September 26, 2019

Harris Statement on Senate GOP Blocking Funding for HBCUs, Minority-Serving Institutions

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Thursday released the following statement after Senate Republicans blocked passage of the Fostering Undergraduate Talent by Unlocking Resources for Education (FUTURE) Act, bi-partisan and bi-cameral legislation that would reauthorize funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other Minority-Serving Institutions for the next two years. Current funding is set to expire on September 30, 2019.

“Let me be clear: our work is not done to preserve critical funding for HBCUs and other Minority-Serving Institutions. As a proud HBCU graduate and co-sponsor of the House-passed FUTURE Act, I strongly support funding and resources for Minority-Serving Institutions. I am disappointed that, for the second time, my Senate colleagues opposed our efforts to pass the FUTURE Act before the funding expires on Monday. I urge my colleagues to act without delay to ensure these institutions are fully supported as they continue to serve the next generation of leaders.”