Research universities are complex institutions affected by a large scope of federal policies. AAU and its members engage and work with Congress and Executive Branch departments and agencies to shape policies and federal investments affecting students, faculty, and the ability of research universities to achieve their educational missions of teaching, research, and service. Key Issues are the primary areas in which AAU engages federal policymaking.
AAU sent a letter to party leaders urging them to reach a bipartisan FY18 budget agreement that raises defense and non-defense discretionary spending caps.
A number of provisions in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) affect higher education. This document compares new provisions of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act with tax reform plans proposed by the U.S. House and Senate and prior tax law.
The Task Force on American Innovation, of which AAU is a member, urged Congress to provide relief from the current Budget Control Act caps in order to make robust science investments a priority.
AAU joined several other higher education associations in a letter to the Committee on Education and the Workforce to express concern with H.R. 4508, the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform (PROSPER) Act.