Trump's Big Cuts to Medical Research May Not Get Past Congress

Trump Budget Is Bad News For Houston Medical Institutions

Trump Budget Is Bad News For Houston Medical Institutions

A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again, calls for a "major reorganization of NIH's Institutes and Centers to help focus resources on the highest priority research and training activities".

The cuts come despite Trump recently telling Congress about the need to find "cures to the illnesses that have always plagued us".

"A $6 billion cut to NIH is unacceptable to the scientific community, and should be unacceptable to the American public as well", says Benjamin Corb of the American Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, a scientific group. Trump's proposal to cut $5.8 billion for the fiscal year that begins October 1 "is a very concerning sign", Retzlaff said.

"We can solve these problems", the former vice president said. "We're not spending money on that".

While the Trump administration may try to disguise cuts to funding as exclusively administrative or structural changes to the NIH, the Trump administration's budget would nearly certainly hit core NIH funding and cut off resources for ground-breaking medical breakthroughs.

Congress likely won't make any final decisions about the 2018 budget before late this year.

The U.S.is the largest financial contributor to the United Nations and now pays 22 percent of its regular budget and over 28 percent of its budget for the 16 peacekeeping missions, which are undergoing a review.

The president's proposed federal budget cuts almost $6 billion from the NIH despite his promises on the campaign trail that a Trump administration would work to cure diseases.

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"All of us woke up this morning in a state of shock about this number", said Dr.

The Trump budget would also slash funding for the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program, which reimburses state and local governments for the costs of incarcerating unauthorized immigrants. The U.S. now pays 22 percent of the U.N.'s regular budget and over 28 percent of the costs of its far-flung peacekeeping operations which are undergoing a review.

Leaders at the University of Washington and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center - two of the largest recipients of federal money for health research in the nation - slammed President Donald Trump's proposed budget Thursday.

The top Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee is slamming proposed budget cuts to the IRS, an agency that is down more than 17,000 employees since 2010.

"They see their mentors, their faculty advisors, they see them working all the time writing grants, because we have to really work at it to maintain the funding for our laboratories", he says, " and they're turned off". And it calls for eliminating or slashing spending on other research programs at many other federal agencies. At the time, lawmakers seemed mostly on board with that plan, as the Republican chairs of the relevant funding panels both supported future budget bumps. (The more detailed May budget will also cover changes to mandatory social welfare programs and interest payments on the national debt.) The discretionary pot is now roughly split between defense and nondefense agencies.

Pelosi says the budget should be a statement of national values.

Research advocates say they are encouraged by the mixed reviews or even outright criticism of the budget proposal from the president's own party. The Trump administration has given an aging military infrastructure as the reason for wanting to divert more funding in that direction.

NIH officials declined to comment on Trump's budget blueprint, but its parent agency, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, released a statement saying the agency is "dedicated to fulfilling our department's mission to improve the health and well-being of the American people". It promises immediate money for troop readiness, the fight against Islamic State militants and procurement of new ships, fighter jets and other weapons.

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