President Trump Pushes Budget Cuts for FY2017
With government funding set to run out on April 28, 2017, President Trump submitted a last minute FY2017 budget request, calling for an $18 billion reduction in spending for non-defense discretionary programs. These savings will be used to pay for increases in defense spending and funding for border security. For mental health and addiction advocates, this proposal would mean dramatic cuts to key health programs like the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the National Institutes of Health.
The leaked document, circulated by POLITICO on Monday, details line item cuts the President is asking for during this latest round of budgetary negotiations.
- Mental Health Block Grant
- Current Funding level for FY2017: $511 million
- President’s Budget request: $411 million
- Results: $100 million cut
- National Institutes of Health
- Current Funding Level for FY2017: $31.67 billion
- President’s Budget request: $30.44 billion
- Results: $1.23 billion cut
- Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
- Current Funding level for FY2017: $333 million
- President’s Budget request: $283 million
- Results: $50 million cut
House and Senate Appropriations are working hard to finalize budget agreement before the April 28 deadline. There are competing reports on whether appropriators will work to incorporate the President’s request or instead pass legislation maintaining level funding for the year to begin work on FY2018 appropriations. Either way, FY2017 funding will run out on September 30.