At CDC, Budget Drops and Priorities Shift
April 11, 2013
by Jennifer Couzin-Frankel
For the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the 2014 budget request offers a mixed picture. CDC's budget continues to trend downward, as it has over the last several years. President Barack Obama is requesting $6.6 billion for CDC, a drop of $270 million from 2012. But not every program will suffer: In particular, the administration touted extra money for emerging and zoonotic infectious disease initiatives, with a respectable increase of $70 million to $432 million. Forty million dollars would go to an "Advanced Molecular Detection Initiative," which aims to do a better and quicker job of detecting and responding to threatening pathogens.
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