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Member Advisory--July 21, 2005

Hinojosa HSI Grad Education Amendment passes in House Ed Committee

Congressman Ruben Hinojosa’s amendment proposing the addition of a graduate education component for Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) to Title V of the Higher Education Act (HEA) passed by voice vote yesterday in the House Education and The Workforce Committee.  The subsequent roll call vote was 46-2 in favor. 

Hurricane Emily had kept the Congressman in his home district in south Texas, but the amendment to HR 609 enjoyed the vocal support of the Chair and Vice Chair of the Committee, Congressmen Boehner (OH) and McKeon (CA), before the vote.  Congressmen Grijalva (AZ) and Fortuño (PR) assisted in assuring the amendment was presented. The overwhelming bipartisan support for the HR 609 demonstrates HACU’s ability to work closely with all members of the House.

Thanks to all HACU members who wrote or called key representatives on this issue in the last few days.  A special thanks to HACU’s Governing Board, the Government Relations Committee, and HACU Government Relations staff whose efforts over the last several years have led to this successful vote.

Please take a moment to thank any Representatives you have contacted on this issue and remind them that we will need their support when the amended HR 609 comes before the full House, we hope, later this year.

HACU’s advocacy efforts in support of the HSI Graduate Program will now shift to the Senate which is currently writing up the various HEA Titles.  HACU has already met with the bipartisan leadership of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP) to emphasize the importance of S 357 in authorizing the Graduate Program for HSIs under Title V of the HEA.   We will be calling on the membership for support as the Senate HELP committee moves to bring the HEA bill to a vote.

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