While Democrats are only focused on trying to remove him from office, President Donald Trump has been busy this week helping the American people.
The president announced Thursday that he signed “groundbreaking” legislation that former President Barack Obama “couldn’t get done.”
Trump sign an order that will support historically black colleges and universities, fund HBCUs, and simplify federal financial aid applications for millions of families.
“President Obama and the Obama Administration were unable to get this done. I got it done,” Trump said, arguing that HBCU’s have never had a champion in the White House before his presidency.
Funding for the HBCU’s was in jeopardy a few months ago until the White House and Congress collaborated on a “historic agreement,” the president said.
“For the first time ever, I signed legislation to permanently fund HBCUs and other institutions that primarily serve first-generation and minority students,” Trump said.
He added: “This action guarantees more than $2.5 billion over the next 10 years, including $850 million specifically for HBCUs.”
The president promised that he will continue to fight for HBCUs and for Minority Serving Institutions.
“These wonderful institutions are essential to Keep America Great,” Trump said.
The Fostering Undergraduate Talent by Unlocking Resources for Education – or Future Act – means that, under the President’s administration, investment in HBCU programs has significantly increased under Title III of the Higher Education Action of 1965.
- A $35 million increase in the Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program ($279.6 million)
- A $9 million increase in the Strengthening Historically Black Graduate Institutions ($72.3 million)
- A $1 million increase in the Strengthening HBCU Masters Programs ($8.6 million)
- Meaningful increases investments in student support like Pell Grants, Federal Work-Study, and Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
- Increases in Howard University’s annual appropriation by nearly $11 million, bringing its fiscal year 2018 investment level to $232.5 million
Trump also has appointed both the Chairman of the President’s Board of Advisors on HBCUs and Executive Director of the White House Initiatives on HBCUs.
Secretary of Education Betsey DeVos praised the move in a statement.
“This administration continues to put students first, and this historic bill is another example of our commitment to them,” said DeVos. “The more than 300,000 students who attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), along with millions more at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), will benefit from consistent funding for their treasured institutions.”
DeVos noted that the law also marks a victory for improving FAFSA programs for almost 20 million students and families – making completing FAFSA forms “faster and more secure than ever.”
“The FUTURE Act will have a lasting impact on students and their families,” DeVos added. “President Trump will continue to support all students and ensure they can pursue the education needed to succeed in our thriving economy.”
While Democrats obstruct, the president is fighting for all Americans.