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“Why Would We Want To Do That?”

- October 2, 2013

OBAMA AND REID CHOOSE TO PLAY POLITICS OVER FUNDING FOR VETERANS, NIH AND NATIONAL PARKS

 

 

The House Of Representatives Is Pursuing Spending Bills That Will Fund National Parks, Veterans Benefits, And The National Institutes Of Health. “The House is set to consider five spending bills Wednesday that would fund various portions of the federal government impacted by the government shutdown. Among the areas that would be funded include several that have entered the shutdown spotlight, such as national parks, veterans benefits and the National Institutes of Health.” (Peter Schroeder, “White House Vows Veto For Piecemeal GOP Spending Measures,” The Hill, 10/2/13)

When Asked Why He Wouldn’t Support Funding For The National Institutes Of Health And Clinical Trials For Cancer Patients, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Responded, “Why Would We Want To Do That?” DANA BASH: “You all talked about children with cancer unable to go to clinical trials. The House is presumably going to pass a bill that funds at least the NIH. Given what you’ve said, will you at least pass that? And if not, aren’t you playing the same political games that Republicans are?” HARRY REID: “Listen, Sen. Durbin explained that very well, and he did it here, did it on the Floor earlier, as did Sen. Schumer, And it’s this. What right did they have to pick and choose what part of government is going to be funded? It’s obvious what’s going on here. You talk about reckless and irresponsible. Wow. What this is all about is Obamacare. They are obsessed. I don’t know what other word I can use. They’re obsessed with this Obamacare thing. It’s working now and it will continue to work and people will love it more than they do now by far. So they have no right to pick and choose.” BASH: “But if you can help one child who has cancer, why wouldn’t you do it?” REID: “Why would we want to do that?” (Sen. Harry Reid, Senate Press Briefing, Washington, D.C., 10/2/13)

  • “Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Fired Off” Over Questions About Senate Democrats’ Objections, While Insulting A CNN Reporter. “Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid fired off over a question about whether the Democratic-controlled Senate would vote to restore funding for children undergoing clinical trials at the National Institutes of Health. Asked by CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash if the Senate would follow the House's plans to vote for a bill to fund the NIH during the shutdown, Reid blasted the GOP-controlled House and insulted Bash.” (Ashley Killough, “Reid Gets Fiery Over Question About Shutdown's Effect On Clinical Trials For Kids,” CNN, 10/2/13)

Obama Has Also Vowed To Block Legislation That Ends The Government Shutdown For National Parks Service Operations, National Institutes Of Health, And Veterans Benefits. “The White House on Wednesday renewed its vow to block the piecemeal funding approach pushed by House Republicans. In a statement of administration policy, the White House called that approach ‘not a serious or responsible way to run the U.S. government,’ promising that the president would veto the measures the House is considering if they were to reach his desk..” (Peter Schroeder, “White House Vows Veto For Piecemeal GOP Spending Measures,” The Hill, 10/2/13)

WHO’S PAYING THE PRICE FOR DEMOCRATS’ OBSTRUCTION? CANCER PATIENTS AND VETERANS

The National Park Service Initially Erected “Barricades To Keep Wheelchair-Bound Vets Away” From The World War II Memorial. “‘World War II veterans are dying by the hundreds every day,’ says Fred Yanow, of Northbrook, Ill., who spent 1942-45 in the Pacific theater as an Army private. ‘It’s a shame that they don’t care about World War II veterans when so many of them are dying off.’ The 16 million men and women who wore their nation’s uniform in the so-called ‘Good War,’ from 1941 to 1945, are leaving for eternal R&R at the rate of 650 a day. Yet politicians also can sense bad PR a mile away, and erecting barricades to keep wheelchair-bound vets away from a memorial honoring their sacrifice doesn’t pass the smell test.” (Mark Thompson, “Government Shutdown: WW II Vets Say Feds Should Be Ashamed For Closing Their Memorial,” Time, 10/2/13)

  • World War II Veteran: “It’s A Foolish Thing … To Deprive World War II Veterans Of Their Memorial.” “Yanow, who turns 90 next Monday, sums up the snafu with a soldier’s simple statement. ‘It’s a foolish thing,’ he says, almost wistfully, ‘to deprive World War II veterans of their memorial.’” (Mark Thompson, “Government Shutdown: WW II Vets Say Feds Should Be Ashamed For Closing Their Memorial,” Time, 10/2/13)

