finance Provisions Ever Enacted' 10 Dec 2014 http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/12/Campaign-Financ...

See P Blumenthal and S Stein, "Omnibus Bill Allows Wealthy Donors To Give Even More to Political Parties," 10 Dec 2014  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/10/cromnibus-campaign-finance...

See Jim Newell, "Dems’ campaign finance secret: Why the party isn’t all that unhappy with further gutting of restrictions," http://www.salon.com/2014/12/11/dems_campaign_finance_secret_why_th...

See Marsha Mercer, "Here we go again: Wealthy to get even louder voice" http://www.timesdispatch.com/opinion/their-opinion/columnists-blogs...

See  Steve Benen 03/12/14 "A Cantor plan comes together" http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/cantor-plan-comes-together

Library of Congress Summary https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr2019#summary

The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress.


4/3/2014--Public Law.
Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act - Amends the Internal Revenue Code to terminate the entitlement of any major or minor political party to a payment from the Presidential Election Campaign Fund for a presidential nominating convention.
Transfers amounts in each account maintained for such purpose for the national committee of a party to a 10-Year Pediatric Research Initiative Fund, making them available only for allocation to national research institutes and national centers through the Common Fund for making grants for pediatric research under this Act.
Amends the Public Health Service Act to require the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), through the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives, to allocate funds appropriated under this Act to the national research institutes and national centers for making grants for pediatric research representing important areas of emerging scientific opportunities, rising public health challenges, or knowledge gaps that deserve special emphasis and would benefit from conducting or supporting additional research that involves collaboration between two or more national research institutes or national centers, or would otherwise benefit from strategic coordination and planning.
Authorizes $12.6 million out of the 10-Year Pediatric Research Initiative Fund for each of FY2014-FY2023 for pediatric research through the Common Fund. Requires such funds to supplement, not supplant, funds otherwise allocated by NIH for pediatric research. Prohibits the use of such amounts for any purpose other than allocating funds for making grants for pediatric research described in this Act.
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