Sen. Franken Visits Hormel Institute To Discuss Potential Budget Cuts

April 20, 2017 08:00 AM

(ABC 6 News)--Senator Al Franken stopped by The Hormel Institute in Austin to not only discuss President Trump's proposed budget but listen to what leaders here have to say about it.

"These are all very valuable meetings these kinds of community meetings," said Franken.


Potential cuts could include grants for medical research and potentially cut the budget of the National Institutes of Health by nearly 20%.

"Which would be very detrimental to the research being done here, detrimental to employment here in Austin, detrimental to patients. The research they're doing here on cancer and cancer prevention and treatment is going to save lives," said Franken.

Associate Director of The Hormel Institute, Ann Bode says the institute receives about 95% of their funding for research through NIH.

"We'd have to cut dramatically. We'd lose a lot of positions because all of our research positions are funded by federal grants," said Bode.

Bode also said it's not just the people who are employed that would be impacted, but the people the research helps.

Mayo Clinic is also optimistic while drastic budget cuts are on the table. In a statement, Mayo says in part, "The President's proposal is step one… we are committed to working closely with them and others in congress to advocate for robust funding for research. This is not only in the best interest of discovery science but also our patients and our community."


Marissa Collins

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