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asked for grace and god supplied that and that which really helped me through the past year of covid the music is new but it's fall from scripture may the lord bless you and make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you may his presence go before you and behind you and beside you may his favor be upon our nation and the family and the children good night. god bless the united states of america.
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>> we are back live in the rotunda. as we hear from members of congress so had to this field tonight? >> and this is unique. with a lot of energy with the safety protocols but there wasn't quite that energy that you would expect. it was a little different. >> but yet the speech man just
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over an hour. talking about the proposals and how to pay for including corporate tax increase. >> yes. this worries me. he inherited a very strong government and life-saving vaccines. my worry the tax increases that he identify tonight will hurt working families. i'm worried it will drive us jobs overseas. i counted 5 million jobs lost. i think the number may grow bigger. >> he said under $400,000 would not have an increase in pointed to corporations. >> that is misleading. while you will not be taxed you will still be hurt. corporations collect taxes they don't pay them. the customers and higher prices. families counting on retirement get hurt. america's tax rate is worse
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than china and on par with syria i would worry we will see jobs living overseas as they did the last time joe biden was in the white house. >> the president talks about partisanship. republicans working with democrat. >> with infrastructure as always has been a bipartisan area. i know we can find common ground there. becoming independent from china for medicines that has strong bipartisan agreement. education and improving access for medical leave. all the way have a much different approach with a smaller paycheck there are goals that we share. but so far in the first 100 days to know there is outreach with the republicans like me have a track record.
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>> and the issue on gun violence following as steve police was a victim of gun violence in alexandria virginia preparing for your baseball game. on that issue where can democrats come together is there an area of compromise? >> i hope so. i left that baseball practice four minutes before the shooting began. he is my roommate appear. the biggest concern what we have seen will not stop the shootings for the mass shootings. and trying to stop criminals from getting guns. none of these provisions do that. we need a mental health system in america that really works. i think covid opened
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telehealth in ways we could reach people before they take the next step. that would be a wonderful thing to work together. host: you are stepping down at the end of next year. why the retirement? >> a lot of reasons. you know the time is right after 25 years. i have been blessed to lead on tax reform and ending surprise medical billing. we had roles in republican house but bottom line it is the perfect time for me to make this announcement in my life. host: ranking member house ways and means committee. thank you for being with us. a reminder the phone lines are open for your reaction. more members of congress coming up live from the house rotunda on capitol hill.
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>> congressman thank you for being with us here on c-span2. what did you hear from the president tonight that stood out? >> for me a number of things. number one the rescue
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plan, the job plane and the family plan. clearly laying out the importance for average every day americans in the middle class that stood out loud and clear and with criminal justice reform in regard to george floyd to passing congress into chair the foreign affairs committee. the challenge that we can stand up to anybody. talking democratically. as well as militarily. so talking about the tremendous importance in general not to democrats or republicans or independents. host: in your capacity with the foreign relations committee you pointed out
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president xi of china and vladimir putin and allegations of their role in the 2020 election. did you hear from the president how we will deal with the potential aggression while also working? >> he said he will stand up to them. talk about civil rights violation. and not to agitate things. but also many areas of which to work together when we talk about, for example to make sure we have the reduction of nuclear weapons. talking with russia and trade. and the climate change issue. those are the areas we have to work selectively together to do that. we can do both. to make sure we stand up for our values as americans. as well as deal with the
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issues that we can move together on. host: how to pay for all of this we did talk about raising corporate taxes. are you concerned we are spending too much money to quickly? >> i am more concerned individuals not paying their fair share. tackle individual corporation with zero taxes is not fair those that follow other loopholes not paying their fair share and multimillionaires and to be under george w. bush moving up the corporate taxes with the 21 percent that did not pay off but the 25 or 26 or 27 percent corporate taxes that's how we pay for this and
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not putting any more taxes on the middle class there is too much weight on them already. 's we are to put the responsibility on other individuals and not pay their fair share. host: what did it feel like in the empty chamber? >> it is weird. a veteran attending the state of the union address not to have the packed room not talking to the comrades is very different. not having so many members running around here right now. it is different.
