The FUTURE Act, a bill that proposes funding $255 million toward historically Black colleges and universities and minority-serving institutions across the United States, has been blocked by the U.S. Senate.
The bill, which passed in the House in September, was sponsored by Rep. Alma Adams, D-N.C., and co-sponsored by Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C. It continues Title III funding for HBCUs and MSIs that expired in September.
The House of Representatives passed a continuing resolution to fund government operations until Dec. 20, 2019. However, Adams said in a press release that the FUTURE Act was not included due to objections from Senate Republicans, namely Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-T.N., the chairperson of the Senate Republican Conference.
“Chairman Alexander holds the fates of six million students in his hands, and his consistent opposition to the FUTURE Act is denying them access to careers in emerging STEM fields,” Adams said in the press release.
Walker expressed his support for the FUTURE Act in a statement sent over email. “Few institutions assist us more in opening doors for opportunity and prosperity than the HBCUs, like North Carolina A&T State University, that educate and equip hundreds of thousands of students across the country,” he said in the statement. “The House acted swiftly to pass our FUTURE Act and the Senate should follow suit to support and invest in our next generation of job-creators, innovators and leaders.”