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he has tried to design everything he can to get an outcome he kesires. they lack oblem is evidence and this is one more example of it. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2019] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit] >> those comments from house republican leaders on today's intelligence committee vote which sends the committee findings of president trump to the house judiciary committee. in a few minute the house gavels in for votes and speeches. live coverage here on c-span. le the committee on rules for
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filing under the rule. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title. the clerk: report to accompany house resolution 739. resolution providing for consideration of the bill, h.r. 2534, to amenlt securities and exchange act -- amend the securities and exchange act of 1934 to prohibit certain securities trading and related communications by those who possess material nonpublic information and relating to consideration of the concurrent resolution, house concurrent resolution 77, directing the president, pursuant to section 5-c of the war powers resolution, to remove united states armed forces from hostilities in the syrian arab republic that have not been authorized by congress. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the house calendar and ordered printed. proceedings will resume on questions previously postponed. votes will be taken in the following order. motions to suspend the rules and agree to house resolution
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546, and pass s. 178. the first electronic vote will be conducted as a 15-minute vote. pursuant to clause 9 of rule 20, remaining electronic votes will be conducted as five-minute votes. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the unfinished business is the vote on the motion of the gentleman from new jersey, mr. sires, to suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 546. on which the yeas and nays are ordered. the clerk will report the title. the clerk: house resolution 556. resolution disapproving the russian federation's inclusion in future group of seven summits until it respects the territorial integrity of its neighbors and adheres to the standards of democratic societies. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and agree to the resolution. members will record their votes by electronic device.
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this is a 15-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote, the yeas are 339 and the nays are 271, the rules are suspended and the resolution is agreed to and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the tail. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20 the unfinished is vote on the motion of the the gentleman from from the gentleman from to pass s. 178 on which the the yeas and nays are ordered. the clerk: an act to condemn
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gross violations against muslims and calling for an end to the arbitrary torture for these communities inside and outside china. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill as amended. members will record their votes y electronic device. this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the speaker pro tempore: the yeas are 406, the nays are 1. 2/3 being in the affirmative, he rules are suspended --
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote, the yeas are 407, the nays are 1. 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended and the bill is passed. and without objection, the otion to reconsider --
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent that the committee on the judiciary be discharged from further consideration of h.r. 5277, a bill to amend section 442 of itle 18 to provide certain conflict of limitations for the government printing office and ask for its immediate consideration in the house. the clerk: h.r. 5277 a bill to
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amend section 442 of title 18 united states code to exempt certain and employee benefit plans and retirement plans from limitations for the government publishing office. the speaker pro tempore: is there objection to the consideration of the bill? without objection, the bill is engrossed, read a third time and passed and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. he house will come to order. the chair will entertain requests for one-minute peeches.
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he house will come to order. the chair will now entertain requests for one-minute speeches. for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. >> madam speaker, i rise today to honor a small group of artists with big dreams. the vanguard theater company. mr. payne: the company began in maplewood, new jersey, four years ago with one goal. it wanted to increase diversity in theater acting, directing, and training. he company is based on a dream
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of diversity, reciprocity, education, awareness, and mentorship. with a strong emphasis on mentorship. vanguard has run several programs and camps to connect young artists with skilled performers. recently it received a grant from the new jersey state council on the art. the grant will fund acting lessons for 40 students. then these new actors will put on shows for hospital patient, senior citizen, and children across the area. i'm proud of the vanguard for encouraging youth of color to pursue their dreams in theater. i wish them all the best. with that, madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute
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and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, i rise today in support of h.r. 5262, the medicare orr notics patient center care act, a bill i'm appy to co-sponsor with my colleague, mike thompson of kale. mr. thompson: after injury the last thing people should be worried about is fraud. i've seen these firsthand after serving as a therapist and licensed nursing home administrator m i'm proud to co-sponsor this bill to mitigate burdens and ensure these individuals have access to quality, affordable orr notics and prosthetics. they aim to ensure truly off the shelf orr at thics are eligible for competitive bidding, prohibit the practice of drop shipping orthosis for to the
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medicare beneficiary. and have better suppliers an standardize the definition of orthotics and prosthetics. i urge my colleagues to support orthoic to support care for medicare patients and protect them from fraud. i yield back the balance of my time the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from illinois seek recognition? without objection the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. i rise today in support of h.r. 3, the lower drug costs now act. too many hardworking families and seniors in illinois can't afford the rising cost of prescription drug. we must rein in theseout outrageous prices. that's why i'm proud to co-sponsor this bill. when i walk the supermarket aisles and talk with folks back home who also write me notes and thend them to my office, the
