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MEMBER ADVISORY--October 28, 2005


HACU applauds Bingaman amendment to HR 3010 in Senate


Washington, DC – On October 28, 2005 the U.S. Senate unanimously approved a special amendment to HR 3010 introduced by Senators Jeff Bingaman from New Mexico and co-sponsored by senators H. Clinton, N.Y; C. Dodd, CT; E. Kennedy, MA; J. Lieberman, CT; P. Murray, WA; H. Reid, NV; and K. Salazar, CO, that will increase the FY 2006 appropriations for Title V of the Higher Education Act to $100 million.  The amendment also increases funding for 6 additional programs that provide education support for Hispanic students enrolled in Pre-K through post secondary education.  In total the increase will be $30 million beyond that recommended by the Administration and the House and Senate Levels.


The Bingaman amendment provides an increase of $4.95 million over the $95.1 million appropriated for FY 2005.  The increase moves Title V of the HEA beyond the $100 million mark.


The next step will be a Conference between the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to approve a final appropriations bill for FY 2006 to be returned to both chambers of Congress for final action before it goes to the President for signing into law.


“The bipartisan approval of this amendment is a testament to the Senate’s commitment to ensuring that Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) receive a more equitable share of Federal funds. Because of the persistent gap between Federal funding for HSIs and all other institutions of higher education, this increase is essential for HSIs to enhance their infrastructure so that all students  can receive the best possible post secondary education,” said Antonio Flores, President and CEO of HACU.  “We owe a debt of gratitude to Senator Bingaman and the other co-sponsors and supporters of the amendment for continuing to make HSIs and Hispanic education an important component of the FY 2006 appropriations process for the nation’s education system.”


HACU members are encouraged to e-mail, fax or telephone Senator Bingaman, co-sponsors of the amendment and all other U.S. Senators to thank them for supporting the amendment.


The Government Relations Office in D.C. will keep members informed of the status of FY 2006 appropriations for Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies.  As soon as the Speaker of the House and the majority leader in the Senate appoint the conference committee members, we will ask you to contact House conference committee members to encourage their support of the HSI appropriations for FY 2006 approved by the Senate.


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