Kamala Harris met small business owners in Denver as part of the Biden administration’s efforts to promote the huge COVID-19 relief package.
Harris and Doug Emhoff kicked off the “Help is Here” tour along with other officials, touting the benefits of the $1.9 trillion bill. The Vice President made a stop in Las Vegas, to visit a vaccination site and a culinary school.
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Second gentleman Emhoff, who is an entertainment industry lawyer, participated in a “listening session” at a food relief organization he visited in Las Vegas before departing for Los Angeles with Kamala on Air Force Two. Harris and Emhoff were greeted at Denver International Airport (DIA) by Governor Jared Polis and Lieutenant Governor Dianne Primavera. The second couple will meet small business owners in Denver. After the Denver stop, Emhoff plans to visit a school, during his trip to Albuquerque, N.M.
The Biden administration is making an attempt to correct what has been viewed by some officials as a mistake by the Obama administration, in which they claim not enough was done to promote the stimulus package signed by former President Barack Obama on Feb. 17, 2009.
As part of the Biden administration’s efforts, various aspects of the bill will be highlighted each day. After the “help for small business” theme, it will be followed by themes such as “help for schools” “help to stay in your home” and “help immediately with direct checks”.
The bill, which was signed by the President after passing Congress and with no Republican support, is designed to help the country fight the coronavirus pandemic and stimulate the economy.
The bill will provide up to $1,400 direct payments and extend $300 weekly emergency unemployment benefits to most Americans. Further, it also includes $350 billion for state, local and tribal governments, $50 billion towards the expansion of COVID-19 testing, and $130 billion for K-12 schools among other provisions.