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Trump’s budget calls for huge cuts to science

President Donald Trump’s administration has proposed dramatic reductions in science spending in its budget request for fiscal year 2018—including a 22 percent cut to the National Institutes of Health and a 44 percent cut to R&D at the Environmental Protection Agency.

Few science-based agencies escape cuts in the request. The National Science Foundation is facing an 11 percent cut, while the Department of Energy is in line for a 15 percent cut—including the closure of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy. The Department of Agriculture, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Institute of Standards and Technology are all slated for deep cuts.

A few areas are singled out for extra cash. Basic science at NASA would get a 3 percent boost, and the military’s basic science programs would get an extra 6 percent. The Smithsonian Institution and science programs at the Department of Veterans Affairs would also get small increases.

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