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i hope we will be completely recovered and don't have to use the mask and everybody has gotten their shot. this president is talking about. we go back to the normal ways of movement. >> thank you for your time. >> thank you. >> we are alive inside the
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rotunda office building across the street from the us capital. thank you very much for being with us. >> we are asking the members first you have been allied to these how did it feel? >> for me it would is great but of course it was in a different way i had to sit in the gallery because of social distancing. it was a little hard to hear where we were sitting. but i heard enough to know this magnificent president biden laid out a path for progress and jobs for all
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america coast-to-coast. it was just so refreshing. he is not full of hyperbole. he just lays it out. from the don to the depth of life. that's an old democrat out of minnesota that is what we used to talk about. he also became the vice president of our country it was a unifying message to heal and to compete globally. he talks about making things in america. that was so refreshing to hear. using the defense production act and then educationally from a very young age to allow young people to go to community college for two years without cost to them.
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to hearing many of the serious divisions around the country. i'm looking forward to a build back better plan to create millions of more jobs in this country and move faster into the 21st century. >> many are critical other programs calling it more government control. >> when you have a 1 trillion-dollar trade deficit and china is leading an electric car industry globally right now. you have russia meddling with our internal affairs as well as threatening borders and other places. we have to pay attention. the greatest generation taught us sacrifices and hard work and perseverance. we need to remember that. joe biden is looking to the windshield. not the rearview mirror. what he laid out the amount of job creation already and we
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know how many jobs are out there all over the country even in regions that i represent that have quite a bit of job loss over the years because of nafta. we have to make things in america because we are what we make and grow. he has a real strong focus to build the middle class in bringing others into the middle class. i heard many things that may be want to go to work. he handed me something in the chamber and we hope to have his cooperation. >> did he talk to you? >> he said i will be this and i will look at this. i said thank you mr. president. it has been a long day. i didn't expect him to talk to me but he was just so gracious. he practically knows the whole congress.
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host: your party proposes two.4 trillion-dollar infrastructure plan. republicans are coming back with another around $700 billion. can you come together? >> the president said he wanted to speak with leaders of both chambers. i hope they are doing that. tonight or tomorrow. host: right now. >> that's a good sign. infrastructure is something we can agree on. host: representative from ohio. thank you for meeting with us. >> thank you.
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>> we continue our conversation from the first congressional district in pennsylvania. what part of the state quick. >> philadelphia suburbs. >> what did you here tonight? >> we heard a lot about the president's job proposal. the immigration proposal what we didn't hear what we wanted to hear more about china more about security but he talked
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about his agenda is what presidents do. he had the opportunity to address the state of the union. host: what did you want to hear with immigration? >> border security. there is a big problem down there right now. we went down there a member on —-dash 60 member bipartisan caucus that went down to the border to talk to the officers and humanitarian workers the mayors and judges and sheriffs. we got a really good pitcher what is going on down there. what we need to fix. we focused on the solution. we hope the president does that. we hear one - - we didn't hear
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a lot about border security. we are all immigrants. including myself. we understand and respect that but border security is very important. we did not hear enough about that. host: the trump administration really pulled out from guatemala and el salvador people are leaving the country. but he said they don't want to leave they are being forced they just want to stay in their own country. >> if you listen to border patrol agents and coast guard and those that we talk to down there, the past four months, individuals from 64 countries have presented themselves at the southern border. honduras, el salvador and guatemala from the northern triangle and mexico is four. there 64 countries. and also of all the people
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roughly 10 percent qualify for asylum status. so then where do you have them wait while the hearing is pending? where do you put them on the greyhound bus to send them to houston or chicago? that's the question. . . . .
