ATLANTA, GA — As flu season is hitting its peak, the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is hearing that President Donald Trump’s proposed budget would cut the agency’s funding by nearly $1 billion, according to reports.
Trump’s fiscal year 2019 budget adds money to border security, military spending and the fund to battle the opioid epidemic, but makes heavy cuts elsewhere, including the CDC. CBS reported the science journal “Nature” as saying the budget proposal would cut the CDC’s budget by 12 percent.
The CDC isn’t the only science organization that would see funds cut under the proposal. The Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Geological Survey would see heavy cuts, while NASA, the FDA and Department of Energy would see funds stay about even.
According to the CDC’s mission statement, the agency works to protect the country from health, safety and security threads, both in the U.S. and overseas. It does this by connecting both state and local health departments across the country to discover patterns of disease and respond when needed. During the flu season, for example, the CDC tallies the spread of the disease each week, updates fatality numbers nationwide, and reminds Americans of best health practices to stop the spread of the virus.
But that’s not all the CDC does. By monitoring health patterns and providing information, it also helps the public take responsibility for its own health. The agency often does this by listing the latest data on their website or hosting meetings on subjects such as climate change, which is increasingly being treated as a public health issue.
CBS reports that the budget cut would not be quite as damaging to the CDC as it sounds, however, because certain programs would be moved into other agencies, lightening the CDC’s workload. CBS cited that occupational health activities would be transferred to the National Institutes of Health, for example.
However, some programs will still see heavy slashes to their funding. The CDC’s Public Health Preparedness and Response Program would have its funding cut by 43 percent, according to “Nature.”
Though then-Candidate Trump blasted his predecessor for adding to the deficit, his budget proposal would add $7 trillion to the deficit, according to the NY Times.
What would Trump’s proposed budget do to other science organizations?
- National Institutes of Health: $34.8 billion budget will be roughly equal to 2017
- Food and Drug Administration: $3.3 billion budget would be about a $460 million increase from 2017
- National Science Foundation: $7.5 billion budget would stay about the same as 2017
- NASA: $19.9 billion budget a slight increase from the 2017 budget
- Environmental Protection Agency: $6.1 billion is a drop of about $2 billion from 2017’s budget
- Department of Energy: $30.6 billion budget a slight decrease from 2017
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: $4.6 billion budget a 20 percent drop from 2017
- U.S. Geological Survey: $860 million budget is about 21 percent lower than 2017 budget
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