On Tuesday, April 18, Stony Brook University President Maurie McInnis met with members of the New York congressional delegation on Capitol Hill to advocate for crucial federal funding for higher education programs, student financial aid, science research and public hospitals.
“The federal government has a long history of partnering with America’s research universities resulting in groundbreaking technological innovation, improved public health and well-being, and a sustained dynamic American economy,” said McInnis. “Continued robust investments in U.S. government-university partnerships that helped make us the world’s scientific, economic, and higher education leader are essential to advancing critical progress forward.”
McInnis met with U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Rep. Nick LaLota, Rep. Andrew Garbarino, and Rep. Anthony D’Esposito. During the meetings, McInnis urged the congressional members to double the Pell Grant maximum award to $13,000 in addition to securing robust funding for Stony Brook University’s FY2024 federal appropriations priorities. Furthermore, McInnis provided updates on Stony Brook’s joint cutting-edge research with Brookhaven National Laboratory, the university’s proposal to establish The New York Climate Exchange on Governors Island, and Stony Brook University Hospital’s exceptional care for patients as Long Island’s premier academic medical center and public safety net hospital.
Stony Brook’s Office of Federal Relations coordinated the Hill meetings and works closely the New York congressional delegation to educate congressional members and their staff on any legislative impacts to the university’s academic and healthcare priorities.