FASEB Urges Congress to Reject the Trump Administration Budget Blueprint
The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology voiced its opposition to President Trump's proposed budget which calls for a $5.8 billion cut to the National Institutes of Health. FASEB called on Congress to block the 20% cut.“The proposed cut to NIH is, quite simply, a travesty because it threatens the life of every American, harms our economy, and abdicates the United States' role as a world leader in research,” FASEB President Hudson Freeze, PhD said in a statement. “Advances in biomedical and biological research have improved the health of our citizens, generated new treatments for life-threatening diseases, and enhanced our quality of life. Opportunities for additional progress are enormous and at our doorstep, but that promising future success requires sustained and predictable growth in the federal investment in the nation's research enterprise. The proposed reduction in research funding is unconscionable and endangers the national security of our country,”
Reducing the NIH budget to $25.9 billion as proposed by the Administration would reduce the agency budget below in the 2003 level. A cut of this magnitude also far exceeds the sequestration cuts NIH absorbed in 2013, according to the article.
The proposal also contradicts the intent of the bipartisan $2 billion increase Congress provided to NIH in FY 2016 and a similar amount approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee last summer.
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