(MADISON) — Vice President Kamala Harris visited Milwaukee yesterday to highlight the American Jobs Plan, a proposal she says would bring “good-paying, union jobs” to Wisconsin. The American Jobs Plan will reimagine and rebuild America’s economy, from repairing roads and bridges to ensuring access to rural broadband and creating clean energy jobs.
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Harris also participated in a roundtable discussion about the investments in research and development proposed in Biden’s infrastructure jobs plan, which would rebuild roads and bridges, boost broadband access and make other improvements. Harris was joined by Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, university and business leaders, researchers, teachers and others on the visit.
Harris has been touting Biden’s plan, unveiled in March, at stops across the country. In Milwaukee, she emphasized the $180 billion in proposed funding for research and development. Speaking at the roundtable, Harris said that would be the largest amount spent on research and development, other than in the military, in the history of the United States.
She toured the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s clean energy laboratories and hosted a roundtable on the American Jobs Plan.
The vice president emphasized “its impact on local communities.”
The infrastructure plan would invest billions of dollars into projects like those underway at UWM.
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 Democratic Party Chairman Ben Wikler says building Milwaukee’s infrastructure is a goal for local Democrats.
“Getting a federal partner who actually believes in building infrastructure and putting people to work to make our cities and our whole state a better place, that’s just exactly what the doctor ordered,” Wikler said.
Vice President Kamala Harris came to Milwaukee Tuesday to tout the administration’s ambitious infrastructure plan, tour UW-Milwaukee’s clean energy laboratories and talk about the importance of scientific research on her first trip to Wisconsin since taking office in January.
Her visit came as the administration gears up to push through its American Jobs Plan, a sweeping $2.3 trillion development package aimed at improving the nation’s aging infrastructure, fighting climate change and creating jobs.
In an interview with the Journal Sentinel, Harris also said she believes the massive plan will improve racial equity when it comes to issues like family-supporting jobs, school safety, affordable housing, stable broadband Internet and safe drinking water.
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The Biden administration’s infrastructure proposal also includes $175 billion in incentives for manufacturing electrical vehicles. The plan would pay for 500,000 charging stations and provide $25 billion for electric public transit buses and $20 billion for electric school buses.
Of the $180 billion in research and development funding, $40 billion is proposed to upgrade research infrastructure across federal research and development agencies such as labs, with 50% reserved for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, including the creation of a new national lab for climate at an HBCU.
With climate change a priority for the Biden administration, the proposal allocates $35 billion for climate research in some specific areas such as offshore wind, carbon capture and electric vehicles.