SHOT/CHASER: Congressman Young Totally Isn’t One of Those Republicans Who Hates Science


SHOT: “So I’m here to celebrate a good Hoosier company’s participation in this and also to demonstrate that I’m a Republican who believes in basic investment in science and technology.” –Todd Young, 11/1/16

CHASER: Young voted for the 2011 GOP budget which cut funding for science, research, the NIH, immunization and respiratory diseases:

Budget Cuts Target Science And Research. A “Sputnik moment” or a “kaputnik” one for U.S. science? With a federal budget battle showdown underway, science looks like collateral damage, say former federal officials, with proposed cuts to research that they consider severe. At stake, they warn, is the nation’s long-term economic growth. “Some of these are almost punitive cuts for science,” says Raymond Orbach, who headed the Energy Department’s science office during the George W. Bush administration. [USA Today, 3/2/11]

Budget Would Cut $1 Billion From NIH’s Funding.“The House GOP 2011 budget would cut $1 billion from National Institutes of Health’s current $31.3 billion funding level, while the White House’s 2012 budget requests an extra $1 billion for the agency. House Republicans, who proposed $61 billion in cuts from the 2010 budget, also outlined reductions for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Cancer Institute.” [The Hill, 3/24/11]

 Cuts Would Probably Apply To The National Institute On Cancer, National Institute On Aging, And Other NIH Programs.“The House Republicans tend to duck if asked about cutting research for cancer, or Alzheimer’s, or Parkinson’s. Yet it would be very difficult to cut 5 percent from the NIH budget without taking some from the $5.1 billion received by the National Institute on Cancer, or the $1.1 billion for the National Institute on Aging, or the $1.96 billion for the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.” [Bloomberg, 2/20/11]

 Budget Chops $156 Million From Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.“The House GOP’s 2011 budget would chop $156 million from the Centers for Disease Control’s funding for immunization and respiratory diseases. The GOP reductions are likely to hit the CDC’s support for state and local immunization programs, the agency’s ability to evaluate which vaccines are working, and its work to educate the public about recommended vaccines for children, teenagers, and other susceptible populations.” [Mother Jones, 3/21/11]


Young Voted Against Increasing Funding For National Science Foundation, National Institute Of Standards And Technology, Energy Department Office Of Science, And ARPA-E.In May 2015, Young voted against a: “Johnson, D-Texas, substitute amendment that would authorize five percent year-over-year increases for three major science agencies for fiscal years 2016 through 2020, including a total of $42.5 billion for the National Science Foundation, a total of $7.3 billion for the National Institute of Standards and Technology, $29.5 billion for the Energy Department Office of Science and a total of $1.8 billion for Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy.” The amendment was rejected by 179-239. [CQ, 5/20/15, H.Amd.254 to H.R. 1806, Vote 257, 5/20/15]