publication date: Mar. 24, 2017

Doug Lowy: We should continue to focus on the FY17 appropriation

The White House budget blueprint to slash NIH funding by 18.3 percent in fiscal 2018 is just a proposal, NCI Acting Director Douglas Lowy said at the meeting of the Board of Scientific Advisors March 21.

“I just want to point out that the NIH appropriation was just that, it was a proposal. Nothing was said about the distribution, etc.,” Lowy said. “It’s very early days for thinking about what the FY18 appropriation actually will end up being.

“Instead, I think we should continue to focus on the FY17 appropriation, where we are in a continuing resolution through April 28, and the major question seems to be whether there will be a full-year continuing resolution or whether there will be some kind of omnibus appropriation.”

Since publication of the short version of the president’s budget proposal last week, scientists have been defining strategies for opposing the deep cuts in the NIH budget. Some argue that the court orders that blocked President Donald Trump’s immigration travel bans and, on March 24, the spectacular collapse of Trump’s effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act suggest that his swamp-draining budget is destined to meet with a similar fate. Others argue that even though Trump’s science-bashing vision is unlikely to prevail, opposing … Continue reading Doug Lowy: We should continue to focus on the FY17 appropriation

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