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Pushes Progress Back

Former Vice President Joe Biden says that proposed cuts to the US National Institutes of Health budget are "draconian" and would set the agency back 15 years, according to Live Science.

Last month, the Trump administration issued a budget blueprint that included an 18 percent cut to the NIH budget for fiscal year 2018, and it then sent out a proposal suggesting that $1.2 billion could be eliminated from it this year.

The proposal to cut $5.9 billion from the NIH budget for 2018 would decrease researchers' chances of receiving a research grant and lead to the closing of labs and the delaying of progress in cancer research, Biden said. "This is no time to undercut progress," he said at the American Association for Cancer Research meeting. "It's time to double down. It's time we be sure we deliver on the promise of science and technology to extend and improve lives."

While vice president, Biden was put in charge of the Cancer Moonshot effort toward bolstering cancer research and, possibly, finding cures. Biden's son Beau died of brain cancer in 2015.

"Cancer never gives up, it never surrenders, and that's why we have to use every discipline" against it, Biden said at AACR, according to Live Science. But, he added, that now, "we're starting to do that."

But, he said, these proposed cuts could slow that fight down.