U.S. Department of Energy Supports Students and Scholars Impacted by War in Ukraine

Last week, the Department of Energy’s Office of Science sent a dear colleague letter to principal investigators and researchers. Other governmental organizations have also expressed support for Ukrainian researchers, including the National Academies and the Canadian government. Read more.

Biden Administration Extends Student Loan Pause

On April 6, the White House released a statement on President Biden’s action to pause the payment of student loans until August 31, 2022. The U.S. Department of Education also issued a release regarding student loan repayment, including the work the department is doing regarding the retooling of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. Read more. 

House Judiciary Committee Approves Immigration Legislation

By a vote of 22-14, the House Judiciary Committee approved legislation that would eliminate per-country caps on employment-based green cards and raise per-country caps for family-based immigrant green cards. The EAGLE Act of 2021 is sponsored by Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Chair of the Subcommittee of Immigration and Citizenship. Read more. 

House Appropriations Committee Begin Accepting Earmark Requests

On April 4, the House Appropriations Committee began accepting “community project funding,” (commonly known as earmarks). This is the second consecutive year that Congress will be able to set aside line items in appropriations bills after over a decade long hiatus. Read more. 

Conference Committee for USICA/America COMPETES Announced

Late last week, Congressional leaders announced the conference committee for the Senate-passed United States Innovation and Competitiveness Act (USICA) and the House-passed America COMPETES Act. Read more. 

FY2023 Appropriations: National Science Foundation Dear Colleague Letter

Representatives C.K. Butterfield (D-NC) and David McKinley (R-WV) have released a dear colleague letter in support of Fiscal Year 2023 funding for the National Science Foundation (NSF). Read more.