PRESIDENTIAL

Vice President Kamala Harris in Houston—Watch Her First Speech

Harris spoke at the National Baptist Convention Thursday at the Hilton Americas in Downtown Houston.

By Shelby Stewart September 8, 2022

Vice President Kamala Harris is in Houston this week. 

Houston IS be red white and blue this week in anticipation of a visit from Vice President Kamala Harris. The VP gave a keynote speech at the National Baptist Convention and is set to chair the second National Space Council meeting at NASA on Friday.

Arriving in Houston on Thursday, Harris is in the Bayou City for two events. First, she spoke at the National Baptist Convention, the nation’s oldest and largest African-American religious conference with an estimated membership of 7.5 million. This year’s convention is taking place at the Hilton Americas Houston Downtown, so expect traffic around that area. 

Per the White House, Harris will discuss how the Biden-Harris Administration is working to mitigate rising inflation through the Inflation Reduction Act. This comes after the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its latest Consumer Price Index (CPI). Houston’s CPI shows that area prices rose 2.8 percent in May and June, and are up 10.2 percent over the year. 

According to the Houston Chronicle, Harris urged people to help lead the nation through “unsettled times.” With over 1,000 people in attendance, she explained how American principles are under attack and how we must protect them. She also mentioned a slew of legislative wins, such as increased child tax credits, more thorough background checks for gun purchases, addressing racial biases in home appraisals, and the government capping off insulin prices for seniors at $35 a month. Harris also criticized Texas politicians for increased difficulty surrounding voting and restrictive abortion laws.

Harris plans to stay in Houston through Friday, where she’ll chair the second National Space Council meeting at NASA Johnson Space Center; she’ll also be touring the facility. In the last meeting of the National Space Council in December, she underscored strengthening a STEM workforce and plans to address ongoing climate change.

Watch Vice President Harris's address to the National Baptist Convention audience below.

 

 

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