How can the US budget fight stop vital cancer drug trials?

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The US has shut down. National parks and monuments are closed, as are museums and other places run by the state.

It’s left more than 700,000 employees on unpaid leave and put tourist sites, government websites, office buildings and more off limits.

It’s over an argument about the budget. The president and congress can’t agree on one, so non-essential parts of the government are shut.

A lot has been made about the fact the national parks, monuments and museums are closed.

But what’s more worrying is cancer drug trials are being cancelled, so even children who could benefit from a new drug won’t now get it.

How could drug trials that might potentially save lives possibly be classified as ‘non-essential’?