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Support funding for Gallaudet University in Fiscal Year (FY) 2020

This is a programmatic request

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Dear Colleague: 

Please join me in supporting Gallaudet University by requesting $138,361,000 from the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies to support the institution’s important mission.  Gallaudet is the world’s
premier institution of higher education serving the Deaf and hard of hearing community.  It receives a significant portion of its operating budget through federal appropriations and has been in constant operation for more than 150 years.

Gallaudet University’s student body is comprised of deaf, hard of hearing, and deafblind individuals from all 50 states and countries throughout the world.  It’s important that Congress continue to demonstrate support for this very unique institution.

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Thank you very much,


G. K. BUTTERFIELD                                                           

Member of Congress                                                              


Letter text:


Dear Chairwoman DeLauro and Ranking Member Cole:

We respectfully request that the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies continue to support Gallaudet University – the world’s premier higher education institution serving individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing
since 1864 – by providing a minimum of $138,361,000 in order to help fulfill their unique mission.  We believe this amount is the minimum level of funding needed to support critical University operations.

Gallaudet University and the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center (the birth- 12th grade division), with strong bipartisan support from Congress, are the leading institutions for research, innovation, education, and outreach for the deaf,
hard of hearing, and deafblind community.  It is an exciting time at Gallaudet and the Clerc Center, as they strategically transform to meet the needs of the 21st century economy, and develop additional educational methods and career pathways for
the students they serve.  While a survey of students who graduated in 2015 resulted in 97 percent of the students reporting that they were either employed or seeking an advanced degree, Gallaudet always seeks to build new opportunities for the deaf, hard of
hearing, and deafblind students of the United States, and Congressional investment is critical for this growth.

However, like many institutions of higher education across the United States, Gallaudet is not immune to the increasing cost of a college education and the impact it has on the school’s current and potential students.  More unique to Gallaudet University
is the additional infrastructure required to educate the deaf, hard of hearing, and deafblind community and the increased costs associated with supporting both the human and technological capital necessary for academic success.  Additionally, Gallaudet students
often come from families of limited financial means, with nearly 60 percent of undergraduate students in the 2017-2018 academic aid year receiving Pell Grants.  Due to the high need student population, large tuition increases are simply not a viable way for
Gallaudet to secure the funds necessary to support the success of their students.

Congress made a commitment to Gallaudet University when it chartered the school over a century and a half ago.  We must continue to show our unwavering support of the University and its mission.  In order for Gallaudet University to remain as the world’s
preeminent institution of higher education for deaf, hard of hearing, and deafblind individuals, we request your Subcommittee, at a minimum, provide $138,361,000 for Fiscal Year 2020.

Thank you very much.


Very Truly Yours,


G. K. BUTTERFIELD                                                           

Member of Congress                                                             

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