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Representatives Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH) and Derek Kilmer (D-WA) circulated for signatures a dear colleague letter addressed to House and Senate NDAA Conferees.
AAU and other associations call upon the academic community to continue to work with the department to develop and implement best practices to protect American innovation while maintaining the free and open exchange of ideas.
The Coalition for National Security Research, which includes AAU, sent a letter to House and Senate Defense Appropriations leaders urging they support Defense Science and Technology programs in the FY20 Defense appropriations measure.
The Energy Sciences Coalition sent a letter to House and Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Leaders urging they fund the Energy Department’s Office of Science at the Senate level, or $7.215 billion.
AAU joined NACUBO, ACE, and eight other higher education organizations on a letter to express strong opposition to and offer comments on the notice of proposed rulemaking on implementation of the endowment tax
As the NDAA Conference Committee begins its initial meetings to reconcile the final FY20 bill, AAU and APLU sent a letter to HASC and SASC leadership highlighting three associational priorities: 1) the Securing American Science and Technology Act; 2) robust investments in S&T to remain globally competitive; and 3) addressing the funding gap that prevents new discoveries from DoD research projects from moving into the marketplace for applied use.
AAU recently joined a coalition of 81 organizations representing scientists, clinicians, patients, and higher education groups on a letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar to express concerns over two recent NIH notices on human fetal tissue research.
AAU, along with ACE, APLU, and 40 other higher education organizations, sent a letter to House leaders urging they pass the FUTURE Act
The Task Force on American Innovation, of which AAU is a member, recently send sent a letter to Congressional Appropriations Committee Leaders encouraging bipartisan support for significant investments in research and development and urging prompt completion of the FY20 appropriations process.
The Ag Research Caucus circulated a dear colleague letter asking Senate Leadership and Appropriators to fund AFRI at $460 million, consistent with the House-passed level. The letter is being led by Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL), Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-CA), and Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA).