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>> thank you. good morning to viewers in the u.s. and around the world. it is friday, november 19th. i'm braun wianna keilar with jo berman. you're looking at live pictures of the house chamber now, in minutes speaker nancy pelosi is expected to speak ahead of a vote on president biden's build back better social agenda. the bill is poised to pass along party lines. it is a major milestone for the president. a vote was planned for last night, but kevin mccarthy had some other ideas about that. the republican leader taking to the floor, he started talking and then he didn't stop for the next eight hours and 32 minutes. he swerved from one topic to another during a record-breaking talk-a-thon that did force democrats to delay the vote
until this morning. beyond that, it is not really clear what was accomplished. >> so assuming the bill passes today, and democrats do think they have the votes, the burden falls squarely on president biden to sell it to the senate and ultimately the american people. cnn's kaitlan collins live at the white house this morning. we could be minutes away from this vote in the house. how does the white house see what is happening this morning? >> this is a vote they have been waiting on for 12 hours now. they were hoping was going to come last night, of course, before kevin mccarthy went into that 8 1/2 hour speech because the white house was either going to have president biden speak last night or issue a statement from him after that vote happened. and, of course, that's a vote that still has not happened. i don't think the white house is thrilled with this delay. you saw that pretty clearly in the chief of staff ron klain's twitter feed overnight talking about kevin mccarthy's speech, incredibly wide ranging to say the least. so i do think at the end of the day, the white house is hopeful because they know that despite the fact he did speak for 8 1/2 hours, it is not ultimately
going to change the outcome of this. democratic leaders are confident they have the votes to get this passed. so that is going to enter them into this next phase of where this goes, which, of course, is into the hands of the senate. and once it is in the hands of the senate, the fate of this is still uncertain. the white house has a pretty good feeling about it. they still have some key senators to get over the line here. including, of course, that moderate, senator joe manchin who is very close to the president and has been speaking pretty clearly this week about what his expectations are for this bill, making clear to our capitol hill team he is not necessarily ready to take this up for a vote immediately or get started on this immediately. so i think that's a big question for the white house now, is what does this timeline look like? chuck schumer is hoping to have all of this wrapped up by christmas, whether or not that actually happens, though, does remain to be seen, john. >> because there is an issue of the price tag, right? you would suspect that senator manchin and senator sinema in particular are going to want to
maybe pair down some of what the house passes. it is a tougher hurdle in the senate. what is the expectation there? >> reporter: the bill could look a lot different by the time the senate gets done with it of course. that remains to be seen how the house responds to that. they have been having their own divisions over what should be in the final scope of this bill. and it is smaller than what the president had initially rolled out. had initially envisioned. it is not even just the price tag. it is also what is included in this. some of the biggest provisions and one is this state and local tax deduction, which may not sound significant, but it is given, of course, what is tied to the backbone of the bill, which president biden said is a boost for the middle class. there are concerns from people like senator bernie sanders and other senators, other democratic senators, that it is too much of a tax break for wealthy families, and that it is going to benefit high earning incomes, way more than it does the middle class. so whether or not that changes, whether they put an income threshold on that, that remains to be seen. the white house is kind of viewing it as something that is
inevitable here because they feel like they need that in this package in order to get some of the moderate democrats on board, whether or not it ultimately ends up in there and what it looks like still remains to be seen. so i think that's what the white house knows. that even though this vote is going to happen today, they know that there is still a very long road ahead to actually getting this part, this second part of the president's economic agenda passed. >> what you're seeing on your screen there is the ranking member of the house ways and means committee kevin brady. you saw richey neal from massachusetts, they're the ones dealing with procedural matters now on this vote. we do expect to see house speaker nancy pelosi deliver what will be the final speech in support of the build back better agenda and who knows what else she might say in regards to kevin mccarthy and what else we saw last night. stand by for that. in the meantime, also some news on the president getting his annual physical shortly, just a day before his birthday. >> reporter: yes, this is pretty routine for the president, of course, to get a physical, but he will be going to walter reed today, the white house has been
