117th Congress
    April 19, 2021

    Coalition Letter on Fiscal Year 2022 Appropriations (1/24/22)

    The Task Force on American Innovation, of which CGS is a member, sent a letter to appropriations leadership regarding the importance of federally funded research in the physical sciences and engineering. Given the urgent need to recommit our nation to prioritizing science and technology research and the increasing global competition we face in emerging technologies, we strongly encourage Congress to complete the FY22 appropriations process in a timely manner.

     

    CGS Joins Coalition Letter on International Education (12/10/21)

    CGS joined other higher education associations and social science organizations to support the inclusion of reauthorization provisions for international education programs in the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act.

     

    CGS Joins Coalition Letter in Support of USICA (11/24/21)

    On November 23, the Coalition for National Science Funding sent a letter of thanks to Congressional Leadership for their plans to move to conference the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (USICA) with House-passed authorization legislation for the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy's Office of Science.

     

    Coalition Letter on Department of Veterans' Affairs Rounding Out Rule (11/19/21)

    CGS sent a letter with 33 other organizations to Congress regarding the inclusion of rounding out language in legislation to ensure that more student veterans can maintain full-time benefits during the last term of their program. Without the 'rounding out’ fix to the recent Veterans' Affairs rulemaking, these students will be forced into making life-altering decisions, such as abruptly relocating, taking on additional work or a new job, or accumulating even more debt through student loans, that will undoubtedly impact their ability to complete their studies.

     

    CGS Joins Coalition Letter in Strong Support of Robust Funding Levels for National Science Foundation (11/9/21)

    On November 2, members of the Coalition for National Science Funding sent a letter to appropriators regarding support for National Science Foundation (NSF) funding in Fiscal Year 2022. NSF investments are key to bolstering U.S. innovation and competitiveness by funding highly meritorious curiosity-driven research; building and fostering U.S. STEM education and workforce programs; supporting cutting-edge facilities that enable the work of scientists and engineers; and addressing the most pressing issues of our time.

     

    CGS and Higher Education Community Thanks Congress for their Support of Student Veterans (10/21/21)

    On October 21, the Higher Education community sent thank you letters to Members of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs for their continued support of student veterans. Specifically, the community thanked Committee Members for the introduction of the Student Veteran COVID-19 Protection Act (H.R. 5509) and the Responsible Education Mitigating Options and Technical Extensions (REMOTE) Act (H.R. 5545). Here are the thank you letters for H.R. 5509 and H.R. 5545.

     

    CGS Joins Letter Urging Flexibility in Travel Policies for International Students and Scholars (10/15/21)

    On October 14, CGS joined other higher education associations in a sending a letter to the White House and the Centers for Disease Control concerning international students, scholars, and researchers. Specifically, the letter urges the Biden Administration to allow these students, scholars, and researchers, who are from countries where the COVID vaccine is not widely available, to enter the United States.

     

    CGS Joins Letter in Support of Afghan Students and Scholars (9/24/21)

    On September 23, CGS joined other Higher Education associations in sending a letter the House and Senate Leadership requesting their support for legislation to assist students and scholars displaced by the crisis in Afghanistan. 

     

    CGS Joins Letter Urging Technical Corrections to Laws Concerning Veterans Benefits (9/23/21)

    On September 22, CGS joined other Higher Education associations in sending a letter to the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees. Specifically, the letter urges technical corrections to the Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020 and the Training in High-demand Roles to Improve Veterans Employment Act.

     

    CGS Sends Letter to House Leadership on the Budget Reconciliation Act (09/13/21)

    On September 13, CGS sent a letter to House Leadership on the FY22 Budget Reconciliation Act: Build Back Better Act. This letter urges the inclusion of legislative language that would provide income-eligible graduate students, who received Pell Grant support as undergraduates, the ability to apply remaining semesters of Pell support towards a graduate degree. 

     

    CGS Joins Letter Urging Congress to Legislate Protections for DACA (08/04/21)

    On August 4, CGS joined the higher education community on a letter urging Congress to enact permanent, legal protections for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.

     

    CGS Joins Letter of Support for the House Appropriations FY22 Labor-HHS-Education Bill (07/14/21)

    On July 14, CGS joined a community letter supporting the House Appropriations Committee's legislation that provides FY 2022 funding for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies.

