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  Help kids with cancer? Reid asks: 'Why would we want to do that?'
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Last EditedScott³  Oct 03, 2013 05:50pm
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News DateWednesday, October 2, 2013 11:00:00 PM UTC0:0
Description"Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is blaming Republicans for the National Institutes of Health turning away cancer patients. But when asked why the Senate wouldn't try to help "one child who has cancer" by approving a mini-spending bill, he shot back: "Why would we want to do that?"

The tense exchange occurred Wednesday, as Senate Democrats tried to lambaste Republicans ahead of a vote where the House ultimately approved funding the NIH and other agencies -- a bid to ease the pain amid the budget stand-off.

Reid has opposed the measures, saying that if Republicans want to end the government suspension they'll have to simply approve a "clean" budget bill -- devoid of any provision that would hurt ObamaCare.

But Reid was challenged at a Democratic press conference by CNN's Dana Bash about why the Senate wouldn't consider the NIH bill.

"If you can help one child who has cancer, why wouldn't you do it?" she asked.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., quietly asked, "Why pit one against the other?"

And Reid immediately chimed in: "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."
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Oct 03, 2013 05:00pm News Harry Reid blocks NIH child cancer funding even though individual funding used to be the norm  Article Scott³