WASHINGTON ——"We've got to be very careful not to mess up a very fragile recovery," he said.
The budget calls for keeping NIH funding even next year at about $31 billion. Heather Higginbottom, deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, said the agency nevertheless expects to increase the amount of grants it awards by 7 percent by finding ways to reduce the cost of administering those grants.
"We think we've done a fair job with NIH," Higginbottom said. "There's a lot of difficult tradeoffs."
Timothy B. Wheeler and the Tribune Washington bureau contributed to this report.
Maryland and the budget
President Obama's proposed $3.8 trillion budget for 2013 would have a broad impact on Maryland. It calls for:
•Increasing by 1.2 percent the amount federal employees contribute to their retirement
•Freezing funding for the Bethesda-based National Institutes of Health at about $31 billion
•Boosting Chesapeake Bay cleanup funding by $15 million while cutting other programs that affect the bay
•Cutting federal money for teaching hospitals, including those at Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland.
— John Fritze