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Maryland Democratic Party Welcomes the Second Gentleman

May 18, 2021

Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff Visited Annapolis with Senator Ben Cardin

MARYLAND — Tuesday, May 18th, the Maryland Democratic Party welcomes Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff, husband of Vice President Kamala Harris to the state. Emhoff, the first ever second gentleman, visited the Annapolis Maritime Museum — a PPP loan receiving small business. He was joined by Senator Ben Cardin, Chair of the Senate Small Business Committee, and Maryland business leaders.

The visit highlighted the successes of the American Rescue Plan — the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package that provided Maryland with over $6.3 billion in state and local relief. The package specifically included billions in PPP funding for small businesses like the Annapolis Maritime Museum, almost $70 billion for vaccine distribution, and will cut child poverty in half this year alone.

Governor Larry Hogan and Rep. Andy Harris opposed the American Rescue Plan, with Hogan saying “I don’t think I would have [voted for it]” and Harris repeatedly voting against the life-saving legislation.

The Second Gentleman also discussed the need for further investment in America to fully get back on track. He lauded the President’s American Jobs Plan that will rebuild our country’s infrastructure, fight the climate crisis, and provide the foundation small businesses need to thrive in the 21st century.

“I’m thrilled the Second Gentleman visited Maryland with Senator Cardin and toured one of Maryland’s wonderful small businesses,” said Maryland Democratic Party Chair Yvette Lewis. “It’s been a difficult year for our state, but thanks to the hard work of the Biden-Harris administration and the efforts of Maryland’s Congressional Delegation, we’re getting back on track. Today’s visit by Second Gentleman Emhoff highlights the importance of the American Rescue Plan and how it has lifted up small businesses across our state.”