Trump budget would slash NIH, HHS funding

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  • President Trump released a proposed budget that would cut $6 billion from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget, about a fifth of its total budget.
  • The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) would be cut about 18%, with specifics unclear; the proposal would at the same time add $500 million for opioid use treatment and recovery.

Why this matters

  • Science advocates, along with some members of Congress, criticized the NIH budget cuts and said they would "cripple" science and technology.
  • The document proposes a major reorganization of NIH, "consolidating" the Agency for H...