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VP Kamala Harris will visit Durham on Thursday to talk healthcare, Inflation Reduction Act

Ben McKeown
Vice President Kamala Harris waves to a crowd after speaking about creating American jobs at an event at Durham Technical Community College in Durham, N.C., Wednesday, March 2, 2022.

Updated at 6:30 p.m.

Vice President Kamala Harris will travel to Durham, N.C. on Thursday to discuss healthcare and tout the Biden administration's plan to lower inflation, the vice president's team announced in a press release.

Harris will highlight the Inflation Reduction Act — a comprehensive tax, health care, and climate change bill that passed on Aug. 12. The act is considered a victory for the Democrats and, according to the White House, will "lower costs for families, combat the climate crisis, reduce the deficit, and finally ask the largest corporations to pay their fair share."

Analysis suggests the bill would likely not reduce recent price spikes facing American households — at least, not "anytime soon," the Associated Press reports. The bill could however help "slightly lower inflation" by the end of the decade.

Harris will participate in an evening fundraiser event in Durham with tickets for attendees ranging from $10,000 to $50,000. The funds will go to the Democratic Grassroots Victory Fund, a PAC that raised nearly $35 million in the 2021-2022 period.

In a statement, Republican National Committee's North Carolina Press Secretary Taylor Mazock said that as Harris "touts Democrat grassroots efforts at a fundraiser," Republicans are "in the field engaging voters." Mazock referred to the party's campaign teams that are "registering voters at gas stations, gun ranges, local festivals, churches, [and] community centers, to name just a few."

Further details for Harris' Durham visit have not been released.

Laura Pellicer is a digital reporter with WUNC’s small but intrepid digital news team.
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