President Barack Obama Feb. 8 unveiled his budget proposal for the 2017 fiscal year—a $4.1 trillion spending blueprint that is unlikely to be passed by a Republican-controlled Congress.
The administration’s proposal appears to cut the NIH existing budget by $1 billion in discretionary funding and makes up the difference with mandatory funding.
In a joint snub, the House and Senate budget committees declined to hold a hearing for Shaun Donovan, the director of the Office of Management and Budget. The move marks the first time in 41 years that Congress has refused to review a president’s budget.
“It appears the President’s final budget will continue to focus on new spending proposals instead of confronting our government’s massive overspending and debt,” said Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-Wy.) in a Feb. 4 joint statement with House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-Ga.). “It is clear that this President will not put forth the budget effort that our times and our country require. Instead of hearing from an Administration unconcerned with our $19 trillion in debt, we should focus on how to reform America’s broken budget process and restore the trust of hardworking taxpayers.”