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Pelosi Statement on Senate GOP Blocking Critical Funding for Minority Serving Institutions

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after Senate Republicans blocked inclusion of the House-passed H.R. 2486, the FUTURE Act, in the Continuing Resolution, which would restore an urgently-needed $255 million in expired mandatory funding for Minority-Serving Institutions, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI), Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBI):

“Minority-Serving Institutions have always served as engines of opportunity and prosperity in America.  Sadly, Senator McConnell and Chairman Alexander have denied these historic institutions the funding that they have been promised and that they desperately need.  Senate Republicans’ insistence on playing politics on the backs of six million students and hundreds of schools is a sad statement of their values.

“House Democrats have worked since Day One to make smart investments in these pillars of success, including by advancing Chairman Scott’s College Affordability Act, which increases MSI funding to $300 million.  HBCUs could lose up to $85 million, and will continue to be forced to slash critical services such as mentoring and career counseling, lay off staff and cut back critical STEM initiatives unless they receive the assistance they were pledged.  Instead of addressing soaring college costs or the devastating student loan crisis, yet again, the GOP is cutting investments in higher education and threatening the futures of these schools and the young people they serve. 

“It is profoundly disappointing and deeply shameful that the Senate GOP has yet again turned their back on America’s young people and these historic institutions.”

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