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Tuesday, August 15th, 2023

Vice President Kamala Harris, Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff arrive in Seattle

The Vice Pres­i­dent and Sec­ond Gen­tle­man have made it to Seattle!

Moments ago, Kamala Har­ris and Doug Emhoff land­ed at Boe­ing Field to begin a quar­ter-day stop to cel­e­brate the anniver­sary of the Infla­tion Reduc­tion Act and raise resources for the Biden-Har­ris reelec­tion effort. Their itin­er­ary includes an offi­cial event at McK­instry in Seat­tle’s SoDo neigh­bor­hood (which will be livestreamed), fol­lowed by a cam­paign recep­tion else­where in town.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the North­west Pro­gres­sive Insti­tute were at Boe­ing Field to wit­ness the arrival of Air Force Two. The air­craft land­ed at 11:17 AM, and Har­ris and Emhoff were whisked away to McK­instry in a motor­cade a few min­utes later.

“A crowd of rough­ly fif­teen peo­ple wel­comed her, includ­ing Wash­ing­ton Gov­er­nor Jay Inslee and Seat­tle May­or Bruce Har­rell,” pool reporter Ellen Den­nis wrote.

“Wear­ing a sky blue-col­ored suit, Har­ris smiled as she dis­em­barked AF2 and stepped into the bright sun­light dur­ing Seat­tle’s hottest week of the year so far.”

King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell greet Vice President Harris

King Coun­ty Exec­u­tive Dow Con­stan­tine and Seat­tle May­or Bruce Har­rell were among the state and local offi­cials who greet­ed Vice Pres­i­dent Kamala Har­ris after Air Force Two touched down in Seat­tle (Pho­to: Rich Erwin/NPI)

Now the entourage is on its way to stop num­ber one.

In addi­tion to address­ing a crowd of local elect­ed offi­cials and activists, the White House tells NPI that the Vice Pres­i­dent will also receive a tour of McKinstry.

The com­pa­ny is known being a leader in the design, con­struc­tion, and oper­a­tion of ener­gy-effi­cient and net-zero build­ings. A senior admin­is­tra­tion offi­cial says that McK­instry fore­sees a sig­nif­i­cant increase of build­ing elec­tri­fi­ca­tion and ener­gy effi­cien­cy work over the next few years due to the Infla­tion Reduc­tion Act

Warm­ing up the crowd for The Vice Pres­i­dent will be Ener­gy Sec­re­tary Jen­nifer Granholm, Unit­ed States Sen­a­tor Maria Cantwell, Wash­ing­ton State Gov­er­nor Jay Inslee, and Seat­tle May­or Bruce Har­rell. NPI staff and con­trib­u­tors are here at McK­instry’s cam­pus await­ing the begin­ning of the speak­ing program.

The Vice Pres­i­dent and oth­er dig­ni­taries will deliv­er their remarks in a small gym dec­o­rat­ed with flags and ban­ners. One ban­ner reads “Bide­nomics.”

Anoth­er, posi­tioned behind the main podi­um, reads “Invest­ing in Amer­i­ca / Pres­i­dent Joe Biden — Vice Pres­i­dent Kamala Har­ris / Seat­tle, WA.”

Crowd gathers for Vice President Kamala Harris' speech in Seattle

Crowd gath­ers for Vice Pres­i­dent Kamala Har­ris’ speech in Seat­tle (Pho­to: Andrew Villeneuve/NPI)

It’s a very warm day in Seat­tle, so many atten­dees are cool­ing them­selves with makeshift fans, or mak­ing trips to the perime­ter of the room where it’s a lit­tle cool­er. Sev­er­al dozen reporters and pho­tog­ra­phers are here to cov­er the event, includ­ing mem­bers of our team. Until the speak­ing starts, peo­ple are catch­ing up with each oth­er and shar­ing sto­ries of their sum­mer trav­els or projects.

With respect to the con­tent of today’s speech, the White House advis­es that “the Vice Pres­i­dent will high­light the mon­u­men­tal impact that this his­toric leg­is­la­tion is hav­ing on com­mu­ni­ties across Amer­i­ca through build­ing a clean ener­gy econ­o­my that cre­ates good-pay­ing, union jobs and ensur­ing access to clean air and water for all com­mu­ni­ties. She will also reaf­firm the Biden-Har­ris administration’s com­mit­ment to address­ing the cli­mate cri­sis with the urgency it demands.”

“Tuesday’s cel­e­bra­tion of the Infla­tion Reduc­tion Act will be Vice Pres­i­dent Har­ris’ sec­ond vis­it to Seat­tle since tak­ing office,” the admin­is­tra­tion point­ed out. “In Octo­ber of last year, she was in town to announce new fund­ing for elec­tric school bus­es while tout­ing the impacts of the Bipar­ti­san Infra­struc­ture Law.”

NPI cov­ered that event and you can read about it right here.

We’ll bring you a recap of today’s gath­er­ing at McK­instry lat­er today.

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