November 19, 2014
To: Council on Federal Relations
From: AAU Staff
Subject: CFR UPDATE (14-No. 44, 11-19-14)
-- University Research Community Continues to Urge Congress to Close the Innovation Deficit
-- Higher Education Associations Testify on Copyright Issues in Education
-- AAU Makes Available Information on the Budget Reconciliation Process
-- Rep. Rush Holt to Become Next Leader of AAAS
UNIVERSITY RESEARCH COMMUNITY CONTINUES TO URGE CONGRESS TO CLOSE THE INNOVATION DEFICIT
The university research community
and its allies continue to press Congress to move a full-year FY15
omnibus appropriations bill with strong funding for research and higher
education to help close the innovation deficit.
Among these efforts are the letter
sent to all Members of Congress
on November 12 by 133 national organizations, which continues to be
amplified through conventional and social media, including by your
campuses, and by visits to congressional offices. Along with two letters
in support of the National Institutes of Health-from the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research and United for Medical Research
-and one in support of climate science, the community has also sent letters of support for research in the physical sciences and engineering (the Task Force on American Innovation), and for the National Science Foundation (NSF) (the
Coalition for National Science Funding).
the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, and The Science
Coalition sent memoranda to campuses earlier today, asking them to focus
their social media efforts on biomedical research. (Federal relations
and public affairs officers received the memoranda, which included
sample tweets.) The goal is to use the continued drumbeat on the close
the innovation deficit theme to help move congressional decisions in the
CFR members are strongly
encouraged to communicate with their congressional delegations during
the Thanksgiving recess and urge them to support passage of an FY15
omnibus appropriations package.
HIGHER EDUCATION ASSOCIATIONS TESTIFY ON COPYRIGHT ISSUES IN EDUCATION
six presidentially based higher education associations, including AAU,
today offered testimony on copyright issues in education before the
House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the
hearing was held to consider copyright issues in education and for the visually impaired.
Presenting the testimony
on behalf of the associations was
Jack Bernard, Associate General Counsel for the University of Michigan.
Along with detailing the role of copyright law in encouraging and
supporting the creation and dissemination of knowledge and creative
works for public benefit, the testimony addresses such issues as the
basic structure of rights in the Copyright Act, fair use of copyrighted
material, copyright issues in online education, the challenges of
managing orphan works, and the importance of providing expanded public
access to scholarly publications.
AAU MAKES AVAILABLE INFORMATION ON THE BUDGET RECONCILIATION PROCESS
In anticipation that Congress will use reconciliation legislation as part of next year's FY16 budget process, AAU has posted links
on its website that explain how
reconciliation works. Reconciliation legislation is used to make changes
in existing law in order to meet the spending and revenue levels in a
budget resolution. It is the result of instructions contained in the
congressional budget resolution. The instructions require committees to
report legislation containing such statutory changes and can require tax
increases or reductions, deficit reduction, or changes in mandatory
spending. Like a budget resolution, reconciliation legislation is not
subject to filibuster in the Senate and thus requires only a majority
vote to pass.
REP. RUSH HOLT TO BECOME NEXT LEADER OF AAAS
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) announced
on November 18 that retiring Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) will become the
association's next chief executive officer, effective in February, 2015.
He replaces Alan Leshner, who announced last April that he would retire
after serving as the association's CEO for the past 13 years.
As a research physicist and
educator, Rep. Holt has been a strong, knowledgeable advocate for
scientific research and education on Capitol Hill. He announced in
February that he would retire from Congress at the end of his eighth
term representing the 12th congressional district in central
New Jersey. The district includes Princeton University, among other
colleges and universities.
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