In His Proposed Budget, Trump Seeks Deep Cuts To U.S. Science Spending

Donald Trump speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.Gage Skidmore/Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

Trump has proposed a budget that seeks very deep cuts to some of the most prestigious science institutions in the U.S.

President Trump has released a budget request which would cut many scientific and medical research enterprises. There would be a 13% cut to the National Science Foundation, a 12% cut at the National Institutes of Health, and the discontinuation of a program at the Energy Department that funds speculative technologies, according to the Washington Post.

The National Cancer Institute funding would drop from $6.1 billion to $5.2 billion, and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases funding would drop from $5.5 billion to $4.75 billion. More, NASA would face a budget cut of 2.3% if Congress signs the budget request. The administration has requested $1.3 billion for opioid and pain research.

The budget proposes eliminating three environmental programs at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The first is Sea Grant, which supports environmental research on the Great Lakes and the coast. The second is the National Coastal Zone Management grants, which incentivize states to both restore and sustainably develop coastal resources. The third is the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund, which was established by congress nearly two decades ago to revive salmon populations in the Pacific Northwest.

Rush Holt, the chief executive at the American Association for the Advancement of Science said, “If enacted, the Trump administration’s proposed cuts to the fiscal year 2020 non-defense discretionary budget would derail our nation’s science enterprise.”

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