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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Cutting Research

In The Politics of Autism, I discuss the National Institutes of Health, which is by far the largest funder of autism research. ( In Fiscal 2017, the amount is $217 million.)

Trump's budget would cut NIH by about 18 percent.

Stephanie Simon reports at STAT:
Funding for the NIH has been a bipartisan priority for years; one of Trump’s key advisers, former Representative Newt Gingrich, has long championed that cause. It was just two years ago, in fact, that Gingrich called for doubling the NIH budget, calling health spending both a moral and a financial imperative. “It’s irresponsible and shortsighted, not prudent, to let financing for basic research dwindle,” Gingrich wrote then.