As the White House debates a proposal to slash funding for the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Health, one question that keeps coming up is: Which one is the best?
To answer that, Bloomberg asked three experts to rank the top three articles in the past year.
They picked three topics that have captured the imaginations of the news media: the Ebola epidemic, Hurricane Sandy and the Iran nuclear deal.
They also looked at the overall news coverage from all three agencies.
The White House is considering slashing funding for both NIH and the National Institute of Health.
Reuters/Ikram Katas / Reuters President Barack Obama announces a proposal on Oct. 27 to slash $8 billion from the NIH and $10 billion from Department of Defense budget for the next fiscal year, Reuters/Majid Rashed / Reuters The Ebola outbreak is the latest challenge for Obama’s administration.
On Oct. 6, the White Street Journal reported that the administration had agreed to reduce $20 billion in funding for NIH in order to speed the spread of the virus.
On Friday, Reuters reported that Obama had proposed $25 billion in cuts to both NIH’s budget and the DOD budget for fiscal year 2019.
The White House announced the budget cuts on Oct 13, and the NIH has said it would accept the reductions.
The president’s proposal will take effect Oct. 21.
The administration also has proposed cutting funding for HHS and the Education Department for fiscal years 2020 through 2022.
Reuters / Alex Brandon / Reuters White House officials have proposed cutting $40 billion from DHS and $50 billion from DOE’s budgets for fiscal 2019 and 2022, Reuters reports.
Obama has said the cuts would be paid for by eliminating programs that help veterans and other people who are struggling to find jobs, and by eliminating funding for Pell grants.
The cuts would also take effect on Dec. 31, Reuters said.
HHS has said that it would not accept the cuts.
The Department of Education has said there will be no cuts in FY2019 and the Trump administration has not yet indicated what it will do.
Bloomberg’s rankings of the top 10 stories on each of the three topics are below.