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Mon Feb 10, 2020, 06:12 PM

Trump's 2021 budget drowns science agencies in red ink, again

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Here is a rundown of some of the numbers from the budget request’s R&D chapter. (The numbers reflect the portion of each agency’s budget classified as research, which in most cases is less than its overall budget.)

National Institutes of Health: a cut of 7%, or $2.942 billion, to $36.965 billion
National Science Foundation (NSF): a cut of 6%, or $424 million, to $6.328 billion
Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Science: a cut of 17%, or $1.164 billion, to $5.760 billion
NASA science: a cut of 11%, or $758 million, to $6.261 billion
DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy: a cut of 173%, which would not only eliminate the $425 million agency, but also force it to return $311 million to the U.S. Department of the Treasury
U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Agricultural Research Service: a cut of 12%, or $190 million, to $1.435 billion
National Institute of Standards and Technology: a cut of 19%, or $154 million, to $653 million
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: a cut of 31%, or $300 million, to $678 million
Environmental Protection Agency science and technology: a cut of 37%, or $174 million, to $318 million
Department of Homeland Security science and technology: a cut of 15%, or $65 million, to $357 million
U.S. Geological Survey: a cut of 30%, or $200 million, to $460 million

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https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/02/trump-s-2021-budget-drowns-science-agencies-red-ink-again

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Mon Feb 10, 2020, 06:18 PM

1. Well this is for the "intellectual elite" and you know how much he and his followers hate them.

I wish my husband had gone to industry instead of higher ed. It is impossible to get funding these days even for great research. I wonder if people know how many cures have come from higher ed research labs? The pharma companies only care if it makes them money, cures don't make them money, they want things for chronic illness.

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Mon Feb 10, 2020, 10:04 PM

3. Republicans have successfully demonized cutting-edge research.

I remember then ridiculing things like studies of lizards that could tolerate extreme temperatures, they saw this as a waste and their followers fell in suit, but the research has led to more efficient ways of treating burn victims and methods for putting people into a medically induced coma to save their lives.

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Mon Feb 10, 2020, 06:27 PM

2. Idiot says (rump) that this year's cuts to budget was for addressing fraud and waste...I guess ...

if an agency had more than 1 syllable in its name, then it's budget was slashed/cut. rump can't handle an agency with more than 1 syllable its name, it's too difficult. Agricultural research service, another blow to farmers I am guessing. All of these agencies, play small but important parts in today's society. Tells you exactly what rump is all about, and what's he stands for. It's not advancing Science by any means, it's not furthering American interests what-so-ever. What an idiot. Thank goodness Congress will have something to say and/or do about the final budget numbers, if rump's going to want anything, he's going to have to compromise big time. Especially when his damn wall is still getting built, at the cost of other planned projects across the board.

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