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AAU, along with 80 other organizations, sent letters to Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and to Senate Agriculture and Appropriations Committee leadership expressing their support for the America Grows Act, legislation that would authorize a five percent annual funding increase over the next five years for USDA research – including AFRI research.
AAU sent a letter to Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) to oppose provisions in the “SBA Reauthorization and Improvement Act of 2019.”
AAU and 19 other higher education groups this week filed an amicus brief arguing against the FCC’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order arguing that it undermines universities’ educational, research, and public service activities.
AAU and APLU submitted a comment letter on the National Strategic Plan for Advanced Manufacturing, emphasizing investment in research and development and manufacturing innovation institutes, and the support of education and training programs.
AAU President Mary Sue Coleman expresses dismay at the FCC decision to eliminate protections for network neutrality, reversing their 2015 Open Internet Order.
AAU joins six other associations in letter sent to FCC in support of open and neutral access to the Internet.
In this blog post, AAU President Coleman explores the importance of silly-sounding science and innovative research to grow our economy, improve public health, and strengthen national security, as is the case with Oregon State University wood chemist Kaichang Li.
AAU and APLU will host the inaugural "University Innovation and Entrepreneurship Showcase," highlighting AAU and APLU university affiliated startup businesses on Monday, November 13 & Tuesday, November 14 during the APLU Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.

This multi-organization letter urges leadership in the House and Senate to reject Administration-proposed cuts to science as they begin crafting the fiscal year 2018 appropriations.

Congressional leaders are urged to consider the following points in their deliberations:

Our nation’s research enterprise is among the most powerful engines for American prosperity. One of the consistent areas of bipartisan agreement over the past 70 years has been the importance of the federal government’s role in supporting research and innovation.