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

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.

AAI Opposed Tax Provision That Would Have Raised Taxes on Graduate Students

AAI President Wayne Yokoyama and Committee on Public Affairs Chair Beth Garvy wrote to House leaders in mid-November strongly opposing a provision in the House tax bill (eliminating the graduate student tuition waiver exemption) that would have raised taxes on graduate students, including medical students, who serve as research or teaching assistants. On December 8, Yokoyama and Garvy wrote to all 29 members of the Conference Committee that were drafting the final tax bill again urging them to oppose this provision. Fortunately, the final tax bill that was signed into law on December 22 did not include this harmful provision.

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.