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Harris: 'You Need to Get To Go, and Need To Be Able To Get Where You Need To Go'

The quote went viral in meme form within hours of the vice president uttering it.

Published Jul 20, 2022

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 11: Vice President Kamala Harris attends a briefing with NASA leaders about the first images transmitted back to earth from the new Webb Space Telescope during a briefing in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building's South Court Auditorium on July 11, 2022 in Washington, DC. According to NASA, the telescope images are the highest-resolution images of the infrared universe ever captured.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris said, "You need to get to go, and need to be able to get where you need to go to do the work and get home."

This quote is genuine. It appeared in a meme within hours of Harris delivering remarks about "expanding access to transportation."

In July 2022, social media users shared memes that claimed U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris said the words, "You need to ,get to go and need to be able to get where you need to go to do the work and get home." This was a genuine quote.

This meme originally came from a post on the TownHall.com Facebook page.

A White House transcript confirms that Harris did say these words. She delivered the remarks at the American Rescue Plan Workforce Development Summit on July 13, 2022. The quote that appeared in the meme was on the subject of "expanding access to transportation":

Together, we are investing in training programs and apprenticeships that give workers the skills they need to take on the jobs with better wages and better benefits — in particular, workers from underrepresented backgrounds.

Together, we are expanding access to transportation. It seems like maybe it’s a small issue; it’s a big issue. You need to get to go and need to be able to get where you need to go to do the work and get home.

So we have expanded access to transportation, including what we need to invest in public transit, understanding that the infrastructure in our country around public transit is and has been in disrepair in many areas of our country. And so that is the investment that we have put in there.

The video of Harris making the remarks was posted on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms, especially by right-leaning personalities and organizations, including GOP War Room.

Here's one of the most popular uploads of the video, which was singlehandedly viewed hundreds of thousands of times:

In sum, yes, Harris said the exact words, "You need to get to go, and need to be able to get where you need to go to do the work and get home."


Harris, Kamala. “Remarks by Vice President Harris at the American Rescue Plan Workforce Development Summit.” The White House, 13 July 2022, https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/speeches-remarks/2022/07/13/remarks-by-vice-president-harris-at-the-american-rescue-plan-workforce-development-summit/.

“She Has Such a Way with Words.” Townhall.com via Facebook, 13 July 2022, https://www.facebook.com/townhallcom/.

Jordan Liles is a Senior Reporter who has been with Snopes since 2016.

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