Community Letters

    Community Letter on House FY 2018 Labor-HHS-Education Spending Bill (7/19/2017)

    On July 19, CGS signed onto a higher education community letter to the chairman and ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee. It expressed overall support for the FY 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, which does not include the Administration’s proposal to cap reimbursements of facilities and administrative (F&A) costs. It also increases funding for TRIO programs and maintains Federal Work-Study. The letter expresses concerns with the proposed cut to the Pell surplus and asks Congress to raise defense and non-defense spending caps, which would allow for more funding to programs such as Graduate Assistance for Areas of National Need (GAANN) and Fulbright Hays grants. 

     

    Comments to Senate Finance Committee on Higher Ed Tax Reform Issues (7/17/2017)

    On July 17, CGS signed onto comments submitted by the higher education community to the Senate Finance Committee in response to Senator Hatch’s request for stakeholders to submit their priorities for tax reform. The comments focused on tax provisions that impact students, families and institutions. Highlighted were: preserving tax benefits that enhance access for graduate students, specifically focusing on the Student Loan Interest Deduction (SLID); and preserving the student FICA exemption as well as sections 127 and 117(d) of the Internal Revenue Code. The letter also encouraged the committee to consolidate the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC) and the Lifetime Learning Credit (LLC) into a two-part AOTC, indicating that any such effort should also provide benefits to graduate students. 

     

    Comments to Senate Finance Commitee on IRC Sec. 127 (7/14/2017)

    On July 14, CGS joined a coalition of higher education, business, and labor organizations in submitting comments to the Senate Finance Committee on tax reform options. Specifically, the letter supports maintaining and strengthening IRC Sec. 127, employer-provided education assistance, in any upcoming tax package. Currently, Sec. 127 allows an employee to exclude from income up to $5,250 per year in assistance for any type of educational course at the undergraduate and graduate level.

     

    Community Letter on SHIPs for Graduate Students (7/12/2017)

    On July 12, CGS signed on a higher education community letter that responded to a “request for information” regarding reducing regulatory burdens imposed by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act & Improving Healthcare Choices To Empower Patients to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The letter requests that guidance be issued stating that institutions of higher education do not violate the Affordable Care Act (ACA) market rules if they subsidize their student health insurance plan (SHIP) coverage and will not be penalized for doing so.

     

    Community Letter on ACA Repeal and Replace Bill (6/27/2017)

    On June 27, CGS signed onto a community letter to Senate leadership voicing the higher education community’s concerns with respect to the Senate bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Specifically, the letter highlights the impacts the cuts to Medicaid would have on state budgets and the subsequent impact on higher education, students and teaching hospitals.

     

    Community Letter on Education and Research Funding in FY 2018 (6/7/2017)

    On June 7, CGS signed onto a higher education community letter to the House and Senate Budget and Appropriations Committees, asking them to maintain their commitment to student financial aid and scientific research in FY 2018 funding. The letter also urges the committee to remove the spending caps for FY 2018 and encourages Congress to build upon the funding they provided in the final FY 2017 omnibus package. CGS President Suzanne Ortega previously issued a statement on the President’s budget request.

     

    Community Letter in Support of FY 2017 Funding Bill (5/3/2017)

    On May 3, CGS signed onto a community letter sent to House and Senate leadership in support of the passage of H.R. 244, the Fiscal Year 2017 Consolidated Appropriations Act. In particular, the letter highlighted the increase in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding as well as the bill’s support for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Humanities (NEA and NEH) and a number of higher education financial assistance programs, including the restoration of year-round Pell Grants. 

     

    Community Letter on Fiscal Year 2017 Funding (4/5/2017)

    On April 5, CGS signed onto a community letter sent to House and Senate leadership encouraging Congress to complete its work on the FY 2017 appropriations process in an expeditious and non-controversial manner. The letter also opposed any proposed cuts by the Administration to programs or agencies that impact higher education including the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 

     

    Coalition Letter on Science Funding (4/3/2017)

    CSG signed onto a Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) letter in support of overall science funding that included a recommendation of $8 billion in FY 2018 appropriations for the National Science Foundation (NSF). Language provided by CGS on the importance of funding for graduate traineeships and research assistantships was included in the final draft of the letter. 

