The following is a statement from Benjamin Corb, public affairs director for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
Today, the White House released its 2020 budget request, titled “A Budget for a Better America: Promises Kept. Taxpayers First.” The budget request does little to make America better.
Each year, President Donald Trump calls for unconscionable decreases in federal spending while at the same time proclaiming his support for job creation, national security and economic growth.
The proposal presented today will stifle innovation – innovation needed to create new jobs, strengthen national security, and power the economy.
Importantly, the proposal threatens the progress of biomedical research. Included in the proposal are cuts to the National Science Foundation (12 percent) and National Institutes of Health (15 percent), which would drop their budgets to $7.1 billion and $33 billion, respectively.
During his State of the Union address in January, Trump set forth the goal of eradicating HIV in the United States by 2030. Yet, today’s budget proposal would eliminate $6 billion from the NIH’s budget.
In addition, reducing the NSF’s budget has the potential to tremendously decrease the United States’ ability to innovate. When international competitors outpace us in research and development, our national security is at risk.
Ultimately, the president’s proposed $2.7 trillion in spending cuts will leave the nation less healthy and less safe.
While it is important to tackle the federal deficit and balance budgets, the scientific community should not shoulder that burden.
The ASBMB encourages Congress to work in a bipartisan manner to support the nation’s scientific enterprise and ensure that United States continues to progress in science and innovation.