Congressman Richard Hanna was at the Kelberman Center's Promise Pre-School in Utica today to discuss a bill to help expand pediatric research.

Hanna is co-sponsoring the Kids First Research Act of 2013.

The bill would eliminate federal funding for presidential campaigns and party conventions and allocate about $130 million to the National Institutes of Health for research.that would help children with autism.

Robert Myers, the Executive Director of the Kelberman Center, says pediatric research is crucial in supporting the importance of early intervention services into the lives of children with autism spectrum disorders.

Hanna says 150 members of Congress from both parties have signed on to co-sponsor the bill.