Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick Votes Against Funding For Cancer Patients

Puts Obama’s Government Shutdown Ahead Of Vital Medical Research

Ann KirkpatrickWASHINGTON –Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick today voted against providing immediate government funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the nation’s medical research agency tasked with making important medical discoveries and treating patients with the worst diseases. Recent media reports have said the NIH will have to turn away hundreds of patients, including children with cancer, due to President Obama’s government shutdown.

“How can Ann Kirkpatrick live with herself when she voted to keep Obama’s government shutdown and voted against funding for cancer patients?” said NRCC Communications Director Andrea Bozek. “Ann Kirkpatrick’s inexplicable decision to put Obama’s government shutdown ahead of cancer treatment for kids shows how wildly out of touch she is with everyone else in America.”

Ann Kirkpatrick Votes Against Research For Lifesaving Cures Act.
(H.J.Res. 73, Roll Call #514, 10/2/13) 

At The NIH, Director Francis Collins Said About 200 Patients Who Otherwise Would Be Admitted To The NIH Clinical Center For Clinical Trials Each Week Will Be Turned Away. This Includes About 30 Children, Most Of Them Cancer Patients, He Said. (Laura Meckler, “Shutdown Is Pain for Some, Irritant for Most,” Wall Street Journal, 10/1/13) 

The National Institutes Of Health (NIH), A Part Of The U.S. Department of Health And Human Services, Is The Nation’s Medical Research Agency—Making Important Discoveries That Improve Health And Save Lives. (About NIH, National Institutes Of Health, Accessed 10/2/13)

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