A Sacramento area cancer survivor whose potential treatment has been delayed by the partial federal government shutdown joined other activists Tuesday afternoon to deliver more than 140,000 signatures urging a compromise to GOP Rep. Tom McClintock's district office in Granite Bay.
Michelle Langbehn, whose ultimately unfruitful struggle to seek cancer treatment from the National Institutes of Health has received worldwide attention, said that thousands of fellow constituents in McClintock's Sacramento area district have been affected by the shutdown. She urged the congressman to put aside partisanship and break the stalemate.
"This needs to end tonight," said Langbehn, 30, of Auburn. "This needs to end right now."
McClintock, R-Elk Grove, said he appreciated Langbehn's leadership in trying end the impasse.
"She really has been an inspiration to a lot of people who want to see the government function as it was designed," McClintock said by phone from Washington.
Still, he noted that House Republicans earlier this month sent the Senate a continuing resolution that reopened the National Institutes of Health. The so-called "Research for Lifesavings Cures Act," passed 254-171. The Senate did not take up the measure, one of several piecemeal funding bills the House has passed.
"That's been supremely frustrating," McClintock said.
Langbehn and her allies say they want an "up or down" vote to end the shutdown.
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PHOTO: Cancer patient Michelle Langbehn receives a kiss from her daughter Lula as her grandfather Juan Torres and other family member surround her after speaking about the federal government shutdown at Rep. Tom McClintock's district office Tuesday in Granite Bay. The Sacramento Bee/Randall Benton.