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80th EditionOctober 21, 2019

Federal Update

On October 8, two staffers from Rep. Jody Hice’s (R-GA) office visited the Yerkes Field Station. They toured the facility and learned more about the exciting research taking place in neuroscience, infectious diseases, and social habits. We appreciate Yerkes’ efforts to make this an educational day!

Federal Appropriations Update

Progress is slow on negotiations related to the competing House and Senate spending allocations. House appropriators must still cut $15 billion in non-defense spending and increase defense spending by $5 billion in their appropriations measures. A continuing resolution (CR) funds the government at current levels through November 21. Emory has joined other organizations in calling for finalization of the FY20 appropriations bills.  We remain watchful regarding the potential for a full-year CR, and concerned about any talk related a government shutdown.

Support for our International Scholars

On October 21, Emory and seven other private colleges in Georgia sent a letter to all the members of the Georgia congressional delegation outlining the impediments facing higher education in our efforts to attract and retain international students, faculty, and scholars. The letter outlines four actions that Congress can take to bolster the foreign talent pipeline important to Georgia’s colleges and universities.

Impeachment Process

Speaker Pelosi announced in September that the House would launch a formal impeachment inquiry into the allegation that President Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden. The House is engaged in the investigation process, including issuing subpoenas to a number of individuals closely involved with the Trump Administration. The House Judiciary Committee is responsible for determining if the findings are sufficient and if they are, it moves to the House floor for a vote. If a majority of the House votes to impeach the President, the Senate will hold a trial. If two-thirds of the Senate vote to convict the President, then he is removed from office. This has become extremely polarizing in the nation’s capital and has the potential to prevent bipartisan legislation from moving, including funding the government past November 21.

State Update

On October 17, Dr. Denise Jamieson, Chair of Emory's Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, testified before the House Study Committee on Maternal Mortality. The study committee is examining how to develop strategies and institute systemic changes to decrease and prevent maternal deaths in Georgia. Dr. Jamieson provided the committee with an overview of Emory and Grady's engagement on this issue, including Emory's involvement in the Maternal Mortality Review Committee and the Georgia Perinatal Quality Collaborative and shared many of the innovative approaches that Emory is exploring including improved remote connections to maternal care.

Emory in the Community

On October 11, Fulton County Commissioner Natalie Hall and her senior staff visited with Emory University Hospital Midtown CEO Dan Owens and members of his team. Following the lunch meeting, Commissioner Hall and her staff enjoyed several special tours of the hospital including a visit to the new cardiac catheter lab.  

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