March 23, 2001

Minority Institutions Kept As Part of Mainstream Education Committee

Joint Statement by Chairman John Boehner and Ranking Member George Miller

WASHINGTON — The bipartisan leadership of the House Education and the Workforce Committee today (March 15) resolved the disagreement over subcommittee jurisdictions, said Chairman John Boehner (R-OH) and senior Democratic member George Miller (D-CA).

Under the agreement, the 21st Century Competitiveness Subcommittee will have jurisdiction over programs for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HAIs) and Tribally Controlled Colleges. The Select Education Subcommittee will retain oversight responsibility for these colleges.

"Today's agreement is a fair and equitable resolution that satisfies the concerns of the Committee's Democratic mem-bers and ensures that the Select Education Subcommittee can proceed with bipartisan efforts to reach out to our nation's minority-serving institutions," said Boehner. "Subcommittee Chairmen Buck McKeon (R-CA) and Pete Hoekstra (R-MI) were instrumental in working with our Democratic partners to secure this agreement."

"I want to thank Chairman Boehner for showing real leadership in working in a bipartisan way to put this issue behind us so that we can work on the important legislative issues before the Committee — education, health care, children and the rights of America's workers," said Miller.

In a seperate statement released by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) they appluded the agreement and recognized the combined efforts of the minority caucuses. "Combing minority higher education issues with unrelated social programs, such as adoption and domestic volunteer programs, presented, minority postsecondary education as a social problem, especially considering the fact that minority higher education would have been combined with programs directed toward at-risk youth - programs such as juvenile justice, child abuse, and runaway youth."

"The Congressional Hispanic, Black and Asian-Pacific caucuses worked very hard to safeguard the interests of HSIs," said Angelo Amador, MALDEF Legislative Analyst in Washington., DC. "The Hispanic community will benefit greatly from this type of bipartisanship cooperation. We hope it will continue throughout the upcoming legislative initiatives."

Congresswoman Patsy Mink (D-HI), and Congressmen Major Owens (D-NY) and Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX), who represented the Congressional Asian-Pacific, Black and Hispanic Caucuses at today's meeting, played key roles in finding a mutually satisfactory way to resolve this issue.

Miller said that the Committee's Democratic members will meet next week to select subcommittee assignments.

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