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what did you hear from him on that issue? >> the subject matter was -- i lost my brother to brain cancer and he lost his son. i said if he wants to have a bipartisan initiative to eradicate cancer, the most lethal killer across the globe, that is exactly what i talked about. [inaudible] >> he wants to work with us. he knows what it feels like losing someone. i knew bill and worked with him
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in the philadelphia office. so we share that common experience, loss of a loved one to cancer. so that was my message to him. >> a follow-up. how do we get to that point, to eradicate cancer? >> massive investments in the national cancer institute. it takes money and research. the more money we spend on research, the more we empower people. there are bright scientists and research and just like any other disease we've eradicated, we've made great strides with cancer. my brother, mike, benefited tremendously from a medication and he was able to experience a lot of really special moments with his children that he otherwise would not have been able to do so because of breakthroughs with medications. >> from the first congressional
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district republican of pennsylvania. thank you for your time. >> [background conversations] [background conversations] congressman greene from the ninth congressional district in texas. first of all, what stood out in
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the speech tonight, what was the headline? >> my headline would be we haven't moved from an insurrection of democracy to a resurrection of democracy. this president has made it very clear to us that he wants to bring all of the american people along as we move up the ladder. he was very clear in terms of how the rescue plan has rescued many americans with a 1,400-dollar [inaudible] to combat the covid-19 with vaccinations and with money available to make sure -- he's done an outstanding job in the rescue plan but also he talks about the language as i see it. he talks about how there is a gap with children and he wants to help. he also indicated he mentioned
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george floyd in his speech and i thought that was awesome to say something about george floyd and the lgbtq community and transgender children and how we need to pass this act. so the president has demonstrated that he will speak the language of the suffering and wants to make america the beautiful a more beautiful america for all americans. >> hr one passed in your chamber and is before the senate. your republican colleagues say this is an overreach and many call it a power grab by the democrats and to expand voting in a way that could lead to more fraud. >> well, we are seeing more and more corporate america take a stand against the real voting fraud, which happens to emanate from persons who are trying to
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suppress the vote. this president has demonstrated that he wants to see everyone vote who has the desire to vote and is eligible to vote. so, i believe that the american people are uniting behind the president. the question is whether he will get the people in congress to unite behind the voting rights act and unite around hr one and i believe that it can be done. >> how do you get there? >> by having the people who send people to congress, let them know that they are ready for change. the change that we seek is at hand. the question is will the people give congress a hand and contact representatives and say this is what we are for. >> i want to ask a political question because you are saying that there will be two new house seats. what's going on in the state and what impact will that have on politics?
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>> texas politics as you know were very much dependent on justice through the voting rights act. when we eviscerated section five by the supreme court, we emasculated section four that has to do with the coverage area section five and section four. we need that preclearance, so we need to pass the john lewis voting rights act. and if we do this, then we can have the lines drawn so they are not gerrymandered and all people who should be represented will be represented. that's the way for us to move forward in texas. >> how many joint session of congress speeches have you attended in the past? >> i haven't attended any in the last four years because i was protesting against a president who demonstrated to me that he was willing to sacrifice many people in the country by weaponize and with hate.
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so it was an honor for me to get back into the capital tonight and to have an opportunity to be there and hear the president in the joint session of congress along with speaker pelosi. they gave invitation to me said that i could be there. it means something to me to let my constituents know that it was about protesting before, and now it's about moving forward together behind a president that wants to unite the country. a. >> that you had been there with previous presidents. my question is how does this field tonight? >> to be candid, we didn't have the large audience that we've had before. but the president [inaudible] among those who were there and that i don't know how it came across to those that were viewing it on television, but for those of us who were there, we were talking to each other and applauding the president, and we were celebrating the
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return of normalcy to the congress of the united states of america. i'm looking forward now to the next speech before us, and i hope it's at the state of the union and i hope all of my colleagues can be there. i didn't want to be there and not have my colleagues, but it was history to see two powerful women behind the president, the speaker of the house and the first vice president who happens to be a woman and of color. >> thank you. wearing your texas tie. appreciate your time. you are on c-span2. >> [background conversations]
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we are continuing our conversation from the house office building in the rotunda with the representative of the detroit area. thank you very much for being with us. i want to begin first with president biden made reference to the vice president and speaker of the house behind. when he did that, what was going through your mind? >> i am the cochair of the women's caucus for this congress
