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Trump budget proposal cuts NIH research, retains border wall plan

March 13, 2019 / Richard Staines

President Trump’s latest budget proposal retains a controversial $8.6 billion request for a border wall with Mexico while calling for swingeing cuts into government-sponsored National Institutes of Health research including cancer. The latest 2020 budget proposal from Trump also outlines a substantial funding increase for the FDA – although commentators are already saying that the plan faces almost certain rejection from Democrats controlling the US House of Representatives. Trump has allocated $34.5 billion for the NIH, a cut of between $4.5 and $6 billion compared with the current financial year. Within the NIH, the National Cancer Institute is to have $900 million cut from its budget of $5.2 billion, while the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) will see $750 million cut from its $4.75 billion allocations. Meanwhile the changes proposed at the FDA in the document entitled ‘A Budget for a Better America’ tighten up regulations on gener...