There’s No Great Future in Microplastics, Plus Dems Look to Strengthen Title IX Rules

By The New England Council

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From left, U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin, URI President Marc B. Parlange and U.S. Sen. Jack Reed. (Photo courtesy of Sen. Jack Reed’s Office.)

URI Lands $1 Million in Federal Funding for Plastics Pollution Research. U.S. Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) and U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI) announced a $1 million federal earmark, secured through fiscal 2022 appropriations legislation, to support University of Rhode Island (URI) research on the polluting effects of microplastics in land and sea. “In the grand scheme of things, microplastics are a relatively new pollutant and there is a lot we still don’t know, which is one of the reasons URI’s research is so important,” Reed said. “This federal earmark will help expand their reach and URI’s findings and recommendations will help form future actions to improve water quality and reduce pollution.” Additional information can be found here.

Democrats Applaud Biden Administration’s Proposed Title IX Rule, Push to Further Strengthen Protections. U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) sent a letter, signed by 18 other senators, commenting on the U.S. Department of Education’s proposed Title IX rule. “In the letter, the Senators commend the Department’s efforts to ensure survivors can seek justice, extend discrimination protections to trans students, and strengthen protections for pregnant and parenting students—and they urge the Department to further strengthen protections for survivors of sexual assault and trans students, and to better protect students’ privacy when it comes to their pregnancy status,” according to a news release from the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), which Murray chairs. Additional information and the full letter can be found here.

We publish the DC Shuttle each week Congress is in session featuring higher ed news from Washington collected by the New England Council, of which NEBHE is a member. This edition is drawn from the Higher Education Update in the Council’s Weekly Washington Report of Sept. 19, 2022. For more information, please visit:


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