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Trump’s Plan to Cut CDC Funding Likely Blocked by Senate Panel

March 14, 2019, 8:07 PM

Senators who hold the purse strings for health dollars will shield the CDC from major cuts proposed by the Trump administration.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would see a nearly $1.3 billion cut to its discretionary funds in fiscal year 2020 to $5.28 billion from $6.56 billion under the Trump administration’s 2020 budget request. It’s part of a White House plan to cull discretionary spending across the board, including $14 billion from the Department of Health and Human Services.

Public health programs at the CDC have historically been more vulnerable to funding reductions compared with biomedical research ...