The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) is appalled by the proposed $7.16 billion (21 percent) reduction in federal funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in President Donald Trump’s budget request for fiscal year (FY) 2018. FASEB calls on Congress to immediately reject this outrageous proposal which also includes an $820 million (11 percent) cut for the National Science Foundation (NSF), $919 million (17 percent) decrease for the Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE SC), and a $26 million (6.9 percent) cut for the competitive agriculture research program.
“These proposed cuts are unconscionable and unjustified. Are we ready to abdicate our role as a world leader in research?,” said FASEB President Hudson H. Freeze, PhD. “ Hard won advances in biomedical and biological research pay off. Fedrally funded research has provided better health, enhanced our quality of life and brought greater understanding of the causes of rare diseases. Never have our opportunities for additional progress been greater, but if we want to continue this success, it requires sustained and predictable growth in the nation’s research funding. We are grateful that Congress recognized the importance of scientific research in the FY 2017 omnibus appropriations bill. This is not the time to stop. We strongly urge Congress to outright reject the President’s proposal,” Freeze said, and added, “Surrendering our leadership in science is not who we are. That’s not America.”
Federally supported researchers make discoveries, develop therapies and commercialize products and technologies at universities, hospitals, national labs, and other research institutions. Pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies rely on sustained and predictable funding for NIH, NSF, and DOE SC to maintain their raw material pipeline. In turn they create high-paying jobs in nearly every state and congressional district.
FASEB will work with Congress to develop a common sense budget that recognizes the important contributions of our nation’s scientists.