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This page includes correspondence from Vanderbilt and associations to which Vanderbilt belongs. 

2022 Correspondence

  • Letter from the Coalition for Aerospace and Science requesting topline funding for NASA at no less than $25.97 billion and the Senate's proposed levels for the Agency's directorates. (December 13, 2022)
  • Letter from United for Medical Research to House and Senate leaders urging passage of an FY 23 omnibus appropriations bill that includes a $2.5 billion increase for NIH. (December 8, 2022)
  • Letter from the Friends of Institute of Education Sciences asking congressional appropriators to include $844.1 million for IES as part of a final FY 23 appropriations agreement. (November 15, 2022)
  • Letter from the Friends of Institute of Education Sciences to Office of Management and Budget Director Shalanda Young outlining two recommendations to support IES in F Y24. (November 15, 2022)
  • Letter from the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research to House and Senate Appropriations Committee leaders urging swift passage of a final FY 23 Labor-HHS-Education spending bill including at least $47.5 billion for the NIH base budget as well as urging members to avoid another continuing resolution and to pass the final FY 23 spending bills by the end of the calendar year. (November 8, 2022)
  • Letter from the Coalition for National Science Funding to the leaders of the House and Senate appropriations committees urging them to complete FY 23 appropriations before the end of the year and to fund NSF at the highest level possible, which is $11.9 billion as authorized in the recently passed bipartisan CHIPS and Science Act. (October 27, 2022)
  • Letter from the Coalition for National Science Funding to Office of Management and Budget Director Shalanda Young and Office of Science and Technology Policy Director Arati Prabhakar asking them to ensure that the administration requests $15.65 billion in NSF research and education investments in FY 24 as authorized in the CHIPS and Science Act. (October 27, 2022)
  • Letter from the Coalition for National Security Research to U.S. Department of Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III requesting the department seek to fund the defense S&T program equal to 3 percent of the overall DOD budget and ensure defense basic research is funded at 20 percent of the defense S&T budget for FY 24. (October 6, 2022)
  • Statement from the Energy Sciences Coalition to the Appropriations Committees recommending at least $8.1 billion for the DOE Office of Science for FY 23. (September 28, 2022)
  • Statement from the Energy Sciences Coalition to the U.S. Department of Energy and the Office of Management and Budget recommending $9.5 billion for the DOE Office of Science in FY 24, matching the FY 24 authorized funding level in the CHIPS and Science Act. (August 11, 2022)
  • Letter from the Energy Sciences Coalition thanking Congress for its strong, bipartisan support of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science in FY 22, and urging Congress to appropriate at least $8.8 billion in FY 23 for the DOE Office of Science, an increase of 18 percent above FY 22 and consistent with the bipartisan House and Senate DOE Science for the Future Act. (June 14, 2022)
  • Letter from the Coalition for Aerospace and Science (CAS) to the leadership of the House and Senate Subcommittees on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Committee on Appropriations requesting Congress appropriate at least $27.84 billion for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for FY 23. (May 18, 2022)
  • Statement from the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research to lawmakers recommending a program level of at least $49.048 billion for the NIH base budget for FY 23, and strongly urges lawmakers to ensure that any funding for the new Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health supplements the $49 billion recommendation for NIH's base budget, rather than supplant the essential foundational investment in the NIH. (May 10, 2022)
  • Letter from the Coalition for National Science Funding to the Senate and House Subcommittees on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Committee on Appropriations recommending at least $11 billion for the National Science Foundation in FY 23. (April 7, 2022)
  • Letter from Friends of IES, a coalition of organizations committed to supporting the essential role of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), to the Senate and House Appropriations Subcommittees on Labor, HHS, Education, and Related Agencies, requesting at least $815 million for IES in FY 23. (April 7, 2022)
  • Letter from institutions of higher education across the country to the Senate and House congressional leaders who will serve on the conference committee tasked with negotiating a compromise between the House’s America COMPETES Act of 2022 and the Senate’s U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (USICA). (April 2, 2022)
  • Statement from the Energy Sciences Coalition thanking Congress for its strong support of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science in FY 22, and urging Congress to appropriate at least $8.8 billion in FY 23. (March 28, 2022)
  • Letter from more than 65 leaders of Tennessee’s colleges and universities to the Tennessee congressional delegation urging them to make an affordable, high-quality college education more attainable for students by doubling the maximum Pell Grant award and permanently indexing the grant to inflation to ensure that its value will no longer diminish over time. (January 25, 2022)

2021 Correspondence

  • Letter from United for Medical Research to Senate leadership urging Congress to go beyond the continuing resolution for FY 22 appropriations and ensure NIH remains on a strong and sustainable funding path. (December 6, 2021)
  • Letter from United for Medical Research to House leadership urging Congress to go beyond the continuing resolution for FY 22 appropriations and ensure NIH remains on a strong and sustainable funding path. (December 6, 2021)
  • Letter from the Friends of IES to the House and Senate appropriators urging them to include $814 million for IES as part of a final appropriations agreement for FY 22. (November 16, 2021)
  • Letter from the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research to House and Senate Committees on Appropriations urging appropriators to provide at least $46.4 billion for NIH’s base for FY 22, as included in the House-passed bill. (November 15, 2021)
  • Letter from the Coalition for National Science Funding to the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Science and Technology Policy submitting R&D policy recommendations for FY 23. (November 5, 2021)
  • Letter from the Coalition for National Science Funding to the House and Senate appropriators urging them to approve at least $9.634 billion, as would be provided to NSF in the House FY 22 Commerce, Justice, Science bill. (November 2, 2021)
  • Letter from the Scholars at Risk Network, an international network of over 500 other higher education institutions in 40 countries whose core mission is to protect threatened scholars and intellectuals, to the United States Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken requesting immediate action to save Afghanistan's scholars, students, practitioners, civil society leaders and activists, especially women and ethnic and religious minorities. (August 18, 2021)
  • Letter from Friends of IES, a coalition of organizations committed to supporting the essential role of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), to the Senate and House Appropriations Subcommittees on Labor, HHS, Education, and Related Agencies, strongly endorsing the top line amount of $737.47 million included in the president's budget for IES in FY 22. (June 17, 2021)
  • Letter from United for Medical Research to the House and Senate Labor-HHS Subcommittees on Appropriations, urging Congress to provide an increase of at least $3.2 billion for the National Institutes of Health for the base budget in FY 22. (May 18, 2021)
  • Statement from the Energy Sciences Coalition thanking Congress for its strong support of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science in FY 21, and urging Congress to appropriate at least $7.7 billion in FY 22. (April 23, 2021)
  • Letter from the Coalition for National Science Funding to the House and Senate Subcommittees on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Committee on Appropriations recommending at least $10 billion for the National Science Foundation in FY 22. (April 19, 2021)
  • Letter from nearly 1,200 organizations, including nearly 900 colleges and universities, urging Members of Congress to bring affordable, high-quality college education within reach for all students by doubling the maximum Pell Grant. (March 25, 2021)
  • Letter from Friends of IES, a coalition of organizations committed to supporting the essential role of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), to the Senate and House Appropriations Subcommittees on Labor, HHS, Education, and Related Agencies, requesting at least $700 million for IES in FY 22. (March 23, 2021)
  • Statement from the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research, which represents patient groups, scientific societies, research institutions, health professionals, educators, and industry, recommending at least $46.111 billion for the National Institutes of Health for FY 22. 

 

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