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and was chair of the entire congresswomen. i am so excited. it's history. it is a -- several things have happened and you have to stop and celebrate it. how amazing, he's the first president to be able to say and my vice president, this is she. it was exciting. >> what stood out tonight in your mind? >> the education piece to me was very sobering. one hundred years ago, a century ago we had the foresight to say if we are going to be a global competitor, we have to educate our children. we have to create a generation that has skills and talent that will be able to innovate and be able to manufacture and have the global competitiveness, and we have now been surpassed. to step up and say the two years
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that we will invest in preparing a child for education, we know how to do k-12 and then add to that. if we really want to buy american and build american, we have to have the resources, the mental resources here in america. and that was very powerful. for him to talk about violence against women and to understand that loopholes, the boyfriend loophole, my goodness, who can debate that and refuse? the thing that was so powerful is the electricity that normally in the room with us packed in together, it wasn't there tonight. it was more of a conversation. and the president asked you to come to the table. he even said fight with me, argue with me, but let's get it done. it was a call for us to cut out the craziness. he's saying i respect your
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opinion, even if we don't agree. but at the end of the day, i want to get it done. and to me, that was the greatest outcome of tonight. >> as you know, the republican leader mccarthy said in the first 98 days he never had a conversation with president biden. he's the republican leader in this chamber. should he not have met with him? >> well, you know tonight that shouldn't be an excuse. because after tonight, he should be in the president's office as well the president to spend a lot of time with of the senate. i know that this president will reach out. he keeps his word from what i can tell. when he makes a promise, even the promises he made during the campaign, he's kept his word. so i'm very confident that we are going to move forward. a. >> but look at the price tag. $1.9 trillion in the covid relief bill, 2.5 trillion for infrastructure, 1.8 trillion for the american families plan,
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6 trillion in the first 100 days. how do we pay for all of that? >> that's the part where we all come together. if you say taxation is not the way to do it, if you're going to say that the budget wide -- budget wise cannot sustain this, we have a breaking problem. no one can debate that. how do we solve it? there is a gap between the working class, the creators of wealth, the one that goes and puts your gadgets together and assembles your product is 600 times less than the ceo, how do we get a balance here? we are out of balance right now. so if you disagree that taxes is the way to do it, then come to the table. let's figure it out, but we've got to fix some of things. we cannot get in our silos and say you want to attack so therefore, nothing happens. we've been doing this for too
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many years unfortunately, and america is suffering as a result of that. >> but will your republican colleagues, along with you on that? >> my hope is tonight after the conversation, my hope is that we agree. he didn't say immigration is perfect. he said we need to fix it. so, this is the thing, republicans hear what we are saying. we didn't say like some other administrations that everything is perfect. we do have problems. we have a gun violence problem, a wealth problem in america, we have an issue of social justice in america. we can't continue to see police but their knees on the neck of black men in america and walk away from that. the george floyd bill is in the senate now. can we come together and reach some type of compromise? and i know for a fact, we are actually talking. in past congresses we didn't
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even talk. republicans and democrats are at the table. they actually are meeting tomorrow to discuss the george floyd bill. we are moving in the right direction. because we have things to fix. that's why we came to congress, not to have a name and fly back and forth and walk around with a pin on them. we came here to change things and that's with the president highlighted tonight. >> last question, where were you seated and what were you thinking as you watched the speech tonight, very different from the past sessions speeches. >> i'm normally in the aisle shaking hands with the president when he comes in. i was in the gallery, and like i said, the electricity just was not there tonight. and so it was very different. it felt different. i got to applaud things that i thought were good, but it was more like a conversation with
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congress. it wasn't show vote, it wasn't all glam and glitter. it was down to earth, the nuts and bolts of, to me, a president that wants to get it done. >> congresswoman, thank you for your time. >> thank you so much. [background conversations]
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congresswoman from the seventh district in washington state. we've been talking to members, democrats and republicans. let me begin top line, what stood out in the speech tonight? >> i think the thing that stood out to me is that it was comprehensive. it was bold, and it was a generous speech. it was really about the american values, about taking care of people, about giving people the opportunity again, and about renewing our place in the world. and it was such a beautiful thing to watch a president lay out the vision for the country that was generous in that way. we haven't had that in a long time. >> he mentioned a lot of progressive items in the families plan, and already in the jobs plan.
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he talked about healthcare and medicare and prescription drug prices. i would have liked him to say a little bit more on that, because that obviously is a big priority for us to include in the jobs plan. i thought he would say a little bit more about climate. i thought climate change and climate justice had been such an important part of his agenda, but i thought he might have spent a little more time on it. but overall, yes, it was a very progressive speech and i think this president has resented the moment of all of the crises that we faced in the country. and he's got solutions and leadership. >> you specifically mentioned drug prices, saying that they are three or four times higher than the rest of the country. why is that and what can congress do about it? >> the reason is because number one, we really don't negotiate prescription drug prices at all. we do for the va, but we don't for medicare. we don't negotiate them for all of our peers. the insurance companies that work with of the affordable care act.
