In his first budget proposal, named “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again,” President Trump plans to hike defense spending by $54 billion and offset that increase by taking money from more than 18 other agencies, according to an article in the Washington Post. One of the hardest hit would be the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), whose budget would be reduced by 18% to $69 billion––bringing the department’s spending to its lowest level in nearly 20 years.
Within the HHS, cuts totaling $5.8 billion would affect the National Institutes of Health, the government’s main engine of biomedical research.
The new budget proposal also “recalibrates” FDA medical-product user fees, increasing them to more than $2 billion in 2018––twice the 2017 level.
Other highlights of the president’s budget include: