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White House To Request $1 Billion For Cancer ‘Moonshot’
National Public Radio

President Obama plans to ask Congress for $755 million in cancer-research funding as part of his 2017 budget, according to the White House.

That would bring the funding total to nearly $1 billion over the next two years to accelerate what the president called a “moonshot” to try to eliminate cancer. Congress has already approved $195 million in research funding in 2016.

President Obama first called for the initiative in last month’s State of the Union address, announcing that it would be led by Vice President Joe Biden, whose son died from cancer last year. Obama said: