Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Congressional Black Caucus Members Criticize Cuts in USDA Programs. (Washington Update)

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Congressional Black Caucus Members Criticize Cuts in USDA Programs. (Washington Update)

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For Congressional Black Caucus members, a $3 million cut in small federal agriculture programs is causing some major concern.

CBC members are questioning House leaders about provisions that cut the funding from small U.S. Department of Agriculture programs for facility improvements and capacity building at historically Black land-grant institutions first recognized in 1890.

According to caucus members, a $2 million cutback in capacity building and a $1.4 million reduction in facilities grants is a bad sign just after the U.S. Supreme Court endorsed the notion of diversity in higher education in its recent University of Michigan rulings. Moreover, they note, the White House has pledged to increase HBCU support this year.

"We call on President Bush and the House Republican leadership not to turn their backs on HBCUs and to keep their promise," says Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., CBC chairman. "Cutting funding to HBCUs will hurt thousands of students and negatively impact diversity in the work force," he said. …

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