Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Washington UPDATE: House Approves HBCU Restoration Bill

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Washington UPDATE: House Approves HBCU Restoration Bill

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Washington UPDATE: House Approves HBCU Restoration Bill.

Legislation to provide $29 million for historic preservation at Black colleges and universities cleared the House of Representatives last month.

The Historically Black Colleges and Universities Restoration and Preservation Act would earmark most of the money, about $23 million, to specific universities. Those receiving grants would have to provide matching funds, although the federal government could waive that requirement in certain cases.

"Many of the historic structures located on historically Black colleges are threatened, and a significant effort is needed to preserve and protect them," said Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-Hawaii), a member of the House Resources Committee.

The bill, H.R. 1179, is similar to legislation the House passed two years ago that did not make it to the president's desk. However, the earlier version would have provided $35 million more than the current bill, said Rep. John Duncan (R-Tenn.).

Specific earmarks in the bill include: $5 million to Fisk University; $2. …

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