Budget Reflects Competition for Money

February 5, 2006
by Robert Pear
New York Times

President Bush wants to spend more on bird flu and the physical sciences next year, but would freeze the budget of the National Institutes of Health and would slightly cut federal support for research on cancer and heart disease, two of the leading killers of Americans, budget documents show... ...Kim A. Elliott, deputy director of the Trust for America's Health, a nonprofit advocacy group, praised the president's commitment to bird flu preparations. "The president and his political appointees listened to the professional judgment of scientists and medical and public health experts," Ms. Elliott said. But in response to a question about the budget, she said, "We are not spending enough on efforts to prevent chronic diseases and to find cures."

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