Vice President Harris to Visit Milwaukee Training Center to Discuss Lead Pipe Replacement | WUWM 89.7 FM
Vice President Kamala Harris is scheduled to travel to Milwaukee on Monday to talk about union workers who will soon replace lead drinking water pipes.
The White House said Harris would speak to the Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership / BIG STEP building on the west side of town.
The recently passed bipartisan infrastructure law will bring millions of federal dollars to Milwaukee. The Biden administration recently announced a priority on replacing lead pipes and eliminating lead paint as ways to reduce the health threat of lead in homes.
Lilly Goren directs the Department of History, Political Science, and Religious Studies at Carroll University Waukesha. Goren says promoting infrastructure spending is not a hot topic, but highlights hope and progress.
“You know, it’s done, and now we’re going to have projects ready to go and move all of this forward,” she says.
Goren says it’s possible Harris is also trying to win over some swing voters in the construction industry. “[Those] who may vote Republican, may vote Democrat. Maybe it’s a chance to say, ‘Hey, you’re going to be working on a federal government contract for X days, months, years, and what about that?’ “, she says.
Some of the VP’s focus is likely to be on future workers, as the Regional Training Partnership specializes in hands-on group pre-employment training certificate programs, while BIG STEP focuses on one-on-one academic skills tutoring for learning exams.
Paru Shah, a political science professor at UW-Milwaukee, said Harris’ visit could also signal an ongoing effort to push through the administration’s Build Back Better spending plan, which is currently stalled in Congress.
“Maybe not the way the Biden administration has wrapped them up, but definitely things that those of us in Wisconsin realize we need to move forward on for our state to be in. good health,” Shah said.
Harris arrives in Milwaukee as national polls show President Joe Biden’s approval ratings are in the 40s. Shah says that may be less of a concern for Biden right now, but potentially a big deal for other Democrats this fall.
“Every opportunity they have to build momentum around these issues, I think they’re going to seize by November,” Shah said.
Wisconsin Democrats are hoping to re-elect Tony Evers as Governor and capture the US Senate seat now held by Republican Ron Johnson.