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Trump's new budget cuts all but a favored few science programs

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Science  14 Feb 2020:
Vol. 367, Issue 6479, pp. 723-724
DOI: 10.1126/science.367.6479.723

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It's no longer news that President Donald Trump wants to make deep cuts in the budgets of the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the science programs at NASA and the Department of Energy. And in past years, Congress has rejected similar proposals and provided increases. But Trump's 2021 budget request, unveiled on 10 February, brings into sharper focus what his administration values across the research landscape—and what it views as unimportant. Top administration science officials refused at a media briefing to address the proposed cuts to many areas of basic research, choosing instead to highlight the few bright spots for science. For example, when asked about research on climate change, a discipline targeted for cuts, White House science adviser Kelvin Droegemeier changed the subject. "We want to keep this focused on artificial intelligence and quantum information science," he said—two fields the administration has selected for spending increases.

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