Senate Stalemates FUTURE Bill, Despite Enormous Public Support | UNCF

Senate Stalemates FUTURE Bill, Despite Enormous Public Support

UNCF outraged and vows to continue campaign for HBCU funding

UNCF once again expresses its highest level of disappointment in Senate objections to the bipartisan, bicameral Fostering Undergraduate Talent by Unlocking Resources for Education (FUTURE) Act, which extends for two years funding to support Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) like Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs), Asian/Pacific Islander institutions and others. Collectively, the bill provides $255 in mandatory funding for the institutions—with $85 million going specifically to HBCUs—to enhance outcomes for in-demand careers. That funding expires on Sept. 30, 2019. Today, Sen. Lamar Alexander (TN), chairman of the Senate education committee, once again objected to the passage of the FUTURE Act, seeing it as a vehicle for additional proposals.

“Getting this funding for HBCUs, and the students that they serve, who want to go into demanding STEM careers is so important that I thought no one would stand in the way,” said Michael L. Lomax, president and CEO of UNCF. “After House passage on September 17 by voice, I thought Senate passage would be easy since the FUTURE Act utilizes a funding offset proposed in President Trump’s FY 2020 budget. On behalf of our UNCF membership, and indeed all HBCUs, I encourage the Senate to not let this mandatory funding lapse as you go on a two-week recess. If the Senate will pass this important, bipartisan, and urgent FUTURE Act, I pledge to work with Chairman Alexander, Ranking Member Murray, and anybody else willing in Congress to achieve a Higher Education Act reauthorization with broad chamber and beyond the beltway support.”

Read the full statement here


There is substantial public support for the FUTURE Act, and we just hope that Senators respond to that.

Lodriguez Murray UNCF’s senior vice president for public policy and government affairs

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