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It’s not going to be easy, says Kamala Harris

PTI Washington | Updated on January 19, 2021 Published on January 19, 2021

Talking about plans for Covid vaccinations, the Vice-President elect said that hard work and cooperation of the members of the United States Congress is needed

US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Monday acknowledged the challenges that lie ahead after January 20 when Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th President of the United States, saying it is not going to be easy.

“We’re going into Wednesday knowing that we’re ready to do the work, and we’ve got a lot of work to do. It’s not going to be easy,” Harris told reporters at Martha’s Table in Anacostia here on Monday, observing the National Day of Service.

Covid plan

“Joe has outlined our plan for vaccinations, our plan for recovery, and in particular relief for working people, for families. And there is a lot to do. Some of them say that ours are ambitious goals, but we do believe with hard work and cooperation of the members of the United States Congress that we can get it done,” Harris said in response to a question.

Asked if she felt safe going to the inauguration, she said, “I am looking forward to be sworn in as the next Vice President of the United States and I will walk there to that moment proudly with my head up and my shoulders back”.

Kamala Harris and the future Second Gentleman of the US Doug Emhoff participated in a service event at Martha’s Table in Anacostia on Monday, packing food into plastic bags which will be distributed. The couple were seen packing bags with the list laid out for them — two potatoes, two oranges, a macaroni and cheese, etc.

“We’re here at Martha’s Table to support the work that is happening. Volunteers are here. There are a number of high school students from Jack and Jill who are here, in honour of the Day of Service when we recognize and pay tribute to the work of Dr. King,” she said.

“I think it’s so important to remember that Dr. King was killed in large part, I believe, because he was on the verge of bringing together the civil rights movement around racial justice with the fight for economic justice,” she said.

National Day of Service

“When we look at where we are as a country today, we know that the fight Dr. King was engaged in is still a fight in America, which is to recognize our collective responsibility to address these injustices,” said Harris.

She further said today in America, one in six families describe their household as being hungry, one in five describe an inability to pay rent, while one in three describe an inability to pay their bills. “

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Published on January 19, 2021
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