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AAU President Says Tax Bill Will Harm Students

Following is a statement by Association of American Universities President Mary Sue Coleman on the final passage of H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act;

While I applaud the efforts of many in Congress to improve the tax bill that passed today, the bill in its final form will harm our students, families, local communities, and the nonprofit universities that have long served them.

As part of the government-university partnership, America’s research universities have enabled our country’s rise to global economic and technological preeminence. A federal siphoning of the funds that support student aid programs will make college less affordable and less accessible for our country’s students, undermining our national interest in cultivating an educated, high-skilled workforce. Sending the funds that support innovative research back to the IRS will weaken our ability to find new medical treatments, cures, and technologies that contribute to our economy and national security.

It's a sad day when federal lawmakers choose Washington over hardworking American students and their families.


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