talking about this for months saying he would get this done before the end of the year. and whether or not they release the results of that today or in the days to come still remains to be seen because we have seen past white houses vary on when they release the results. as the vote is expected to be happening this morning, president biden will be going to walter reed to get his physical and that's something that is typical of every president, but it is notable, of course, and it is something that everyone waits to see what are the results, what does this look like? we'll see the president this morning, it won't be about this vote, but it will be on his way to walter reed to get this physical. he will be also making an appearance later this afternoon to do that annual thanksgiving tradition of pardoning the turkeys and whether or not he comments on this big step by the house that is expected this morning. that still remains to be seen. it is something the white house is hoping to get out of the way so they can start focusing on the next phase of this. >> i think the turkeys' names are peanut butter and jelly. i think it is important to mention. kaitlan collins at the white
house, please stay with us and keep us posted. >> they are indeed peanut butter and jelly. in georgia, the defense has rested and closing arguments are set for monday in the murder trial of -- three men who were charged with killing ahmaud arbery. one of the men travis mcmichael during cross examination tested that arbery had never posed a legitimate threat. >> he never yelled at you guys. >> no, ma'am. >> never threatened you at all. >> no, ma'am. >> didn't brandish any weapons? >> no, ma'am. >> didn't pull out any guns? >> no, ma'am. >> didn't pull out any knife? >> no, ma'am. >> never reached for anything, did he? >> no. >> he just ran. >> yes, he was just running. >> black faith leaders from across the country gathered for a prayer event outside of the courthouse in a direct rebuke of the defense council's, one of the lawyers on the defense,
repeated attempts to bar black pastors from the courtroom. >> i came to the trial to console them because you can't imagine the pain of a mother, to sit there and look at the killers of her son, and their families, and nobody is sitting there with her. the pain of a father, who won't get a call from his son anymore. i did not come in the courtroom to protest. i came to pray. live now to the speaker now on the house floor. >> -- informative comments of the distinguished chairman mr. neil with our distinguished democratic leader mr. hoyer, the democratic whip last evening, and with respect for those who work in this capitol, and as a courtesy to my colleagues, i
will be brief. in his remarks, our democratic leader mr. hoyer talked about the pride we take in telling our children and our grandchildren that we were here, present, to pass the build back better legislation and what it means for future generations. talking about the three legs of the biden platform, the rescue package, the bif, the infrastructure and jobs bill, and now the build back better, the infrastructure for our future. and chairman neil quoted daniel webster, and spoke of our responsibilities to the people. in that spirit, madam speaker, i proceed by saying under this dome, for centuries, members of congress have stood exactly where we stand to pass legislation of extraordinary consequence in our nation's history, and for our nation's
future. in the original house chamber, now statuary hall where lincoln served is cleo, the muse of history. cleo reminds men and women in these hallowed halls that we are part of history, that our words and actions will face the judgment of history, and that we are put part of the long and honorable heritage of our democracy. with the passage of the build back better act, we, this democratic congress, are taking our place in a long and honorable heritage of our democracy, which with legislation that will be the pillar of health and financial security in america. it will be historic in forging landmark progress for our nation. we talk about history as we look and prepare for the future. much has been said since the distinguished democratic leadership spoke last evening. much has been said on this
floor. but the facts are these. following the vision of president biden, guided by the expertise and energy of our chair's members and staff, we have built back better bill that is historic, transformative, and larger than anything we have ever done before. we are building back better, if you are a parent, a senior, a child, a worker, if you are an american, this bill, this bill is for you. and it is better. it is better in terms of healthcare. it is better if you're a senior, your cost at the pharmacy will be cut to a fraction, with annual costs capped under medicare part d and you'll benefit from the medicare hearing benefit. it is better if you have diabetes. it is when you go to the pharmacy instead of paying hundreds for insulin, you'll pay no more than $35 per month. and --
[ applause ] and it is better for all americans. we are halting big pharma's outrageous pay hikes and in addition to that we are dramatically lowering healthcare costs. under the affordable care act. we're also expanding coverage to millions under the affordable care act as i mentioned. it is better in terms of family care. if you're a parent, it is better, most families will benefit from child care costs reduced, cut fully in half for most families and free universal pre-k for every 3 and 4-year-old in america. it is better if you are middle income family, you will benefit from an expanded biden child tax cut, and pay family and medical leave. it is better if you're a caregiver, you will have the respect you deserve and with the
