116th Congress

    CGS Joins Higher Ed Community in Supporting of the Dream Act of 2019 (4/4/2019)

    On April 4, CGS signed onto a higher education community letter in support of the recently reintroduced Dream Act, which would grant legal status and a path to citizenship to undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children including those currently protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. CGS has also supported this legislation when it was introduced in previous years. 

     

    CGS Joins CNSF Letter Supporting a Two-Year Budget Deal (3/28/2019)

    On March 28, CGS, as member of the Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF), joined a letter to Congressional and Administration leaders urging them to enact a two-year bipartisan budget agreement that increases the spending caps for discretionary programs. Specifically, the letter calls out the need for a budget deal to avoid cuts to funding for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the importance of sustained federal investment in the critical work done by the agency. 

     

    CGS Statement for the Record in House Hearing (3/25/2019)

    On March 25, CGS submitted a statement for the record in a House Education and Labor Committee hearing titled, “The Cost of College: Student Centered Reforms to Bring Higher Education Within Reach.” The testimony urges the committee to maintain and not place borrowing limits on the Grad PLUS loan program, voices support for a proposal allowing Pell to be used towards graduate studies and calls for enhancing other student aid and repayment programs.

     

    Community Letter on Dream and Promise Act (3/20/2019)

    On March 20, CGS signed onto community letter to Congressional leaders in support of H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act of 2019, which would provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children, including those who are Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.

     

    Coalition Calls for Increased FY 2020 Funding for Student Aid Programs (3/18/2019)

    On March 18, the Student Aid Alliance, of which CGS is a member, sent a letter to the leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations Labor, HHS, and Education Subcommittees urging them to continue and strengthen funding for student aid programs. The letter provides specific Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 funding level requests, including increases to the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) program, TRIO, and Pell Grants.

     

    CGS Joins Coalition Letter on FY 2020 NSF Funding Request (3/14/2019)

    On March 14, CGS joined its Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) colleagues on a letter to key House and Senate appropriators recommending a $9 billion Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 appropriation for the National Science Foundation (NSF). The letter stresses the need to increase funding for the work done by NSF, including for graduate STEM education, to maintain American global competitiveness in research and innovation.

     

    CGS Joins Letter Thanking Congress for FY 2019 NSF Funding (2/25/2019)

    On February 25, as a member of the Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF), CGS joined a letter to Congressional leaders thanking them for passing a Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 spending package, which provides $8 billion in funding for the National Science Foundation (NSF).

     

    CGS Offers Comments on Access and Financial Disparities (2/13/2019)

    On Wednesday, February 13, CGS submitted comments in response to a solicitation from a group of senators around disparities faced by students of color when accessing and financing their postsecondary education. The letter underscores the need to continue to diversify graduate programs to address our changing population and the demands of the workforce, and reiterates CGS’s commitment to achieving this goal. Specifically, it highlights a proposal to allow graduate students who remain income-eligible to apply Pell Grants toward their graduate degree, as well as the need to support several current student aid programs that help students from underserved populations finance higher education.

     

    Coalition Letter on Government Shutdown (1/23/2019)

    On Wednesday, January 23, CGS joined a Coalition for National Science Funding letter to the President and Congressional leaders calling on them to end the partial government shutdown and fund the National Science Foundation (NSF). The letter voices concerns around the impact of the funding lapse on science and research conduct by NSF and other federal agencies. 

     

    CGS Welcome Letter to 116th Congress (1/15/2019)

    On January 15, CGS sent letters to members of the House and Senate welcoming them to the 116th Congress. The letters introduce CGS to new and returning Members, highlight our principals around policies of importance to graduate education, and urge policymakers to consider us a resource as these issues arise. 

     

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