U.S. Rep. Lee Denounces Trump Administration’s Proposed FY17 Reduction Options For PEPFAR; HHS Secretary Price Defends Recommended Cuts To NIH

CBS SF: White House Proposes Immediate Cuts To Pell Grants, HIV Research, Food Assistance
“The Trump administration isn’t waiting until 2018 to try to slash federal spending that it has deemed unnecessary. The White House is proposing an immediate $18 billion in cuts to government programs that promote education, scientific research, health, job training, and diplomacy, programs already approved for 2017. … [Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.)], a member of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, drew attention to proposed cuts of nearly $350 million to the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and [domestic] HIV/AIDS programs, warning, ‘President Trump’s proposed reductions to PEPFAR and other HIV/AIDS programs would be a humanitarian catastrophe’…” (Albarazi, 3/29).

STAT: Tom Price defends proposed cuts at NIH, citing ‘indirect’ expenses
“Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price on Wednesday defended the Trump administration’s proposed cuts to medical research, saying that the National Institutes of Health budget is plagued by unnecessary expenses. … The remarks came a day after reports that the administration had proposed an additional $1.2 billion cut to the NIH for the current fiscal year, on top of a suggested $5.8 billion cut for 2018. The NIH’s 2016 budget totaled $32.3 billion…” (Facher, 3/29).