An ambience of sadness and loss permeated this year’s Sine Die —the last day of the 90-day, Maryland General Assembly Session—as we processed the loss of Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch, a true health care champion. It is fitting that we made so much progress this year.
Proposed White House budget includes devastating cuts to cancer research funding
The new budget proposal just released by the White House includes massive cuts to cancer research funding.
The budget includes funding cuts for:
- Medical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by $4.7 billion
- Cancer research at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) by $900 million
- Cancer screening and prevention programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by $34.5 million.
“If passed, the proposed cut to NIH and NCI funding would squander years of renewed momentum and progress in advancing discovery in cancer and other chronic diseases, said Lisa Lacasse, president of ACS CAN “These investments have long enjoyed strong bipartisan support and have led to incredible understanding in how to detect, diagnose and treat cancer that still claims the lives of more than 600,000 Americans each year.”
We are on the cusp of lifesaving breakthroughs in the fight against cancer, but, if the White House’s budget becomes law, the current work and momentum fighting cancer could be hampered.