DC Digest – March 12, 2019


The DC Digest
Duke Government Relations
In Today’s Issue: 
  • Presidential Budget Proposal, Continued
    • DoD Proposed Numbers
    • AAU Statement on Trump’s Budget
  • NAS President Warns of Waning U.S. Science Leadership
  • National Humanities Advocacy Day
  • Hearings

DoD Budget Numbers

Today, March 12, the Department of Defense released preliminary details about its FY 2020 budget request. Of note, the DOD proposes $2.3 billion for its 6.1 basic research accounts for FY 20, 8% below the final FY 19 funding level. DARPA would receive a nearly 4% increase to $3.55 billion.
DoD on Arrival
AAU Statement on President’s Budget 
The Association of American Universities released a statement on President Trump’s budget proposal saying “drastic reductions in funding would harm scientific research, the future workforce, and America’s position as a leader in global innovation at a time when the majority of Americans believe the federal government should support science and technology research.”
AAU Letter
NYTimes on Science Funding
In testimony for the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee March 6, National Academy of Sciences President Marcia McNutt highlighted challenges to U.S. leadership in scientific and technological fields posed by an increasingly competitive global environment.

Her comments touched on a range of issues, from the drop in international student applications to U.S. graduate programs to unstable and uncertain funding pipeline due to government shutdowns, among other challenges.
Leadership in Decline
Sylvia Miller, senior program manager of Publishing Innovations at the Franklin Humanities Institute will join the National Humanities Alliance Humanities Advocacy day on Capitol Hill, March 10-12.
NHA on the Hill

Tuesday, March 12

— The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee held a 10 a.m. hearing on “Simplifying the Free Application for Federal Student Aid” as part of the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act at 10:00am.

— The House Energy and Commerce Communications & Technology Subcommittee held a hearing on the legislation, entitled “Legislating to Safeguard the Free and Open Internet” at 10:00am.

— The House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on “The Fiscal Year 2020 HHS Budget” at 12:00pm.

— The Senate Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities is holding a hearing on “Artificial Intelligence Initiatives within the Department of Defense” at 2:30pm.

Wednesday, March 13
— The House Education and Labor Committee has scheduled a hearing on “Student Centered Reforms to Bring Higher Education within Reach” at 10:15am.

— The House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies will hold a hearing titled “Department of Health and Human Services Budget Request for FY 2020” at 2:00pm.

Thursday, March 14
— The House Education and Labor Committee holds its annual “Members Day” hearing for lawmakers at 10:15 am.
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