Sending Office: Honorable Alma S. Adams
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Support HBCUs in the FY20 Federal Funding Process

Cosponsors: Cooper, Beatty, Lawson, Meeks, Khanna, Butterfield, Sanford Bishop, Jackson Lee, Shalala, Danny K. Davis, Waters, Plaskett, Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr.

Deadline: Wednesday, December 4th COB

Dear Colleague,

Please join us in sending a letter to House and Senate appropriators requesting robust funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the upcoming funding agreement for Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20).

In June, the House of Representatives approved $375 million in discretionary funding for the Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program, a $96 million dollar increase from Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) and the first time Congress has met
the program’s authorization level in its history. Additionally, the House also appropriated $40 million for the HBCU Capital Financing Program, which is the key federal initiative used to finance HBCU infrastructure improvements. These programs are vital to
HBCU sustainability and reflect Congress’s commitment to supporting low-income, first generation students of color. 

The House of Representatives advocated for strong and sustained investments in HBCUs in the FY20 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill. We hope you can join us in requesting that this advocacy is reflected in a final agreement. If you have any questions,
or would like to co-sign, please contact John Christie at
or at 5-1510, or Will Feeney at
or at 5-3801.

Thank you for your consideration of this request.



Alma S. Adams, Ph.D.                       John Lewis

Member of Congress                          Member of Congress