CAPAC Chair Condemns Senate GOP for Blocking Funding for Minority Serving Institutions

Sep 19, 2019 Issues: Education

Washington, DC — Today, Senate Republicans blocked a unanimous consent vote on S. 1279, the Fostering Undergraduate Talent by Unlocking Resources for Education (FUTURE) Act, a bill to extend funding for Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and the six million students of color they serve. Funding is currently set to expire on September 30, 2019 unless Congress acts. The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed their version of the FUTURE Act in a voiced vote on Tuesday. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27), Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, issued the following statement:

“In just over one week, critical funding for Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) will expire unless the Senate takes action, jeopardizing the future of six million undergraduate students at Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs), Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HCBUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), and more. This would affect nearly one quarter of all undergraduate students nationwide. AANAPISIs alone stand to lose $5 million per year if this funding is allowed to expire. Fortunately, the House overwhelmingly passed a two-year extension to ensure these funds remain available for the institutions that need them to meet the needs of underserved populations. But that funding is being held up by Senate Republicans, even as the deadline for action is just days away. The claim from Senate Republicans that they would prefer permanent funding is an obvious attempt to distract from their own obstruction since the Republican controlled Senate has never advanced such a bill. Education is the key to a better future, and if we are going to ensure greater equality in this country, that has to start with ensuring equal opportunity for students. This obstruction is an obvious attempt to hold back the aspirations of communities of color. I urge Senate Republicans to lift their hold on this bipartisan bill and allow it to receive the vote it deserves.”

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The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) is comprised of Members of Congress of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and Members who have a strong dedication to promoting the well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Currently chaired by Congresswoman Judy Chu, CAPAC has been addressing the needs of the AAPI community in all areas of American life since it was founded in 1994.