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Brian McCall at Texas State University System headquarters in Austin. TEXAS TRIBUNE PHOTO by CALEB BRYANT MILLER

Brian McCall at Texas State University System headquarters in Austin. TEXAS TRIBUNE PHOTO by CALEB BRYANT MILLER

STAFF REPORT

Pre-programed federal budget cuts passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama in 2012 are stifling Texas universities’ ability to function, Texas State University System Chancellor Brian McCall and other higher education leaders said this week in a joint letter to U.S. senators and representatives.

The cuts “threaten critical national investments that grow our state’s economy, support Texas students, and spur the innovation and discovery required to meet future scientific, medical, and economic needs,” the Nov. 26 letter states.

Undersigned by five public university system chancellors and four private and public university presidents, the letter says “many” of the 850,000 students enrolled in the state’s four-year universities depend on federal financial aid and loans and work-study programs. In addition to McCall, the letter’s signatories include University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa and Texas A&M University Chancellor John Sharp.

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Texas university chancellors, presidents on effects of federal budget sequestration.

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