The letter was shared with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution by the office of U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga.
Warnock and the Senate’s lone Black Republican, Tim Scott of South Carolina, are leading the charge, Warnock’s office said. Another Republican, Thom Tillis of North Carolina, also signed the letter.
Top Georgia elected officials from both major political parties have been vocal in recent years about the need to support HBCUs because the schools have historically received less money in gifts from donors and enroll more lower-income students than predominantly white institutions. The lawmakers and HBCU advocates say the funding gap makes it tougher for the schools to maintain campus facilities and offer some academic programs.
U.S. Sen. Jon Ossoff, D-Ga., who also signed the letter, noted the challenges in a visit earlier this month to Clark Atlanta University, where he and other Georgia lawmakers celebrated more than $30 million from the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan passed in March that will go to three of Atlanta’s HBCUs: Clark Atlanta, Morehouse and Spelman colleges.