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President Donald Trump recently released his 2018 budgetary plan. In this plan, one thing was clear: All nondefense spending will be subject to massive cuts. Trump’s plan calls for a $54 billion increase to defense spending. To fund this increase, Trump proposed a 10.5 percent cut to nondefense discretionary funding. The National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and many other federal agencies that fund scientific research all fall within the nondefense category. Therefore, experts fear that if Congress approves the president’s budget plan, these scientific agencies could lose significant funding.
Trump’s budget may cut science funding (The Scientist)
Reactions to proposed EPA, NIH budget cuts (The Scientist)
Trump’s initial executive order banning immigrants, refugees and travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries was quickly struck down in court over questions of constitutionality. But this week, he signed a new immigration executive order with a narrower scope, more descriptive language and removal of Iraq from the list of banned countries. Despite the new language, many in the scientific and tech communities still have grave concerns over the effects this ban will have on their respective enterprises.
After the success of the Women’s March on inauguration weekend, many other communities have organized similar events, including the March for Science on April 22, being held in more than 350 cities across the globe. The March for Science was designed to call attention to and raise awareness for bipartisan support of policies that promote scientific research. While the main goal for this march is clearly laid out on the event’s website, some are still confused as to what a March for Science truly is.