NIH Spends Millions On Equity, LGBT Issues Over Research Cure, Expert

The recently enacted omnibus spending bill increased the budget for medical research funding at the National Institutes of Health to nearly $50 billion in 2023.
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At a glance

  • The NIH is at same time appears to be increasingly spending its time, and funds, on equity and LGBT issues as well as “systemic racism and inequities,” according to the conservative policy think tank the Heritage Foundation.
  • “The fact that NIH is doing this is very worrisome,” said Mike Gonzalez, an expert on racial issues at the foundation. “This is actually a danger now, the fact that it is entering medicine because these are life and death issues, and if we are going to be making these decisions based on these hocus pocus ideas of [Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion] in order to satisfy some virtue signaling that our government seems to be at this point completely suffused with, we are going to start putting people’s lives in danger.”
  • The latest omnibus increased NIH’s 2023 budget by about $2.5 billion, or 5.6%, totaling $47.5 billion.
  • NIH’s budget 10 years ago was less than $30 billion.

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