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AAU President Welcomes House BBB Passage, Urges Senate to Retain Crucial Investments in Research and College Affordability

The following is a statement from Association of American Universities President Barbara R. Snyder about the House’s passage earlier today of President Biden’s Build Back Better Act:

We welcome the House’s passage of the Build Back Better Act, which contains important investments to secure a better future for our nation. We are especially grateful for the provisions that support scientific research, make crucial updates to our nation’s research infrastructure, and increase the maximum Pell grant by $550; these investments will ensure America’s leadership in scientific innovation and help make college more affordable for millions of students and families. We urge the Senate to retain these investments and expeditiously pass the Build Back Better Act.


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