A slew of challenges at the southern border will hang over Vice President Kamala Harris on Thursday as she visits Baltimore to close her first 100 days in office, returning to the city that was her presidential campaign hub to claim early successes on other issues.
Harris is expected to pitch the White House’s pandemic recovery effort, proposals to create jobs and help families, as well as efforts to get COVID-19 vaccinations into arms. Officials say she has played a crucial role on each matter.
According to a White House official, Harris was instrumental in ensuring aid to small businesses made it into the $2.3 trillion American Jobs Plan and also pushed for investments in broadband, electric school buses, water infrastructure modernization, and the cleanup of toxic waste sites.
During negotiations over the coronavirus spending package earlier this year, Harris repeatedly advocated for small businesses, which secured $60 billion in the final package. She also pushed