On Friday, November 1, ARL joined the American Council on Education (ACE) and more than 30 other organizations in a letter (PDF) to the chairs of the US congressional committee deliberating a budget agreement. The organizations are asking the budget committee to eliminate the FY 2014 sequestration spending reductions and to prioritize investments in research and education.
The letter states, “as you begin your discussions on a budget agreement for FY14, the higher education associations listed below encourage you to pursue two key goals: 1) eliminating the FY14 sequester reductions; and 2) placing a high priority on the investments that will build our economy in both the short and long term. The cuts imposed by the blunt instrument of sequestration have already negatively impacted the very programs on which the American economy depends. Scientific research, student aid and workforce training programs have all been cut at the expense of the competitive advantage our nation seeks to maintain.”
The budget committee has set a date in mid-December to conclude their discussions.
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