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White House budget challenges science, innovation proponents

May 26, 2017

The president’s budget for FY 2018 would eliminate funding for numerous innovation programs, slash spending on R&D and technology transfer and limit education and training opportunities. The full budget proposal may well be “dead on arrival” in Congress, but this is not the same as Congress rejecting each budget proposal.

Highlights from the President's FY 2018 Budget Request: Dept. of Labor

May 26, 2017

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) within the Department of Labor would receive $6.9 billion under the president’s proposed FY 2018 budget, a $3.1 billion (31.1 percent) decrease from the FY 2017 approved budget.

Highlights from the President's FY 2018 Budget Request: Dept. of Agriculture

May 26, 2017

The president’s FY 2018 request for discretionary budget authority to fund programs and operating expenses is $21.0 billion, approximately $4.8 billion below the 2017 estimate in discretionary program funding for the Department of Agriculture (USDA). This includes funding for Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Rural Development, Forest Service, food safety, research, and conservation activities. However, the budget does not include the USDA reorganization plan that was announced by Secretary Sonny Perdue on May 11, which proposes a change in status for Rural Development.

Highlights from the President's FY 2018 Budget Request: Environmental Protection Agency

May 26, 2017

The administration’s budget proposal would dramatically reduce funding throughout the EPA. The Office of Science and Technology, which houses the Agency’s R&D and tech transfer initiatives, would be reduced by $263 million to $450.8 million (36.8 percent decrease).

Highlights from the President's FY 2018 Budget Request: Dept. of Commerce

May 26, 2017

The Department of Commerce houses a variety of science- and innovation-relevant agencies, most of which receive substantial cuts in the administration’s FY 2018 budget. Collectively, Commerce would lose many of its initiatives targeted to entrepreneurs, most notably the Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) program and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP).

Highlights from the President's FY 2018 Budget Request: Dept. of the Treasury

May 26, 2017

The FY 2018 budget proposal would terminate much of Treasury’s support for capital access. The Administration would not provide additional funding for the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI), allowing the program office to close at the end of FY 2017. The Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFI) Fund would experience dramatic changes under the budget.

Highlights from the President's FY 2018 Budget Request: National Science Foundation

May 26, 2017

The president’s FY 2018 budget proposal for the National Science Foundation (NSF) would provide $6.7 billion – a $840.9 million (11.2 percent) decrease in funding.