April 8, 2011 / 3:26 PM / 9 years ago

Reid says Republicans want shutdown to close clinics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid talks about the budget in the Capitol in Washington April 7, 2011. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ratcheting up the rhetoric, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid on Friday said Republicans want to shut down the government because they want to deny funding to women’s health clinics.

“Republicans want to shut down the government because they think there’s nothing more important than keeping women from getting cancer screenings. This is indefensible and everyone should be outraged,” Reid said on the Senate floor.

Reporting by Andy Sullivan; Editing by Sandra Maler

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