Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff visited Las Vegas on Monday, according to The AP.
Her visit is part of a campaign to promote the $1.9 trillion relief package that President Biden signed last week.
Vice President Harris met with Nevada politicians at the Culinary Academy’s ballroom and noted how the state has been hit hard from the pandemic.
“In Nevada alone, 1 in 7 households are describing hunger in their households, in Nevada, 1 in 5 households have an inability or difficulty to pay rent. In Nevada alone, 1 in 4 small businesses is out of business,” said Harris. “So President Biden, a while back, he said help is on the way. So I would say, help is here.”
“This is supposed to be the job of your government, which is when you’re suffering, when you need a helping hand, when a little assistance to just get over a moment of crisis you didn’t create, that’s when leaders are supposed to kick-in and say, ’I’m here, I see you and I will help you,” said Harris.
After Nevada, Vice President Harris will stop in Denver on Tuesday. Emhoff will visit Albuquerque, New Mexico on Wednesday.
The relief bill gives most Americans a one-time $1,400 payment. The stimulus package also extends $300 weekly emergency unemployment benefits through early September.
About $350 billion is accolated for state, local and tribal governments for unexpected costs until 2024.