UNCF Urges Swift Senate Passage of FUTURE Act; Disappointed in Objection

Nearly 53,000 emails call for immediate approval of $85 million annually to help HBCUs with STEM outcomes


UNCF opposes Senate objections to the bipartisan, bicameral H.R. 2486, the Fostering Undergraduate Talent by Unlocking Resources for Education (FUTURE) Act, which extends funding to support Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) such as Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs), and Asian / Pacific Islander Institutions. Collectively, the bill provides $255 million in mandatory funding for the institutions, with $85 million going specifically to HBCUs, to enhance outcomes for in-demand careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions.

On Sept. 19, Sen. Lamar Alexander (TN), Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor, Pensions (HELP) Committee, objected to the passage of the FUTURE Act, hoping to use the bill as a vehicle for additional proposals.

“I am disappointed. HBCUs have shown to be bipartisan in all congressional action in recent memory,” said Michael L. Lomax, president and CEO of UNCF. >>Read More


How Can You Help?

Whether you’ve sent a letter already or not, please visit UNCF.org/protectingourfuture, and let the Senate know to we need them to pass H.R. 2486. It’s very simple:

  1. Go to UNCF.org/protectingourfuture
  2. Click on “Write your Senator”
  3. Fill out the blank fields and click “Next”
  4. Click “Submit.” The pre-written letter will be sent to both of your U.S. Senators. You will get an email from UNCF confirming your letters were delivered.

UNCF urges you to act today! Please let your family, friends and community know how important this issue is by posting and sharing our messages on social media:

The Senate can prevent a doomsday scenario for HBCUs, TCUs, and MSIs and the over 4 million students they serve by simply passing this bill prior to the deadline in only 11 days.

Lodriguez Murray UNCF Senior VP for Public Policy and Government Affairs