The budget also calls for a significant increase in military spending and dozens of spending cuts. For example, Trump calls for cutting $845 billion from Medicare. Other agencies, particularly the Environmental Protection Agency, State Department, Transportation Department, and Interior Department, would see their budgets severely reduced.
President Donald Trump’s administration calls for deep spending cuts at many federal science agencies, including a 13% cut for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and a 12% cut for the National Science Foundation (NSF). A statement from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), which he leads, says the president’s budget “promotes responsible spending [by] prioritizing high-impact programs that have been shown to be effective.” Artificial intelligence (AI), quantum information science, wireless 5G communications, and advanced manufacturing are the administration’s priorities. “The president’s annual budget proposal is the first step in the federal budget process and will allow us to consider how his priorities align with the priorities of Congress,” said Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi, R-Wyo. It’s almost sure the Trump budget has no chance of garnering the necessary bipartisan support to become law. Many of the Democrats have proposed something much different and the possibility of another government shutdown in October exists.