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stories abhigh cost of drugs are absolutely shocking. let me share a couple of them with you. in stronghurst, one woman's medcage spiked from $23 to $9 , more than a 300% increase. for no apparent reason. in andalusia, another person's insulin jumped from $365 to $53 . every single month. more than $2,100 increase over the time of the year. in several count -- and several counties away, a senior saw his insulin skyrocket from $333, to $830 per month, a 150% increase. again no explanation. we must do more to make prescription drug prices more affordable and lift the unfair burden on families. this bill would do just that i ask for my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support this bill. thank you very much and i yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. i rise to recognize our blunt county sheriff, james barong who is celebrating his 30th year in office. since 1989, the sheriff and his deputies have maintained safe neighborhoods. the sheriff's successfully advocated better pay for deputies and prioritized and retaining an excellent deputy force. blunt county continues to be a safe place to live and raise a famalism the sheriff and his deputies remain focused on guaranteeing safety of religious institutions and school, increasing the sheriff's office presence when necessary. additionally, it ensures that sex offenders and human raskers -- trafficers are held accountable. led as the as
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attorney's office has gained a reputation as being one of the tough toast deal with actual related crimes. i know i speak for many in east tennessee when i thank him for his continued service tour community. thank you, madam speaker, i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. i rise to join my colleagues in the congressional black caucus to celebrate and recognize the importance of educational opportunities at the historically black college institutions creating opportunities for thousands of young men and women, many of them first-time college attendees. i'm delighted to have texas southern university in my congressional district and as well to have prairie view a&m in the nearby area. i was instrumental in getting
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hurricane harvey relief dollars and financeable aid relief for students at the campus of texas southern university in the amount of $13 million. and to be able to help digitize the projects for former u.s. members of congress barbara jordan and mickey leland. i remember working with prairie view a&m when they helped establish a grand criminal justice center that's educating many young people. but i'm here to support the future act, fostering undergraduate talent using resources for education, supported by the house, passed out of the house september 17, 2019. unfortunately it was held up in the senate. the house bill is much better. we support the house bill and ask the senator from tennessee to do what he should do, which i believe he's done, make sure that bill goes out and goes out as the house bill. that is a bill to focus on stem and create opportunities for our young people. i support opportunities for those young people. i yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> i rise today to congratulate robert c. zimmerman jr. for being named the 2019 person of the year by the rotary club of summerville, pennsylvania. this is well-deserved for omeone who exemplified the atranscribes of public service hsm served in the united states marine corps and later the u.s. army reserves. his service includes active work in communitying orny sigses like the united way, the came chamber of commerce and others nemple last 43 years he's been working in his family business, zimmerman chrysler-dodge-jeep-ram where he continues the zimmermans' long tradition of treating customers
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like family. on behalf of the people of pennsylvania's 12th congressional district i congratulate robert c. zimmerman jr. on being named person of the year by the rotary club. thank you, madam speaker, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from ohio seek recognition? without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. kaptur: madam speaker, bipartisan support for the u.s.-ukraine long-standing strategic partnership remains resolute. ukraine is the nation on the scrimmage line for liberty in europe. as i speak, ukraine's armed services are are protecting europe's eastern flank from russian aggression. its people have made their commitment to democracy clear. in its most recent election and over 14,000 ukrainians have now died fighting russia's illegal invasion. tomorrow, the congressional ukraine caucus will join the atlantic council in hosting a
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half day bipartisan, bicameral conference entitled u.s. strategic interests in ukraine. it will be held tomorrow at 11:30 in the visitors center meeting room north. i encourage my colleagues to come and spend a few minutes with us. i'm also pleased to host a round table with an extraordinarily brave, award-winning ukrainian journalist tomorrow at 10:00 in the morning in reburn 2362-b. following the brutal murder of her husband, she tirelessly pursued justice on his behalf in the european council of human rights an serves as the voice of america's chief for ukrainian service. madam speaker, i kindly invite all my colleagues to ape atend these important sessions. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my
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remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> today i rise to recognize of ld brets, the director the plano independent school district, for his 39 years of service to plano students and athletes he served as head koch of the plano senior high school football team from 199 to 2007. during his tenure they can plano senior wildcats secured a state championship title and made five trips to the state quarter finals. one of the most winning coaches in plano sr. high's history, he's earned the respect and admiration of those around him. under his steadfast leadership as athletic direct york plano i.s.d. earned state championships in seven different sports, including golf, tennis, baseball, boys basketball, boys soccer, girls soccer and girls basketball. our community is proud of director best interests'
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leadership in plano i.s.d. and we're grateful for the countless lives he's inspired throughout the years. i ask my colleagues in the house of representatives to join me in thanking director gerald best interests for his dedication to plano i.s.d. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you. earlier tonight the democrat leadership of this house put on the floor a resolution h.res. 546, to state that russia should not be allowed to officially join the g-7. that resolution called out the president's desire to re-ep gauge with russia and the g-7 in the attempt to put republican members in the house in a false debate between snorgete president and supporting ewe drawn's sovereignty. mr. lamalfa: there's no debate, at least not in the republican conference. as we all voted before, russia must restore ukraine's borders.
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the united states must continue to provide military aid to ukraine to withstand russian aggression. the united states must continue to assist our european allies in resisting russian influence. the united states must continue to sanction the irresponsible regime of vladimir putin. all these policies president trump has actually gone farther than president obama. sanctions have increased, military aid has been held to include military weapons. i strongly support the president's policies to support ukraine and counter the russian bear. madam speaker, nato, where the president is today working in london, and remarked that nato has become stronger, did not become a strong alliance by having the house of representatives constantly undercut the command for the chief. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute.
