NIH, Medicaid Hit Hard in Federal Budget

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On May 23, 2017, the Trump administration released its full budget request to Congress. The budget provides for a $1.7 trillion cut to domestic programs over the next 10 years, while drastically increasing defense spending. The budget, titled “A Foundation for American Greatness” by the White House, provides recommendations to Congress regarding both mandatory spending (entitlements like Medicaid) and discretionary spending (budgets funded yearly by Congress such as the Department of Defense and the National Institutes of Health. Relying on predictions of economic growth of nearly twice the level projected by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the budget would