Reps. Lowenthal, Matsui, Lead California House Delegation Members In Urging Additional Federal Relief To Higher Education

May 4, 2020
Press Release

Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) and Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA-06), along with 40 Members of the California House delegation, called on House leadership today to ensure that higher education institutions in California receive additional recovery funding in any future pandemic-related relief packages.

California higher education institutions, including the University of California, the California State University, and California Community Colleges systems, serve nearly 3 million students annually while employing more than 220,00 faculty and staff. While more than $14 billion was authorized for higher education and students under the CARES Act passed in March, the Members are urging additional support of $47 billion in any future funding packages.

“As a former university professor, I have seen firsthand the transformative and empowering impact that higher education can have on the lives of students, and the impact these students can have on our society,” Congressman Lowenthal said. ”Recovery from this crisis will require the best and the brightest our nation can provide, and our higher education system is uniquely positioned to provide new generations of Americans armed with the skills and abilities we will need. It is absolutely critical during this crisis that we do not leave behind these institutions, the students they serve, nor the staff they employ.“

In the letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the Members also call for the creation of a technology fund administered by institutions to help ensure that all students are able to participate in remote learning by facilitating access to broadband or hotspots.

“Higher education institutions are rooted in our communities and serve as hubs of economic growth and innovation, creating jobs and preparing students for the future.” Congresswoman Matsui said. “As this crisis has affected every corner of society, we must protect and stabilize these essential institutions and ensure that they can continue to provide high quality learning environments for the next generation of American workers and thought-leaders.”

To read the full text of the letter and see a full list of signatories, please click here.

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