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>> thank you, madam speaker. i rise today to recognize holly vega, a resident of my district who was recently named the 2019 armed forces insurance military spouse of the year. i will spouses they are respoe for supporting our service members and for holly husband, she is a gift to their family and community. holly has been recognized for her generosity and heart and empowering other military spouses for opportunities. her own selfless services has expanded. military hearts matter. i'm grateful for the thousands sacrifices are overshadowed. thank you, holly. thank you for your passion and drive. you are a gift to many and i
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salute you. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair lays before the house the following personal requests. e clerk: leaves ofer absence requested for mr. griffith for today. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. under the speaker's announced policy of january 3, 2019, the gentlewoman from north carolina, the ams is recognized as designee of the majority leader. ms. adams: it's a pleasure to be here this evening to address a very important topic and i rise to advocate along with my colleagues who have come for the 0,000 students that attend our
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hbcu's. as congress looks for a funding agreement, we must keep in mind for first s 102 hsbu generation african-american students. hen i entered congress, one of my first task was to launch the caucus to bring greater attention that affect hsbu's and their students. hsbu's he importance of and not only in the african-american community but for our economy as a whole. for more than 150e years, they have paved the way where there and way for america despite the neglect, they have continued to pull above their weight. we know the facts and figures
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but never hurts to repeat them. of all s, 40% african-american engineers, 50 african-american lawyers and blic school teachers, 80% of african-american judges and only educating 10% of our students. in my home state, we have the 10 3 . 's and educating and johnson and my congressional district, livingstone college, alma matter and largest public hsbcu that
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produces engineers and the public in the nation along with north carolina central university and shaw. winston, but not least, sail yes, ma'am. they make an economic impact supporting over 15,000 jobs and guaranteeing for their graduates, $24.7 billion in lifetime earnings and they are worthy for our legislatures back home. over the last 50 years, congress has taken strides to correct for the historic lack of engagement and investment in these schools that contribute so much. wheng enacted in 196 , the higher education act recognized e first recognition of the
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recognition. and first thorsed title 3 which is the key program that supports academic quality and institutional management and financial stability. through multiple re-authorizations, congress has supplemented this law by providing low-interest loans to make improvements to make infrastructure improvements. and to help them prepare students for stem careers that is sorely needed that screams for diversity and inclusion. e will hear from this body's tireless advocates, many of overwhelm are part of the caucus which includes 100 members of the house and senate and they hsbcu's and we
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know because first happened what these schools need looking at education and the ticket to the middle class. i stand tonight as a living testament to the importance of hmp sb crmp u's. my mother was not an educated woman and was unable to a high school education or any c.u. but she understood how education would be important. she cleaned other folks' houses for many years. like those visionaries who founded these schools after the slavery, my mother found a better future for me. when i couldn't recognize the
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potential, it wasn't hsbcu that saw something in me and made a investment towards my success. it gave a poor black girl an opportunity because that school believed in opportunity and the importance of education that when you said all of the civil rights which the world has struggled and fought for, the right to learn is undoubtedly the most fundamental. the hsb crmp u found me where i needed to be. they shaped and molded to me what they knew i could become. all of our schools just as millions of americans and the first university of pennsylvania in 1836. i also, madam speaker, would like unanimous consent that all
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members may have five legislative days to resize and includeheir remarks and extraneous remarks and with that i would like to yield to the gentleman from georgia, congressman scott. mr. scott: thank you very much, congress lady adams. and let me just commend you as r leader of the hsbcu caucus up here. you do a marvelous job and pleasure to work with you and the people of south carolina and this is a particular honor for a ecause i stand here as our r example of why
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historicically black colleges and universities are so important. when i graduated from high school, my mother and father had no money. in t a job washing dishes daytona beach hotel and the $ople in daytona beach raised 50 and they said here, go to the college of your choice. and thank god there was a florida a&m university. speaker?now, madam uess what it cost? $350 and god is wonderful and god has blessed this nation and and a a tuesday ca gee
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tennessee state. and i wouldn't be in congress today if it weren't for florida a&m university because that's why i wanted to tell how i got here. and i wouldn't meet my loving partner and wife alfreda if it weren't for florida a and msm university. our universities have provided the foundation for the black family structure. that's where you neat your wife. i tell you what. we took a survey one time and those individuals that met their ives at college lasts a long
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time. and that's what is so important. in addition to the glate education -- great education that we have. just want to say while i'm achievement ofat the members of the black caucus ve achieved, 80 million in cholarships for the 19 african-american land-grand colleges and universities, a bipartisan historic effort. and you know what, madam speaker? it's in the farm bill now. five years from now, it will come back and we have laid the foundation to make it a
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permanent precipitation. that's our goal. and you will see this floor crowded with african-americans who have helped make this dream a reality. and so, i'm very grateful for all that our colleges have done. godi just want to say thank for our historically bladge colleges and universities. and thank you. ms. adams: thank you very much to the gentleman from georgia. hsbcu's take you and mold and shape you. i have the privilege to serve on the faculty and on the administration in greensboroo, north carolina for 40 years. the thousands of students that i had the opportunity to impabblet
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have made an impact on me. i want to yield 10 minutes to our very capable whip, representative clyburn, from south care. mr. clyburn: thank you, madam speaker. i thank the chair of our caucus for granteding me a few moments here this evening. madam speaker, we usually approach almost everything in this body by looking at the economic impact that it may have on the budget, on our economy nd sometimes on just a small community. let's take a look at the economic impact that hsbcu's
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ave on our nation's community. $15 billion annually, goes into the national economy as a result the more than 100 hsbcu's that exist. these colleges provide pathways of opportunities for many americans many of whom who are first jon ration college students. investing in hsbcu's is something that could be very, very important for our nation. and that's why i'm a little bit concerned tonight that the futures act, the piece of legislation that passed this house unanimously and is now sitting in the senate, have made and attempt when we passed this
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current continuing resolution to attach that act to the continuing resolution. but for some reason, the senate, in its wisdom, has decided not to attach that will bill to the continuing resolution. now this continuing resolution will expire on december 20. i have no idea what we will do after that. will there be another continuing resolution or an omnibus? whatever the whatever the vehicle may be, i call on the senate tonight to attach the futures act to whatever the next vehicle may be because hbcu's funding of $255 iii, those title funds are wrapped into that act.
