Statement on White House fiscal year 2018 budget proposal (March 20, 2017)

"We are deeply concerned about the proposed budget cuts to student aid, the arts and research budgets.  Of particular concern are the reported reductions in student aid, the nearly $6 billion cut to the National Institutes of Health, the nearly $900 million cut to the DOE Office of Science, which funds FRIB; the massive cuts to USAID and the elimination of the NEA, NEH and Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which all support important programs on campus.  Should the cuts come to fruition, the devastation to the research enterprise, college access for deserving students, and thus the United States’ international competitiveness would be unmatched in modern times."
--Mark A. Burnham, vice president for Governmental Affairs