Vice President Kamala Harris broke down the benefits Americans will receive from the American Rescue Plan in her most formal but still brief remarks of the trip, kicking off the Biden administration’s “Help is here” tour at the Culinary Academy in North Las Vegas.
“Help is here,” Harris declared, noting that President Biden once said, "Help is on the way," and has now signed the bill into law.
“So, I'm here to also make sure we get the word out, so folks know what they are entitled to receive,” she said. “And also, by extension, they remember, this is supposed to be the job of your government. Which is when you're suffering, when you need a helping hand, when you need a little assistance, to just get over a moment of crisis you didn't create. That's when leaders are supposed to kick in to say, "I'm here I see you and I will help you.'"
Standing in front of boxed produce, Harris broke down the benefits of the bill from the direct payments, child tax credits to COBRA subsidies. She spoke about the administration’s efforts to make sure the bill provided equity, describing at one point the difference between charity and duty.
She also talked with employees today about how many union members are getting vaccines and vaccine hesitancy in communities of color.
“Whatever vaccine you are offered, you need to take,” Harris told employees at a fulfillment center, after reiterating that she, Biden and Nevada’s governor all got different vaccines.