Senate sends Obama childhood cancer research bill

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Rep. Gregg Harper is praising U.S. Senate passage of a bill to repeal taxpayer funding for political conventions and to go on record in support of devoting $126 million over the coming decade for additional research into pediatric cancer and other childhood disorders.

Harper, a Republican, was a co-author of the bill in the House. It passed the Senate Tuesday. It now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. The House passed the measure late last year.

Harper's 24-year-old son lives with Fragile X Syndrome.

Fragile X is similar to autism and causes learning and behavioral challenges. It is a rare condition that accounts for just 2 percent to 4 percent of autism cases but is the most common form of inherited intellectual disability in boys.

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