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UPDATE: Harris arrives in Milwaukee, met by Democratic leaders

Published: May. 4, 2021 at 7:49 AM CDT
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MILWAUKEE (AP) - Vice President Kamala Harris plans to tour clean energy laboratories on the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus during her first visit to Wisconsin since taking office.

Air Force Two landed at Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee just after 11:15 a.m. central time. She was met by Governor Tony Evers, Senator Tammy Baldwin, Congresswoman Gwen Moore, and members of the Wisconsin Air National Guard.

Harris took part in a round table discussion about investments in research and development proposed in President Joe Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure jobs plan, which would rebuild roads and bridges, boost broadband access and make other improvements.

“We must be able to compete,” said Harris. “Innovation will make things easier for American families and will create jobs.”

Funding for Research and Development will be also used on clean energy, electric vehicles, climate change and modernizing schools.

“There are certain things we must address with a sense of urgency, broadband being one of them. For our students, for our young leaders, for all of those folks in particular our seniors who need access to health care and telemedicine, for our small businesses, we need to move their product,” Harris said.

During the discussion, state leaders said the pandemic magnified the need for increased access to broadband internet for education and business as well as the importance of health care.

The Vice President was also joined by a fifth-grade student who shared some of her school’s environmental progress.

“We actually have a bioswale. The bioswale helps the water when it rains come to be not dirty to take out all the bacteria,” Lenaya Mejia-Rodriguez said.

While at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee the Vice President learned of a new research project which would cut the time to re-charge an Electric Vehicle to just 15 minutes. The project is partnering with Volta to bring the innovation to California.

“The UAW is supporting what we are doing. I’m happy to be here to highlight the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee,” said Harris.

Harris has been touting the plan, unveiled by Biden in March, at stops across the country. Republicans have argued that the plan is too expensive and are calling for it to be scaled back.

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) issued the following statement regarding Vice President Kamala Harris’ visit to Milwaukee.

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