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The FY22 budget resolution passed by the House and Senate included instructions for congressional committees to craft sections of a $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation measure based on President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda and the American Families Plan and American Jobs Plan he released earlier this year to effectuate that agenda. The following is an analysis of the budget reconciliation provisions affecting research and higher education. This document will continue to be updated as the legislation moves forward.
AAU joined other leading higher-education associations in a letter to House and Senate committee leaders expressing serious concerns about provisions of the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act, the NSF for the Future Act, and the Ensuring American Global Leadership and Engagement (EAGLE) Act as those bills go to conference. In particular, the letter asks for removal of provisions that, while designed to enhance research security, would actually be counterproductive or unnecessarily onerous.
AAU calls for an infusion of at least $6 billion for federal research agency programs that support scientific infrastructure at colleges and universities.
AAU President Barbara R. 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 S. 1260, H.R. 2225, H.R. 3593, and other related measures.
The Coalition for National Security Research, of which AAU is a member, sent a letter congratulating Heidi Shyu on her confirmation as the next under secretary of defense for research and engineering.
The Task Force on American Innovation, of which AAU is a member, sent a letter urging Senate and House Budget Committee leaders to prioritize investments in fundamental research and research-related infrastructure in the FY22 budget and in any potential reconciliation instructions.

AAU President Barbara R. Snyder sent a letter urging Senate and House budget committee leaders to make bold investments in the health, security, prosperity, and future of our nation as they craft the FY22 budget.

AAU joined ACE and 20 higher education associations and organizations in sending a letter to the leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee to “include dedicated investments in broadband infrastructure for postsecondary students and institutions in any infrastructure package under consideration.”

Below is an AAU letter expressing support for H.R. 2225, the National Science Foundation for the Future Act, a bill which the House Science, Space and Technology Committee is scheduled to consider on Jun 15, 2021.

AAU has prepared a summary of President Biden's $2.25 trillion, eight-year American Jobs Plan that aims “to reimagine and rebuild a new economy." and the $1.8 trillion American Families Plan