June 7, 2017
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is one of the agencies targeted for significant cuts under President Donald Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget. The agency’s budget would be reduced by $1.3 billion, or 17%, compared to 2017’s level.
The president’s budget, which would reduce federal spending by $3.6 trillion over 10 years, details which CDC programs will be cut. The Chronic Disease Prevention and Promotion program would lose $222 million, while the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STIs and TB Prevention program would lose $186 million over the next year if the Trump budget is enacted.
The administration contends that cutting the disease prevention and promotion budget will allow CDC to focus on “programs that implement evidence-based strategies, and improve results across a variety of health outcomes.”
Additionally, the CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, which coordinates local and state responders during disasters and provides training and resources to help those entities maintain their emergency preparedness, would lose $136 million from its budget.
Likewise, Trump’s budget would slash $65 million from the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, which tracks and studies foodborne illnesses, vector-borne diseases, such as Zika, and hospital-acquired infections, such as pathogens that are resistant to antibiotics.
“In essence, the proposed budget would force CDC to fight epidemics and health threats with both hands tied behind their back while wearing a blindfold,” John Auerbach, president and CEO of Trust for America’s Health, said in a written statement.
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