Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) has helped secure $5 million to increase funding for science research at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and minority institutions (MIs).
The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) “marked up” or amended and approved the fiscal year 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) last week. In a 15-hour marathon session, the committee considered hundreds of amendments to the legislation. The $638 billion NDAA passed 59-2.
One of Rep. Johnson’s key amendments to the bill increased science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) funding for HBCU’s by $5 million. It was included in the base bill. Johnson voted in favor of the FY 2014 NDAA. It comes on top of $10 million that Johnson helped secure for HBCU’s in last year’s authorization.
“Some of the most significant and sophisticated scientific work in U.S. universities today is happening at HBCUs,” said Johnson. “We must do everything we can to foster and tap into that innovation and expertise, while cultivating a minority workforce that excels at science, technology, engineering, and math.”