Members of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) will break from their bi-annual meeting next week to call attention to the negative effects of the government shutdown.

Pediatricians, pediatric residents and medical students will come to Capitol Hill Monday to advocate for children’s interests in the budget process and discuss the shutdown’s impact on kids

Pediatric patients received attention in the debate this week after news broke that the shutdown was forcing the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to turn away new participants for clinical trials, including sick children.

The GOP-led House proceeded to pass a bill that would reopen the NIH. Democrats rejected the move as playing favorites and insisted Republicans allow a vote on a clean bill to reopen the government.

“This the greatest country in the world,” Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) said Friday at a press conference. “The American people deserve better than a piecemeal approach on which health risk will be protected against.”

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