June 18, 2021

Vice President Kamala Harris talks infrastructure, economy in RI visit

PROVIDENCE — Vice President Kamala Harris Wednesday pitched the Biden administration’s multi-trillion dollar infrastructure and family plans to Rhode Island small business owners whose stories she said show why it is needed.

“The reason that I am here is … to carry your story as the story of America’s economy and the potential of America’s economy,” Harris told a group of business women in a roundtable discussion focusing on how they survived the COVID pandemic.

They included the owners of a jewelry store, medical hair replacement center, kimchi maker, sonar company and cafe, all with stories of struggling to support their employees during the pandemic and of juggling the challenges of child care with work.

Harris, a California Democrat and the nation’s first female vice president, spent the day in Providence with U.S. Commerce Secretary and former Rhode Island Gov. Gina…

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