ACE and 16 other higher education groups sent a letter yesterday to House and Senate Appropriations Committee leaders requesting higher education funding be increased in the FY 2015 spending bills the committees soon will begin drafting.
The letter expresses appreciation for the efforts on the FY 2014 omnibus spending measure approved last month, which restored many of the sequestration cuts that impacted higher education.
But as the bill did not fully restore the erosion of higher education and research funding over the last few years—including $23 billion in cuts to student financial aid—the groups are asking Congress to reinstate or enhance previously eliminated investments in student aid, institutional support and scientific research.
“At a time of increased global competition, eliminating funding for the very programs that build our workforce and drive innovation does not make sense,” the groups said. “We are creating an innovation deficit and thus rapidly losing our position as the world’s economic and technology leader to countries like China, South Korea and India, which are devoting ever greater portions of their spending to postsecondary education and research.”
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