Harris pitches COVID relief bill in Las Vegas

Vice President Kamala Harris says she's on a mission to ensure people know what they were entitled to in the American Rescue Plan. (March 15)

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KAMALA HARRIS: Listen, I was raised to understand that if you live the value of love thy neighbor, you understand the distinction between charity and duty. Charity, I'll give you a little if I've got a little extra. Look at how wonderful I am. I'm so benevolent.

Duty, it is the business of each of us. We have a duty to help each other out, especially in times of need. It is our responsibility when people are suffering, when people are hungry, you help people out. And you do it understanding the dignity of each person and your fellow human being.

And that's what this is about. That's what you all are doing here. That's what we were doing with the American Rescue Plan. About understanding that right now in our country people are suffering. People have been unemployed for over a year, through no fault of their own. Our babies are hungry.

In Nevada alone, one in seven households are describing hunger in their household. In Nevada alone, one in five households is describing an inability or difficulty to pay rent. In Nevada alone, one in four small businesses is out of business.

So President Biden, you'll remember a while back, he said, help is on the way. And then he signed that American Rescue Plan. So I would say help us here. Help is here. Help is here. And as the Congressman said, there are a number of things that it does.

And so I'm here to also make sure we get the word out, so folks know what they are entitled to receive. And also, by extension, they remember this is supposed to be the job of your government, which is when you're suffering, when you need a helping hand, when you need a little assistance to just get over a moment of crisis you didn't create, that's when leaders are supposed to kick in to say, I'm here. I see you. And I will help you.

- White House has said repeatedly that this is a very popular law. If that's the case, why is it important to get out and sell it?

KAMALA HARRIS: It's not selling it. It's literally letting people know their rights, right? It's kind of like you buy a product. You've already been sold on the product, but you need some directions on the box, usually. Right?

And so this is about, hey, know that you're entitled to this. File your taxes so that you can speed up the benefits that you're going to receive. Talk to your friends and neighbors about getting vaccinations, because we are speeding up the delivery and supply of vaccinations, and sites like UNLV.

These are the things we are doing to let people know what they are entitled to and to spread the word. Think of it more as a public education campaign. This is what's happening. This is what you're entitled to receive. And so go out there and get it.