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AAU President Mary Sue Coleman sent a letter to House and Senate Appropriators urging them to adopt the Senate-passed funding levels for the Department of Energy Office of Science and Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy. 

AAU submitted a joint public comment with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (AAU), the Association of American Medical Colleges, and the Council on Government Relations (COGR) to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) opposing the proposed rule,

The Task Force on American Innovation (TFAI) sent a letter to the Senate and House Appropriations Committees urging Congress to remain committed to sustained, robust funding for vital science agencies in FY19.
AAU and other associations expressed appreciation to the House for its efforts to provide a legislative solution for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018.
Compete America, of which Association of American Universities (AAU) is a member, filed comments to USCIS on the "Accrual if Unlawful Presence and F, J, and M Nonimmigrants" Memo.
The joint statement emphasized how the proposed policy obscures and conflates the important distinction between ‘unlawful presence’ – illegal presence in the United States – and the ‘maintenance of status’ – as defined under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).
AAU President Mary Sue Coleman wrote to the Environmental Protection Agency urging it to extend the public comment period on the proposed rule, Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science from 30 days to 60 days
Four Associations, including Association of American Universities, wrote in support of the proposal to delay the general compliance date of the revised common rule.
Thirteen Higher Ed Association, Including the Association of American Universities, sent comments to the U.S. Department of State on the proposed new requirements requiring the reporting of five years of identifiers for social media platforms for all nonimmigrant visa applicants, including student visas (F-1 and J-1), work visas (H-1B), and tourist visas.
AAU, ACE, and thirty-three other organizations sent this letter to Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, to express their concerns regarding possible FY2018 Budget rescission and the inclusion of federal student aid programs.