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Opinion: Former Merck CEO and Princeton University President Emeritus on ‘Trump’s War on Science Threatens U.S. Prosperity’

Princeton, NJ, June 12, 2017Roy Vagelos, retired Chairman and CEO of Merck & Co. and Chairman of the Board of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, and Shirley Tilghman, President Emeritus of Princeton University and a professor of Molecular Biology and Public Affairs, published the following opinion piece in The Star-Ledger on June 6:

In the past 40 years, the U.S. has been the world leader in converting fundamental scientific discoveries into innovative new treatments for life-threatening disease.  New drugs, vaccines, and medical devices have improved human health and increased our lifespan. Continue reading

85 Percent of Top Science Posts in Trump Administration Have Yet to Be Filled

President Donald Trump

Washington, DC, June 8, 2017 — Chris Mooney reported in The Washington Post that President Donald Trump is facing science-focused problems and issues with a key limitation: lack of staffing.

As of June 6, the Trump White House had announced a nominee for just seven, or 15 percent, of 46 top science posts in the federal government that require Senate confirmation, according to a Post analysis. Continue reading

Trump to Keep Dr. Francis Collins as Director of National Institutes of Health

Dr. Francis Collins

Washington, DC, June 7, 2017The Washington Post reports that the White House yesterday announced that Francis S. Collins will stay on as Director of the National Institutes of Health, extending Collins’s tenure even as the Trump administration proposes deep cuts to the government’s premier biomedical research center.

Dr. Collins, a physician and geneticist, has led NIH since 2009.

Collins is renowned for his leadership of the International Human Genome Project, which in 2003 sequenced the complete human genetic blueprint for the first time. Continue reading

FDA Commissioner Gottlieb Ends Trump’s Hiring Freeze at Agency

Washington, DC, June 7, 2017 — Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., has pulled the plug on the hiring freeze President Donald Trump imposed on the agency.

The moves will allow the FDA to fill vacancies to shape an agency capable of enacting his plans for how safety and efficacy information are gathered during development. Continue reading

Trump Proposed 2018 Budget Makes Heavy Cuts to Science Research

President Donald Trump

Washington, DC, June 5, 2017 — Ali Breland reports on The Hill that President Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget unveiled Tuesday proposes massive cuts for the National Science Foundation.

The plan would cut $776 million, an 11 percent reduction, from the foundation, which gives grants for non-medical research in science and engineering.

Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, defended the proposal, accusing the foundation of wasteful spending. Continue reading

White House’s 2018 Budget Plan Would ‘Devastate’ R&D, Says AAAS CEO Rush Holt

Washington, DC, May 31, 2017 — The double-digit percentage cuts President Donald Trump is proposing in his fiscal 2018 budget plan for science and technology programs would “devastate America’s science and technology enterprise” and weaken the nation’s economic growth, Rush Holt, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), said on May 22.

Pointing to the budget blueprint the White House delivered to Congress Tuesday, Holt said, the plan, if enacted, would make steep cuts to science and technology programs and “negatively affect our nation’s economy and public well-being.”

Holt, a former New Jersey Congressman, cited several agencies and programs facing particularly “severe” cuts. Continue reading

CBO Reports: House GOP’s Health Reform Bill Would Leave 23 Million More Uninsured in 10 Years

Washington, DC, May 25, 2017 — House Republicans-drafted and -passed American Health Care Act (AHCA), which would repeal and replace President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, would result in 23 million fewer people with health insurance over 10 years, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) announced yesterday late afternoon.

This total is less than the CBO’s accounting of a previous version of the bill, which lacked enough GOP support to go to the House floor for a vote. Continue reading

Trump Budget Proposes Deep Cuts to Medical Research and Health Care

Washington, DC, May 24, 2017 — Alison Kodjak and Rob Stein report on NPR that President Donald J. Trump’s proposed budget unveiled Tuesday doubles down on major cuts to biomedical research, programs to fight infectious disease outbreaks, health care for the poor, elderly and disabled, and prevention of HIV/AIDS.

The 2018 budget, which is entitled “A New Foundation for American Greatness,” restates the goals of the “skinny budget” the administration released in March, which was widely condemned by scientists and public health advocates. Continue reading

CBO to Release Score of House-Passed GOP Healthcare Bill on May 24

Washington, DC, May 20, 2017The Hill reports that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) will release its analysis of the House-passed Republicans’ healthcare reform bill Wednesday afternoon, May 24.

The long-awaited analysis of the bill will give an idea of how the legislation will impact the deficit and how many people could lose coverage.

The initial version showed that the American Health Care Act (AHCA) would increase the number of people without health insurance by 24 million by 2026. Continue reading

House Science Committee Members Urge President Trump to Bolster Scientific Leadership in Administration

Washington, DC, May 19, 2017 — Lev Facher reports on STAT that, in a May 18 letter to the White House, several Democrats on the House Science Committee are scolding President Trump for his belief in fake news stories, tying that belief to the lack of scientific leadership in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).

“Until the OSTP is adequately staffed and the director position filled by a qualified, objective scientist who understands the difference between alternative news peddled on alt-right websites and legitimate well-vetted scientific facts, we fear that you will continue to be vulnerable to misinformation and fake news,” the lawmakers wrote in the letter. Continue reading