Lance Armstrong blasts GOP over cancer cuts

“I look forward to getting the good news that Congress will make the right decision here,” he said.

The House GOP 2011 budget would cut $1 billion from National Institutes of Health’s current $31.3 billion funding level, while the White House’s 2012 budget requests an extra $1 billion for the agency. House Republicans, who proposed $61 billion in cuts from the 2010 budget, also outlined reductions for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Cancer Institute.

ACSCAN released a new poll on Thursday showing more than three-quarters — 77 percent — of adults oppose cuts to cancer research funding as a way to reduce federal spending. The opposition grew stronger, according to the poll, when individuals were told that cuts would reduce cancer screenings, clinical trials and research.

Armstrong, who said he tries to avoid the politics around healthcare reform, criticized Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) for recently describing the law as a “malignant tumor.”

“That would be a very bad choice of words,” Armstrong said when asked about the remarks.