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Senate passes HBCU PARTNERS Act

THE WESTSIDE GAZETTE — The bipartisan legislation will reinforce partnerships between federal agencies and HBCUs

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Senator Kamala Harris speaking at "Linking Together: March to Save Our Care" Rally at the U.S. Capitol on June 28, 2017. (Photo by: Douglas Fron | Wiki Commons)

The U.S. Senate has recently passed the historically Black colleges and universities (HBCU) Propelling Agency Relationships Towards a New Era of results for Students (HBCU PARTNERS) Act.

The bipartisan legislation will reinforce partnerships between federal agencies and HBCUs by mandating the federal agencies with relevant grants and programs to embark on annual planning and coordinate their efforts to support and expand HBCU participation, according to U.S. Senator and presidential hopeful Kamala Harris.

“Our nation’s HBCUs are absolutely essential to preparing Black students for the jobs and challenges of the 21st century, and we must ensure that they have the resources they need to continue that mission,” said Harris, D-CA, a co-sponsor of the legislation. “I’m thrilled that the United States Senate has passed this legislation to ensure the federal government is working hand in hand with HBCUs to keep them strong.”

The HBCU PARTNERS Act also strengthens the accuracy and transparency requirements of existing law by requiring that federal agencies track their progress toward past goals and share their plans with Congress.

The HBCU PARTNERS Act is also co-sponsored by U.S. Senators Chris Coons, D-DE; Tim Scott, R-SC; Doug Jones, D-AL; David Perdue, R-GA; Roger Wicker, R-MS; Tim Kaine, D-VA; Marsha Blackburn, R-TN; Chris Van Hollen, D-MD; Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-MS; Cory Booker, D-NJ; Thom Tillis, R-NC; Amy Klobuchar, D-MN; Elizabeth Warren, D-MA; Bernie Sanders, I-VT; and Mike Braun, R-IN.

This article originally appeared in The Westside Gazette.

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