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House Passes Congressman Carson’s Amendment to Increase HBCU Funding

Jun 19, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Last night the House of Representatives passed an amendment introduced by Rep. André Carson that will increase funding to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) from the Department of Defense (DoD) by four million dollars above current levels.

This boost in funding will help strengthen DoD’s investments in the physical sciences, mathematics, and engineering programs at HBCUs, which will help to advance cutting-edge defense and national security research conducted at these institutions.

“I’m incredibly pleased that the House has passed my amendment, which will empower HBCU’s and their students to increase their efforts to keep our nation safer,” said Rep. Carson. “For nearly two centuries, these institutions of higher learning have served as training grounds for generations of African American students and scholars, and more recently, these important institutions have strengthened America’s scientific workforce.

“I want to thank Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Visclosky for his support of this program and of this amendment, and my House colleagues for passing it so overwhelmingly. It’s an honor to spearhead this effort, which will help advance HBCUs’ long legacy of groundbreaking research that benefits all Americans.”

HBCUs support some of the most cutting-edge defense and national security-related research in the country. For example, these programs are supporting research in mobile computers that can be deployed to aid American servicemen and servicewomen on the battlefield. And they are also helping to improve the way America’s intelligence community classifies and manages large infrared photographs taken on important reconnaissance missions.

Rep. Carson’s amendment will help strengthen these types of efforts that buttress America’s national security, and will help to bring more people of color into the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields, providing much-needed diversity in this critical arena.