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Collins backs bill to divert presidential campaign funds

Rep. Chris Collins on Monday called for passing a bill to eliminate federal funding for presidential campaigns and political party conventions, and to reallocate the money to expand pediatric research at the National Institutes of Health.

“Instead of using federal taxpayer dollars to fund political activities every four years, our priority should be to support medical breakthroughs that would help children diagnosed with a range of diseases and disorders,” he said.

Collins, R-Clarence, and 133 other Republican congressmen are co-sponsors of the Kids First Research Act. A handful of Democrats also offered support. The act would eliminate the Presidential Election Campaign Fund and divert about $130 million over 10 years to the NIH for research into children’s diseases, such as juvenile diabetes and Down syndrome.

This bill is supported by a number of organizations, including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Autism Speaks, and the Coalition of Pediatric Medical Research.