MILWAUKEE — Vice President Kamala Harris toured UW-Milwaukee's clean energy laboratories and touted President Joe Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan during her first Wisconsin visit since taking office.
Wisconsin Republicans said instead of coming to the Upper Midwest state, Harris’ time would be better spent at the U.S. border dealing with the increase of migrants trying to cross from Mexico.
Harris also participated Tuesday in a roundtable discussion about the investments in research and development proposed in Biden’s infrastructure jobs plan. Harris was joined by Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, university and business leaders, researchers, teachers and others.
View reaction to the VP's visit from Wisconsin lawmakers and groups below:
I’m thrilled to welcome @VP Harris to Milwaukee! Our city and universities are forging a path to the future, & I’m excited that @VP Harris will see one of UWM's clean energy labs, which is doing critical research. We are building back better for the future!https://t.co/ftz4w2Hhq4— Rep. Gwen Moore (@RepGwenMoore) May 4, 2021
Glad to have @VP @UWM today! Wisconsin is a leader in clean energy R&D and the #AmericanJobsPlan will put R&D into action and allow #MadeInWI innovation to lead the way in building a clean energy economy to improve public health & boost working families in our state. pic.twitter.com/KTVAzW0WcZ— Sen. Tammy Baldwin (@SenatorBaldwin) May 4, 2021
Thank you for coming to our great state, @VP! It was a pleasure to meet with you and talk about how we can work together to ensure Wisconsin bounces back better than ever from this pandemic. pic.twitter.com/iEQQARaqR2— Governor Tony Evers (@GovEvers) May 4, 2021
Sen. Ron Johnson:
“More than 70 percent of President Biden’s so-called ‘infrastructure plan’ will be spent on programs few would even consider infrastructure. It should be interesting to see how Vice President Harris tries to justify this $2.25 trillion spending boondoggle. Instead of creating more opportunities, it will kill people’s jobs, increase their taxes, and further implement radical leftists’ agenda. Happy to have her visit Milwaukee, but she really ought to inspect the crisis President Biden created at the border.”
Democratic Party of Wisconsin:
“President Biden and Vice President Harris are delivering big time for Wisconsin. The American Rescue Plan has certainly lived up to its name—and then some. In partnership with Governor Evers and Wisconsin’s Democratic Congressional delegation, they’ve put checks in the pockets of 89% of adults in Wisconsin, made it possible to administer more than 4 million vaccine doses in our state, and driven our unemployment rate down to 3.8 percent — well below the national average.
“Today’s visit by the Vice President to Milwaukee, so early into the first term, drives home how committed President Biden and Vice President Harris are to getting Wisconsin families and small businesses the support they need to not only recover from the pandemic but to bounce back better. So many Wisconsinites feel both pride and relief to have a true federal partner who is committed to investing in our people and infrastructure to make our cities and our state a better place. As we begin to recover from such a difficult year, this visit is just what the doctor ordered.”
Republican Party of Wisconsin:
“Kamala Harris should be visiting the southern border, given it has been nearly a month and a half since being tasked with managing the border crisis, and she still has not found time to address a problem that has spiraled out of control. To make matters worse, she is coming to Wisconsin to promote Biden’s wasteful $6 trillion tax and spending plan that will ruin the economic recovery and saddle our children with insurmountable debt.“