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It's Time for the Shutdown Games to End!

“Congressional Tea Party Republicans have chosen to play games with the lives of our most vulnerable in society to score ideological political points,” said NEA director of government relations Mary Kusler. They have forced deep sequester cuts, shut down the government and are on the brink of bringing the nation’s economy to its knees. Students and senior citizens will pay the price for years to come as a result. It’s time for the games to end!

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Putting a Face on the Federal Shutdown: Local Cancer Victim Denied Access to Treatment

We all have read reports about the impact of the federal government’s shutdown on children and families, but nothing drives the point home like the case of 30-year-old Michelle Langbehn. The shutdown is blocking access of this cancer victim and Auburn CA resident to life-saving experimental treatment.

As reported in the Sacramento Bee  and local, national, and international media, Michelle, the mother of 19-month-old Lula, may die because the shutdown has blocked the National Institute of Health (NIH) from providing the experimental treatment to Michelle and more than 200 other cancer victims each week. Some of the cancer victims are as young as eight-years-old.

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