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and we certainly don't negotiate for people that are uninsured. so the result is you have people driving through my state to go up to canada and buy their insulin across the border because it is ten times cheaper than buying it here. you have people that are cutting their prescription pills in half at the kitchen table because they can't afford their prescriptions. and it is an outrageous situation that has only gotten worse. also the pharmaceutical companies have really put their mark on greed when it comes to these drugs, so you see pharmaceutical companies charging amounts for drugs that are stunning. and it's launched prices and it's a number of different pieces. so i'm glad he mentioned it. it's going to be a priority for us to pass a good prescription drug pricing plan as part of the families plan. and then to use the savings, as he said, to lower the medicare eligibility age. that would cover 23 million people if we lowered it to 60. and imagine we could go back to
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seniors and say we are going to give you a pair of eyeglasses and hearing aids and pay for your dental. those are things we are excited to get done and are on the progressive priority list. >> congresswoman, let's go back to the other issue you brought up, he didn't touch on immigration and made reference to the fact that the rest of the world may not trust us, not immigration, but the issue of climate change. what was he referring to? >> the fact that we signed the paris climate accord, and then donald trump came in and withdrew, and he withdrew us from every global coalition eventually of any relevance. and so, i think the world has seen that they cannot rely on the united states. that the united states under donald trump and america first policy was a sort of we don't care about the rest of the world policy. and i think joe biden was saying we want to restore our
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leadership with the rest of the world. we want to be a leading country in these coalitions, whether it's the climate accord, whether it's healthcare, the who. he talked about pandemic responsiveness and you know, being prepared for the next pandemic. and he talked about the united states offering the innovative ideas when it comes to health technology, when it comes to so many different pieces of science that we can be the innovators, and we can offer that assistance to the rest of the world, including with vaccines. you know, he spent a fair amount of time talking about the fact that we have enough vaccines for everybody in the united states, and we can help other parts of the world that desperately need vaccines if we are going to get this pandemic under control. of course i just came back from india, so you know this is an important issue for me as we watched what's happening in india from a moral perspective, and also from a self-interested perspective. we are never going to beat this
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virus if 85% of the 900 million doses of the vaccines that have been delivered are only going to the high income countries. we've got to get everyone vaccinated everywhere in the world. >> we've seen the headlines and watching the stories. just how bad is it? >> it's bad. i came back a few weeks ago. i was with my parents, who both unfortunately tested positive for covid. they both ended up in the hospital. you know, luckily they are home and they are recuperating and got through the worst of it. they had gotten the first dose of the vaccine for weeks before. i cannot tell you and other people enough, please get vaccinated because i think my parents would not be here if they hadn't had the first dose of the vaccine. it really helped alleviate a lot of the symptoms. so, they are okay, but i am seeing the devastation everywhere in india. everything is on lockdown.
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there are so many people dying. there are funerals everywhere. that's what you saw with -- the hospitals are overrun. i'm not sure my dad could have gotten a room if it had been just a week later. our friends that her doctors are overwhelmed with what they are having to deal with. a lack of oxygen. it's a dire situation. >> is the u.s. and the world doing enough for india? >> the united states has just put together a very comprehensive set of assistance, and that's everything from the raw materials, allowing the raw materials to go for vaccines, but also ppe, oxygen, also a team of professionals can help from the cdc, to help india. and now the announcement of some of the stock of 60 million vaccines that are going to go to countries around the world. hopefully a lot of that will go to india, but we have to do
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more. that's going to be a bit of a drop in the bucket if we really want to be able to contain the virus in india. a. >> representative from washington state, thank you for your time. >> thank you. appreciate that. >> [background conversations]
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representative from iowa, republican. your first speech, a very different kind of joint session speech. what did you think? >> having seen it on television before, it was much more sparsely populated in the chamber, but i don't think it took away from the warm reception president biden had when he came in and throughout the speech. he greeted members of both of the house and senate and they greeted him, both sides of the aisle, both parties and i think the speech was well delivered and it had a very even tone, and i think hopefully the unity and the bipartisanship that he spoke about will be something that will come through. >> where were you seated? >> i was seated behind liz cheney. >> was there something he said tonight that sparked bipartisanship, do you think your party, the democrats can work on some of these issues?
