PRESIDENT TRUMP'S FY '18 BUDGET A MAJOR CONCERN FOR HIGHER ED
President Donald Trump sent Congress his first budget proposal for FY ’18 on March 16th. While the budget "blueprint" was mostly top-line numbers, the details which have emerged show a budget proposal that would have serious consequences for many programs important to higher education.
Here are key portions of the plan:
National Institutes of Health (NIH):
- Reduces NIH spending by $5.8B
- Proposes major reorganization of NIH’s Institutes and Centers to help focus resources on the highest priority research and training activities.
Department of Commerce:
- Proposes eliminating the Economic Development Administration (EDA) ($221M), including funding for TAA for Firms and other regional programs
- Proposes eliminating NOAA’s grants and programs for coastal and marine management, research and education ($250M)
- Proposes elimination of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership program ($124M)
There is no mention of the National Science Foundation.
Department of Energy:
- Eliminates ARPA-E
- Cuts $900 from the DOE Office of Science (funded at $5.35B in FY16)
- Proposes an increase of $1.4B (11.3%) for the National Nuclear Security Administration.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):
- Proposes $5.7 billion for the EPA, a reduction of $2.6 billion (31%) from FY17
- Proposes funding the Office of Research and Development (ORD) at $250M, a $233M reduction from FY17
- Eliminates funding for specific regional efforts such as the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
- Proposes funding Categorical Grants at $597M, a $482M reduction from FY17
- Proposes $19.1B for NASA, a 0.8% decrease from FY17
- Proposes $624M for aeronautics research and development (funded at $640M in FY16)
- Proposes $1.8B for the Earth Science division, which is a $102M decrease from FY17. The budget terminates funding for PACE, OCO-3, DSCOVR, and CLARREO Pathfinder
- Proposes elimination of the Office of Education, which houses programs such as Space Grant
Department of Education:
Includes $59 billion in discretionary funding for ED, $9 billion (13 percent) below the annualized FY17 CR level. For student aid, the blueprint proposes the following:
- Pell Grant: level funding the discretionary portion and rescinding $3.9 billion from the program’s $10.6 billion surplus
- Federal Work-Study: reduced funding, amount not specified
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants: program eliminated
Additionally, the blueprint states that more than 20 other education programs, including Title VI International Education programs, would be eliminated or reduced. It is unclear how GAANN would fare.
- Budget proposes to eliminate the Nationl Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute for Museum and Library Service, and the Corporation for National and Community Service.
- Budget also proposes ending federal support for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
The administration’s budget is merely step one in the congressional budget and appropriations process. Congress will ultimately have major input into final decisions about spending. The U-M Washington Office is working with other universities and our higher education associations to make the case against major cuts in these programs.
If you have specific questions about any of these or other programs, please contact the U-M Washington Office.
U-M BREAKFAST FOCUSES ON KEY ISSUES AND BICENTENNIAL
On March 8, the U-M Congressional Breakfast in Washington focused on key issues before Congress as well as celebrated the University’s 200th birthday.
In his remarks, U-M President Schlissel said U-M's ability to attract the best students and faculty from around the globe “enhances our teaching, learning, research and societal impact” and is a major reason for U-M's standing as an outstanding research university.
Schlissel said U-M is working with other universities to make sure foreign students and faculty can continue to enrich the excellence of U-M.
"This is also an issue of competitiveness for our state," he added. "Preparation for that competition requires our students to have the skills and experiences best acquired through collaboration with diverse groups of people."
Schlissel also urged lawmakers to help preserve the ability for U-M to use a "conservative approach" to successfully manage its endowments and protect donor choices. Congress is considering legislation that could potentially have an impact on such endowments.
In her remarks as keynote speaker, Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn), who represents the Ann Arbor and Dearborn campuses, saluted the University as it celebrates its bicentennial, but also called upon U-M and its alumni to stand up for resolving the major issues facing the nation.
"For 200 years, the University of Michigan has brought diverse members of our community together to have difficult discussions, to debate and to find solutions to the problems we face as a society – to lift each other up and strengthen lives and communities," said Dingell. "All U-M alumni who are here in DC not only make a difference, but have a responsibility to make a difference."
Other members of Congress in attendance included Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) along with Reps. Dan Kildee (D-Flint), John Moolenaar (R-Midland), Dave Trott (R-Birmingham) and Ted Deutch (D-FL).
The Congressional Breakfast is sponsored by the U-M Club of Greater Washington, with all proceeds going toward scholarships for DC-area students who attend Michigan. Over 300 people attended this year’s event, which also marked the official DC observance of U-M's bicentennial with special videos and remarks by Alumni Association President Steve Grafton.
TRAVEL BAN EXECUTIVE ORDER AND POSSIBLE OTHERS
The U-M Washington Office is closely following the Administration’s “Travel Ban” Executive Order. We are also working with our higher education associations to prepare to respond to any future executive orders that might deal with DACA and undocumented groups, such as H-1B visa and OPT issues.
Update information is shared on the Office of Public Affairs website at https://publicaffairs.vpcomm.umich.edu/undocumented-students-at-u-m/