The acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse has saddened Vice President Kamala Harris, who was in Columbus, Ohio, on Friday to promote the recently passed infrastructure bill.
Two protestors were killed and a third was wounded amid riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year following the police killing of Jacob Blake. A jury found Rittenhouse not guilty on all counts.
According to Kamala Harris, she is upset with the outcome of the trial. Harris feels it speaks for itself, according to her statement. In addition, she said that she’s spent most of her career focusing on how we can improve the criminal justice system and that there’s still a lot to do.
After a tour of Plumber’s and Pipefitters Local 189 with Marty Walsh, secretary of Labor, Harris spoke to the gathering on the city’s infrastructure plans. President Joe Biden had signed the USD 1.2 trillion bill into the US law on Monday following months of Democrat infighting.
Harris told USA TODAY that the infrastructure bill will help support apprenticeship programs and restore damaged roadways like I-70 and I-71.
They have to drive over potholes and deteriorated roads or bridges. She went on to explain that it signifies you’ve got a flat tire and something lodged in the tire. The cost of tire replacements is prohibitively high. That’s not what insurance covers. People’s ability to go to work and their children’s schools is slowed considerably, Harris added.
An estimated $483 million will be spent on bridge repairs and replacements in Ohio over the next five years as part of federal-aid highway apportionment programs. An estimated $100 million will be allocated to increasing internet availability. Additionally, $253 million will be allocated to airports, $1.2 billion will be allocated to public transit, and $1.4 billion will be allocated to water infrastructure.
Bridge Investment Act funding, which might help finance a USD 2.5 billion project to reduce congestion at the Brent Spence Bridge that links Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, is also available to the Buckeye State.
Hours before Harris’ arrival, Democrats enacted a $2 trillion spending plan for social services and climate measures, a primary focus of the Biden administration. As Biden went under anesthetic for a routine colonoscopy, she took over as acting president for 85 minutes.
Republican politicians in Ohio were quick to dismiss Harris’ trip as a publicity gimmick that diverts attention from more pressing concerns.