(Photo Credit: Office of Cong. David Scott)

Rep. David Scott: DC "A Thrill A Minute" With "Our Dear President"

Also talks fight to secure $95M for black land grant universities

Maria Boynton
August 01, 2018 - 4:33 pm

Atlanta Congressman David Scott says it was something he "had to raise all kinds of hell" about.  He blasted the U.S. House of Representatives when money was cut from the Farm Bill securing funds for black land grant universities. That was in May. Now, Scott is leading a fight to secure $95 million dollars in scholarships for the schools.

The universities at issue are 1890 land grant schools. They include Florida A&M University, where Scott received his undergraduate degree in 1967. Under Scott's proposal, each of the 19 universities would receive annual funding of $1M for five years. According to Scott, the black schools have never gotten the same financial backing to even come near that of the white 1860's land-grant institutions that were there.

Along with FAMU, the land-grant universities are: Alabama A&M University, Alcorn State University, Central State University, Delaware State University, Fort Valley State University, Kentucky State University, Langston University, Lincoln University, North Carolina A&T State University, Prairie View A&M University, South Carolina State University, Southern University System, Tennessee State University, Tuskegee University, University of Arkansas Pine Bluff, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Virginia State University, and West Virginia State University.

A bi-partisan effort, Scott says he was able to get republican Senator David Perdue, also from metro Atlanta, to sponsor an amendment placing the funding in the Senate version of the legislation.

The bill now goes to a House-Senate committee of conference. Scott is a part of the committee and promises to fight for the scholarship program to be included in the final version of the Farm Bill.