Friday Action Item: Cuts to funding even sooner than we thought

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On Fridays while the current administration is in office we’re posting small, concrete things you can do to help make things better. Got a suggestion for an Action Item? E-mail us!
You’re already all too familiar with the cuts to science funding proposed in the Trump Administration’s budget outline for the next fiscal year — billions less for science by EPA and NIH. This week, we learned the administration wants to cut research and education funding basically right now. Congress needs to pass a budget resolution to fund the Federal government for the rest of the current fiscal year, and the administration has already been, um, rearranging spending priorities

The $18 billion in total cuts from discretionary spending bills is reportedly offsetting the $30 billion in supplementary increases in defense spending and spending on the border wall with Mexico. (Though it’s not entirely clear that the wall will be part of the supplemental defense budget.)

Yeah. Congress should probably hear what you think about this, wouldn’t you say?

About Jeremy Yoder

Jeremy B. Yoder is an Associate Professor of Biology at California State University Northridge, studying the evolution and coevolution of interacting species, especially mutualists. He is a collaborator with the Joshua Tree Genome Project and the Queer in STEM study of LGBTQ experiences in scientific careers. He has written for the website of Scientific American, the LA Review of Books, the Chronicle of Higher Education, The Awl, and Slate.
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