During a Monday speech in North Carolina promoting President Joe Biden‘s $2 trillion infrastructure proposal, Vice President Kamala Harris tried cracking a joke to the audience, but it did not appear to land.
“These opportunities are equally available women, as well as men,” Harris said, followed by applause from the attendees at Guilford Technical Community College, located outside of Greensboro.
As the applause died down, the vice president quipped, “Because there’s an interesting fact, in case you didn’t know. Hardhats are actually unisex.”
While Harris herself was laughing, no noise could be heard from the audience. A second later, she pointed to somebody in the crowd and said, “Everybody’s laughing,” and kept chuckling.
During her speech, she promoted the administration’s $20 billion proposal to convert the United States’ whole fleet of gasoline and diesel-powered school buses to electric vehicles, and to tout the president’s plans to create “good jobs,” according to The New York Times‘ reporting.
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“I believe you shouldn’t have to work more than one job to pay your bills and feed your family,” Harris was reported as saying. “One good job should be enough.”
Her speech also comes amid a crisis at the border that has seen a record-breaking number of migrants—especially unaccompanied children—illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border, as well as overcrowded migrant detention facilities with poor accommodations.
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Harris was tapped by Biden late last month to be the administration’s public face for the border crisis. However, she and the president have yet to visit the border or the facilities, which has drawn increasing scrutiny.
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Biden spends $1.65 trillion taxpayer dollars while vacationing in St. Croix
While vacationing in the island of St. Croix for the holidays, President Joe Biden on Thursday signed into law the massive $1.65 omnibus spending package.
The whopping 4,155 pages was supported by only nine House Republicans and 13 Senate Republicans. Majority of criticism from the GOP includes concerns that the bill was rushed and crammed with wasteful spending by a lame-duck Democratic-dominated Congress. The recourse will punish American families by adding to the national debt and exacerbate inflation.
“Today, I signed the bipartisan omnibus bill, ending a year of historic progress. It’ll invest in medical research, safety, veteran health care, disaster recovery, VAWA funding — and gets crucial assistance to Ukraine,” Biden tweeted. “Looking forward to more in 2023.”
Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell “praised the bill on the grounds that it represents a real decrease in discretionary spending. He presented it as a positive that nondefense spending jumped by only 5.5 percent, from $730 billion to $772.5 billion, amid an inflation rate of 7.1 percent” writes National Review.
“The bipartisan government-funding bill that Senators Shelby and Leahy have finished negotiating does exactly the opposite of what the Biden administration first proposed,” he said. “This bill provides a substantial real-dollar increase to the defense baseline . . . and a substantial real-dollar cut to the non-defense, non-veterans baseline,” McConnell insisted as negotiations were wrapping up.
House minority leader Kevin McCarthy, however, stated his strong disapproval of the bill before it even advanced. Affirming a letter from 13 House Republicans, McCarthy demanded the bill is reckless, irresponsible, and a “purposeful refusal to secure and defend our borders.”
For example, it failed to incorporate protections for Title 42, the pandemic policy that allows illegal immigrants to be expelled on a public-health basis, which currently hangs in the balance at the Supreme Court.
National Review adds, “The funding in the bill, which averted a federal government shutdown before the new year, includes an allocation of $45 billion in defense assistance to Ukraine. Some Republican priorities, such as Electoral Count Act reform and a bigger military budget, were nested in with Democratic appropriations, such as increased funding for Medicaid and food stamps.”
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