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Fiscal Policy

AAU members share the concerns of most Americans, economists, and policymakers that failure to address the federal government’s long-term financial situation could have a crushing effect on our nation’s future prosperity and security.  Deficit reduction measures taken in recent years have led to sequestration and imprudent across-the-board spending cuts. Federal investments in scientific research and higher education programs have been curtailed as discretionary spending caps have been imposed in the absence of significant reforms to mandatory spending programs and taxation.  Information about efforts to reform federal fiscal policy, statements, letters, and other materials are in this section.



AAU urges using the FY17/FY18 budget process to revitalize the federal government’s scientific research and higher education investment strategy.
AAU said today that Congress is making good progress on the FY17 appropriations process but the picture is by no means all positive,
A statement by Association of American Universities President Hunter Rawlings on the FY17 budget proposed today by House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-GA).  
A statement by Hunter Rawlings, President of AAU, on the Bipartisan Budget Act.
AAU today thanked Senator Durbin for introducing the American Innovation Act, legislation that would help close the nation’s innovation deficit by bolstering funding for several federal research agencies.
AAU, APLU and ACE cite need for long-term economic growth, call for tax and entitlement reform to address broader budget issues.
AAU issues statement on the Bipartisan Budget Act, expressing hope that Congress will approve the measure and enact appropriations bills that restore vital funding for research and higher education.
NDD letter urging the replacement of sequestration with a bipartisan, balanced approach to deficit reduction.
The Task Force on American Innovation urges co-chairs of the FY14 budget conference committee to reach an agreement that eliminates the sequester.