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HBCU STEM Programs Could Receive $3B In Funding Under Biden's Build Back Better Agenda

Funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) could be underway through a new bill proposed by President Joe Biden. NBC News reports that HBCUs are currently awaiting the final passing of President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda, which includes record funding for HBCUs. The money could finally give the institutions the push that they need to compete against top-tier universities when it comes to the fields of science and technology. “The significance here is that there’s an opportunity for an HBCU to move into the top echelon,” said Harry Williams, the head of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund in an interview with NBC News. “And it requires this type of federal investment for that to happen.” With a safety net package that would provide $3 billion for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) for schools serving minorities, this level of funding will be a “game-changer.” Currently, about a dozen HBCUs are classified as second-tier research...

Shanique Yates

Nov 15, 2021

TRACED Act: A Bipartisan Effort Designed to Attack Robocaller Culture

A recent Senate vote may bring relief to billions. The TRACED Act, designed to attack the Robocaller culture , has moved a step closer to being approved. Having already obtained approvals in the senate, its next and final destination is the President’s review. Formally known as the Pallone-Thune Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence act, named after the robocall prevention efforts of Democratic and Republican senators Frank Pallone and John Thune, TRACED is truly a bipartisan effort . Given today’s volatile political climate, it represents a step forward for bilateral collaboration. The TRACED Act shifts the responsibility of handling nuisance calls from recipients to carriers. It requires carriers to find effective ways of blocking robocalls , and it prevents them from offloading call-block charges onto customers. It also increases the scope of authority that the FCC has over carriers, and levies steeper fines on those who violate established communication...

Emily Adeyanju

Dec 20, 2019