Congress heeds dying Va. girl's call on research


WASHINGTON (AP) — Two weeks before she died from brain cancer last October, tiny 10-year-old Gabriella Miller of Leesburg, Va., delivered a message on YouTube to Congress: "Stop talking and start doing."

This week, Congress passed legislation named after her that directs more spending for pediatric cancer and other childhood disorders.

The Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act directs $126 million for the cause over the next decade, but Congress would have to fund the money in future appropriations bills.

Although the GOP-backed bill passed the Senate unanimously on Tuesday, some Democrats called it symbolic and said Congress needs to restore funding that had been cut from the National Institutes of Health budget. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said he will look to shift more money to NIH research.

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