Rep. Richmond Statement on the Passage of the FUTURE Act

December 12, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. Congressman Cedric Richmond (LA-02) released the following statement on the passage of the FUTURE Act, a bipartisan bill that secures critical permanent funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs):

“The passage of the FUTURE Act marks a turning point both in higher education and American history,” said Rep. Richmond. “Despite facing persistent financial disadvantages in comparison to majority institutions, HBCUs have continued to produce top tier talent. HBCUs and other MSIs deserve sustainable funding, and this bill provides just that. As a product of an HBCU education and having prominent HBCUs in my district and throughout Louisiana, I am proud that this bill will enable more potential college students the chance at a quality education.”

“We are definitely thankful to Congressman Richmond and the members of Congress who supported passage of the FUTURE Act. Dillard University has been able to use these funds in the past for capacity building activities, from establishing a quality enhancement plan as part of our accreditation process, to support of student housing and instructional technology. As a national leader in producing graduates in physics and nursing, as well as those who will go on to receive doctorates in the biological and life sciences, the support provided by the FUTURE Act ensures the university continues its key role as a vehicle for social mobility for students, and an engine of economic development for New Orleans and Louisiana.”-Dr. Walter Kimbrough, President of Dillard University.

“Let me express deep gratitude to our legislators for bipartisan passage of the FUTURE ACT.  With this exemplary result, you have secured funding for the great work of our minority-serving institutions, whose exemplary efforts are essential to our national strength in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and other creative fields. Xavier is one of the nation’s leaders in STEM education, and an example of the vital contributions of HBCUs to the nation.” -Dr. Reynold Verret, President of Xavier University of Louisiana.

"It is a great day for Historically Black Colleges and Universities as we applaud Congress on the passage of the Fostering Undergraduate Talent by Unlocking Resources for Education (FUTURE) Act. The funding provided through this important legislation will allow hundreds of thousands of young people to expand opportunities in postsecondary education. This critical Title III funding ensures stability for our universities for the next 10 years. We appreciate the leadership and commitment of Congressman Richmond to the Southern University System, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and higher education." -Dr. Ray Belton. President-Chancellor of Southern University System

“Each time the federal government designates more funding to HBCUs, they are making a bold declaration that these institutions are still undeniably essential for national progress. I am excited about the advancement that the FUTURE Act will fund for students at minority serving institutions.” -Richard Gallot, Jr., JD, President of Grambling State University