Apparently, hell has frozen over. Congressional Republicans not only refused to support Donald Trump, they gleefully froze out one of the most draconian aspects of his proposed budget. Finally, the man sitting in the Oval Office has some adult supervision.
Both the House and the Senate wrote identical bills that make it impossible for Trump to deeply slash the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) research funding. The president’s first draft budget called for a change in how the research monies would be calculated and paid out to NIH. Basically, Trump wanted to steal money from the organization, which is vital to the nation’s health, to build up his military and border wall.
Republican Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee made public the increase in a Senate committee, and the audience broke out clapping.
Check out this video of the Senate applauding the passage of their NIH funding via C-Span3: