The fiscal year 2011 budget process got underway today when President Obama sent Congress his budget proposal. The President’s $3.8 trillion budget includes a three-year freeze on non-security discretionary spending in order to save about $250 billion over 10 years and start narrowing the $1.6 trillion gap between proposed budget outlays and tax receipts. The freeze caps the overall level of spending so that some programs get increases (for example, cancer research at NIH and NCI receives a funding increase), while other programs (including some of the cancer control programs at the CDC) are cut. The freeze comes on top of a proposal to eliminate, or scale back, 120 programs in order to save more than $20 billion.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius issued the following statement of support,
“[u]nder this budget, we will provide the health and human services that Americans depend on more effectively, slashing waste and focusing programs on results. And we’ll make many of the necessary investments our country has been putting off for years, including investments in fighting health care fraud, strengthening our public health infrastructure, and getting serious about health and wellness,” said Sebelius. “This budget is a big step toward a healthier, stronger America.” Read the rest of this entry »