Harris proposes $60B investment in historically black colleges

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE (Calif.), one of the Democrats seeking the party’s 2020 presidential nomination, will unveil a plan Friday to invest billions in historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), as well as on entrepreneurship programs targeted towards the black community.

Reuters and Bloomberg News reported that Harris will unveil the plans during a speech to the National Urban League conference in Indianapolis.

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“By taking these challenges on, we don’t just move black America forward, we move all of America forward,” the California senator will say during the speech, according to Reuters.

If passed, Harris’s plan would provide $10 billion to be used for infrastructure at HBCUs and $50 billion for scholarship and curriculum funding, with $12 billion of that set aside for out-of-college programs centered around business ownership.

Her plan’s announcement comes days before the Democratic presidential candidates are set to meet onstage again for the second of a dozen Democratic primary debates.

At the last debate in June, Harris clashed with front-runner former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE over his comments about working with segregationist senators, and saw an uptick in polling afterwards.

Fellow 2020 rival Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) previously unveiled a plan to provide $50 billion to HBCUs in an op-ed for Blavity in May.

“My plan will address the historical injustices in American education and ensure that opportunities are fairly available to everyone,” Warren wrote at the time.

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