Prevent Trump From Cutting Scientific Research Funds!
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President Trump plans to enact deep budget cuts to U.S. science agencies beginning the year 2018. This will have a devastating impact on the National Institute of Health (NIH), National Aeronautics and Space Administration, (NASA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and other essential organizations that rely on national funding for the advancement of scientific research. Specific branches of research sciences such as biomedical research require more funding, but President Trump aims to decrease funds towards these crucial departments. Ultimately, this budget request would decrease the amount of money invested into discovering cures to diseases affecting the human population.
If the federal budget plan is approved by Congress, the N.I.H. will lose more than 18% of its original funds, totaling more than $25.9 billion. This will severely limit the organization’s ability to carry out pioneering research programs and maintain the disease research programs established in hospitals and universities. If implemented, the Fogarty International Center, an N.I.H. program revolving around global health and researching diseases such as AIDS, Ebola, Dengue, etc. will be completely eliminated. Other influential scientific organizations will also experience devastating losses as a result of Trump’s proposed budget plan. The Department of Energy’s Office of Science is estimated to lose a whopping $900 million from the budget cuts.
Many institutions and scientists are already speaking in opposition of Trump’s plan. The American Society of Clinical Oncology, the leading professional society for cancer specialists, has released an official statement stating that the proposed budget plan “will devastate our nation’s already fragile federal research infrastructure.” Dr. Caroline Weinberg, a public health researcher, also opposes the plan stating, “It is a 53-page document detailing exactly why thousands of people around the world will join together to march for science.”
Trump’s budget blueprint: https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/whitehouse.gov/files/omb/budget/fy2018/2018_blueprint.pdf
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