benefit of an historic investment of high quality home healthcare. and it is better for america's working families, with an average of 2 million jobs created each year over ten years together with the bif. jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs. four-letter word. and it is better for climate. if you want your family to benefit from clean air, clean water, the development of good-paying green jobs for the future, and from improved national security, we are meeting the president's vision to cut pollution in half by 2030, and by 100% by 2050. creating good-paying jobs -- union jobs and lowering family's energy costs, advancing environmental justice, with the justice for -- >> this is a moment that has been months, months in the
making for house democrats. nancy pelosi, the house speaker, giving the final speech before they will have a vote at long last, democrats say, on the president's build back better agenda. it is not the final step, still has to go to the senate and back to the house, but a big step for democrats and the president. nancy pelosi finishing up here, the house speaker, and they will vote very shortly. we're going to keep our eye on that. and we're going to head back now to the trial for the killing of ahmaud arbery. the black man who was jogging in georgia. i want to speak with the senior pastor jamaal harrison bryant. jamaal, you were at this prayer viggal that happened yesterday. hundreds of people including a number of pastors. tell me about how, you know, the message you were sending and how the family responded to this, because i know you've been in touch with them after the vigil. >> it was absolutely jubilant in the atmosphere that came with
great expectation on the power of prayer. you have to understand in the middle of our prayer vigil is when we got the news that julius jones' sentence had been commuted. we knew they -- our colleagues in oklahoma were praying there. so our faith was elevated. >> certainly, i mean, this is a week, i think, where there are so many questions about race and justice, right? and you know very well that one of the defense attorneys, this is the defense attorney for william bryan, the defendant who struck him with his truck. he asked for black pastors not to be allowed in the courtroom. what do you make of this? >> you have to understand it was really pulling off the sheets of america on display. of blatant racism with no policy. not only did he ask for black pastors not to be present, he said it three times, from
reverend sharpton, to reverend jackson, and then a blanket statement without any fear of repercussion. and so i think this is time for america to do a deep dive as to the real core of this cancer called racism, that these men would shoot ahmaud arbery, who carried in weapon as they testified on yesterday, pose no imminent threat, but they have weaponized his melanin, said it is a crime to be black in america and what we look at all this week from wisconsin to oklahoma and georgia puts an exclamation point behind that. >> i had said that this was rhetoric of another era, that we have been hearing from this defense attorney. and someone on twitter said, no, this is now. and i think that is, you know that is very much the case. i think there are certain areas in america where people think this should be rhetoric of another area, this doesn't have a place in society, but this is
revealing something in a community like this that other moments in this trial have revealed including say the person who owned that house that was under construction referring on a tape -- a 911 call, referring to a black person as a colored person. the fact that we are seeing a jury that is not racially representative of the community. how do you see race potentially affecting the outcome here? >> it is really a snapshot from bill murray's old classic groundhog day, we're living the same day over and over again. in the '60s at the height of the civil rights era, you had two different paths. you had adam clayton powell and martin luther king jr. adam clayton powell believed he could change america by changing laws. martin luther king jr. believed he could change america by changing its soul, changing its conscience and changing its heart. and so when we went to the courthouse, we knew we couldn't change any laws. but we were praying that god would change the heart and the
conscience of a judicial system that needs a complete override. >> pastor jamaal harrison bryant, i want to thank you so much for being with us on another crucial day in this trial. thank you. >> thank you for the opportunity. want to bring in cnn political commentator van jones. good morning to you. brianna was talking to pastor bryant about that moment in the courtroom where the defense attorney said he didn't want any more black pastors in the courtroom. very public, direct statements that i think were startling to a lot of people. i think what hasn't been discussed enough, though, is why he thinks it will work, right. what does it tell you that you have a defense attorney who thinks that will work? >> well, first of all, i mean, it really should shock the conscience of the nation that that kind of rhetoric would be spoken out loud in public any place. in a shopping center.
