Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Trump budget seeks cuts in science funding

Fortunately, it is Congress, not the president, that sets the budget. But the president does strongly affect scientific research thru the people he appoints to head government agencies.

Seeing Trump's proposed budget, it's easy to see why his people flooded Trump worshipers with a big fat lie about how Democrats voted on increasing SS. I have seen that consistently. When unfavorable information about Trump has come out or is about to come out, Trump cultists are flooded with facebook posts that lie, and/or appeal to their eagerness to hate. The fact is, no one in Congress voter either for or against the Social Security increase. It took effect because it automatically increase with inflation.


By Joel Achenbach, Ben Guarino, Sarah Kaplan and Brady Dennis
March 11, 2019

President Trump’s third budget request, released Monday, again seeks cuts to a number of scientific and medical research enterprises, including a 13 percent cut to the National Science Foundation, a 12 percent cut at the National Institutes of Health and the termination of an Energy Department program that funds speculative technologies deemed too risky for private investors.

NIH would face a roughly $4.5 billion budget cut, according to an HHS document. Among the big losers, if Congress were to sign off on the budget request, would be the National Cancer Institute, dropping from $6.1 billion to $5.2 billion, and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, going from $5.5 billion to $4.75 billion.

The administration is highlighting its request for $1.3 billion for opioid and pain research “as part of the government-wide effort to combat the opioid epidemic.”

The NSF, which funds roughly a quarter of all federally supported basic science and engineering research in the U.S., would see its budget fall from $8.1 billion this year to $7.1 billion in 2020.


The Trump budget proposes to eliminate three environmental programs at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: Sea Grant, which supports environmental research on the coasts and in the Great Lakes; the National Coastal Zone Management grants, which provides incentives for states to restore and sustainably develop coastal resources; and the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund, established by Congress 19 years ago to revive plummeting salmon populations in the Pacific Northwest.


His previous budgets have requested cuts to the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Energy Department.

But Congress, which has the power of the purse, largely ignored the 2018 Trump budget requests and protected the agencies.


This year the Environmental Protection Agency — one of the president’s favored political targets — was subject to some of the most severe cuts. Trump’s budget would reduce EPA funding $2.8 billion, a 31 percent cut from its current budget.

The budget describes the cuts as an effort to eliminate “lower-priority” EPA programs and return the agency to its “core mission of protecting human health and the environment.” The administration would eliminate the Global Change Research office, which helped produced the National Climate Assessment last fall, warning of growing impacts of climate change.


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