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Second gentleman Douglas Emhoff to visit Iowa

By: - March 19, 2021 12:22 pm

Vice President Kamala Harris visits with her husband, second gentleman Doug Emhoff Jan. 28, 2021, in the Second Gentleman’s Office in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of the White House. (White House photo by Lawrence Jackson)

Second gentleman Douglas Emhoff will visit Iowa on Monday, the White House announced Friday.

Emhoff, the husband of Vice President Kamala Harris, is scheduled to join U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack for an event in Des Moines. Vilsack, the former Iowa governor, was confirmed last month for his second tenure as head of the U.S. Agriculture Department after previously serving in the Obama administration.

The trip is part of the White House’s effort to promote the American Rescue Plan, the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief measure approved earlier this month.

The White House, in announcing the tour last week, initially focused on the $122 billion in funding the package will provide for schools. First lady Jill Biden, a teacher, traveled to New Hampshire and Emhoff visited New Mexico to highlight $20 billion the bill will provide for tribal governments.

Iowa is expected to receive a total of $2.7 billion from the American Rescue Plan. That includes $1.38 billion for state government, plus $335 million for metro cities, $612 million for counties, $216 million for other local governments, and $153 million for state building/infrastructure projects.

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Kathie Obradovich
Kathie Obradovich

Editor Kathie Obradovich has been covering Iowa government and politics for more than 30 years, most recently as political columnist and opinion editor for the Des Moines Register. She previously covered the Iowa Statehouse for 10 years for newspapers in Davenport, Waterloo, Sioux City, Mason City and Muscatine.