Harry Reid puts his foot in his mouth over cancer funding for kids

Harry Reid:

The House of Representatives has proposed a measure that would fund the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which grants money for cancer research, among other things. Senate Democrats, of course, oppose these piecemeal offerings, again demanding that the House pass the so-called “clean” Continuing Resolution demanded by the White House.

But when asked by CNN reporter Dana Bash about his opposition to the funding bill, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) gave a very telling answer, which showed once again that Democrats are using the government shutdown to try to gain a political advantage over Republicans.

“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,” noted Bash during a press conference with Senate Democratic leaders, before the House pass the funding measure. “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?”

“Listen, Sen. Durbin explained that very well, and he did it here, did it on the floor earlier, as did Sen. Schumer. 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,” Reid told Bash.

Reid went defended ObamaCare and complained that Republicans “reckless and irresponsible” and are “obsessed” with defunding or repealing the law.

“But if you can help one child who has cancer, why wouldn’t you do it?” asked Bash.

“Why would we want to do that?” replied Reid. “I have 1,100 people at Nellis Air Force base that are sitting home. They have a few problems of their own,” he added before attacking Bash for asking the question.

“This is — to have someone of your intelligence to suggest such a thing maybe means you’re irresponsible and reckless,” he told Bash before moving onto another reporter.

So there you have it, folks. Regardless of what one may think of how Republicans handled the approach to the CR, they’ve at least tried to offer spending bills to work around their disagreements. Unfortunately, that doesn’t fit into Harry Reid and Senate Democrats’ plans to try to use the stalemate to score political points, even if it means, by the Majority Leader’s implication, helping a kid with cancer.

H/T: Washington Free Beacon

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