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March 16, 2017

This morning, the Trump administration released its FY18 skinny budget—a preview of the president’s full budget, which will be sent to Capitol Hill in the next 7-10 weeks. The skinny budget does not highlight agency funding levels under the HHS umbrella. However, it does provide a top line look at each department level. A line-by-line breakdown of all funding levels is expected in the full budget. It is anticipated that HHS will see a $15.1 billion cut, a decrease of roughly 18 percent in funding. The budget also includes a $500 million block grant at CDC, directs a $500 million increase to battle the opioid epidemic, and establishes a Federal Emergency Response Fund to allow for rapid response to infectious disease outbreaks.