GOP war on science: House bill slashes funding for studies on Medicare, guns, climate change

House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith

House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith


This is Austerity, Criminal in a living sense. All these sector cuts and why? Yeah, to have more money for War and arming the US Cops. Happening all over the World but nowhere n ear these numbers in Dollars. No wonder average Mr and Mrs America are hunting to eat. You can’t grow your own food as it’s illegal. This is The Republicans call here. This is war against the people by cutting money for almost everything. I have an idea!! How about nobody pays GOD in the USA for a year and save BILLIONS? A war on Religion? Why always Science and progress? Sickens me. And it happens near where I live also. Always plenty money for War but not to feed a poor family jobless and almost homeless. Sickening and I will be vocal in it at home here and wherever I see it in the so called ‘Free World’


Republicans on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee have offered a proposal that would dramatically cut the funding for social sciences and geosciences. On Wednesday, Republicans revealed their 189-page reauthorization of the budgets for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and other federal research institutes.

According to Science Insider, the $7.6 billion bill represents $126 million less than President Barack Obama requested in his budget. But more importantly, it reallocates NSF funds from scientific areas that Republicans find politically problematic.

Geosciences, which includes the study of climate change, would be cut by $165 million. Social and behavioral sciences would see funding cut by $140 million, almost half of what it is now. Education would also get a $100 million cut.

Biology, computing, engineering, and math and physical sciences would get an increase of $100 million under the Republican plan.

Slate’s Dave Weigel pointed out in 2013 that social sciences was a popular target for conservative lawmakers, who did not appreciate research like an NSF-funded gun study that validated Democratic talking points on the legitimacy of the “gun nut” culture.

The Boston Globe reported this week that a Massachusetts Institute of Technology study about how Medicare changes affect the political views of seniors would be on the chopping block, as would a Harvard University study about the impact of China’s one-child policy.

“We have to question spending nearly $700,000 of taxpayer dollars to fund a climate change musical or over $220,000 to study animal photos in National Geographic,” Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) insisted. “It’s the role of Congress to make sure we’re using limited federal funds for the highest priority research.”

Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-MA) accused his colleagues on the committee of advancing “selective science.”

He said that Republicans had taken an “opportunistic approach to defunding or attacking certain areas of science that you either don’t agree with or that you don’t want to see what the results might actually be.”

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2 comments on “GOP war on science: House bill slashes funding for studies on Medicare, guns, climate change

    • Always the way buddy. Here in the UK Austerity cuts, cuts to public spending and benefits and more have ravaged the Country. This is why the SNP and Scotland want out of this crap Kingdom.
      Always money for war..well said


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