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Monday’s release of the Trump administration’s 2020 budget proposal included a nasty, if familiar, shot at science—a host of cuts that quickly had the scientific community and pro-science lawmakers up in arms.
What made the cuts puzzling was the fact that the administration has made vocal promises to promote certain areas of research and pour funding into advancing a few specific scientific endeavors. Instead, the proposed budget is rife with science-unfriendly proposals, and it also contains provisions that seem to fight against President Trump’s stated priorities.