Keep the National Institute of Health Funded
Trump’s "Skinny Budget" for Fiscal Year 2018 suggests cutting funding to the National Institute of Health (NIH) by $5.8 billion (18%) under the guise of cutting waste. More recently, Trump recommended cutting the NIH's budget by $1.2 billion for the remainder of this fiscal year, which would cut science programs as well as threaten funding to the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, the National Science Foundation, and the Environmental Protection Agency. The NIH has an annual budget of about $32.3 billion and is tasked with finding cures for diseases and advancing technology. 10% of the NIH's funding is spent on administrative costs, 10% on its own research, and the remaining 80% is distributed in the form of competitive grants to over 300,000 scientists and researchers at more than 2500 universities, medical schools, and other institutions in every state and around the world. These grants also support 400,000 jobs. As a result of these contributions, Congress voted with bipartisan support this past December to pass the 21st Century Cures Act, which gave the NIH an additional $4.8 billion over the next five years. Trump's budget proposal thus ignores not only NIH's many contributions to society but also Congress's bipartisan support for the organization's work."