Vice President Kamala Harris visits Jacksonville Monday afternoon.
Harris left Washington, DC and landed at Jacksonville International Airport at 1:39 p.m., according to the White House.
She was greeted by Congressman Al Lawson (D-FL5), Mayor Lenny Curry (R-Jacksonville) and Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried (D-FL), as well as FEMA Regional Head Bob Spence, as she exited the Second Air Force.
Shortly after arriving, Harris spoke to reporters praising the state of Florida for reducing the age to 50 for a coronavirus vaccination. “I’m here to emphasize the importance of vaccination and vaccination. You know when it’s your turn I have to get it,” she said.
She then went to the FEMA-run vaccination center in the Gateway Town Center, according to WJCT News partner News4Jax.com.
The Harris team was asked Monday if Republicans were invited to visit the vice president in Jacksonville. Symone Sanders, senior advisor and chief spokesman for the vice president, said Harris’ office had reached out to Governor Ron DeSantis and “the entire Florida delegation” but was unable to contact them.
The on-site visit was followed by a listening session with Vice President Harris and Florida executives at Feeding Northeast Florida.
Feeding Northeast Florida is the largest nonprofit food bank and hunger relief network in the region. The agency addresses food insecurity, poverty and poor health by working with community partners to provide nutritious food and other essentials to those in need.
The Vice President is expected to leave Jacksonville at 6:05 p.m.
On Monday afternoon, the Duval County’s Democratic Party issued a statement welcoming Harris to Jacksonville. The US $ 1.9 trillion bailout plan will have the following effects on Jacksonville and Florida:
- More than 10 million Florida households are receiving $ 1,400 stimulus payments.
- The US rescue plan will provide the Florida state government with over $ 10 billion and the city of Jacksonville $ 187 million in state and local funding.
- The plan provides 4 Jacksonville colleges (EBR, FSCJ, JU, UNF) with US $ 111.7 million for student financial support and services.
- The plan more than doubles weekly unemployment benefits for the average Floridian, with a $ 300 increase in weekly benefit included.
- The incentive also expands the child tax credit, which will benefit more than 3.8 million Florida children. According to the Democratic Party, hundreds of thousands of children in Florida will be lifted out of poverty overall
- The bill provides Floridians with over $ 1.1 billion in rental support.
- Over $ 2.3 billion in FEMA funding will help more Floridians gain faster access to vaccines.
Harris and President Joe Biden have traveled the country promoting the government’s $ 1.9 trillion coronavirus stimulus plan.
Governor Ron DeSantis is already planning Florida’s share of the stimulus money. On Tuesday, he planned to use nearly half of the money coming to Florida from a federal stimulus package to add infrastructure, step up efforts to combat rising sea levels, resolve the troubled unemployment system, and provide $ 1,000 to first responders Grant for their work in the past year.
DeSantis on Tuesday outlined $ 4.1 billion in spending that it has proposed to House Speaker Chris Sprowls and Senate President Wilton Simpson for the current fiscal year and next. The money would also be used on topics such as promoting state tourism marketing efforts and recruiting new recruits to the Florida National Guard.
The governor’s proposal on Tuesday is intended to address part of the $ 9-10 billion the state expects from the $ 1.9 trillion aid package signed by President Biden last week.
Check out WJCT News Monday night for more information on the Vice President’s visit to Jacksonville.