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Kamala Harris Fires Back at Rep. Matt Gaetz Over Calling out Howard University’s Coronavirus Funds

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Senator Kamala Harris held nothing back when responding to Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz.

Former presidential candidate Kamala Harris sets the record straight on Howard University potentially receiving $12 million in coronavirus stimulus funds. 

Harris recently responded to Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, Republican, tweeted his thoughts on the historic HBCU possibly receiving a piece of the $2 trillion economic stimulus package. The funding was passed by the Senate recently as a direct result of the ongoing spread of the deadly virus.

Gaetz’s tweet read, “$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. Instead, it’s going to Howard University.” He also added, “Education is important- but a $13 million check to Howard does not belong in COVID-19 relief.”

Harris who is no novice on the social media platform hit back with facts on the funds. “The bill provides $30 billion to protect students and help schools, colleges and universities combat the coronavirus. This is $13 million.” She also wrote, “$13 million = .04% of $30 billion. Why do you take issue with money going to Howard, Congressman?” Gaetz didn’t respond to Harris’ call-out. 

This wasn’t where things ended, according to News One because Howard is a federally chartered university it is “rightfully owed emergency funding because Congressional appropriations fund the school.” This funding notably goes to Howard University Hospital, a top tier medical facility. 

Gillian Brockell, a reporter for the Washington Post also took to Twitter to divulge additional facts worth mentioning about the hopital. “Howard University has a hospital that has been designated one of DC’s covid-19 treatment facilities. It is located 2.1 miles from Rep. Gaetz’s workplace,” she tweeted. 

The university also chimed in by tweeting, “Howard University operates a world-class medical simulation center, 6,000 square foot state-of-the art simulated learning environment, offering resources to advance a comprehensive healthcare education program.”

News One reports Gaetz and the rest of the House could vote on the package by Thursday.

Robyn Mowatt

Robyn Mowatt is a Staff Writer at Okayplayer where she covers culture, music, and fashion. You can see what's on her mind on Twitter at @robyn_mowatt.

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