i don't want any black pastors around here. you got to remember, this is georgia, where, you know, pastors are welcome everywhere. people pray and, you know, i'm from the south, it is the black, it is not the pastor, it is the black, that's the motivation here. it is absolutely absurd, by the way, i mean, if reverend jesse jackson and his advanced age who is very ill with a mask on, not even recognizable, if that's somehow a threat, having his presence there somehow is a threat to the good working order of a courtroom, that sheds a lot more about the racial fantasies of white racists than it says about what reverend jackson was doing. he was just sitting there with a mask on. you wouldn't even know he was there. they are bringing this up because they are desperate to create any record, any opportunity for a mistrial, or for a reversal later on because they don't have anything else. they have three murderers, who killed an unarmed black man, in
broad daylight, and actually helped to film it, and they have nothing else, so they're going for these racial bomb throwing hoping that somehow, somewhere in the court system they'll be able to say, well, the jury was intimidated into doing this. so that's -- part of it is the desperation of a case that has no case. >> you know, the prosecution, we heard elie honig, our legal analyst on the program, say the way the prosecution handled travis mcmichael yesterday was textbook, like, this is a video that should be played in law school. and she got him to admit he was just running. what do you think about the -- it is really -- he had a poor showing, just objectively on the stand. what do you make about his testimony and the effect it should have on the outcome here? >> well, it was brilliant. literally he said, yes, ma'am, yes, ma'am, yes, ma'am, he was just running. just drop the mic.
if you could drop the mic in a courtroom, and walk off, that's the time to do it. i wouldn't advise anytime to do that in the courtroom, but that's the time to do it. it was brilliant. it was textbook. but the reality is it was just revealing the truth. there was no excuse for doing this. and it is a part of this broader conversation in america right now, it seems to be this uptick in racial violence directed against african-americans by white vigilantes who feel that they have a license, that their whiteness gives them a license to enforce the law and our blackness is evidence of a crime no matter what we're actually doing. and this has come to light in this particular case, i'm very glad there is a capable prosecutor there to make the argument. >> i think people know that you pour your heart and soul and most of your hours into criminal
justice reform. and we're watching along with the rest of us working with so many others for clemency for julius jones in oklahoma. and the governor there stepped in, just a few hours before his execution, he was not execution, executed, life in prison without parole after 20 years. how do you see this moving forward? obviously a victory to stop the execution, but it stopped there. >> well, listen, he lives on. that's the most important thing this morning. he is alive this morning. he's alive this morning. he lives on. and we fight on. this young man is not going to die in prison. his innocence is so obvious that united, this week, where everything is divided, everybody is fighting, everybody is arguing, it united white, black, brown, right and left. don't forget it wasn't just kim kardashian west, or brian
stevenson, or scott budnick or pastor mike mcbride on the left who were screaming about this, you had tim head, from faith and freedom coalition, you had dan lope, you had matt slap from the american conservative union screaming this cannot happen. this is wrong. and so unbelievable right/left coalition came together to say, you can't kill an innocent guy, when the actual killer has been confessing for years, when the actual board in the state said, we can't kill the guy, and the governor is going to override his own board and the confession of the real killer just to murder someone. so people came together, and i got to tell you, i woke up yesterday, afraid that we hadn't done enough, and turned out we did enough to keep him alive. he lives on. we're going to fight on. we're going to get him home. but i do want people to know that despite all this division and crazy stuff, there are
moments when the conscience of both sides can be invoked and brought forward and that happened yesterday and we should be proud about that. >> good job pointing out those moments. i know it keeps you going. van jones, thank you for being with us this morning. >> thank you. we are watching the house floor as we speak. this is a procedural vote, but very shortly will be the final vote in the house at least for now on the build back better agenda. what happens when it reaches the senate. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪it's a most unusual day♪ ♪feel like throwing my worries away♪ ♪as an old native-born californian would say♪ ♪it's a most unusual day♪
