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Senator Doug Jones’ FUTURE Act Signed into Law by President Trump

WASHINGTON – U.S.
Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.) today released the following statement on the
President’s signing of his bipartisan FUTURE Act legislation to permanently
renew funding for Historically Black College and Universities (HBCUs) and
minority-serving institutions (MSIs). The bill also includes a first step
toward simplifying the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
process. The
legislation
passed
in Congress last week with overwhelming bipartisan support.

“Today
marks the end of a 15-month effort to provide permanent, reliable funding for
our HBCUs and minority-serving institutions of higher education around the
country. These schools are part of the very foundation of our higher education
system and serve six million talented students across the country. Permanent
funding will allow them to fulfill their mission of serving their students and
educating our next generation of leaders. This is just one example of how
members of Congress can still work in a bipartisan way to get things done and
do the right thing for the people we serve,”
said Senator Doug Jones, a member
of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee
.
 

READ:
Alabama HBCU leaders respond to FUTURE Act passage

Background:

Earlier
this month, Senator Jones joined a bipartisan group of his colleagues to
announce a 
compromise
deal
 to permanently fund HBCUs and MSIs as well as take a step toward
simplifying the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). That
legislation was amended to strengthen privacy protections and approved in the
House of Representatives by a vote of 
319-96. The amended bill
was approved unanimously in the Senate.

Before
funding expired on September 30, Senator Jones took to the Senate floor
to 
urge
his colleagues
 to support a vote on his legislation. The Senate failed
to take action before the deadline, but Senator Jones continued to fight to
renew the funding and raise awareness about the urgent need to pass this
legislation.

Senator
Jones
first
proposed
to permanently increase and renew funding for HBCUs and MSIs last
year through his legislation, the
Strengthening Minority-Serving
Institutions Act
. It earned the support of one-fourth of the Senate.

 

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