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Higher Education Legislation

AAU, ACE, and other higher education organizations sent a letter to the leadership of the House and Senate education committees endorsing the College Transparency Act (S. 839/H.R. 2030) and urging the inclusion of CTA language currently in the America COMPETES Act in the final and reconciled version of the United States Innovation and Competition Act and the America COMPETES Act.
AAU joined 89 other associations and organizations in urging Congress “to support and prioritize the mental and behavioral health needs” of students in higher education. The associations’ letter notes that the mental health crisis among college students has long been under addressed and has worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic.
AAU joined ACE and 20 higher education associations in a letter to Congress outlining priorities for provisions related to STEM education and scientific research and innovation in the America Creating Opportunities for Manufacturing, Pre-Eminence in Technology, and Economic Strength (COMPETES) Act of 2022 (H.R. 4521) and the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (S. 1260)

AAU joined ACE and 31 other organizations on a letter to Senate HELP Committee leaders urging them to adopt a amendment by Senator Chris Murphy to add the ‘‘Temporary Reciprocity to Ensure Access to Treatment Act,” or TREAT Act to the PREVENT Pandemics Act (S. 3799).

President Snyder sent a letter to House and Senate leaders outlining priorities for several key provisions that Congress is discussing as part of the conference process for the Senate-passed USICA and the House-passed America COMPETES Act.

AAU joined 35 organizations in sending a letter urging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy to include “Reauthorization of International Education Programs Under Title VI of the Higher Education Act of 1965” in the United States Innovation and Competition Act (USI

AAU joined 34 organizations in sending a letter urging Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona to prioritize and strengthen the Education Department's international and foreign language education and research funding in FY23, specifically for the Title VI and Fulbright-Hays programs.
AAU joined ACE and 16 other higher education associations in urging congressional leaders to pass legislation to extend COVID-related flexibilities granted to the Department of Veterans Affairs
AAU joined ACE and 63 other higher education associations in sending a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) urging them to retain robust funding in higher education and key tax provisions provided in the Build Back Better Act as it moves through negotiations.
AAU President Barbara R. Snyder sent a letter to Congress expressing support for certain provisions of the Build Back Better Act and urging some important modifications as the bill advances through the legislative process. The letter emphasizes the significance of a successful government-university partnership and asks Congress to improve the legislation so it benefits students and America’s research and innovation enterprise.