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all right, we have some pictures to show you from the house floor. these are live pictures where democrats are expected to pass the president's build back better legislation. shortly. there was a delay. kevin mccarthy held the floor, the house republican leader speaking for eight hours to delay the vote. the vote will happen any minute from now. then it heads to the senate where it is by no means a done deal. joining me now is labor secretary marty walsh. thank you for being with us. the significance of the moment that we're about to see, the house poised to pass the build back better agenda. >> this is a historic moment in american history. we have never seen any type of investment like this in the american people. what we're looking at doing here
today with the congress, president biden has been very clear from the beginning of his presidency, he's going to lift up american families, lift up american children, lift up the people who need it the most and that's what this bill does. it also helps reduce the deficit, which is a beautiful thing. >> well, the cbo doesn't say it helps reduce the deficit. the cbo -- >> it does, it says -- >> no, it says it comes billions short. the white house says the cbo is not accounting for revenue that might be generated by irs enforcement, correct? >> yeah, exactly. and when that happens, we're looking at about $112.5 billion per year. >> okay. again, but just to be cleric the cbo's project as of this morning is the bill comes up short, nevertheless it is passing. if i can ask you about one other measure in there, which is interesting in your purview, there is a tax credit for electric cars that are built by
union labor in the united states. what is the environment care about whether its union workers build electric cars. >> i think this is one way of keeping some of these plans in the country open and moving forward. i was at gm last week with the -- actually earlier this week with the president. we were out there and they were creating new jobs, building electric vehicles. the president drove in a hummer, he was talking about keeping those jobs here in the united states of america. that's one of the reasons. and quite honestly, members of congress that insist upon this, they want to see this tax credit in there. >> but just to be clear, tesla, i think, produces their cars in the united states with not union workers. so why should you get a tax credit for a chevy volt, but not a tesla? >> again, some of the congressional delegation, different parts of the country were pushing for this, something important for them, important for their districts, want to make sure they keep their manufacturing plants in their districts and that's what they want to do. >> i want to talk about the supply chain for a moment here.
it has been an issue over the last several weeks, several months, trying to get goods to people who want them, a lot of demand out there. what signs if any, are you seeing that some of these bottlenecks might be broken? >> i think one of the things that the president talked as well the other day about this is that many of the companies, costco, the big company stores, said there is plenty of supply for the christmas season. we have some issues on the west coast, getting the ships to the ports. i'm going to the west coast to meet with the companies, we're focusing on making sure we get the supply chain moving here in the united states of america. we're working with the ports, the ports have gone to 24 hours now, 24/7. we're working to think of how we get more trucking companies and more truckers in particular there and working with warehouse workers to get more warehouse workers. this is an impact and a result of a pandemic and what the pandemic has done, just another victim of the pandemic, if you
will. but i feel confident we'll be able to move and get the supply chain moving. on the east coast, i visited the port of philadelphia, i visited the port down in south carolina, they seem to be less product if you will, overall, coming to those ports. those ports are operating at a good pace. >> i want to ask you a matter of parochial interest. boston, the city where you are mayor for a long time, just inaugurated its first elected woman and its first elected minority ever as mayor, michelle wu. what is the significance of that moment, do you think, for your city? >> it is a big moment for boston. i think that it is a history-making moment. i talked to the new mayor and congratulated her. it really shows that, you know, boston is one of the last cities in america to not have a male white mayor. and it is the first time in our history and it is significant progress, i guess you can say, in the city of boston. and michelle has been on the city council for eight years now
before this. she's done a good job there and she's going to do a nice job as mayor of above then. >> secretary marty walsh, thank you for being with us. >> thank you. >> here's what else to watch today. hours before he was set to be executed, the governor of oklahoma commuted the sentence of death row inmate julius jones. his sister and friend will be joining us next. ♪ baby got back by sir mix-a-lot ♪
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julius jones was scheduled to be executed, oklahoma governor kevin stitt commuted his sentence, reducing it to life in prison without the possibility of parole. jones was scheduled to be executed for a 1999 murder that he says he did not commit. and joining me now are julius jones' sister antoinette jones and his life long best friend jimmy lawson. antoinette and jimmy, jimmy, your smile says it all. i just wish you would share with us how you felt when you got the news, and how you were feeling right now. antoinette? >> i was elated. i was overjoyed, but also understand that, you know, we still have to get his freedom. it is his freedom. but we were overjoyed. >> jimmy? >> ecstatic. when you think about what we have been through in 22 years to get to this point yesterday and