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and it is not -- if it's not enacted, we will see many of these colleges and universities lose their funding. now, irrespective of the economic impact -- of what the economic impact might be i want spend a few minutes talking bout the personal, the human impact of hbcu's. our ill lust res you chair of the task force has mentioned north carolina a&t from which she graduated two times, as a student and a professor. but i often tell the story of someone most people in this country either knew or knew bout, ronald mcnair.
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ron mcnair was from a little town of lake city, south carolina, in my congressional district. i just happen to have a congressional district that contains seven hbcu's. ron and i were pretty good friends. and as he was about to go up into his final and fatal flight, he stopped by my office. we talked that day because he was talking with the people at the university of south carolina , who was hopeful that when this flight was over he'd be joining that faculty. ell, we all know that it was a fatal flight. but ron said something to me on that day that i talk about very often. he said to me, you know, he said, every time i go someplace
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to speak or in attendance, people always talk about my ph.d. in physics from m.i.t. but that's not what made the importance in my life. e said to me that when he left lake city, south carolina, carver high school, he went to north carolina a&t. and was on that campus with those professors who had similar backgrounds and experiences that he had who understood what it was to come from a little rural community and took the time to nurture him and to prepare him for his journey through life. i told this story to the current president of south carolina state university from which i am a graduate. and he said to me, he neuron
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mcnair up -- he knew ron mcnair up at m.i.t. where he graduated from. he said to me of all the students on that campus, ron mcnair was better prepared for the journey at m.i.t. than anybody else. that is because these hbcu's take the time not to just explore what may be in the textbooks, but they look at what may be in the life experiences of these students who come there. when i think about those students growing up on the sea islands of florida, georgia, south carolina, north carolina, gitchee e call gulla country who come to colleges and universities not knowing a whole common, what we call
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language ulla gitchee and they are very smart students who know what to do with calculus and math and sometimes may have problems making a subject and verb agree because of their experiences. and they go to these colleges and universities where the teachers, the professors and other students have similar backgrounds, i know so well because like david scott just mentioned, i met my spouse of 58 years on that campus, she was a gulla woman. but she went on to get a master's degree in library science and when she passed away a couple of months ago, no one in the state of south carolina ever got the sendoff that she got. why? because of the contributions she ade.
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and come january, or february, i believe, 23, whatever the date the , they're naming college at south carolina state university in her honor. why? because she demonstrated in her life pursuits that she was worthy of such recognition. and she through our family foundation left an endowment at er alma mater of $1.7 million. that for a little gulla woman who went to an hbcu, who took her from where she was and made her what she could be. that story is repeated time and time again all over this country. so i want to say to my friends in the other body, the futures
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act is all about the future of people whose experiences may be different from yours, but whose intelligence may even surpass yours. let's do what we can to make sure that this country continues to benefit from their life experiences that they are willing to give back, if only given the opportunity. with that, madam speaker, i yield back. ms. adams: thank you very much. i want to thank you for that not speechspiring but moving and just to say that i've had the privilege, i had the privilege of meeting your wife and certainly all of those tributes are really due to her. we're really proud of not only the work she did, but the life that she led. i'll just say to my colleagues
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who talked about getting married, i got married at north carolina a&ting, my first spouse or so years, at least not that one. you do have an opportunity to interact but meet folk farce lifetime. that's really, really important. i want to mention as well that of all of the universities, hbcu's, about 3% and yet we educate 10% of all students of african american descent. that means that we do a lot with a little. don't get the kind of funding, the equitable funding we needed but clearly we've continued to press on and wonderful examples here tonight. with that, madam chair, i want chairman bobby scott
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is he here? oh. right here on my left. who is chair of education and labor, a gentleman who has worked hard to make education valuable and important for all. so chairman scott, we want to minutes?how many three minutes to the gentleman from virginia. mr. scott: thank you. i thank the gentlelady for yielding. i want to thank the congressional black caucus and representative adams in particular for dedicating this time to discuss an issue affecting so many communities across the country. particularly representative adams for her leadership in the congressional support for historically black colleges and universities. since their inception, hbcu's and other minority-serving institutions have played a vital role in expanding access to higher education for low-income students and students of color. many present leaders, physicians and dentists, lawyers and judges, and other professionals
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and many elected officials would not be where they are today but for the opportunity provide billion -- provided by hbcu's, especially the two in the third district of virginia, hampson university and norfolk state university. that's why earlier this year the house unanimously passed the futures act, a proposal to preserve funding for these institutions that expired on september 30. the future act is fully paid for. it would provide an immediate two-year extension of fund, averting financial crisis that could eventually result in lost jobs, program cuts that are reduced financial support for students. a month later, the committee on education and labor advanced the college affordable act, a comprehensive overhaul of the higher education act that would increase access and affordability to higher education and specifically would increase and permanently re-authorize mandatory funding for historically black colleges and other minority-serving
