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U.S. Government Shutdown Threatens Research, Patients

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Executive Summary

With the clock ticking on the end of the current fiscal year and only three legislative days left on Congress' calendar, Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), ranking member on the House Budget Committee, on Sept. 22 tried to put a human face on the toll another shutdown of U.S. federal agencies would take if lawmakers let an ideological dispute stand in the way of funding the government.

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