to be able to save his life. that gave us an opportunity to take that boulder off her shoulders, not have to worry about not having to hug a son and all the stuff you couldn't do if someone is not alive, so yesterday was amazing feeling. you know, when you think about how close we came to the finish line, it is just like, it is unbelievable. i'm still sitting on cloud nine right now. >> you know, antoinette, you mensed mentioned it there, there is another race to run after this finish line. this clemen cy came with a condition that your brother would never be able to look for parole or pardon. what is next in this fight? >> getting his freedom is next. i'm not a lawyer. but i will refer back to his
lawyers to follow -- figure out what are the next process of steps. so, yes. >> you spoke with your brother, antoinette, yesterday. what did he say? >> he said first he loved us, he said real quick, listen, and he told us he didn't know when he would be able to use the phone next, but he said to tell his son that he loved him, tell everyone that he loved him, he appreciates everybody fighting on his behalf and it is not over, we have to get his freedom. and i said that's right. so -- >> jimmy, what do you think it was that made the difference here? what do you think it was that got governor stitt to grant clemency? >> i think it was the overwhelming world support. we had other countries submitting letters to governor stitt saying that you got to spare this man's life. so the whole world was watching yesterday. i think all that played a huge factor for governor stitt to say, hey, everybody's watching,
and most importantly, you know, governor stitt is a father. he probably has some relatability to that, that could be one of his kids. you never know what life will bring. i think you saw some compassion and, you know, fortunately he made the right decision to spare his life. >> antoinette, one of the things i think struck so many people that were able to interact with your family and also with julius was just how much faith you had, that this -- that you were going to get to this end that you needed to preserve your brother's life. tell me why. tell me why you had so much faith. >> it is my relationship with god, you know. him -- when god told me that julius shall not be killed, i was just, like, okay, what do i need to do in this, step out on faith, give it all to god, and, excuse me, and so that's kind of
what we did. but those prayer vigils that we had every evening at 6:00 at the oklahoma history center, they have been a blessing coming down the stretch. and julius says, i mean, he has sparked a life into the community as well as the nation, and we got to keep going. we got to keep pressing forward to correct the different ways that has hindered julius from getting true justice. >> well, antoinette, and jimmy, i am -- look, i'm privileged to have this conversation with you today on this day where you have -- you know, you've preserved your brother's life. you both have fought so hard for this, and obviously the world heard you. thank you for being with us this morning. >> thank you for having us. >> absolutely. thank you. appreciate you having us. all right, breaking news, the fda has just authorized both pfizer and moderna's covid-19
booster shots for all adults. cnn's chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta joins us now. i know the cdc has to sign on still. this is a big deal. >> right. yeah. i mean, this is something that i think people have seen coming for some time based on what the data has been showing, which is basically that the vaccines continue to work really well, but over time, either because of just the passage of time or because of the delta strain in particular, the idea that the protection against people getting sick does seem to wane a bit. that's the issue here. started seeing some of this in israel and now pfizer presented a phase three trial, about 10,000 people, showing that that same sort of thing, that effectiveness waning against severe disease in particular. so authorization now from the fda, as you mentioned the cdc, i think that meeting is going to begin around noon today. we'll see if there is a formal
recommendation there. this should basically make any adult eligible for a booster shot. >> including me. which is why i'm paying very close attention to this. the data on the protection that the third shot gives you, it is very, very strong against all infection. i understand that the two-dose regiment normally has been giving you solid protection against severe cases. dr. fauci yesterday said there is some evidence that hospitalizations are rising among fully vaccinated older -- fully vaccinated people who had two shots. >> yeah, i think that's the critical point. if you look at these vaccines overall, and say what is the real impact of them, it is against protecting against that severe disease. and they, again, have been doing a really good job. but when you start to see some of that fade, so you're seeing vaccinated people, they have been doing everything and some of them still developing severe disease, still, far less likely than unvaccinated people, when
