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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.