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Lawmakers On Both Sides Dig In Heels Over Drastic Cuts To NIH Funding

KHN Morning Briefing

“I’m extremely concerned about the potential impact of the 18 percent cut,” said Rep. Tom Cole, the Republican chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee responsible for the National Institutes of Health. Meanwhile, Rep. Nita Lowey, senior Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, said the proposed cuts could have “catastrophic results” for patients and researchers.

Price Defends Steep Cuts To NIH As Reducing Redundancies And Waste

KHN Morning Briefing

The Health and Human Services secretary was grilled by appropriators about the suggested $5.8 billion in cuts to the National Institutes of Health 2018 budget, in addition to the surprise $1.2 billion that was proposed for next year.