Vice President Harris Delivers Remarks at an Inflation Reduction Act Event

By | November 2, 2022

The Vice President Harris delivers remarks at an Inflation Reduction Act event to highlight the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to lowering costs for working American families, creating jobs, and combatting the climate crisis.

Boston, MA


Good afternoon everybody Wow thank you so much So as was said by the voice of God my Name is shamia Turner My pronouns are she and her and I have Been a proud member of Local Union 17 For 10 years It is such an awesome Such an honor to be on the stage but I Would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge That there are so many others that I Represent here today Firstly I represent my ancestors Especially my mother who is an army Veteran and was widowed at the age of 28 And left left alone to raise three young Kids I learned from her and all of my Ancestors that the collect when the Collective imagination is so small for What is attainable to stretch myself Beyond what others think is possible I represent the hundreds of people in The city who are looking for purpose in Their lives a way to provide for their Families and to create the future for Themselves and found that solution and The building Pathways pre-apprenticeship Program the path to success doesn’t Always look like a college degree it Could also look like a vocational Technical education and a career and a Union with great benefits Yeah

[Applause] I also represent the thousands of women In Boston and around the country who are Construction workers we are breaking [Applause] We are breaking barriers every day and Constantly challenging the status quo so That women never again have to ask for Permission to be do or have whatever They want [Music] The work that we do although it allows Allows us to provide a decent life for Ourselves is not ultimately about us It’s about the future and that is why I’m so excited to rep to introduce vice President Harris today She provides representation to so many Others including myself And the inflation reduction act that She’ll be speaking about keenly has its Eye on the future and pushes the Boundaries of what’s possible It pushes the boundary of what’s Possible in terms of providing good jobs And a sustainable way to address the Climate crisis The emphasis on electric heat pumps in This act is a major step to ending Fossil fuel dependence in this country And to make sure that the people in the Next Generation can enjoy a viable Planet I recognize the kindred spirit

Um she’s not here yet but I recognize The kindred spirit and uh Madam President Madam vice president who I’m Jump ahead of myself there And I recognize Um A kindred spirit in the mission as well Words really can’t express what an Awesome history-making opportunity this Is and how grateful I am for the Opportunity thank you uh Bobby Butler And the rest of the sheet metal workers So without further ado Please welcome vice president Kamala Harris [Applause] [Music] Hey everyone please have a seat to me You represent the heart and soul of like Local 17. I’m telling you you just the Work that you’ve been doing and I’ve Read about your work I’ve had some time To talk with you and you really do Represent the spirit of all that we’re Here to talk about so thank you for that Introduction and for all that you have Done and have yet to do thank you for That [Applause] Well it’s good to be in the house of Labor [Applause] Thank you all very much and it’s good to Be back in Boston

Um so I will say first of all that I Wanted to say something about your Senator Ed Markey Um you know I served with Ed in the Senate for four years the four years I Was there and he is always fighting for Massachusetts always I’ve been in those Rooms those small rooms when we would Have well this is when we were in the Minority and we would meet for lunch the Democratic caucus in the LBJ room and it Was just the Senators no press nobody Else was there and Um adding his great accent Um And you know he has a bellowing voice Would stand in the middle of the lunch Everybody put down their forks and eyes Here he comes And and he’d always talk about the Working people of the state and the Importance of fighting for them it’s Good to be with you Ed thank you And he worked for 13 years on so much That is the foundation of us convening Today So thank you for that I also want to Recognize of course your representative Ayanna Presley I just Talk about a spider talk about a fighter And one of the things that I love about The congresswoman is that she has an Equal amount of fire and force when it Comes to her willingness and ability and

Preparedness to fight but also her Optimism I really do admire and appreciate that About you You fight you know how to fight you know How to roll up your sleeves but it Always is driven by your optimism about What is possible and your optimism about The capacity of the people and I Appreciate that and it’s good to be with You again this afternoon thank you Again the last time I saw you was here On Labor Day for the breakfast and I Want to recognize in front of all the Friends your leadership in particular in Many ways but in particular on what You’ve done to create a division of Worker empowerment with an emphasis on Work or training and also on Child Care Something that we still have work to do As a nation but you’re doing it right Here in Boston it’s good to be with you Again thank you Thank you So thank you to Sheet Metal Workers Local 17. we’re hosting And thank you for going to work every Day for the people of Massachusetts and The people of America So we all know what you do right when The furnace breaks in the middle of the Winter families call you to get the heat Back on When the roof starts to leak or the

