Preparations underway for Vice President Kamala Harris’ visit to New Haven Friday

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– Vice President Kamala Harris will travel to New Haven on Friday, March 26. It is part of the Biden Administration’s “Help is Here” tour highlighting how the Child Tax Credit in the American Rescue Plan helps families.

Harris is the first woman, the first Black American, and the first South Asian American to be elected Vice President.

Excitement is growing in the Elm City ahead of her visit and preparations are underway. When driving on I-91 in the New Haven area, you might catch a billboard welcoming the vice president.

Related: First lady Jill Biden, new Education Secretary Miguel Cardona tour elementary school in Meriden

She’ll be in the state on Friday as part of the “Help is Here” tour, which highlights what’s being done under the American Rescue Plan and the impact it will have. The $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package allocates money for vaccines, small businesses, and people hit hard by the pandemic. One of the stops she’ll be making is to a child care center in New Haven.

“It’s a great opportunity for our city,” New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker. “Our police department is in close communication with the Secret Service to make sure it’s safe and doesn’t impact residents a lot.”

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, who represents the state’s third congressional district, will be there with the vice president. She says she’s proud to have VP Harris come to her hometown: “I am really overjoyed that both the president and vice president thought it very important for them to be in Connecticut.”

She tells us the focus will be on children and families. “What are the issues that surround their lives, how will the American Rescue Plan help to alleviate those economic issues before them and insecurities that they have and how we can move forward and what will be available.”

DeLauro says the Child Tax Credit is 20 years in the making. She introduced the amendment back in March of 2003.

“This rescue plan. It will stabilize it, reinvigorate it, and then we have to move on and do some more,” she told News 8 Thursday.

She says five million women are out of work right now and attributes that to losing child care during the pandemic. She’s hoping increasing the Child Tax Credit will help get things back on track.

Other members of the Connecticut delegation will be joining them Friday.

The vice president’s visit comes weeks after first Lady Jill Biden and U.S. Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel Cardona traveled to Meriden. Together, they visited Ben Franklin Elementary School for a tour.

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) released the following statement regarding Vice President Harris’ upcoming visit to Connecticut:

“I’m thrilled to welcome my friend and former colleague Vice President Harris to the great state of Connecticut, and look forward to showing her the work already underway putting American Rescue Plan resources to work in our communities. Vice President Harris has made helping families a priority since her days as my Senate deskmate. Under her leadership, and the leadership of President Biden, the American Rescue Plan is injecting billions of dollars directly into Connecticut state and local governments.”

And, of course, we had to ask Rep. DeLauro if the VP would be stopping by Wooster Street for a slice of New Haven-style pizza. Unfortunately, she said, “No. I can tell you that. And I wish. I can’t even because of COVID you can’t provide any food to take back on the plane.”

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