CR: More Money for NIH, NEA, NEH; Public Broadcasting Not Defunded

By Susan Jones | May 1, 2017 | 7:47 AM EDT

(Photo by Gage Skidmore from Wikimedia Commons)

(CNSNews.com) – “The American people elected me to fight for their priorities in Washington, D.C. and deliver on my promise to protect our Nation. I fully intend to keep that promise,” President Donald Trump wrote in his preface to his Fiscal 2018 budget blueprint.

In that FY ’18 blueprint, Trump proposed to eliminate funding for dozens of federal agencies, including the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Trump also promised to cut funding for the National Institutes of Health.

But none of that will happen in the current fiscal year.

In newly drafted, bipartisan legislation intended to fund the rest of Fiscal 2017, those programs are not cut at all; in fact, some of those agencies will get even more money, as follows:

National Institutes of Health (NIH): The Fiscal ’17 omnibus spending bill provides a total of $34 billion for the NIH, $2 billion above the fiscal year 2016 enacted level.

It includes specific increases for research related to Alzheimer’s disease, the brain, antibiotic resistance, and the Precision Medicine Initiative.  The bill also provides a general increase to all NIH Institutes and Centers to continue progress in developing new treatments and cures.

Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB): The bill provides an advance appropriation of $445 million for CPB for fiscal year 2019, which is the same level of advance funding provided in the fiscal year 2016 enacted level and the previous Administration’s budget request.

National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities (NEA/NEH): The bill includes $150 million for the National Endowment for the Arts and $150 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities -- $2 million above the fiscal year 2016 level.

Appearing on CNN’s “New Day” on Monday, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said there’s a lot for conservatives to dislike in the omnibus spending bill. “I don’t think I’ll be voting for it. I think there’ll be a lot of conservatives who have problems with the legislation,” he said.

Rep. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) told CNN on Monday, “it’s just fact” that government shutdowns are “always caused by Republicans,” and that explains why Democrats got so much of what they wanted in the Fiscal Year 2017 omnibus spending bill.