     

    Community Letter to Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) (3/2/2017)

    CGS joined a coalition of higher education, business, and labor organizations in a letter of support for H.R. 795, the Employer Participation in Student Loan Assistance Act of 2017, which would expand Sec.127 of the Internal Revenue Code to allow employers to provide student loan repayment assistance. 

     

    Letters to the House and Senate in Support of IRC Sec. 127 (2/7/2017)

    CGS joined a coalition of higher education, business, and labor organizations in letters to the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee in support of Sec.127 of the Internal Revenue Code. Sec.127 is an employer-provided educational benefit that allows an employee to exclude from income up to $5,250 per year in assistance.

     

    Community Letter to President Trump on the Impact of Immigration Ban on U.S. Science (1/31/2017)

    CGS has signed onto a community letter with 164 other higher education associations, scientific organizations and institutions of higher education, to President Donald Trump asking him to rescind Executive Order, Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States. The letter highlights the negative impact the Executive Order will have on the science and engineering capacity of the United States.

     

    Letter to Department of Homeland Security Regarding the Executive Order on Immigration (1/31/2017)

    CGS joined 46 other higher education associations on a letter to the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) John Kelly voicing the concerns of the higher education community with respect to how the administrations Executive Order, Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States, will affect institutions of higher education. The letter requests a meeting with the Department to discuss the concerns of the higher education community and offers to work with DHS to create policies that enhance our security without harming our ability to attract international students and scholars. 

     

    Community Letter to Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) (1/12/2017)

    CGS joined 20 other higher education associations on a letter to Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) in support of S.128, the “Bar Removal of Individuals Who Dream and Grow our Economy” (BRIDGE) Act. The letter stresses the bill’s importance to students who are Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients on college campuses and encourages its expeditious passage.  

     

    Community Letter to the Departments of Treasury, Labor and Health & Human Services (9/6/2016)

    CGS joined six other higher education associations on a letter to the Departments of Treasury, Labor and Health & Human Services regarding graduate students SHIPs. The letter follows up on a letter sent earlier this summer by 17 senators.  It urges the departments to issue guidance that will allow universities to continue to provide subsidized health insurance coverage to graduate students.

     

    Community Letter to Senator Richard Burr, R-NC (5/12/2016)

    On May 12, the Council of Graduate Schools signed onto a community letter endorsing S. 2869, the Boost Savings for College Act, which would expand 529 education savings accounts by offering a saver’s tax credit for annual contributions by low- and moderate-income families. Specifically, the bill would provide tax credits of up to $1,000 for 529 plan contributions by an individual earning less than $30,750, and up to $2,000 for a couple earning less than $61,500. The proposal also would provide a tax credit for employers of up to $1,000 to cover matching contributions to a 529 plan for an employee or his spouse or child. The letter was sent to the bill’s sponsors, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) and Senator Bob Casey (D-PA).

     

    Community Letter to House and Senate Appropriations Committee (4/16/2016)
    On April 16, CGS signed onto a community letter sent to both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees regarding Pell funding in the FY17 appropriations process. The letter expressed opposition to any effort to use funding taken from the Pell Grant Program for any other purpose in the FY 2017 education spending bill under consideration by the subcommittees.

     

    Community Letter to Congress (3/21/2016)

    On March 21, 2016 the Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF), of which CGS is a member, sent a letter Congress recommending $8 billion for federal funding in Fiscal Year 2017 for the National Science Foundation (NSF). The letter also requests that Congress allow the NSF to support research across all science and engineering disciplines, to use its world-renowned peer review system to identify the best science, and to maintain flexibility to take advantage of unanticipated discoveries and insights.

     

     

     

     

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