Vice President Kamala Harris Skips Student Loan, Spends Hawaii Vacation Bill Events
Vice President Kamala Harris has been conspicuously absent from two of President Biden’s biggest White House events so far, spending time with her husband on vacation in Hawaii.
Ms Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, landed in Hawaii on August 15. It was a day before Mr. Biden signed his huge bill on climate, health care and tax expenditures. The legislation was a hard-fought victory for Mr. Biden, who was eventually able to push his national platform’s signature through Congress.
While Mr. Biden was in the White House flanked by Democratic leaders in the House and Senate, Ms. Harris was thousands of miles away at a Hawaiian farmer’s market.
Earlier this week, Ms. Harris and her husband remained in Hawaii while Mr. Biden announced his administration would forgive $10,000 in federal student debt for people earning less than $125,000 and $20,000 for recipients of the Pell Grant earning less than $125,000.
Ms Harris acknowledged the event with a tweet celebrating the cancellation of student debt.
The trip to Hawaii was not announced until the second couple landed in Kauai. She was spotted hiking in a state park as well as shopping at the farmers market.
Ms. Harris’ last public event was on August 12 in her hometown of Oakland, where she delivered a speech on the future of the US space program.
Speculation about a strained relationship between Mr. Biden and Ms. Harris has dogged the White House since the start of the administration.
It was reported earlier this year that the two had only met for lunch a handful of times, although Mr Biden said he wanted it to be a weekly occurrence. When Mr Biden was vice president under former President Barack Obama, the couple regularly had lunch together.
A spokesperson for the vice president did not immediately return a request for comment.