Via the Washington Free Beacon, Senate majority leader Harry Reid was asked by CNN's Dana Bash this afternoon why Senate Democrats won't agree to pass a bill that provides funding for the National Institutes of Health, which includes programs for children with cancer.

Reid said that they "can't pick and choose" between funding programs like that and funding an Air Force base in his home state:

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.

On Monday, Senate Democrats unanimously agreed to pass a House bill to pay the troops but didn't fund the rest of government.

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