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institutions. hbcu's and minority-serving institutions collectively serve more than one quarter of all undergraduate students each year. that's more than six million students include manage from our nation's most underserved communities. it's important that we pass legislation extending the funding for these colleges and universities, that they can continue to fulfill their mission. with that, madam speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. ms. adams: i want to thank the gentleman from virginia for not only his comments but for his labor and his support for these very fine institutions. i do want to just acknowledge the chairwoman of the congressional black caucus, karen bass, who had to leave and left her comments and asked me to read them so i'm going to do that. and she begins by talking about
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the special order hour tonight and the support that we need to give to our historically black colleges and universities and minority-serving institutions. congress, she says, must provide mandatory funding for these institutions. fighting for historically black colleges and universities is one of the congressional black caucus' highest priorities because hbcu's are critical contributors to the strength of the black community and to our country. many members of our caucus, the c.b.c. caucus, have attended great hbcu's, such as american baptist church, fisk university, florida a&m, howard university, jackson state university, moorhouse college, north carolina a&t, north carolina central, prairie view a&m university, south carolina state, texas southern university, tupelo college, tuskegee university, virginia state university virginia union
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university, wiley college among others. in the 115th congress, the c.b.c. launched a tour of hbcu ice called c.b.c. on the yard. the goal of the tour was to listen to, involve, and mobilize students to effect change in their communities and to get their thoughts on the direction of the country and the issues that impact their lives. the c.b.c. hosted events at moorhouse college, xavier university, bowie state university and howard. according to thurgood marshall foundation, hbcu's account for % of the current bachelors degrees granted to african-americans, moreover, among african-americans, 13% of c.e.o.'s, 40% of engineer, 40% of health care professional, 50% f teachers, 50% of nonhbcu professor, 50% of lawyers and 80% of judges and 90% with bachelors degrees in stem
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subjects graduated from hbcu's. the economic impact of hbcu's, she says, is equally impressive. a report by uncf called hbcu's make america strong, a positive economic impact of historically black colleges and universities show that hbcu's generate $14.8 billion in economic impact annually. so hbcu's are vital to the students who attend them and to the entire country which makes use of the valuable skills that these graduates bring to the private and public sectors. our nation must continue to invest in hbcu's and minority-serving institutions and i submit this for the record on behalf of our chair of the congressional black caucus from california, congresswoman karen bass. with that, ma tam chair, i want to yield to representative danny
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davis from illinois. mr. davis: here i am in the back. but let me just first of all commend and congratulate you on the tremendous leadership that you have been providing to those of us who are concerned about historically black colleges and universities, as well as education in general. and i certainly thank you for being able to share this moment as we talk about the importance of these very viable, valuable institutions. i represent a congressional district that has some of the most outstanding educational institutions in the world. without a doubt. but we don't have an hbcu in my district. but i was fortunate, as were so many members of my family, on 16th birthday, to enroll in
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arkansas college with no money. as a matter of fact, on credit. i had $20. $20 when i got there. in my shirt pocket. but we had a president at the time, dr. lawrence arnett davis, that all of us just simply called protectiony. kind of saying that he was -- prexy. kind of saying that he was a father surrogate and a father figure for every one of us who hit that campus. my parents were sharecroppers. we lived in rural arkansas. very important state because it's the only state in the bible. noah looked over his ark and saw. the were able to have college, four of my sisters,
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myself, two of my brothers, three of my nephews, three of my he's ins -- nieces, an assortment of first cousins all went to uapb. and even today in the community where i live, large numbers of students want to go there and they do and they go because there's something unique about these institutions. they have the capacity to provide individual attention in many instances where larger universities may not have the same. they have the understanding to know that there are individuals who come from environments
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where they may need a little extra attention and a little extra help. and they provide it. and so these are inspirational settings where individuals go and learn their profession, develop their abilities and know that when they leave, they leave with the inspiration. and so again, commendations. again, i end by just thinking of some of the words of our anthem, and the person who wrote it said, state college, we greet thee with love and devotion. our hearts and our treasures we bring to thy shrine. with arms that are strong, we defend thee. thy name shall we cherish, dear
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mother of mine. and so we cherish our historically black colleges and universities, urge that they receive the funding that they eed, and, representative adams, god bless you for leading the charge. ms. adams: thank you very much for your eloquent presentation and, as i think about many of he songs that we sang at our schools, they have a certain relevance and strength and meaning for the students that we serve. to 'd like to yield representative barbara lee, who has been out on this battlefield for a very long time. and i'm just so happy to share this hour with her and all of my colleagues. i want to yield three minutes to the gentlelady from
