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With the CDC test kit fiasco, many people have referenced decreased funding. We’ve provided the CDC budgets for the past decade. We’ve also included the Department of Defense budget for comparison. The numbers don’t really tell the whole story, however. For example, while total budget has not decreased dramatically during the Trump Administration, the President has failed to fill key positions in the organization. Also worth noting, the Republican controlled Congress implemented budget sequestration, characterized by across-the-board cuts, in 2013. (NOTE: Each year’s budget is approved during the previous year.)
|CDC Budget (Dollars in Thousands)|
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We charted the comparison. As far as visualizations go, it’s not very appealing. But that’s because the comparable values are so absurdly lopsided. If you look really hard, you might be able to see the CDC budget in blue.
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