AAU Weekly Wrap-up
March 17, 2017
- President’s FY18 Budget Outline Would Significantly Cut Research and Higher Education
- Associations Urge Appropriators to Restore Year-round Pell Grants
PRESIDENT’S FY18 BUDGET OUTLINE WOULD SIGNIFICANTLY CUT RESEARCH AND
The Administration on March 16 released a 53-page
of its FY18 budget. The so-called “skinny budget” addresses only
discretionary spending and proposes a $54-billion increase for defense
programs and commensurate cuts in nondefense discretionary programs. The
blueprint includes specific funding levels for some federal agencies and
programs, but details for most are not mentioned. The Administration is
expected to release its full FY18 budget in May.
The blueprint includes significant funding cuts or program eliminations for
many research, student aid, higher education, humanities, and arts
programs. AAU has prepared a
of how the federal agencies and programs of interest to research
universities would fare under this budget plan.
AAU’s statement on the blueprint can be found here.
Coalitions of which AAU is a member – the
Task Force on American Innovation
United for Medical Research
, and the
Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research Funding
– also issued statements. (The Task Force statement is accessed via its
ASSOCIATIONS URGE APPROPRIATORS TO RESTORE YEAR-ROUND PELL GRANTS
A group of 39 higher education associations, including AAU, on March 16
sent leaders of the House and Senate appropriations committees a
encouraging them to restore year-round eligibility for Pell grants in the
final FY17 funding bill. The letter noted that Congress eliminated
year-round Pell eligibility in 2010 to address a significant program
shortfall, but that the Pell Grant program now has a projected program
surplus of $10.5 billion in FY17.
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