Trump Urges Congress to Boost Childhood Cancer Research Funding by $500 Million
Should Congress increase funding for cancer research?
by Causes | 2.6.19
What’s the story?
- President Donald Trump used his State of the Union Address to call for a $500 million increase in funding for medical research on childhood cancer over the next ten years.
- “Tonight, I am also asking you to join me in another fight that all Americans can get behind: the fight against childhood cancer,” the president said, before introducing a “a very brave 10-year-old girl, Grace Eline.”
- Eline was diagnosed with brain cancer last year, and rallied her community to raise more than $40,000 for the fight against the disease. "You are a great inspiration to everyone in this room," Trump told Eline, who is in remission after receiving radiation treatment.
- “Many childhood cancers have not seen new therapies in decades,” Trump continued. “My budget will ask the Congress for $500 million over the next 10 years to fund this critical life-saving research.”
Is Trump’s research boost “inadequate”?
- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “trashed” Trump’s research proposal, an aide told Politico.
- “$500 million over 10 years – are you kidding me?” Pelosi said during a closed-door conference meeting, according to an aide in the room. “Who gave him that [$50 million] figure? It’s like the cost of his protection of his Mar-a-Lago or something.”
- The National Cancer Institute currently has a nearly $6-billion-dollar annual budget. And the Obama administration’s cancer “moonshot” resulted in Congress approving $1.8 billion over seven years towards finding a cure.
- “We’re talking about a moonshot,” Pelosi said during the conference meeting. “He’s talking about a trolley ride.”
What do you think?
Is $500 million over 10 years “inadequate”? Should Congress devote more funds to childhood cancer research? Take action and tell your reps, then share your thoughts below.
(Photo: Screengrab State of the Union)
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