Pelosi Statement on President Trump Executive Order on HBCUs

Feb 28, 2017
Press Release

Contact: Drew Hammill/Caroline Behringer, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement after President Trump signed an executive order on Historically Black Colleges and Universities:

“President Trump’s HBCU executive order is more empty symbolism that will do nothing to strengthen these vital institutions and the students they serve.  HBCUs and other minority-serving institutions need resources and opportunities, not empty rhetoric from a President planning to devastate education funding in America.  Historically Black Colleges and Universities, founded to provide African Americans with educational opportunities when laws and policies prevented people of color from attending existing schools, are a critical part of America’s education infrastructure.

“When Democrats held Congress, we invested $255 million in minority-serving institutions in the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2010, including $85 million for HBCUs.  Now, Republicans are proposing huge budget cuts that will hollow out our commitment to education for students by pushing hundreds of thousands of children off Head Start, slashing Pell Grants and financial aid assistance for low-income students and further severing programs that bolster the career and college pipeline. This Administration’s mark on our nation’s education system will do immense damage to rural and urban communities trying to access these historic institutions and pursue a quality, affordable higher education.

“The Trump Administration’s promises to African American students are belied by the Education Secretary's mind boggling ignorance of history and the enduring effects of institutional racism.  If President Trump is serious about opportunity for all, then he needs to invest in higher education, not slash it.  Democrats will continue to stand strong to ensure HBCUs and other minority serving institutions have the resources needed to help build a stronger America for all.”

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