Hello–

Earlier today, I had the privilege of delivering the Weekly Republican Address. I was honored to be asked by Speaker John A. Boehner to voice our Mississippi values to folks all across the country.

In the update, I talked about the importance of the “Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act” – a bipartisan bill that I authored that directs much-needed resources to pediatric research at the National Institutes of Health. And we do this using taxpayer dollars currently set aside for political party conventions.

Last month, the House passed this legislation with strong support from both sides of the aisle. Now it’s the Senate’s turn to step up so we can send this bill to the president’s desk.

The good news is, these same Senate leaders have already voted to end the taxpayer subsidy for party conventions. Here’s a way to cut this unnecessary spending and put it towards building a better future for our kids.

But first, we need your help to get this done.

Don’t take it solely from me. Gabriella Miller, this bill’s namesake – was…well, she was something special.

She was 9 when she learned she had a brain tumor the size of a walnut. And she was 10 when brain cancer took her life. In that time, Gabriella – never at a loss for words or wisdom – became the leader of this movement.

And she was awfully good at it. “If I go,” Gabriella said, “If I lose my battle I’m going to want all the people to carry on with the war, and we’re going to win this war.”

Let’s go out and prove her right. Join us in urging our senators to put kids first and pass this bill.

In this season of sweeping resolutions, here’s a chance to show how one small change can make a big difference.

Happy New Year,

Gregg Harper
Member of Congress