Vice President Kamala Harris to visit Houston this week – Houston Chronicle

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris speaks during the inaugural National Space Council meeting at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. Harris announced the expansion of the National Space Council.
WASHINGTON — Vice President Kamala Harris is headed to Houston this week where she is expected to speak to the National Baptist Convention and chair the second National Space Council meeting at NASA Johnson Space Center.
Harris is scheduled to address the annual session of the National Baptist Convention, which bills itself as the nation’s oldest and largest African American religious convention, on Thursday. The meeting, held downtown, is expected to draw some 20,000 delegates.
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On Friday, Harris is slated to tour the NASA Johnson Space Center, where she will lead a space council meeting. The council coordinates federal space policies and activities, synchronizing efforts in the civil, commercial and national-security sectors. At the first meeting, in December, Harris emphasized building a STEM workforce, addressing climate change and promoting the rules and norms that govern space.
Harris visited Texas last year, making a trip to El Paso during the first months of an unprecedented surge of migration at the southern border. The trip came after President Joe Biden tasked Harris with leading the administration’s efforts to handle the situation at the border.
Benjamin Wermund is the Washington correspondent for the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News. He covers the Texas delegation and the many ways the state and its leaders shape national politics and policy. He’s a Texas native and a diehard Spurs fan.
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