Howdy, Advocates!

Last month, our Aggie Network delegation headed to Washington, D.C., to kick off our 3rd biennial event in our nation's capital that promotes awareness and encourages federal support for Texas A&M and higher education.

During our time in D.C., a delegation of leaders from Texas A&M met with elected officials and former students in order to increase public and legislative support for higher education. As one of the country's largest universities, Texas A&M delivers a transformational education experience and engages in federally funded research that impacts our students, our state and our nation.

Thank you to all of our Aggie advocates who championed the continued support of higher education and Texas A&M University! 

You can keep up with the work of the Texas A&M Advocacy Network by following @tamuadvocacy on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, or by exploring the links below!

Home page:
List of Texas A&M former students in office:
Legislative priorities for Texas A&M Advocacy:

Gig ’em,

Jordyn Senkirik ’17
Director of Strategic Engagement

Federal Appropriations Update

Last month, the White House released its FY21 budget proposal, which includes $590 billion for nondefense discretionary spending, a 7 percent cut to the $634.5 billion FY21 level set under the two-year budget deal lawmakers agreed to in August 2019. While the proposed budget does include some positive components, chief among those being $300M for a new National Security Multi-mission Vessel (NSMV) for our Maritime Academy at Texas A&M-Galveston, in addition to critical areas of research such as artificial intelligence and space technology, it also contains funding cuts critical to advancing research at Texas A&M. In particular, a nearly $600M decrease (-6.5%) in funding to the National Science Foundation and a $3B decrease (-7%) to the National Institutes of Health.

House appropriators will likely begin marking up the various appropriations bills the week of April 20, and are aiming to complete subcommittee and full committee consideration by mid-May, so that June can be dedicated to floor consideration of the bills. The Senate is on a similar track, with an end goal of completing its work before August, when Congress heads home mostly through Election Day. While Congress does seem determined to pass a FY21 budget at this time, a Continuing Resolution (CR) is not off the table.

Texas A&M University and the higher education community look forward to working with Congress to ensure appropriate and consistent funding is available to maintain critical research being conducted at Texas A&M and throughout all institutions of higher education.

Texas A&M President Meets with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

"Texas A&M University President Michael K. Young (was) in California’s Silicon Valley for a roundtable discussion with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, other State Department officials and leaders from a small number of research universities.

"The issues they’re discussing include research integrity and security, foreign interference to academic freedom on American campuses and the nature of protecting open, transparent and merit-based research enterprise." 
Read more about this discussion here

U.S. House of Representatives Recognizes 140th Anniversary of

The Association 

Rep. Bill Flores ’76 recognized 140 years of service to Texas A&M  by The Association of Former Students on the floor of the House of Representatives.
Read more about The Association's 140 years of service.

Higher Education Center at McAllen Graduates First Students 

"Texas A&M University opened the Higher Education Center at McAllen to allow students in the Rio Grande Valley to earn their Aggie education close to home. The new facility is part of Texas A&M’s commitment to support the educational needs of Texas with top-tier educational programs that will fulfill individual student career goals, enhance continued economic development of the Rio Grande Valley region and help train a skilled workforce."
Click here to read more about this inaugural graduating class.

A New Home for Texas A&M Dental School Clinics

"The start of 2020 will usher in a new era in dental education for Texas A&M University’s College of Dentistry.

"The opening of the college’s new 160,000-square-foot, nine-story Clinic and Education Building will enable the dental school to increase underserved patients’ access to care and shift from a traditional disciplined-based approach to a 'whole health' educational model."
Read more about the new building here.
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