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california. ms. lee: thank you very much. first of all, thank you for yielding. but also, thank you, congresswoman adams, for your tireless leadership on this issue and so many issues. and also for forming the bipartisan caucus, as it relates to our hbcu's. because this bipartisan caucus, once you got here, hit the ground running. -- you hit the ground running. and it's never been the same. i'm a proud member of the caucus and just want to thank you for your tremendous leadership. also, i must thank our chair of the congressional black caucus, congresswoman karen bass, for her leadership in helping to put together this special order tonight. it's really an honor to be here tonight, to support our nation's historically black colleges and universities. and, of course, i am in full support of the future act. madam speaker, malcolm x, malcolm x once declared that education is our passport to the future. for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it
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today. for over 150 years, historically black colleges have provided these passports for students. and one of the largest populations of students, congresswoman adams, at hbcu's come from my home state of california. in fact, it may be the largest number of students from -- at hbcu's are from california, including my grandson, jonah, who you know. black students in california would never, mind you, they would never have the opportunity to go to college if it were not for hbcu's. and so for them and for their families, i am deeply grateful. hbcu's have always offered african-american young men and women a quality, affordable education at times when access to institutions of higher learning was limited or completely closed off to african-americans. with over 101 hbcu's across the nation and 9% of all african-american college students attending hbcu's, they
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are more important than ever in providing students a superior education. and, yes, it is the manifestation of the fact that black lives do matter. they do matter. as a member of the funding committee, the labor and education appropriations subcommittee, i know just how important hbcu funding is. and that's why we fought each and every year to increase hbcu funding. this year by $93 million above fiscal 2019 levels, and the president's request. and let me just say also that i did not have the honor of attending an hbcu. but i come from a family with deep roots at hbcu's. my grandfather and two aunts graduated from then houston tillson college in austin, texas. i just have to tell you, my 99-year-old aunt, who i spent thanksgiving with, she spent her whole time talking to me about her education at her hbcu
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at houston tillson college. and she wants more young people to receive the stellar education that she received. and she is 99 years old. and she's an unbelievable woman. and hbcu's provided her that educational foundation for her life. and she did an amazing job working and setting up businesses and she attributes that to everything she learned at hbcu's. also, my mother. prairie view nded a&m and southern university. i've been the beneficiary of the values and the academic foundation provided to me through my family's attendance and involvement at these great institutions. two of my nieces, shelly and nicki, they graduated from prairie view and they are amazing young black women making their mark in the world. hbcu's have a rich history to look back on and a vibrant
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future ahead. and so i am proud tonight to join my colleagues in supporting hbcu's and i thank congresswoman adams for her commitment and her leadership to the education of our young african-american students. because you truly are securing the future. not only for our students and their families, but for our country and for the world. so thank you again. ms. adams: thank you. i want to thank the gentlelady from california for not only her contributions, but the contributions of your family. i'm a proud two-time graduate, daughter is a graduate as well and my grandson decided he wanted to be a bison. so he is at howard this year as a freshman. i'm just delighted that he has joined the hbcu family. so thank you very much. t this time i want to yield to the gentleman from pennsylvania -- i'm sorry, the gentleman
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from new jersey, where i grew up, congressman payne. mr. payne: thank you, madam chair, for your leadership on this subject. since coming to congress, you have been one of the foremost advocates for education, specifically to hbcu's and prior to your arriving, it has always been an issue that's been very important, but you have really raised the awareness and the highlight and been consistent in your leadership on this -- in this area. as a matter of fact, -- madam speaker, i rise today to support the future act and the minority serving institutions. i want to thank representative adams once again for anchoring tonight's discussion of this very important subject.
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the minority serving colleges and universities, not to be mistaken as hbcu's, serve a critical role in our society. in new jersey do not have an hbcu but we have many minority serving institutions and several in my district. these are students who find more support with teachers and professors that come from their culture. studies have shown that they get better grades in classes with teachers of the same culture and race. this starts even before the students enter college. minority students in the same race classes have fewer behavioral problems, regardless of income level or family structure.
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they are far more likely to end coming along nd on the collegiate level at hbcu's. they are more likely to be held to a higher academic standard and pushed harder to excel in these schools. they perform better in reading, mathematics and other core courses. this is where m.s.i.'s become vital to their continued success. low income, low performing students, upper mobility skyrockets on these campuses. take bloomfield college, for example. and let me commend its new president, marchetta p. evans for her vision for bloomfield
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college. bloomfield is a minority serving institution of almost 1,700 students, located in my 10th district in bloomfield, new jersey. of these students, 70% are low income or first generation college students. 95% get financial aid. and 75% are eligible for pell grants. they come from families and communities that do not have many advantages. one bloomfield college student was even homeless and struggled for meals before entering college. but the college steps in and addresses more than their academic needs. instead they come out of m.s.i.'s and become engineers. they become nurses and teachers and professors.
