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Impacts of budget cuts detailed

A report makes the case that arbitrary cuts to programs that rely on discretionary federal funding, such as the biomedical research supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), are harmful to the nation.

Released on 14 November, the report was written jointly by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) and an alliance of 3,200 national, state, and local organizations known as NDD United, which is working to save nondefense discretionary (NDD) programs from additional cuts.

Dubbed “Faces of Austerity,” the report detailed ways in which NIH budget cuts have affected researchers in Massachusetts, North Carolina, Texas and Washington. It argued that years of flat funding, inflation, and $1.7 billion in cuts largely due to the automatic across-the-board cuts known as sequestration, which have reduced the NIH’s ability to support innovative research.

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