Trump's 2018 Budget Cuts Funding For Cancer, Mental Health, and HIV Research

Making America sicker again. Christopher Gregory/Getty Images

One of the few good things in the budget is a decade-long $19 billion program that will provide six weeks of paid leave to new parents. At present, there are only two countries in the world that don’t provide paid leave for new parents – America, and Papua New Guinea. This particular proposal was spearheaded by Ivanka Trump.

For the most part, however, the Trump administration is proving to be a major threat to the health and well-being of the citizens of the United States – particularly if they are poor. The passage on the widely-derided AHCA only exacerbated things further.

The final budget is being officially presented today by the GOP, and as expected the wall makes another unsightly appearance in the budget, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is yet again threatened with a 31 percent cut. $143 billion will also be cut from a federal loan program for low-income college students.


Hopefully, when this gets to Congress, they’ll do what they did last time – flat-out reject it, and boost science funding instead.

Perhaps most strikingly of all, the math of the entire budget doesn’t even add up. As pointed out by NYMag, there is a whopping $2 trillion arithmetic error in it.

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