Hill leaders reach $900 billion Covid relief deal

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After days of tense negotiations and months of partisan stalemate, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Sunday evening that leadership from both chambers had “finalized an agreement,” saying, “It is packed with targeted policies that help struggling Americans who have already waited entirely too long.” The announcement follows policy disputes and partisan finger-pointing between Democrats and Republicans that fueled uncertainty over whether lawmakers would manage to close out a deal or whether talks would collapse with lawmakers soon set to leave Washington for the holidays and the end of the 116th Congress in sight. The full details of what will

Coons, Scott bill would strengthen partnerships between HBCUs, federal agencies

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The U.S. Senate on Dec. 11 passed the HBCU Propelling Agency Relationships Towards a New Era of Results for Students Act, introduced by Sens. Chris Coons, D-Delaware, and Tim Scott, R-South Carolina. The bill, previously passed in the House of Representatives, is now headed to the president’s desk for signature. If signed into law, this legislation will strengthen partnerships between federal agencies and the country’s more than 100 historically Black colleges and universities. The HBCU PARTNERS Act builds on the president’s 2017 executive order on HBCUs and provides pathways for Congressional oversight and public engagement. It will require federal agencies

UNCF Applauds PARTNERS as First Step for HBCU Impact as Congress Closes

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Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed S.461, the HBCU Propelling Agency Relationships Towards a New Era of Results for Students Act (PARTNERS), as amended, by a vote of 388 to 6. This bill was led in the House by Representative Alma Adams (D-NC) and 11 bipartisan cosponsors, including Representative Mark Warner (R-NC). Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) leads the bill in the Senate, which still must act on this bill. The measure would codify Executive Order 13779, which seeks to require agencies that regularly interact with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to submit an agency plan to both the Secretary of

How Historically Black Colleges & Universities are Reshaping American Politics

Kamala D. Harris, a Black woman, is the vice president-elect of the United States. A range of other Black women helped to make this happen: Stacey Abrams, who is responsible in large part for the unprecedented voter turnout in Georgia, and Keisha Lance Bottoms, the mayor of Atlanta. Also deserving credit is Nikema Williams, who won Georgia’s 5th Congressional District, which included Clayton County and was formerly represented by John Lewis until his passing. They all have one thing in common: They received their education at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Harris attended Howard, Abrams attended Spelman, Bottoms attended

What the Biden Presidency could mean for HBCUs.

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Joe Biden’s apparent election as president could pave the way for a dramatic shift in higher education policies, possibly making tuition free for many seeking a college education and wiping away the debt of millions of people paying back student loans. Biden’s victory is also significant in its symbolism for higher education. Kamala Harris will be the nation’s first African American and Asian American vice president and, as a Howard University alumna, the first graduate of a historically Black university in the White House. The first lady will be Jill Biden, who until recently taught at a community college. There

Kamala Harris makes history as the first woman, person of color elected vice president

Kamala Harris Makes History As Next Vice President Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is the first woman, the first Black person and the first Asian American elected to the second highest office in the United States. Noah Berger/AFP via Getty Images California Sen. Kamala Harris will become the next vice president of the United States, shattering another racial and gender barrier in American politics, at the end of a bruising presidential race that further exposed a bitterly divided electorate. Harris, 56, will bring a legion of firsts to the vice presidency: A daughter of immigrants from India and Jamaica, she will

As the Black Vote Turns Out, America still has not declared a President.

With an increase in mail-ballots and millions of votes left uncounted in this election, America has not declared the next president of the United States. Former Vice President Joe Biden holds 243 electoral votes while President Trump holds 214. As the votes continue to be counted in every state, the best thing to do is to be “patient” according to NCCU Political Science Associate Professor Jarvis Hall in a post election Campus Echo interview. “North Carolina and Georgia— Those are the states that people are waiting for because they could determine whether Biden wins the presidency, or President Trump is

On this day 100 years ago, a White mob unleashed the deadliest Election Day violence in US history

It’s been 100 years since the Ocoee Massacre, a dark and often overlooked chapter in American history. On November 2, 1920, African American residents of Ocoee, Florida, went out to cast their ballots in the presidential election — no small task at the time. In the decades since Reconstruction, Florida politics had been dominated by White Southern Democrats, who fought to preserve slavery in the 1850s and had since obstructed African Americans from exercising their constitutional rights through violence, intimidation and legislation. But in the run-up to the 1920 election, Black people in Ocoee were registering to vote in droves —

Presidential candidates discuss plans for HBCU’s in their campaigns

November’s presidential election contains five candidates on the ballot who will bring different perspectives on how to address the needs of HBCUs and education for years to come. Each candidate’s views for HBCUs and education are different. From former Vice President Joe Biden’s proposal to spend over $70 billion to help upgrade HBCUs, to Libertarian Party candidate Jo Jorgensen’s proposal to end the Department of Education. The Campus Echo reached out to all five parties and campaigns to request interviews with the candidates or their representatives but could not arrange interviews. In researching the candidates’ campaign websites, one candidate addressed his

Young, Diverse, and Undecided Voters Identify Race and Money as Top Priority in Presidential Election

Complex Collective, Complex Networks’ primary audience insight research engine that offers a direct line to over 30,000 qualified, high-intent and diverse young people from all over the world, released its findings from a recent survey titled Untapped Potential: How To Mobilize Undecided & Disenfranchised Voters. The audience polled represented disproportionately Black, Hispanic, Women, and Gen Z, a group that makes up nearly two-thirds of the population eligible to vote this year. Collective focused on explaining who this youth electorate are, how they got here, and what it will take to get both undecided and disenfranchised voters to understand their vote’s overall impact on the