Vice President Kamala Harris gave brief remarks, welcoming Texas state House Democrats back to Washington, DC, Tuesday, after an unannounced stop at the American Federation of Teachers during what appeared to be an ongoing meeting.
“I wanted to stop by, say hello and to say welcome and to say, thank you,” Harris said while standing and speaking into a microphone.
Harris told the group of the statement she gave on their actions yesterday in Detroit, Michigan, complimenting them on the “courage and the commitment and the patriotism,” she said they were showing with their actions.
“I know what you have done comes with great sacrifice, both personal and political. And you are doing this in support and in defense of some of our nation’s highest ideals,” she said.
The vice president ticked through voting rights flash points in time, from Fredrick Douglass’ 1867 appeal to Congress over the right for Black men to vote, to the passage of the Voting Rights Act.
“And 2021, the Texas Legislature came to Washington, DC,” Harris said to applause.
She repeated a frequent stance that protecting and expanding the right to vote should not be a partisan issue, and used the example of a single parent who “needs to be able to have a drive through or a drop box,” to vote, and cited Americans with disabilities who need to vote by mail.
“And you all know that. You are fighters for exactly this point. And so, I'm here to thank you,” Harris said.