On Wednesday, Congress reached an agreement on a $2 trillion stimulus deal to relieve businesses and individuals affected financially by the coronavirus outbreak. Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Republican, loyal Trump supporter, took to Twitter after the deal was finalized to express his concerns regarding the details of the stimulus package.
Gaetz was particularly bothered by the fact that $13,000,000 is going to Howard University.
“$13,000,000 in taxpayer funds could be going to families across the nation struggling to put food on the table in the midst of COVID-19,” Gaetz tweeted. “Instead, it’s going to Howard University.”
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Howard alum and current California Sen. Kamala Harris broke down exactly why that money is going to Howard and even just how small that number is in the grand scheme of things.
“The bill provides $30 billion to protect students and help schools, colleges and universities combat the coronavirus. This is $13 million,” Harris tweeted. “$13 million = .04% of $30 billion. Why do you take issue with cash going to Howard, Congressman?”
The $30 billion that Harris mentioned is going to be given out to a number of colleges and universities across the country. Why is Gaetz singling out this one? Many feel like it’s because Howard is an HBCU.
Howard University eventually chimed in with some facts of its own.