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Thanks to Eric Cantor, Childhood Cancer Research Receives Funds Spent in Past on Political Conventions

Eric Cantor 4A good example of actually getting something done in Congress was highlighted in Sunday’s Richmond Times-Dispatch editorial about Virginia’s Eric Cantor, former congressman from the 7th District who in 2014 was the majority leader and in line to become speaker of the House.

A ten-year-old girl from Leesburg, Virginia, named Gabriella Miller emotionally touched some of the most powerful politicians in America in 2013, including Cantor.  Diagnosed with an inoperable form of brain cancer, she had a desire to find more money for children’s cancer research and, though she lost her eleven-month battle with cancer, her quest was taken up by then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor who formed a bipartisan coalition to get the bill passed.

Cantor’s ability to pull together a bipartisan effort was a testament to his leadership considering at the time there was a line drawn on the floor of the Capitol and the government had been forced into a shutdown in the fall of 2013 causing strained working conditions and constant stalemates.

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