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Chancellor, provost advocate for federal investments in science and education in Washington

May. 24, 2019—Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos and Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente emphasized the need to reaffirm the longstanding partnership between the federal government and America’s leading research universities when they met with members of the Tennessee congressional delegation in Washington, D.C., this week.

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Fauchet advocates for STEM education and federal research support

Feb. 11, 2019—Vanderbilt School of Engineering Dean Philippe Fauchet was in Washington, D.C., last week to advocate for federal support of engineering education and research, in particular through partnerships with the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the departments of Energy and Defense.

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Make note of congressional lobbying disclosure requirements and gift, meal, and travel restrictions

Jan. 29, 2019—With the start of the 116th Congress, Vanderbilt’s Office of Federal Relations wishes to remind the university community of the current regulations regarding federal lobbying disclosure reports as well as congressional restrictions on gifts, meals and travel.

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Graduate students, postdocs explore science policy and advocacy in Washington, D.C.

Oct. 24, 2018—Nineteen Vanderbilt graduate students and postdoctoral scholars spent two days in Washington, D.C., last week participating in the fourth STEM Policy and Advocacy Seminar.

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Congress approves largest increase in research, education programs in nearly a decade

Mar. 26, 2018—Congress passed a bipartisan $1.29 trillion spending bill for the current fiscal year on March 23 that includes some of the largest increases in research and education accounts in nearly a decade.

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Vanderbilt advocates for humanities funding

Mar. 13, 2018—Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities Executive Director Mona Frederick and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Federal Relations Christina West met with congressional delegates at the National Humanities Alliance’s recent annual meeting and advocacy day in Washington, D.C.

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Make note of congressional lobbying disclosure requirements and gift, meal and travel restrictions

Feb. 6, 2018—With the start of the second session of the 115th Congress, the Office of Federal Relations reminds Vanderbilt employees of the current regulations regarding federal lobbying disclosure reports as well as congressional restrictions on gifts, meals and travel.

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Chancellor shares letter with federal lawmakers regarding Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Nov. 13, 2017—Vanderbilt University, through the Chancellor’s Office and the Office of Federal Relations, today shared an official letter with members of the Tennessee delegation of the U.S. House of Representatives from Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos outlining the university’s deep concerns with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the current tax reform plan under consideration in Washington by federal lawmakers.

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Chancellor advocating to protect scholarships, research in tax debate

Nov. 9, 2017—Vanderbilt University, through the Chancellor’s Office and the Office of Federal Relations, is working to make its voice heard on Capitol Hill about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the current tax reform plan being considered by lawmakers. Vanderbilt University has serious concerns with the bill, particularly provisions that could erode support for graduate students and affect financial aid.

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Vanderbilt chancellor calls on federal policymakers to sustain investments in science, higher education

Oct. 26, 2017—Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos thanked members of Congress during a visit to Capitol Hill this week for rejecting the administration’s proposed budget cuts that would cripple American innovation and economic growth.

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2017 omnibus spending bill reaffirms Congress’ commitment to research

May. 10, 2017—Congress has reaffirmed the partnership between the federal government and American research universities by enacting a bipartisan appropriations spending package for fiscal year 2017 that preserves and increases funding for key federal research agencies—including a $2 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health.

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Make note of congressional lobbying disclosure requirements and gift, meal and travel restrictions

Feb. 1, 2017—With the start of the 115th Congress, Vanderbilt's Office of Federal Relations wishes to remind the university community of the current regulations regarding federal lobbying disclosure reports as well as congressional restrictions on gifts, meals and travel.

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