     

    CGS Joins Letter of Support for International and Foreign Language Studies (06/28/21)

    On June 28, CGS joined the Coalition for International Education on a letter to the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee recommending Fiscal Year 2022 funding for HEA-Title VI and Fulbright-Hays programs.

     

    CGS Joins Community Requests for FY22 Appropriations to Fund Higher Education Programs (06/11/21)

    On June 11, CGS joined the higher education community on a letter to House Appropriators requesting fiscal year (FY) 2022 funding for programs of interest to graduate education and research, including $35 million for Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need.

     

    CGS Joins Letter of Support for International Education and Foreign Language Studies (05/12/21)

    On May 12, CGS joined the Coalition for International Education on a letter to the House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee supporting Fiscal Year 2022 funding for HEA-Title VI and Fulbright-Hays programs.

     

    CGS Letter Supporting NSF for the Future Act (05/03/21)

    On May 3, CGS sent a letter to members of the House Science Committee endorsing the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the Future Act, which would make meaningful improvements to graduate STEM education and research training,

     

    CGS Joins Letter in Support for International and Foreign Language Education (04/27/21)

    On April 27, CGS joined the Coalition for International Education on a letter to Senate leadership supporting international and foreign language education through Title VI reauthorization in upcoming Senate competitiveness legislation.

     

    CGS Joins Letters to Congress on Federal Student Loan Origination Fees (04/19/21)

    On April 19, CGS joined community letters to congressional leadership and to leaders of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee in support of S. 847, the Student Loan Tax Elimination Act, which would eliminate costly origination fees on federal student loans disbursed on or after March 27, 2020.

     

    CGS Endorses James Kvaal to serve as the Under Secretary in the Department of Education (04/14/21)

    On April 14, CGS joined the higher education community on a letter to Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions leadership in support of James Kvaal who has been nominated to serve as the Under Secretary in the  Department of Education.

     

    CGS Joins Request for $1.51B for HRSA in FY22 (03/31/21)

    On March 31, CGS joined a community letter urging Congress to provide $1.51 billion for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Title VII health professions and Title VIII nursing workforce development programs for FY 2022. (03/31/21)

     

    CGS Joins Request $35 Million for GAANN in FY 2022 Appropriations (3/17/21)

    On March 17, CGS joined the Student Aid Alliance on a FY 2022 appropriations request letter to Congress, including $35 million for the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) program.

     

    CGS Joins Letter to Congressional Leadership on the American Rescue Plan (3/15/21)

    On March 15, CGS joined the higher education community on a letter thanking Democratic leaders for passing the American Rescue Plan Act (H.R. 1319) which provides significant assistance for postsecondary institutions and students.

     

    CGS Sends Letters to House and Senate on the Supporting Early-Career Researchers Act (3/11/21)

    On March 11, CGS sent a letter to leaders of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology endorsing the Supporting Early-Career Researchers Act (H.R. 144), which would establish a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship program through the National Science Foundation to support early-career scientists whose employment prospects have been affected by COVID-19. On February 23, CGS sent a letter to Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) endorsing the companion legislation in the Senate.

     

    CGS Joins Letter to Senate Leaders Supporting the COVID-19 Reconciliation Budget Package (3/2/21)

    On March 2, CGS joined the higher education community on a letter to Senate leaders voicing support for the reconciliation package that would provide $40 billion for students and institutions.

     

    CGS Joins Letter in Support of the Dream Act (2/22/21)

    On February 22, CGS joined the higher education community on a letter to Senate leadership in support of the bipartisan Dream Act (S.264).

     

    CGS Endorses House and Senate RISE Act Reintroduction (2/9/21)

    On February 9, CGS sent letters to the House and Senate cosponsors of the bipartisan Research Investment to Spark the Economy (RISE) Act, H.R.869/S.289, which would provide roughly $25 billion in additional support for the research enterprise in light of COVID-19.

     

    CGS Joins Letter  in Support of COVID-19 Relief for Higher Education Students and Institutions (2/8/21)

    On February 8, CGS joined a community letter to the leaders of the House Committee on Education and Labor in support of the $40 billion in emergency relief for institutions and students included in the FY21 budget resolution’s reconciliation instructions.

     

    CGS Joins Letter to Congress on Emergency Relief for Science and Research (1/27/21)

    On January 27, CGS joined the Coalition for National Science Funding on a letter requesting Congress include $3 billion in emergency relief funding for the National Science Foundation in future COVID-19 relief legislation.

     

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