On June 7, ADEA joined the American Council on Education (ACE) and
other higher education organizations in writing
congressional leaders regarding the need for adequate funding for dental
education as they begin work on fiscal year 2018 (FY18) funding.
The Trump Administration’s budget proposes to
eliminate billions in research funding, including $7.2 billion at the National
Institutes of Health (NIH). The cuts to NIH, along with other large-scale cuts
at many other research agencies would slow scientific and academic research. ADEA collaborated with the American Dental
Association (ADA), the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), and the
American Association for Dental Research (AADR), to request members of the
Committee on Appropriations pushed back on the Trump Administration’s proposed
FY18 cuts to oral health access and research programs.
The FY18 budget proposes severe cuts, and
would eliminate Title VII general and pediatric dental residency programs
within the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), as well as
funds for the agency’s dental faculty loan repayment program. The FY18
discretionary spending is limited due to sequestration-level cuts. Sequestration
refers to a package of automatic spending cuts that is part of the Budget
Control Act (BCA) passed in 2011. Sequestration cuts which are projected to total
$1.2 trillion, began in 2013 and end in 2021. The cuts are also evenly split
between defense spending, with spending on wars exempt, and discretionary
domestic spending, which exempts most spending on entitlements like Social
Security and Medicaid.
Without a statutory correction, such as was
provided for fiscal years 2016 and 2017, the non-defense discretionary funding
will be reduced by $3 billion below the FY17.