Republicans in the House of Representatives have proposed slashing funding to HIV/AIDS programs both at home and abroad, according to a statement from The AIDS Institute. Among other reductions, the Republican plan would cut research funding for the National Institutes of Health by $1.6 billion, reduce HIV-related humanitarian contributions to poorer countries by $500 million, and strip $25 million from state AIDS Drug Assistance Programs. The AIDS Institute argues that these cuts generate a long-term increase in medical costs that exceeds any short-term budgetary gain.