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Kamala Harris recently stopped by Bowie State University to give a speech. There, on the eve she celebrated that the Biden administration had lowered electricity costs for American families. The claim did not go unnoticed and was later found to be a far cry from reality.
The Vice President arrived in Maryland on Tuesday, February 22, where she joined Maryland Governor Wes Moore and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge to announce a plan to reduce housing costs.
During her speech, Harris said, “For working families, we have reduced heating and electricity bills so folks have more money in their pocket to buy things like school supplies, replace the dishwasher, or take a family vacation.”
However, the data may not agree with the vice president’s words. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national average cost of electricity increased from $0.136 per kilowatt-hour in January 2021, to $0.168 per kilowatt-hour in January 2023. This constitutes a 24% increase since Biden took office.
Until March 2022 and for almost a decade, costs had remained stable at $0.150 per kilowatt. Increases differ by region of the country. For example, energy costs in the Northeast increased by 39% between January 2021 and January 2023, while in cities in the West and Midwest, prices increased by 17% and 15%, respectively.
Kamala Harris and another misleading claim
Harris has been criticized for her pattern of making claims that turn out to be false. The most remembered case is that of the southern border, which was described as “secure” by the Californian in 2022. Her claims were even contradicted by two prominent Democrats: Joe Manchin and Henry Cuellar.
“It’s wrong. She’s dead wrong on that. I voted every time for the wall. But we need the wall and a lot more, technology, more agents. The 2013 immigration bill was still the best piece of legislation I think that we have ever had before us. We couldn’t get it passed through the Republican House at that time because of some politics involved there,” the West Virginia senator responded to him at the time.
Cuellar, one of the more moderate Democrats in the House of Representatives, had also disavowed the vice president. “First of all, no, the border is not secure. When you have 1.7 million individuals last year, and now another 2.7, that’s over 4.5 million individuals encounter at the border, plus the — if you add the getaways, that’s going to be over 5 million individuals in just two years,” he said in this regard.
Harris is also waiting for Biden to announce his re-election campaign, which, according to the president, will repeat with the former senator as running mate despite her unpopularity.
Joaquín Núñez es licenciado en comunicación periodística por la Universidad Católica Argentina. Se especializa en el escenario internacional y en la política nacional norteamericana. Confeso hincha de Racing Club de Avellaneda. Contacto: [email protected] // Joaquín Núñez has a degree in journalistic communication from the Universidad Católica Argentina. He specializes in the international scene and national American politics. Confessed fan of Racing Club of Avellaneda. Contact: [email protected]