The Universities of Wisconsin will receive around $32 million in funding withheld for months by Republican lawmakers amid ongoing efforts to eliminate diversity, equity and inclusion programs on campuses.

The powerful Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee approved the release of the funding, aimed at boosting engineering, nursing, health care, business and computer science graduates, with a unanimous vote of 15-0.

Despite the harmony of that vote, Democrats and Republicans on the committee sparred over the delay and what the future of state universities should look like.

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