President's Budget Proposal Would Drastically Cut Funding for Programs Important to Academy Members

03/26/2019 - President Trump's full budget for Fiscal Year 2020 was released on Monday, March 25. It proposes deep cuts in non-defense discretionary funding while calling for significant increases in defense spending. In the proposed budget, vital food, nutrition and health programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Medicaid, would face severe reductions in funding. This budget is a document that communicates the administration's policy agenda for the year, but Congress will set and approve spending levels.

Investment in public health infrastructure and the nutrition safety net is critical to Americans' health and well-being. The Academy urges elected officials to fully fund vital nutrition and health programs.

Below is a summary of how the president's budget proposal would affect programs that are important to Academy members.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Programs and Services That Would Be Eliminated

  • Eliminate the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and Community Services Block Grant
  • Eliminate Preschool Development Grants
  • Eliminate health professions training programs
  • Consolidate Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s activities under a proposed new institute within National Institutes of Health: the "National Institute for Research on Safety and Quality"
  • Eliminate Temporary Assistance to Needy Families contingency fund

 Programs and Services That Would Receive Funding Reductions

  • $237 million reduction in funding for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for chronic disease prevention and health promotion activities
  • $500 million America's Health Block Grant, which would use funds from Prevention and Public Health Fund for state-based chronic disease programs within CDC
  • Cut $777 billion over 10 years from Medicaid and Affordable Care Act subsidies
  • Reduce funding for Temporary Assistance to Needy Families block grant
  • $897 million cut to National Cancer Institute

 Programs and Services That Would Receive Flat Funding

  • Older American Act nutrition programs

Programs and Services That Would Receive Funding Increases

  • $5.9 billion for Indian Health Service (IHS): increase of $392 million
  • $6.1 billion for FDA: increase of $643 million
  • $2.4 billion for Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program: increase of $70 million.

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Programs and Services That Would Receive Funding Reductions

  • SNAP: $220 billion reduction over the next 10 years, about a 30-percent cut
  • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children: $5.75 billion requested in funding, a 15-percent reduction. The budget maintains flat funding for the breast-feeding peer counselor program.
  • National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs: $1.7 billion reduction in funding over 10 years through increasing the school meal verification process and decreasing the number of schools eligible for the Community Eligibility Provision
  • $26 million reduction in Economic Research Service as well as $25 million for the controversial plan to relocate ERS and National Institute of Food and Agriculture outside of the nation's capital, which the Academy opposes
  • Cuts average premium subsidy for crop insurance from 62 percent to 48 percent

Programs and Services That Would Be Eliminated

  • School Kitchen Equipment Grants
  • Farmers Market Nutrition
  • Food for Progress
  • Livestock Forage Disaster
  • Conservation Stewardship
  • Rural Economic Development
  • Eliminate SNAP-Education

References:

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Coalition for Health Funding

HHS Budget in Brief

USDA Budget Summary