Trump budget would fund border wall, but slash science and research

Posted on 17-03-2017 , by: admin , in , 0 Comments

President Donald Trump’s federal budget outline released Thursday represents a major shift in U.S. priorities. It would increase defense spending, boost immigration enforcement and include in seed money for a wall along the southern border.

It does all of that, in part, by cutting science funding.

Science and technology groups are warning that U.S. leadership will suffer if the budget, which would cover the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, is adopted.

One critical area for the technology industry is the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, which funds development of large supercomputers, including exascale systems. That office would see a $900 million cut out of its $5 billion budget under Trump’s proposal.