Republicans Try to Fund Experimental Treatments for Children Dying of Cancer, Democrats Refuse
October 3, 2013
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: [avoids answering the question]
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? I have 1,100 people at Nellis Air Force base that are sitting home. They have a few problems of their own. This is — to have someone of your intelligence to suggest such a thing maybe means you’re irresponsible and reckless —
BASH: I’m just asking a question.
. . . what’s the most amazing thing about this? That Reid gets a variation of the “why do you hate children?” question that’s typically reserved for Republicans? Or that he actually responds, when asked if he’ll agree to the House’s new bill to fund NIH in the name of keeping clinical trials for kids with cancer up and running, “Why would we want to do that?”
NPR manages to ratchet up the emotional stakes even further with a story this morning saying that the shutdown is depriving children dying of cancer of their last comfort: adorable “therapy dogs” that used to visit once a week, but can no longer come because of the shutdown. (I’m talking about the original story available there as a sound file; the printed summary below it basically cuts all that out.)
Just remember, when you hear these calculated tearjerkers from the liberal news media, that Republicans voted to fund and re-open the NIH programs (where the adorable dogs are), and Democrats voted them down. Don’t take my word for it, take it from The Hill—
The House approved three targeted spending resolutions to the Senate on Wednesday, daring Senate Democrats to vote against measures to immediately fund the District of Columbia, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Park Service.
The bills are part of the House Republican plan to pass spending bills in areas where there is bipartisan agreement in order to spare some pieces of the government from the shutdown.
—and the LA Times; even the liberal LA Times gave the story the headline “House Democrats reject GOP plan to reopen some parts of government”.