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Trump proposes to cut NIH Budget by $6 billion - around 20 per cent.

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  1. Murph

    Murph :)

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    Snow Leopard Hibernating

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    Penny-wise, pound foolish...
     
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    Cheesus Senior Member

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    Defunding medical research and development is a unique way to Make America Great Again.
     
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    AndyPR Senior Member

    In my opinion, this may be the only route that ME research funding might be preserved but I wouldn't hold my breath. I don't know the legal technicalities of it but given that the recently announced RFAs won't be awarded for a while yet, I wouldn't be surprised if that makes them an easy target for defunding.
     
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  5. Alvin2

    Alvin2 If humans were rational...

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    "Investment in research and development has been seen since World War II as critical to national prosperity and security"

    The chances for ME/CFS getting money this year are minimal :cry:
    Perhaps Ron Davis and the other scientists involved should move to another country that supports science and progress.
     
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    Cheesus Senior Member

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    It has to pass through Congress first. They decide on spending, not the president. As long as there are a handful of Republicans with a spine, then there is some hope that a 20% cut would be watered down significantly, if not mitigated altogether. If that happens, then we have another route to salvation.

    The fact that Trump's healthcare plan is currently floundering is indicative that not all Republicans are willing to go along with whatever he can concoct, so that is a good omen.
     
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  7. AndyPR

    AndyPR Senior Member

    Hopefully you are right @Cheesus . Maybe this is an attempt at negotiations by Trump, perhaps it'll end up as "support Trumpcare and I won't call for these funding cuts", that wouldn't surprise me.
     
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    Cheesus Senior Member

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    I don't think anything would surprise me at this stage :rolleyes:
     
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    Make an extreme demand. Negotiate. Agree on a decreased demand, or force through an alternative that you wanted but were not sure you were going to get. Then claim you are the good guy in all this.
     
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    20%? How many BPS proponents does the NIH employ?
     
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    Barrow-boy tactics.
     
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    https://www.statnews.com/2017/03/16/trump-budget-science-research/
     
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    AndyPR Senior Member

    *Bully-boy tactics
     
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    Cheesus Senior Member

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    "We have concerns" is probably the most you're going to get out of the republicans for now.
     
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    Off the top of my head I can think of several that they could afford to lose :p
     
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    Speaking as a man whose forebears have passed along a genetic poison chalice of hereditary baldness in later life, I would be happy to forfeit funding for research into male pattern baldness to save funding for ME.

    The sacrifices we make for this disease...
     
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    We should claim there is a link between male pattern baldness and ME. We could double our funding base overnight.
     
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    Cheesus Senior Member

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    "Cheesus is going to go bald and he has ME, so there must be a link"

    I think we have a solid case.
     
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    Barry53 Senior Member

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    A Trump card.
     
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