UNCF Notes House and Senate Resolutions Condemning HBCU Bomb Threats
Monique LeNoir UNCF Communications 202.810.0231 firstname.lastname@example.org
Passage of both resolutions comes as HBCU president testifies before U.S. Senate about bomb threats
This evening, the House of Representatives passed H. Con. Res. 70, a simple resolution expressing that the House condemns the bomb threats that have been levied against historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). The House passed the resolution by a vote of 418 to 0 (with 15 members not voting—2 Democrats and 13 Republicans).
On Thursday, March 3, 2022, the Senate unanimously passed S. Res. 534, which also condemns the bomb threats which have been called, emailed, or otherwise delivered against HBCUs. The simple resolution passed on “hotline;” a process of passing bills or resolutions faster because of no opposition in the upper chamber.
“Passing these two resolutions, S. Res. 534 and H. Con. Res. 70, was essential as far as UNCF is concerned,” said Dr. Michael L. Lomax, president and CEO, UNCF. “The disruption, anguish and acts of terror that more than one-third of all HBCUs have experienced in January and February of this year are unacceptable. While we are glad for Rep. Adams, Rep. Hill, Sen. Coons, Sen. Scott, and others were able to pass these resolutions in an overwhelmingly bipartisan manner, we are still waiting for the perpetrators of these hate crimes to be brought to justice.”
“The House and Senate passage of the two resolutions in an unanimous way shows that both Democrats and Republicans agree on one thing: the threats against HBCUs are shameful and disgraceful,” said Lodriguez V. Murray, senior vice president for public policy and government affairs, UNCF. “The HBCU bomb threats are domestic terrorism, and the nation’s law enforcement—including the FBI—need to work to prosecute the offenders to the fullest extent of the law. That is the only way to show that threats to HBCUs and their students, in any way, will not be tolerated.”
Today, Dr. Walter Kimbrough, president of Dillard University in New Orleans, La., also testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the HBCU bomb threats.
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