- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 2, 2013

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has proposed that the nearly $100 million taxpayers spend on presidential campaigns would be better spent on fighting autism and other childhood diseases.

“Instead of spending millions of taxpayer dollars for presidential campaigns, these funds will be better spent helping find cures and treatments for pediatric diseases and disorders like autism,” the Virginia Republican said, according to the Washington Examiner.

Mr. Cantor, along with Reps. Gregg Harper of Mississippi and Tom Cole of Oklahoma, announced the “Kids First Research Act” on World Autism Day Tuesday.

The plan would divert about $100 million over 10 years from the presidential election fund to pediatric research, meaning political parties will be forced to raise even more money to stage their conventions, the Washington Examiner reports.