LAS VEGAS — Vice President Kamala Harris touted administration accomplishments including the passage of a bill to combat inflation and another to make computer chips in the United States during a daylong visit to Las Vegas on Wednesday.
In the morning, Harris addressed the 2022 Constitutional Convention of the United Steelworkers at the MGM Grand Convention Center. Her visit came amid a year of rising union support and membership nationwide, with union drives in Amazon warehouses and Starbucks locations garnering national attention.
“The strength of America is because of the workers of America, the protection of the workers of America, and the recognition of the dignity of the work that those workers do,” Harris said.
She praised the passage of new legislation in Congress: the CHIPS Act, which will expand U.S. computer chip manufacturing, and the Inflation Reduction Act, an omnibus bill with massive ramifications for the fight against climate change and lowering health care costs. That legislation includes raising taxes on the richest Americans and closing tax loopholes for large businesses.
“Our nation’s largest corporations will now start to pay their fair share,” she said to a standing ovation.
At a roundtable with local lawmakers later in the day, Harris also praised her administration’s work in turning around the nation’s economy postpandemic. There was no additional inflation in July, gas prices are falling nationally and unemployment is at a 50-year low, she said.
“We are delivering for the American people,” Harris said.
Inflation remains high, although it fell from 9.1% to 8.5% last month.
The roundtable featured eight Nevada lawmakers, including Attorney General Aaron Ford and Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro. The group’s discussion focused on reproductive rights in the state following the Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization to effectively overturn abortion rights on the federal level and allow states to pass laws regarding the procedure.
“The United States Supreme Court, with the Dobbs decision, took a constitutional right that had been recognized from the people of America. From the women of America,” she said. “What we have seen around the country are extremist, so-called leaders passing laws to punish women, to criminalize healthcare providers.”