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bloomfield college even graduates simulation designers for video games and medical technicians. like most m.s.i.'s, bloomfield takes low income students and turns them into middle to high income graduates. and they do it at rates that far exceed other universities. in other words, they solve several social problems at once. hbcu's who at times are criticized in this country for their necessity, but the creation of hbcu's comes out of the inability for the larger population to accept minority students at colleges that were already in place. so where did they have to go? so it is disingenuous to
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remedying cu's for a problem of equality that still exists in this nation. they keep today's low income students on a path to success -- of success. they help close the wealth gap between whites and nonwhites and they provide hope and a future to a segment of america that needs it. so much -- it so much. so in closing, we will continue to advocate for these institutions. because although i did not go to an hbcu, so many of my colleague, distinguished colleagues, the whip, mrs. adams, and so many others, were educated at hbcu's and we see their talent and their brilliance every day on these
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floors of the house of representatives. to continue to's strive and be strong and continue to do the service that they have done nor country for decades. with that, madam speaker, i yield back to the chair. ms. adams: thank you. i want to thank the gentleman from new jersey where i grew up for not only his service there but for his contributions tonight and with that, madam chair, i yield to the gentleman from florida, representative lawson, for two minutes. ms. lawson: thank you, madam chair. madam speaker, i rise to speak for hbcu's. i would like to thank my colleague, mrs. adams, for her input and how she's worked extremely hard to put hbcu's at the forefront. in theup in a rural area
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country where we were let out of high school early so we could work in the tobacco fields in gadsden county. i had no idea what college was really like until florida a&m gave me the opportunity to attend college there. many have been educated,en colluding engineers and pharmacists, especially in the school of business where we had one of the greatest leaders in this country of all time to head up that school that really contributes to corporate america. without hbcu's, i know i wouldn't be here. from a boy walking barefoot in the countryside to have the opportunity to represent hbcu's not only in the state legislature but now in congress.
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they've made a midge impact on this country and on economics that many of my colleagues have talked about today. when you think about it, where would this country be without that impact? september 30 of this year, the funding was not authorized. but that $255 million that the house unanimously passed and is now sitting in the senate is imperative that we encourage our senators to approve this. many of these schools with you would no -- would not be able to function without that funding. i happen to represent not only florida a&m university but edward waters college where it's critically needed for these schools to survive. over the years, over the past 30 or 40 years, the issue always comes up, madam speaker, about where hbcu's are going. many of the hbcu's have taken
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minorities and international students if all over the country. more so than some of the majority institutions. and they have done well. in the area of stem and technology and science. we need more and more people in stem around the country. where can they come from? they come from hbcu's. when you look at the thumb of ph.d. candidates and the number wanting to get ph.d.'s in this country where do they come from? they come from hbcu's. i'm real proud of the fact that hbcu's, especially florida a&m university, molded me into the leader i am today. ,t made me appreciate hard work had the opportunity to have professors that really cared about you. so for 30-something years i've been a part of this lead cher zim -- leadership and i applaud congressman adams for all her hard work and bringing it to the
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forefront. when we stand here tonight, to send a message out there that we are part of america, we are part of the american dream, and we urge our colleagues to support it. with that, madam speaker, i yield back. ms. adams: i want to thank the gentleman from florida, madam speaker, how much time do we have left? the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman has 20 minutes. ms. adams: thank you. i want to now yield to the gentlelady from pennsylvania, representative scanlon. ms. scanlon: thank you. thank you, madam chair. i'm honored to take part in this special order hour tonight in which we honor the nation's hbcu's and highlight our support for the future act. my district, pennsylvania's fifth, is home to the oldest hbcu's -- hbcu in the united
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states, cheney university. founded in 1837, it's also a charter member of the pennsylvania state system of higher education. cheney is a historical, cultural and academic eby con in our community where it has long provided academic and professional opportunities for students from pennsylvania and beyond. the university boasts tens of thousands of loyal and accomplished alumni who share their diverse talents with the nation. unfortunately, in recent years, cheney has faced financial instability and three years ago, nearly lost its accreditation. but last week, there was good news. based on strong leadership from cheney's new president, aaron walton, increased community and alumni engagement and strong enrollment number, cheney learned its accreditation has been renewed. moving forward, cheney sin creasing the academic offerings and developing innovative
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public-private partnerships to help students graduate and be ready to compete in the 21st century. i'm extremely prud to represent cheney and testify to the importance of hbcu's across the united states. lastly, i'm also proud to be a new member of the congressional hbcu caucus led by my colleague, a fierce supporter of these institutions, representative alma adam. thank you, and i yield back. ms. adams: i want to thank the gentlelady from pennsylvania. i know cheney very well. you're right, it was the first university and i want to congratulate cheney on that accomplishment. you know, when you talk about that, it should not be funding that separates our students in a way that they are not able to get the education that they need. 18 hbcu's since 1873,
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that have closed. i don't want to see all of us who have gotten together tonight and continue to work in this area we don't want to see another school close. especially because of money. when you look back at those that have had difficulty, it hasn't -- it hasn't been because of the act -- it hasn't been because the academics weren't in order. the strong academic programs that these colleges and universities. we want to continue that tradition. we want not only these schools to survive but to thrive. that's really important. that's where we need to go. having said that, i want to enter a couple of letters into the record. but i want to read them because they are very important and they're from two of my colleagues from the c.b.c. first, eddie bernice johnson, who has been very involved with
