Vice President Kamala Harris will be traveling to Nashville, Tennessee on Friday to meet with Democratic lawmakers who have been expelled from the General Assembly.
Harris will meet with Democratic Reps. Justin Jones and Justin Pearson, two state lawmakers who were removed from the assembly after leading protests on the House floor following the Covenant School shooting.
She will also be meeting with groups of young protestors who have protested for tighter gun control following the tragic massacre.
“[Kamala Harris] wants to make sure that these young people’s voices are heard,” the official said. “In the face of a very tragic event, they want action,” a White House official told USA Today.
The GOP-controlled Tennessee legislature voted to expel Jones and Pearson for “disorderly behavior” after they stormed the Capitol building with anti-gun protesters following the shooting at a Nashville, Tennessee, private Christian school that left three staff members and three 9-year-old children dead.
A third Democrat, Rep. Gloria Johnson, came within one vote of also being expelled on similar grounds.
Democrats in the highest levels of government have condemned the expulsions, referring to the group of lawmakers as the “Tennessee Three.”
“Today’s expulsion of lawmakers who engaged in peaceful protest is shocking, undemocratic, and without precedent,” Biden said Friday. “Rather than debating the merits of the issue, these Republican lawmakers have chosen to punish, silence, and expel duly-elected representatives of the people of Tennessee.”
Harris is expected to land in Nashville on Friday afternoon.
Fox News’ Chris Pandolfo and Landon Mion contributed to this report.