you see the numbers starting to creep up, especially as we're going into winter, i think that's what's really sort of triggering this authorization now for boosters for all adults. that's the real impact. we're hundreds of thousands of people have died and those deaths are largely preventable with the booster giving that added level of protection against symptomatic severely symptomatic covid could be really helpful. >> i'm in. going to schedule it soon. dr. sanjay gupta, thank you very much. >> thank you. we're keeping our eye here on the house floor, live pictures there where the house is expected soon to pass the president's huge domestic agenda any minute now. what is going to happen when it reaches the senate? the tempur-pedic breeze° makes sleep...feel cool. because the tempur-breeze° transfers heat away from your body... ...so you feel cool, night after night. save up to $500 on select adjustable mattress sets
eventually traveling 1 million miles from earth, helping to answer some of humanity's most compelling questions about the creation of the universe and the possibility of life on other planets. small things. now, the new cnn film "the hunt for planet b" will provide an inside look at this groundbreaking mission. here is a preview. >> the webb telecope is 100 times more powerful than hubbell. telescopes keep getting bigger, the bigger the telescope, the better the resolution. we wouldn't have built a telescope this big if we didn't need to. you want to look at the dimmest, earliest galaxies in the universe. >> it is not just a machine built by engineers and scientists to look after the universe. it is taking humanity on a journey. we're going to enter completely
new part of observation of space where we never trod before and every time we have done this as a species, we have discovered new things. >> joining us now is leroy chow, former nasa astronaut who commanded the international space station. thank s so much for being with us. this sounds amazing, like hubbell on steroids. tell me exactly what we might learn from this. >> sure, this telescope is very much more powerful than hubbell. it is primary mirror is six times that of hubbell's. it is going to be able to look further and deeper into the universe than ever before. we're not sure what we're going to find. we're going to find more exoplanets and be surprised by some of the things we discovered, just like we were with hubbell after it launched a little over 30 years ago. >> and if i'm not mistaken, hubbell orbits the earth, this is going to orbit the sun. this is going into much deeper space to get a much deeper look.
if it were up to you what questions would you want answered? where would you point it? >> well, that's right. hubbell orbits about 550 kilometers above the earth. in this case, the james webb space telescope will loiter in a place called le grange between the sun and the. earth. the earth is going to be between the earth and the telescope. the telescope will be able to get solar power from the sun, but the optics will be pointed to deep space. its mirror is going to be much cooler, cooled down, actively cooled, so it can explore the infrared region that the hubbell is unable to do as well. and so it is going to be pointing in different parts of the sun -- the universe. i'm not sure exactly which direction would be most interesting. i'm not sure the astronomers know, but you can be sure it is going to be making some fantastic discoveries over the next several decades. >> i want it pointed somewhere where it might find life.
so how could it help in that pursuit? >> well, by looking farther into the universe, it will be able to identify more exoplanets and perhaps help identify exoplanets that have conditions that would be suitable for life. so it wouldn't directly be able to determine without a doubt that there is life on a, b or c planet, but it can tell you about the conditions. we can discover more planets out there, more exoplanets and see if we can find ones that are veryikely to be conducive to life? >> is this something where we will be able to see the images on a daily basis? >> we'll be able to see images from the james webb space telescope, not necessarily in real time, but as nasa publishes these photos, i think it is going to be very exciting. >> i'm ready. sounds incredibly cool. as we both know, the truth is out there. dr. leroy chiao, thank you for being with us. >> thank you. >> watch "the hunt for planet b"
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this is cnn breaking news. >> good friday morning to you. it is friday, but a heck of a lot of news before the weekend. i'm jim sciutto. >> i'm erica hill. we're following three breaking news stories this morning. right now, democrats finally on the verge of passing president biden's build back better plan. the house set to vote on sweeping $1.9 trillion social spending bill any moment now. this after house minority leader kevin mccarthy successfully thwarted a vote planned for last night, with the longest house floor speech ever. >> now the vote is going to go ahead. also in the last hour, the fda approved booster shots of both pfizer and moderna covid