Vice President Harris to Tour UW-Milwaukee Clean Water Lab


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MILWAUKEE (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris planned to tour clean energy laboratories on the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus during her first visit to Wisconsin on Tuesday since taking office.

Harris was also scheduled to participate in a round table discussion about investments in research and development proposed in President Joe Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure jobs plan, which would rebuild roads and bridges, boost broadband access and make other improvements.

Harris has been touting the plan, unveiled by Biden in March, at stops across the country.

Republicans have argued that the plan is too expensive and are calling for it to be scaled back.

Hours before Harris was to arrive in Milwaukee, two Wisconsin Republican legislative leaders who recently visited the U.S. border with Mexico sent her a letter criticizing her for not visiting southern border states. Biden in March put her in charge of diplomatic efforts to address the root causes of migration to the U.S.

“We appreciate the visit to Wisconsin; but, respectfully, you have much bigger problems to deal with right now,” Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke and Speaker Pro Tempore Tyler August wrote. “As the person who is supposed to be the most qualified to address this issue, we implore you to start taking action now to help our southern border.”

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