With the National Institutes of Health shutdown, every doctor and scientist who submitted grants to the agency for funding (which funds jobs to undertake disease fighting research) does not know the status in this regard. I personally have no idea of what will happen to one of my grants that was to be reviewed. This grant would have created 4 new jobs in Richmond, Virginia and would have led to research to combat anaphylactic responses,which are life threatening and increase in severity with age. The funding for another project is being withheld as well. Lastly, our research group has spent the past year preparing an application to NIH to fund a whole new direction in critical care (e.g. save lives for any trauma patients as well as soldiers on the battlefield). Unfortunately, we cannot even talk to our program officer at NIH to know whether this program will exist due to the delays caused by the shut-down. Hence, an entire year of our lives and hard work could be lost. We work 65 to 80 hours a week in dedication to just saving lives, and this is how our wonderful US Congress treats us. Overall, I speak for many who are affected by this shut-down fed up with this ridiculousness. I hope that people remember these problems come time to vote for your representative, and vote the incumbent out of office (regardless of party). They obviously do not care for the people they represent as every day leads to another problem. Thank the constitution for 2 year terms, and remember, DO NOT VOTE for the incumbent. With more moderates moving into Richmond, maybe even Eric Cantor can be voted out of office in a few years to send a message to incumbents.
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