During National HBCU Week the Bipartisan HBCU Caucus Announces the Addition of Eight Senate Members
During National Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Week the Congressional Bipartisan HBCU Caucus announces the addition of eight Senate members, bringing the total membership of the bipartisan and bicameral Caucus to 62 members. The newly added members include: Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senators Tim Scott (R-SC), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Richard Burr (R-NC), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), David Perdue (R-GA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Tim Kaine (D-VA).
“Our membership and advocacy have grown exponentially,” said Caucus co-chair Rep. Alma Adams.
“I’m proud to be working with Senator Booker to introduce a Senate companion bill to the House bipartisan HBCU Capital Financing Improvement Act. Capital financing is a priority for HBCUs and we now have members in both the House and the Senate who are committed to passing this and other important legislation. As we celebrate National HBCU Week, I welcome our eight Senate Caucus members and look forward to our continued partnership.” she added in a statement.
“Institutions of higher education have always provided ladders to economic opportunity and success. Historically Black Colleges and Universities in particular provide critical access to an education and, ultimately, careers that some students of color may not have been able to pursue otherwise. We realize that HBCUs often face a unique set of challenges, which is why we have been working to help create meaningful policies that address these issues so HBCUs can focus on what they do best – increasing access and career opportunities for their students,” said Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY).
“I am excited to be a part of the Bipartisan HBCU Caucus that is working both to highlight the importance of our country’s HBCUs and with the institutions’ leadership to ensure they remain a top choice for our aspiring students,” said Senator Tim Scott in a statement.
HBCUs serve nearly 300,000 students each year. The Congressional Bipartisan HBCU Caucus was founded in 2015.