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Vice President Kamala Harris to tout COVID relief package in Denver

Details on the visit by Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, were still being worked out, the vice president's office said.

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) waves while taking the stage during a rally for her Democratic presidential primary campaign at Manual High School on Friday, Aug. 2, 2019 in Denver. (Andy Colwell, Special to The Colorado Sun)

Vice President Kamala Harris will visit Denver on March 16 to highlight the $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill passed by Congress on Wednesday.

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Details on the visit by Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, were still being worked out, the vice president’s office said.

Harris’ visit is part of an ambitious campaign by President Joe Biden’s administration to showcase the relief bill. The campaign includes travel by the president, first lady Jill Biden and Cabinet secretaries.

Harris’ office said she will address the aid package’s many aspects, among them an extension of $300 weekly emergency unemployment benefits into September and the shoring up of state and local government finances.

The U.S. House gave final congressional approval to the relief package along a near-party-line vote. Republicans opposed the legislation, characterizing it as bloated and crammed with liberal policies.

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