AADR labels U.S. House budget resolution unhealthy

The American Association for Dental Research (AADR) said it was "deeply disappointed" with the fiscal 2016 budget resolution passed on Thursday by the U.S. House Budget Committee.

"By adhering to austere spending caps in the short term, this spending blueprint will further slow progress on improving the health and well-being of all Americans as well as effectively stifle any opportunities to develop personalized medicine approaches to improve dental, oral, and craniofacial health; reduce oral health inequalities; or ensure a robust and diverse pipeline of dental, oral, and craniofacial researchers," AADR stated in its press release.

The budget plan cuts nondefense discretionary spending by an additional $759 billion from 2017 through 2025, which will contribute to the U.S. losing ground in research and development, in addition to hampering economic growth, according to the organization.

AADR President Paul Krebsbach, DDS, PhD, pointed out that nondefense discretionary spending funds the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.

"We hope lawmakers will reject this resolution and work together to develop a balanced approach to deficit reduction that does not rely on additional cuts to nondefense discretionary programs," he said in the release.

The budget does still have to be considered by the entire House of Representatives, and the U.S. Senate has its own competing budget plan.

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