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>> certainly when he talked about the vaccine, president trump delivered for us a vaccine within nine months which is miraculous even in the medical profession and former state director of public health, i can tell you that is tremendously remarkable. but then to be able to ramp that up and get vaccines into the arms of individuals and get up to 200 million doses, you know, he certainly exceeded what the timeline was. so, i think that is something we all felt comfortable with and we thought it was an achievement that should be applauded. so i think we agreed on those things. when he talked about infrastructure, when it comes to roads and bridges and broadband and the electrical grid, the locks and dams in mississippi, i think that there is bipartisan agreement on those issues. when you have 75% in the bill that doesn't go to infrastructure when people think about it, there is concern about that. >> he said with electric cars, we need to compete with china
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and that's why we need this infrastructure bill. >> it's interesting when you talk about competing with china you have a president that was in on the first day of office will sign a bill to get rid of the keystone pipeline that eliminated 11,000 jobs immediately, which also takes us from being a country that was energy independent and exporting oil and natural gas, and shift to electric and enhancing electric vehicles, solar panels are made where the rare earth elements come from china and they have horrible environmental and labor practices, so i think it is interesting to talk about that. also, when we talk about made in the usa and competing with china, the masks we were wearing today were made in china so i would like to see a little bit more, walking the talk and not just talking the talk. >> why was that? masks that you were given were made in china. >> i personally know of companies in my district that we toured the facility to make masks during the pandemic so we
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know that these things are sourced in the united states. we talked about a divers supply chain and not being reliant on china and i think it is a very small thing, but something people noted. >> a new member of congress, but also a trained doctor and public health expert, where do you see the country this summer and fall with regards to covid based on what you heard tonight and with the president said where we are in moving ahead? >> i certainly think that the pandemic is something that we had to take very seriously, which we have done. we now have a vaccine, so we are seeing the economy open up and schools open up, which i think the schools were delayed for far too long given the cdc guidelines and safety. but i think we are coming out of the pandemic and we are very close to the community immunity, so i think when you are looking at for instance israel with 50% or 90% of people over age 50
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have been vaccinated and they have removed all of their restrictions, i think that we can look towards what's happened in israel and see that that can also be possible in the united states. but absolutely, we need to get everybody vaccinated. >> if i'm not mistaken, you had a very narrow majority in your victory in iowa as a member of congress. >> i did i had a very narrow victory. six votes. >> where does that put you in terms of working with democrats? do you feel you are in a different position then somebody that might be from a stronger district that would vote democrat or republican one way or the other? >> my district as a district that is purple, so it already is a purple district and there are bills that i have advanced both bipartisan and bicameral, and so i'm looking forward to looking for those things where we can reach common ground and move ahead. so, for instance infrastructure when it comes to roads and bridges, locks and dams, broadband and the electric grid, i think those are things we can
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all work together on. we have good ideas and we can advance. i am hopeful that we will be able to come past this point where we are where there's been little bipartisanship and we can get on a more bipartisan committee. >> about 200 tickets to get to the speech. did you ask for one and where were you seated? >> we were invited and i was fortunate to be invited. i was the fourth row back sitting behind liz cheney. i had a good seat, and i was very honored to be invited to the speech. i think it's important to respect the office of the presidency, regardless of who occupies it. a. >> representative miller-meeks from iowa, we thank you for your time. >> thank you. nice to meet you. >> reminder we are live inside of the rotunda building here in washington, d.c. across the street from the capital. reminder, the president's speech
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is available on the website, and your reaction which continues on c-span television. thanks for tuning in. [background conversations] next, two of president biden's judicial nominees testified before the senate judiciary committee for their
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confirmation hearing. judge brown jackson is nominated to fill a vacancy on the u.s. court of appeals for the district of columbia. she is currently a judge on the u.s. district court for dc. nominated for a seat on the u.s. court of appeals for the seventh circuit. this is three hours and 15 minutes. >> good morning. the hearing will come to order. today the judiciary committee will hold its first judicial nominations hearing ofmi the 117 congress. including second court nominees with outstanding credentials. candace jackson to be taking seat on the seventh circuit and judge brown jackson for the


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