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Kamala Harris holes up in Hawaii as Biden signs spending invoice, reveals student loan plan

Kamala Harris is formally on island time.

The vice chairman and husband Doug Emhoff have been vacationing in Hawaii for greater than every week — placing Harris hundreds of miles away from President Biden’s facet for 2 of the largest set-piece occasions of his administration up to now.

Harris and Emhoff arrived in Hawaii on Aug. 15, someday earlier than Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into legislation. The invoice, a slimmed-down model of the president’s preliminary Build Back Better plan, spends $437 billion on environmental and healthcare applications — and is paid for, in half, by stepped-up tax assortment by a beefed-up IRS.

The president was flanked on the signing ceremony by key congressional Democrats, together with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and reasonable Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) — however not Harris, who was photographed the identical day at a farmers market.

Vice President Kamala Harris at a farmers market in Hawaii.
 Vice President Kamala Harris
The VP is on trip along with her husband.
Kamala Harris
Harris hung out at a farmers market in Hawaii whereas President Biden was signing the Inflation Reduction Act.

On Wednesday, Biden introduced his administration would forgive billions of {dollars} in federal student loan debt, doubtlessly wiping the monetary slate clear for 20 million Americans. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona was by the president’s facet for his remarks, however Harris was nowhere to be seen.

The veep’s Hawaii journey adopted a quiet weekend on the couple’s house in Brentwood, Calif. Her final public occasion was Aug. 12 in her hometown of Oakland, the place she spoke about the way forward for the US space program.

Harris has had nothing on her official calendar since then.

The vice chairman’s office and a White House spokesman didn’t instantly reply to a question about when the vice chairman and second gentleman have been due again in DC.

The absence of America’s second-in-command seems to have largely gone unnoticed — other than a handful of pictures posted on social media that present the vice chairman visiting the seashore.

TMZ additionally revealed a photograph on Monday of Harris in peak trip mode as she went mountaineering in Haena State Park on the island of Kauaʻi.

In the previous, Harris has been dogged by rumors of a strained relationship with Biden — together with a report final year that she was being sidelined amid rising tensions with the president.

President Biden
President Biden proclaims student loan aid on August 24.
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It additionally emerged earlier this year that Biden and Harris had solely met for lunch sparingly in 2022 — regardless of the president wanting it to be a weekly incidence as it had been together with his former boss, President Barack Obama.

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