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Blunt Welcomes Unanimous Senate Passage of Resolution Condemning Recent Bomb Threats Against Historically Black Colleges and Universities

March 08, 2022

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) welcomed unanimous Senate passage of a bipartisan resolution condemning a recent series of bomb threats at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and reaffirming the government’s commitment to combatting violence against students, faculty, and staff.

“Missouri is proud to be home to two of our nation’s top Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis and Lincoln University in Jefferson City,” said Blunt. “The unanimous support this resolution received in the Senate underscores our unequivocal condemnation of these threats and our shared commitment to ensuring HBCU students and faculty can pursue their education and careers in a place they feel safe and supported.”

“The recent bomb threats against our nation’s HBCUs are vile acts of cowardice and should be met with severe consequences,” said U.S. Senator Tim Scott (S.C.). “With this resolution, we reaffirm our commitment to fighting hatred and violence wherever they are found, especially on our college campuses. Students should be able to focus on their friends, their social activities, and—most importantly—their education, without having to fear for their safety.”

“The disturbing pattern of bomb threats that has been disrupting our nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities—including Delaware State University—is unacceptable,” said U.S. Senator Chris Coons (Del.). “I’m glad the Senate took a bipartisan step to condemn this upsetting trend while the FBI continues to investigate these cases as racially motivated. HBCU students deserve a quality education within a safe and vibrant campus community. I look forward to additional collaboration with Senator Scott and the Congressional HBCU Caucus to help ensure that these important institutions have the resources they need to best support students on campus.”

The resolution was led by Scott and Coons. In addition to Blunt, the resolution was cosponsored by U.S. Senators Raphael Warnock (Ga.), Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), Cory Booker (N.J.), Sherrod Brown (Ohio), Ben Cardin (Md.), Tom Carper (Del.), Bob Casey (Pa.), Tammy Duckworth (Ill.), Dick Durbin (Ill.), Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), Mazie Hirono (Hawaii), Tim Kaine (Va.), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Ed Markey (Mass.), Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Jeff Merkley (Ore.), Patty Murray (Wash.), Jon Ossoff (Ga.), Alex Padilla (Calif.), Bernie Sanders (Vt.), Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.), Debbie Stabenow (Mich.), Chris Van Hollen (Md.), Mark Warner (Va.), Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.), John Boozman (Ark.), Mike Braun (Ind.), Richard Burr (N.C.), Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.), Bill Cassidy (La.), John Cornyn (Texas), Tom Cotton (Ark.), Ted Cruz (Texas), Chuck Grassley (Iowa), Bill Hagerty (Tenn.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (Miss.), Jim Inhofe (Okla.), Mitch McConnell (Ky.), Marco Rubio (Fla.), Rick Scott (Fla.), Thom Tillis (N.C.), and Roger Wicker (Miss.).

The resolution text is available here.

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