Vice President Kamala Harris will travel to Seattle on Wednesday to speak about the administration’s low-emission school bus initiative, her office announced Friday. She will also participate in a private fundraiser, an opportunity to raise funds at a pivotal time in the midterm election season.
Harris plans to attend a public event where she will share remarks on the Clean School Bus Program, a $5 billion national plan to replace school buses with zero- or low-emission alternatives. The initiative is led by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
EPA Administrator Michael Regan will join Harris for the Seattle speech. The White House has yet to release details of the location or time of the event.
The Vice President’s second leg, the fundraising event, will be closed to the general public.
The visit will mark Harris’ first return to Seattle from his presidential campaign in 2019. The then-candidate shared plans for gun safety measures during a speech in the city’s Central District. After meeting with crying mothers of victims of gun violence, Harris aimed to strengthen background checks and ban assault weapons, she said in a packed theater at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute in September 2019. .
Harris’ stop in Seattle looks like Jill Biden’s visit in early October. The first lady visited the Pacific Science Center to speak about caregivers and also attended a fundraiser where she discussed helping a friend recover from an abortion.
In Washington, Senator Patty Murray is seeking a sixth term against Republican challenger Tiffany Smiley in what appears to be the tightest senatorial contest here in over a decade. And Rep. Kim Schrier is trying to hold on to the competitive 8th Precinct seat against Republican Matt Larkin.