Madam VP Kamala Harris Returns Home to California to Fight Fires

The vice president joins Gov. Newsom to tout $5 billion in funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, which will aid in reduction of the state’s wildfires

Vice President Kamala Harris returned home to California Friday to tout the administration’s efforts to help the state fight wildfires. 

Harris, a California native and former U.S. Senator, is announcing major funding for the state as the Biden White House looks to reverse its public opinion slide by telling Americans about the successes of their first year. 

One of those successes was the $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which included more than $5 billion to reduce and fight wildfires. Harris was scheduled to visit the U.S. Forest Service’s Del Rosa Fire Station in San Bernardino where she’ll receive an aerial briefing and tour of the national forest, according to the White House.

As part of the event, Harris, along with Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack, will announce $1.3 billion in disaster relief funding, which includes $600 billion for California, and $48 million for Joint Chief’s Landscape Restoration Partnership, which includes four projects in California aimed at combating the ravages of climate change. 

“As a California native, Vice President Harris brings her lived experience and expertise to addressing the issues that are most acute in, but not exclusive to, the West, including wildfire and drought,” the White House said. 

The vice president is scheduled to visit Los Angeles after the event, but no details were provided about that portion of her trip. 

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