President Trump’s proposed 2021 budget suggested massive cuts to funding for the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization as the coronavirus continues to spread, according to Forbes.
Trump’s proposed budget included a 16% cut to the CDC’s budget and a 10% overall reduction to the Department of Health and Human Services’ funding.
His proposal also called for a $65 million cut to the World Health Organization, which has an overall $4.8 billion budget and which the U.S. contributes about 2.5%. If enacted, the U.S.’s contribution would be reduced by over 40%.
Overall global health programs would see an additional 34% reduction, but Trump requested $115 million to be set aside for global health security for the purpose of combating “infectious disease threats.”
The coronavirus (which was renamed by the WHO as COVID-19) has not been declared a pandemic, but the group has called for an immediate $675 million investment in “rational and evidence-based interventions” to stop the outbreak.
The proposed budget is unlikely to pass the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, which will ultimately decide how the funds will be spent, after various committees weigh in.
The Senate Budget Committee said Trump’s budget would “destroy discretionary programs [by] cutting them by $1.9 trillion. THese are things like Section 8, Head Start, WIC, LIHEAP, public housing, NOAA, NIH, NASA, NSF, the CDC -- most of the programs that we think of when we think of what the government does.”
“Presidents’ budgets are a reflection of administration priorities, but in the end, they are just a list of suggestions,” Sen. Michael Enzi (R-Wyo.), who chairs the Senate Budget Committee said Monday.