take action: protect nih funding
In March 2017, the White House asked Congress to slash NIH funding for the remainder of the current fiscal year and beyond. Specifically:
- FY2017: The White House called for $1.2 billion in cuts from the current fiscal year budget of the National Institutes of Health. Current government spending will expire at the end of April, when Congress must pass a new spending bill for the remainder of the fiscal year (ending September 30, 2017).
- FY2018: The President's Budget Blueprint - a rough outline of Executive Branch priorities - calls for deep cuts to research agencies, eliminating $6 billion (20 percent) of the NIH budget, and $1 billion in cuts to the National Cancer Institute.
These cuts would have a devastating impact on childhood cancer research that could delay progress for many years. More than 80 percent of NIH funds are awarded to researchers at institutions across the country – including to the Children’s Oncology Group and doctors pioneering new treatments for kids battling cancer. With cuts of this size their work could not continue and promising treatments would not be developed.