Entitlement Reform and a Year of Austerity

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Keep an eye out in 2018 for Congress and the Administration to once again target research and health funding for FY 2019 with deep cuts proposed at both the discretionary and mandatory level. A year ago, President Trump set the tone of federal budget negotiations for FY 2018 with the introduction of his “skinny budget.” In a measure strongly condemned by then-ASN President Eleanor Lederer, MD, FASN, shortly after its introduction, the administration proposed deep cuts to funding for the National Institutes of Health, as well several other health programs.

In 2017, Congress listened to ASN’s strong stance against the