WCVB Headline: “Government Shutdown Matter Of ‘Life And Death’ For Cancer Patient” (Jack Harper, “Government Shutdown Matter Of ‘Life And Death’ For Cancer Patient,” WCVB, 10/2/13)

  • “A Cape Cod Cancer Patient's Clinical Trial Has Been Put On Hold Because Of The Government Shutdown. Leo Finn, Of Bourne, Should Have Been Getting A Bone Scan And Signing Paperwork For A Clinical Test Wednesday.” “A Cape Cod cancer patient's clinical trial has been put on hold because of the government shutdown. Leo Finn, of Bourne, should have been getting a bone scan and signing paperwork for a clinical test Wednesday. His liver cancer is no longer responding to conventional chemotherapy. Doctors at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute were ready to move to the new treatments.” (Jack Harper, “Government Shutdown Matter Of ‘Life And Death’ For Cancer Patient,” WCVB, 10/2/13)
  • “Now, Everything Is On Hold Because Food And Drug Administration Is Shutdown. The Agency Has To Sign Off On The Clinical Trial. (Jack Harper, “Government Shutdown Matter Of ‘Life And Death’ For Cancer Patient,” WCVB, 10/2/13)

The Washington Post Headline: “NIH Trials Turn Away New Patients As Shutdown Cuts Zap Scientists, Researchers” (Joel Achenbach, “NIH Trials Turn Away New Patients As Shutdown Cuts Zap Scientists, Researchers,” The Washington Post, 10/2/13)

  • The Government Shutdown Could Affect About 200 People Per Week At The NIH, 30 Of Which Would Be Children. “Nearly three-fourths of NIH employees have been furloughed. Patients already enrolled in NIH clinical trials will continue to receive care. If the shutdown continues, it could affect about 200 people per week who, under normal circumstances, would be admitted to new trials, said John T. Burklow, an NIH spokesman. About 30 of those new patients would be children, and about 10 would be children with cancer, he said.” (Joel Achenbach, “NIH Trials Turn Away New Patients As Shutdown Cuts Zap Scientists, Researchers,” The Washington Post, 10/2/13)

ABC News Headline: “Shutdown Blocks Kids With Cancer From Clinical Trials” (Sydney Lupkin, “Shutdown Blocks Kids With Cancer From Clinical Trials,” ABC News, 10/1/13)

  • According To Officials, NIH “Won’t Be Able To Enroll Any New Patients In These Trials Or Start Any New Trials” Unless They Receive Funding From The Government. “More than 1,400 ongoing clinical trials will continue at the NIH Clinical Center, which is the largest research hospital in the world, but it won’t be able to enroll any new patients in these trials or start any new trials during the shutdown, Burklow said.” (Sydney Lupkin, “Shutdown Blocks Kids With Cancer From Clinical Trials,” ABC News, 10/1/13)

CNN Headline: “Government Shutdown Forces Clinical Trial Patients To Wait” (Val Willingham, “Government Shutdown Forces Clinical Trial Patients To Wait,” CNN, 10/2/13)

  • This Week Alone, NIH Was Set Begin Six New Studies For Cancer Patients. “Every week, about 200 new patients come to the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Patients are now being told they will have to wait until the government starts up again to begin their trials, according to NIH spokesman John Burklow. ‘In fact, six new studies would have started this week that we are deferring,’ Burklow said.” (Val Willingham, “Government Shutdown Forces Clinical Trial Patients To Wait,” CNN, 10/2/13)

“The Troublesome Claims Backlog At The Veterans Affairs Department Will Start To Pile Up Even More” In A Prolonged Government Shutdown. “The troublesome claims backlog at the Veterans Affairs Department will start to pile up even more a month after the start of the government shutdown, getting farther behind each day the government remains closed beyond that. ‘Claims processing and payments in the compensation, pension, education, and vocational rehabilitation programs are anticipated to continue through late October,’ according to an updated VA shutdown guide. ‘However, in the event of a prolonged shutdown, claims processing and payments in these programs would be suspended when available funding is exhausted.’” (Leigh Munsil, “Government Shutdown: VA Backlog At Risk,” Politico, 9/30/13)


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