Harry Reid Chastises CNN Reporter: ‘Irresponsible’ and ‘Reckless’ for Question About Funding NIH


When asked whether Senate Democrats would vote to pass a House Republican proposal to restore funding for the National Institutes of Health, Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) scolded CNN reporter Dana Bash. In response to her “devil’s advocate” inquiry, the senator suggested the journalist was “irresponsible” and “reckless” for asking whether would put politics over helping “one child who has cancer.”

“You all talked about children with cancer unable to go to clinical trials,” Bash began her question. “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?”

In return, Reid chastised the reporter:

REID: Listen, Senator Durbin explained that very well, and he did it on the floor earlier. As did Senator 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. 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. 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?

SCHUMER: Why pit one against the other?

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.

Watch the exchange below, via CNN:

[h/t WFB]

[Editor’s note: The transcript of the exchange was updated to include Sen. Chuck Schumer’s remarks.]

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