Trump once again requests deep cuts in U.S. science spending

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For the third year in a row, President Donald Trump’s administration has unveiled a budget request to Congress that calls for deep spending cuts at many federal science agencies,’including a 13% cut for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and a 12% cut for the National Science Foundation (NSF),’while providing’hefty increases for the military.

But the $4.7 trillion request for the 2020 fiscal year that begins 1 October, released today, is already drawing bipartisan pushback from lawmakers in Congress and’as with past Trump administration requests’many of the cuts are unlikely to be enacted into law.

  • Publisher: Science | AAAS
  • Date: 2019-03-11T12:21:43-04:00
  • Author: Science News Staff
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For a president who doesn’t sweat details, a new $4.7

The new budget request that President Trump sent to Congress on Monday confirmed his intention to keep up his multibillion-dollar fight for a southern border wall.

His budget for the fiscal year that begins in October calls for $8.6 billion in new funds for a barrier along the border with Mexico, beyond the $6.7 billion Trump has said he plans to spend in coming months under the national emergency he declared to circumvent Congress for the money.

The $4.7-trillion budget he sent Congress would make another steep increase in Department of Defense spending ‘ by 5%, to a total of $718 billion ‘ while slashing domestic spending programs by an equal percentage. The president once again pushed back his promise to eliminate the annual deficit, this time until the mid-2030s. Starting this year, deficits return to the trillion-dollar levels of the global economic crisis of a decade ago.

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Quietly, however, Congress often has gone the other way and handed out increases. In February, the Congress passed, and President Trump finally signed, a spending bill for 2019, averting another government shutdown. Lost amid the collective sigh of relief and the hoopla about President Trump’s wall was the news that astronomers had won a key victory: A pair of cosmically ambitious telescopes were rescued from possible oblivion.

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