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hbcu's well before i got here. and i want to just thank her for her leadership as well. and she writes, madam speaker, historically black colleges and universities, hbcu's, have played an important role in our nation's history. these places of higher education have given opportunities to millions of young people to get a quality, post-secondary education. many of these students are first in their family to attend college. i'm proud to say that one of these institutions, paul quinn college, is roelow -- is located within my district. currently the top priority for hbcu's is to ensure that they have the resources needed to prepare students for a competitive, globalized work force. the future act that passed in this chamber does exactly that. the bill re-authorizes critical funding for all minority-serving institutions for the next two years. sadly, like most of the legislation that passed the
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house by this congress, the senate refuses to do their job and vote on this noncontroversial, bipartisan bill. the college affordability act which was introduced in october, would go beyond what the future act does and provides hbcu's more flexibility so they can strengthen their endowment, academic quality and institutional management. college affordability act also provides states with incentives to lower the cost to students to obtain a quality college education. by raising the mechanics mum amount for pell grants and simplifying the student loan repayment program. these two bills are great pamples of what we should strive for to guarantee the best jut come for students attending hbcu's and other m.s.i.'s. madam speaker, we need to make sure our higher education system serves all of the students that hope to receive a degree. historically black colleges and universities, along with other
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minority-serving institutions, play a vital role for african-americans and other minority students. we need to continue passing legislation that provides true educational opportunities for those who desire to learn and who are unable to afford it. with that, i want to enter that into the record, madam speaker, and then i'd like to, from a former c.b.c. chair, one of my colleagues, from ohio, representative marcia fudge, submits this statement. she says, madam speaker, more than one quarter of all in the duate students united states attend historically black colleges and universities and other minority serving institutions. these schools play a critical role in the united states attend historically black in unlocking education opportunities for millions of degree seekers including students of color and low-income students of which many of the first -- many are
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the first in their family to attend college. to protect these essential institutions from the threat of closure and financial despair, we must continue to provide them with the resources they need to prepare students for the modern economy. title iii, part f of the higher education act authorizes important mandatory funding for historically black colleges and universities, tribal colleges and universities, and minority-serving institutions to educate and prepare students for professions in the sciences, technology, engineer, and math or stem fields. unfortunately, these critical sources of funding expired on september 30, and this lapse jeopardizes the viability of these institutions as well as the stem readiness of the students they serve. at a time when diverse representation is low in the stem economy, congress must
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immediately restore mandatory funding to prevent permanent and irreparable damage, irreversible, excuse me, damage to stem programs at these historical institutions that give students from underskembed -- underserved communities an opportunity to rise above their circumstances. in september -- september 17, 2019, the house passed the future act, an extension of the 255 -- of the $255 million in essential mandatory funding for hbcu's and m.s.i.'s. despite receiving unanimous support in the house, the bill is yet to be consideredy the senate and was not included in the continuing resolution that passed in november. so as congress considers spending bills for next year we must restore this vital resource of funding that expands opportunities for underrepresented students. it's past time toup hold our promise to support these
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historic institutions and the students they serve and madam chair, with that, i want to insert that statement from congresswoman fudge into the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. adams: madam chair, i want close with oint these comments. first of all, thanking all of my colleagues for their comments tonight, those who have stood up tonight for our nation's 102 hbcu's and m.s.i.'s. we are at a critical crossroads tonight. we are in the midst of negotiating a government spending agreement that can confer over $500 million to all hbcu's. for too long the schools have dedicated themselves to the futures of low income, first generation students of color like me who have been neglected by the government. over the last 50 years, this
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body has made strides to correct hat what in the world would we do without our hbcu's? as has been stated by several of my colleagues, our schools were achieved in moments where many still questioned the purpose, when federal and state investments in higher education is still consistently under attack. our hbcu's in particular still suffer from the impacts of historical discrimination and
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underinvestment. low endowments, outdated infrastructure, a lack of opportunities for growth compared to their p.w.i. counterparts. the house of representatives approved $375 million for title 3 part b, the strengthening hbcu's program, last summer. the first time this program was appointed at the authorization limit. it approved $40 million of loan authority for the hbcu capital financing program, it also passed the future act, which authorizes $85 million of mandatory funding for hbcu's. so we illustrated our support for hbcu's and now we need to guarantee that it is in the negotiations with the senate. we want to make sure, as i said before, that our schools not only survive, but that they thrive. and so when we fight for these
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programs, we show our belief in the futures of low income, first generation students of color. and i'm proud that i had a mother who stood up for me in spite of the fact that we didn't have the funds. there was an hbcu in north carolina that allowed me to come and made that investment in me and i was able to complete my bachelor's and master's degrees there at north carolina a.n.t. and then i was able to go on to receive my ph.d. from the ohio state university, only because of the north carolina a.n.t. so let's not give up the fight now. we're going to continue to do it. and, madam chair, i want to thank all of my colleagues, again, for being here tonight. and, madam speaker, i move that he house do now adjourn. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on the motion to adjourn. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the motion is adopted.
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accordingly, the house stands adjourned until 10:00 a.m. tomo members debated and passed eight bills, including a resolution joining a future group of seven summits until it meets certain criteria. this weekend, the house is changing legislation on a legal insider and more on the israel-palestine conflict. announcer: announcer: -- announcer: the house impeachment inquiry hearings continue this week on c-span. wednesday, the house judiciary committee led by chairman jerrold nadler will hold a hearing on the constitutional grounds for impeachment and will hear testimony from a professors
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