REPORT: Details emerge of CDC funding cuts repeatedly sought by Obama admin, despite Biden’s attacks on Trump preparedness
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The Obama administration repeatedly sought to cut hundreds of millions of dollars in funding to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), yearly budget requests show — seemingly undercutting former Vice President Joe Biden’s repeated attacks on the Trump White House for its pandemic preparedness.
Numerous Democrats, including Biden, have falsely claimed that Trump slashed the CDC budget, and Biden has suggested that he would never pursue similar cuts. The Associated Press has noted that those claims “distort” the facts, with FactCheck.org pointing out that CDC funding has actually increased under the current administration, largely because Congress insisted on maintaining funding levels for both CDC and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
The article goes on to state the following:
Nevertheless, speaking to ABC News’ “This Week” on March 1, Biden claimed: “They’ve cut the funding for the CDC.” On Friday, Biden stepped up his attacks, writing on Twitter: “Donald Trump’s careless, shortsighted actions left our nation ill-prepared and now Americans are paying the price.”
The Fox News report reveals that the Obama administration sought CDC cuts in five of its eight years, with some of the administration’s cuts specifically targeted at the CDC’s preparedness initiatives.
The report further states:
In its fiscal year 2013 budget, while Biden was vice president, the Obama administration sought a total funding level of $5.9 billion from the CDC, or a $569 million cut from the 2012 budget of $6.46 billion. In fiscal year 2015, the Obama administration wanted a $414 million cut year-over-year, and again in the fiscal year 2017 budget, the Obama administration looked to eliminate $251 million in CDC funding.
Obama and Biden repeatedly tried to cut the CDC’s budget by hundreds of millions of dollars, in 5 out of 8 years
The specifically took aim at the CDC’s preparedness initiatives, and Prevention and Public Health Fundhttps://t.co/DhLvmY5vB4
— Elizabeth Harrington (@LizRNC) March 27, 2020
Biden has continued to blamed the current situation on President Trump:
The coronavirus is not Donald Trump’s fault, but his inept response is.
He ignored the warnings for months, downplayed the threat it posed, and failed to take the action needed to combat the outbreak.
It’s one of the greatest failures of presidential leadership in our history.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) March 27, 2020
It’s hard to believe this has to be said, but if I’m elected president, I will always lead the way with science. I will listen to the experts and heed their advice. I will do the opposite of what we’re seeing Donald Trump do every day.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) March 26, 2020
It’s never a matter of if another pandemic will happen, it’s just a matter of when — and it’s the president’s job to ensure we’re ready.
Donald Trump’s careless, shortsighted actions left our nation ill-prepared and now Americans are paying the price. https://t.co/45GVHtxUHA
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) March 27, 2020
The US government was warned 10 times in a 13-year span about a lack of ventilators in the event of an outbreak https://t.co/ZDRxroFh4z
— CNN (@CNN) March 28, 2020
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