University President Lawrence S. Bacow discussed the challenges higher education institutions face and defended Harvard’s leading role among colleges and universities at an American Enterprise Institute and Brookings Institution panel Thursday.
Harvard spent $600,000 lobbying the federal government in 2018, a figure $10,000 less than the amount the University spent in 2017. Though last year’s figure marked a slight decrease in expenses, lobbying costs have generally seen an uptick in the last five years as Harvard faces a hostile political climate.
Following criticisms of an orientation for newly elected members of Congress hosted by Harvard’s Institute of Politics that featured a number of lobbyists, at least two lawmakers are calling for a review of the program in light of House ethics rules.
Two groups led in part by members of Harvard final clubs spent $90,000 in the second quarter of 2018 lobbying for a bill that could imperil the College’s sanctions.
The proposed rule, which Faust called "fundamentally flawed," calls on the EPA to make public all data used to support scientific studies that inform its regulations.
Some Harvard social groups are taking the fight to cancel the College's controversial sanctions all the way to Capitol Hill.
Two organizations spent a total of $90,000 in the first quarter of 2018 lobbying around legislation that could imperil the College’s ability to enforce its social group sanctions.
Faust said she thinks President-elect Bacow—who will take office in June 2018—will keep a watchful eye on the PROSPER Act.
The students are particularly lobbying around the PROSPER Act, a proposed update to the Higher Education Act that—if passed—could force Harvard to choose between millions of dollars in federal research funding and its social group penalties.
Before he hobnobbed with the University's president, Schumer was just another undergraduate at the College.