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AAU joined a coalition of 98 other organizations in sending a letter to the incoming Biden-Harris administration on rescinding the human fetal tissue (HFT) research restrictions. 
The Charitable Giving Coalition, of which AAU is a member, sent a letter to House and senate leaders to request they include an expanded and extended universal charitable giving deduction in the forthcoming pandemic aid package.
The Energy Sciences Coalition, which includes AAU, sent a letter to President-elect Joe Biden’s Energy Department transition team urging them to prioritize funding for the Energy Department’s Office of Science for the next four years.
AAU joined ACE and 52 other higher education organizations on a letter urging House and Senate leadership to quickly approve H.R. 8283/S. 4421, the “Temporary Reciprocity to Ensure Access to Treatment Act.”
AAU joined comments to the IRS in response to its recent request for comments “seeking recommendations pursuant to Executive Order 13924 for rescission, modification, or waiving of any regulations or other requirements that could inhibit economic recovery from the pandemic.”
AAU submitted comments urging the Education Department to withdraw its recent notice of interpretation regarding its enforcement authority with respect to an institution’s failure to adequately report under Section 117 of the Higher Education Act and instead engage in a rulemaking process.
AAU yesterday joined ACE and 13 other higher education organizations on a letter to Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Peter Gaynor requesting the agency issue guidance that clarifies how FEMA Public Assistance can be used by public and non-profit colleges and universities to support their critical efforts to protect public health and safety due to the pandemic
The Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research, of which AAU is a Steering Committee member, sent a letter to President-elect Joe Biden to request the administration prioritize “increased and sustainable funding growth” for the National Institutes of Health in the administration’s “Build Back Better” plan.
AAU joined 11 other associations from a range of sectors in sending a comment letter for USCIS regarding Strengthening H-1B regulation.
The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Coalition recommends: robust funding for AFRI in the president’s FY22 budget request; investments in research infrastructure; including food and agriculture research as a priority for the Office of Science and Technology Policy; and increasing the 302(b) funding allocation for Agricultural Appropriations Subcommittees.