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Congresswoman Alma Adams

Representing the 12th District of North Carolina

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Adams Statement on FY17 Omnibus Signing Statement that Singles out Historically Black Colleges and Universities

May 8, 2017
Press Release

Charlotte, N.C.—Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12) released the following statement after President Trump issued a signing statement on the FY17 omnibus calling into question federal support for historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

"I am surprised and troubled by President Trump’s signing statement on the FY17 omnibus, which specifically singled out our Historically Black Colleges and Universities,” said Congresswoman Adams. “His statement stands in stark contrast to his original commitment to our HBCUs, and the Executive Order he signed in keeping with that commitment. Any action taken to weaken the HBCU Capital Financing Program would undermine their financial stability, harming both students and alumni alike.

"The Capital Financing Program provides needed infrastructure funding for our HBCUs that suffer from a dearth of resources from both the public and private sectors. Rather than singling it out, we need to come together as Democrats and Republicans to enhance the program’s effectiveness, ensuring that HBCUs are able to continue accessing low cost financing for their campuses. I introduced the bipartisan HBCU Capital Financing Improvement Act, with my colleague Representative Bradley Byrne, to boost these institutions' ability to do just that.

"The President needs to keep his word and prioritize supporting these important institutions. The economic prospects of hundreds of thousands of Americans depends on it."