Refrigerator stops running Small business owners call for you to Help keep their doors open as bus Drivers and train operators all of that You are the folks who get people to Where they need to go and help them get Through the day and through the month And even in the rain and the sleet and The snow and yes I’m talking about sheet Metal workers You are Armed forward and so it’s so good to be With you and you know I bring you Greetings of course from our President Joe Biden And we feel so strongly it is the work That we have all been doing together Fighting to build a nation where all People can succeed and Thrive that is Some of the best work that I think can Be done We are fighting of course together to Create millions of good paying good Union jobs yes To protect workers rights to expand American manufacturing and to lower Costs for American families And the president and I continued to Make lowering costs one of our highest Priorities we lowered the cost of Health Care by capping insulin prescriptions For seniors at 35 a month And you know for many of us we’ve Traveled around the country and we’ve

Met with seniors who have diabetes and In so many cases before this Had to be in a situation where they had To juggle whether they were going to Fill a prescription that a doctor Dictated because it would save their Life And juggle between whether they could Afford to do that or pay rent or buy Food so this cap is 35 a month is going To be life-saving in addition to Bringing Down cost and finally Finally we are so proud that we have Been able to give Medicare the power to Negotiate prescription drug prices Against the pharmaceutical companies on Behalf of 60 million Americans And we passed a tax cut not for Corporations but for parents to give Them up to 8 000 more dollars in their Pocket to help with the expenses of Raising a child of parenting our Children the cost of things like food And medicine and school supplies eight Thousand Up to eight thousand more dollars in Their pocket We yes We are also canceling student loan debt For millions of Americans Including 800 000 students and borrowers Right here in Massachusetts Figured out because here’s the reality Of it for so many of these young people

These young leaders there are those who Couldn’t even complete their education In these colleges and universities Through graduation because it just got Too expensive and they still have the Debt even though they weren’t able to Graduate so please help get the word out That even if they did not graduate they Are eligible for this debt relief of up To twenty thousand dollars And of course we are doing everything we Can to lower gas prices which have Fallen more than a dollar and 20 cents a Gallon since the summer And to be clear gas prices would fall if Oil companies they fall even further if The oil companies use their record Profits to help American families Instead of their shareholders And finally we are fighting together to Lower home energy costs for families Across the Nation Which is the subject that brings us Together this afternoon So one of the best ways a family can Reduce the energy bill is to make their Home more energy efficient But here’s the challenge For many homeowners Many folks who are here today you know That Energy Efficiency upgrades are Expensive And even though we know it can save you Thousands of dollars in the long run The

Upfront cost is often too high for so Many families to be able to afford And that is why we are investing 300 Million dollars right here in Massachusetts and 13 billion dollars Nationwide To help families pay to upgrade their Homes and to lower their monthly energy Bills and that means providing rebates Of more than eight hundred dollars per Household to help families purchase and Install for example a new electric stove And providing up to one thousand six Hundred dollars per household to help Families install new insulation And it means giving families up to eight Thousand dollars to replace their gas Furnace And to be clear an electric heat pump is Significantly cheaper to run in fact I Was talking about I’ve been looking at The diagrams in the back hall of the HVAC system it’s really very intricate And requires an incredible level of Education and skill I have mad respect For those who are putting them together And installing them but they are also More efficient in terms of energy bills Not to mention just a piece of art if You if you see it the way that they work Um so on average families that switch to An electric heat pump can save up to 500 A year on their energy bill and since Heat pumps do not burn oil or gas they

Also mean cleaner air inside your home At the same time we will also provide Immediate help to low-income families to Pay their energy bills this winter and For those who are looking for that help Please go to Energyhelp.us to find where you can get Help with your energy bill this winter So as the workers here know these Investments will also create jobs For electricians who do the residential Wiring jobs for Laborers who install Energy efficient windows and doors jobs For Sheet Metal Workers [Applause] Who build who build and install electric Heat pumps jobs for union workers who Will be trained right here in this Building [Applause] Everything [Applause] And in addition to lowering costs And creating jobs this investment will Also help us fight the climate crisis And again Ed thank you for the work You’ve done on this last year President Biden said an ambitious goal Our nation would cut our greenhouse gas Emissions at least in half by no later Than 2030 and by no later than 2050 we Would reach net zero emissions Today I am proud to report that because Of Investments like this one our nation

Is well positioned to meet those goals So Local 17 Boston here’s the point We are working all of us together at the Intersection of so many important Priorities By helping families pay The Upfront cost For Energy Efficiency upgrades to their Homes We are also lowering energy bills Bringing down household costs Creating jobs And fighting the climate crisis it’s all Connected It’s all connected with this effort And it is helping us to build a nation Where all people can succeed and thrive So I thank you all For the work you have done It is this kind of leadership and Collaboration That will allow our nation To grow its strength its prosperity And its position of leadership around The globe I’m very proud of what we are doing here And I thank you for the hard work that Went into all of it may God bless you And may God bless America thank you [Applause]

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