AAI Public Affairs

The AAI public affairs program advocates on behalf of AAI members by identifying critically important issues in immunology and biomedical research, providing recommendations to relevant federal officials [including those at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)], and urging Congress and the Administration to increase funding for NIH and other key agencies/programs.

  • Congress Passes Bill To Raise Budget Caps, Fund Government Through March 23
    The House and Senate recently approved, and President Donald Trump signed into law, a wide-reaching bipartisan budget deal that also temporarily funds federal government...
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  • President Trump Releases FY 2019 Budget Request: AAI Issues Statement Opposing President’s Request for NIH
    In mid-February, President Donald Trump unveiled his budget proposal for FY 2019.  Like all presidential budgets, it is a non-binding statement ...
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  • Congress Passes Tax Reform Bill that Excludes Provision Increasing Taxes for Graduate Students
    In late December, Congress approved the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1), a sweeping tax reform bill that was subsequently signed into law by President Donald Trump.  Unlike an earlier ...
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  • Media Reports of Banned Words at CDC
    In mid-December, The Washington Post reported on an apparent new Trump Administration directive that would prohibit CDC scientists from using several words/phases in official budget documents ...
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  • FASEB Announces 2017 BioArt Winners
    The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), of which AAI is a founding member, recently announced the winning entries of its 2017 BioArt competition.  This annual ...
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  • AAI Supports Rally for Medical Research Hill Day, National Day of Action
    The 5th annual Rally for Medical Research Hill Day took place on September 14, 2017.  AAI was proud to once again co-sponsor the event as a Bronze Supporter and to support the attendance of three AAI representatives.  AAI also ...
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  • NIH Issues Policy on Next Generation Researchers Initiative
    On August 31, NIH issued a Notice containing policy details for the recently implemented Next Generation Researchers Initiative (NGRI).  The NGRI, which was announced at the June 2017 meeting of the NIH Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) ...
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  • AAI Advocacy Brochure
    The AAI Committee on Public Affairs and AAI Public Policy Fellows helped create the first AAI advocacy brochure in 2014 to distribute on Capitol Hill and to other lay audiences. The 2017 version of ...
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AAI Public Affairs Activities

AAI Launches the 2018-19 AAI Public Policy Fellows Program

AAI is proud to welcome the eighth group of early career scientists to participate in the AAI Public Policy Fellows Program (PPFP). The PPFP engages participants in public policy activities that impact biomedical research. The program culminates in a visit to Capitol Hill next spring, during which the Fellows visit their Congressional delegations and those of the other Fellows.

AAI Submits Congressional Testimony on FY 2019 NIH Appropriations

AAI recently submitted testimony to the House and Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) Appropriations Subcommittees, recommending an appropriation of at least $39.3 billion for NIH for fiscal year 2019. The testimony was submitted on behalf of AAI by AAI Committee on Public Affairs Chair Beth A. Garvy, Ph.D.

CPA Chair Garvy Issues Statement on Influenza

Statement of AAI Committee on Public Affairs (CPA) Chair Beth Garvy, Ph.D., regarding the threat of influenza, the importance of receiving an annual flu vaccine, and the need to invest in research to develop a universal flu vaccine.

AAI Strongly Opposes President Trump’s FY 2019 Budget Proposal for NIH

AAI Committee on Public Affairs Chair Beth Garvy issued a statement on behalf of AAI on February 12 expressing deep concern about President Trump’s budget proposal for fiscal year (FY) 2019. The President’s initial budget proposal would have cut the NIH budget by more than 27 percent, but following passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act, the Trump Administration decided to revise its proposal through an Addendum which calls for a small budget increase for NIH in FY 2019.

89 AAI Members Visit Congress to Advocate for Biomedical Research

Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI, 6th; pictured right) with AAI members Thomas Rothstein and Nichol Holodick
In conjunction with IMMUNOLOGY 2017™, AAI held its largest-ever Capitol Hill Day on May 16. Eighty-nine AAI members from 21 states met with Members of Congress or staff from 85 Congressional offices.

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