The $13 million in stimulus assistance to Howard University has come under attack by Rep. Matt Gaetz.
The Florida Republican recently tweeted that “$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. Education is important – but a $13 million check to Howard does not belong in COVID-19 relief.”
California Sen. Kamala Harris of California, a Howard University alumna, responded via Twitter that allocation equated to just 0.04 percent of all relief funds earmarked for educational institutions.
Meanwhile, Howard University Hospital is designated as one of D.C.’s COVID-19 treatment facilities.
“As one of only two congressionally chartered non-military universities, Howard University does not have access to Title III and other federal resources targeting higher education institutions,” Howard President Wayne A.I. Frederick said in a statement. “Thus, the proposed amount of emergency funding allotted to Howard is comparable to the support proposed for other colleges and universities in response to this unprecedented pandemic.”