Vice President Harris’ remarks on the historic achievement of passing HR 5376, the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022
3:40 p.m. EDT
THE VICE-PRESIDENT: Good morning everyone. Good afternoon. Sit down, please. Good afternoon. What a beautiful day. (Applause.) It’s good to be with so many amazing American leaders and friends, and thank you all.
President Joe Biden, our cabinet members, members of Congress, and my fellow Americans: When the President and I took office, we made a promise. In the face of deep crises and after years of stalemate, we promised the American people to act.
We are committed to building an America where every person, no matter where they begin, has the opportunity to succeed and thrive.
Over the past – (applause) – over the past year and a half, through the leadership of President Biden, we are delivering on that promise.
Mr. President, in the darkest days of the pandemic, you have seen the enormous challenges facing our nation, but you have also seen the tremendous courage and resilience of the American people.
And you knew that if we gave people a chance, America would emerge from this crisis stronger than ever. And we have. Today — (applause). And we have.
Today, the students are back in school. (Applause.) Especially the parents who applaud. (Laughs.) The parents are back at work. (Applause.) Small businesses are growing and thriving again. (Applause.)
And for decades, leaders in Washington have talked about rebuilding our country’s infrastructure. Well, we do. (Applause.)
And I’ll give you an example. Earlier this year, I met a woman named Deanna in Milwaukee. Her son, Aiden, had been hospitalized twice for lead exposure – the second time for two weeks, just for drinking water from the kitchen sink.
No child should have to endure this. No parent should have to put up with this.
And that’s why I’m proud to say that we’re on track to eliminate all lead pipes in America within 10 years. (Applause.)
And today, we come together to celebrate another historic step forward for our nation.
The Inflation Reduction Act will help millions of Americans build a better future for themselves and those they love.
In a moment, the President will talk about the many ways this law will benefit our nation.
I would like to focus on one. Throughout my career, whether as San Francisco District Attorney, California Attorney General, or United States Senator, I have worked alongside so many advocates here and leaders to protect our communities from the climate crisis. .
And in that time, I’ve seen what we’ve all seen: For decades, our nation has failed to address the climate crisis with the urgency it demands.
However, today, thanks to you – members of Congress, state and local officials, labor leaders, climate activists and community organizers – and because of our President, Joe Biden – (applause) – America is leading on climate, not just with declarations but with action. (Applause.)
Mr. President, over the past year and a half, you have repeatedly reminded us that there is no challenge too great for America.
You reminded us of how much we can accomplish when we work together.
On behalf of the American people, thank you for your vision, for your leadership, and for your unwavering faith in the possibility of America. (Applause.)
And now I have the honor to introduce you to a leader who is helping to make that possibility a reality: a proud trade unionist and fifth-year electrician apprentice at IBEW Local 103 in Boston, Lovette Jacobs. (Applause.)
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