tv U.S. Senate Sen. Lankford on Pres. Biden Speech CSPAN April 29, 2021 7:44pm-8:04pm EDT
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biden's speech last time before congress. >> i've had the privilege to represent oklahoma and sit in on multiple presidential approaches, the joint address last night, i didn't have the privilege to actually sit on the, and who watch, 200 people in the room, 1600 people with spacing and all the things happening there and in some ways it seemed normal and some ways it seems ridiculous, 200 people vaccinated all spaced out, but that's another story for another moment. last night, as i listened, i thought about the other speeches i've listened to as well. talk to a different program and tax issues and where we are as a
country, i get all those things, something unique or different about the speech, a different direction for where they want to go. not all the programs as i have had people contacting in my office in some way saying are all those things going to be done? i could say no, they won't be done because it never is. they got to convince the people as well. last night was accurate epic in the sense of spending. i was surprised the. amount we are talking about this morning and it seems to be so normal at this time. when you do the math ofll what happened with the american rescue plan, it was just underhe $2 trillion spending. last night, was a proposal about $2 trillion and another about two and a half trillion dollars.
put them together, that's over $6 trillion in proposed spending government debt just in those three recommended. people are adding to starting in june and july, appropriations time. our best understanding we haven't received the budget from the white house yet, that will be about four and a half trillionl dollars. added together and the first 100 days in the best for the next i 100 days we see coming is a proposal to spend this year $11 trillion. that far exceeds what was spent in the pandemic time. when we were all determining this is a rainy day we need to stabilize our economy. $11 trillion. the number of times i've heard
there's a problem here in washington d.c., it was epic. initially at the beginning, there's a lot to talk about , as well they should be. the nations coming through this but i was surprised how little conversation there was about the vaccines in the process, operation warp speed partnership between government and private industry done last year to bring all these vaccine to place. all the vaccines were developed and ordered last year, all they needles and alcohol wipes and materials, ppe needed for all ordered last year. this year was a matter of just getting shots and arms which i am incredibly grateful we've had so many americans who have stepped up, driven up, come and put their arm out there and said i want to be part of the solution getting rid of covid in our country. everyone knew as we get shots in
arms, we see. the numbers come down, at least we hope and we did. the numbers are coming down in the economy is coming back up. that's what everyone predicted as well, as soon as shutdowns happen, we see the economy rising again and thankfully, wee are but it was interesting to hear the present last night take credit for all of that which i assume every president sitting in that w spot would but i am grateful to president trump and the leadership that happened in hhs and work of the career folks and the folks in science and private industry and pharmaceuticals for what they have done over the last year because it is remarkable what we have walked there andlo what we have seen. it was not mentioned last night talking about the economy, unemployment insurance, something brought before. when i travel around my state the week before we were not voting those two weeks, as i traveled around, every employer
i talked to said the same thing, we are hiring but we don't have people applying. people applying are coming in and just applying and filling out a form and when they offer them the job they said i didn't really want the job,te i just needed to complete the a form bk to the unemployment office so i can continue to get my check. talk to the employees who were frustrated because the first thing, they're not showing up for work anymore because they are at home getting unemployment. unemployment benefits in my state right now far exceed normal wages so people are not showing up. that is the problem in our economy and my fear is the problem is going tode continue until september because unemployment benefits extended were extended all the way through the first week of september even though we pushed back and said this is a bad idea. democratic colleagues and the president said it's keep moving forward.
there are parts of the green new deal presented but they didn't use the term pre-new deal, it's just bits and pieces of the green new deal separated into different ideas and i understand because the term has become very unpopular with folks when they find out what it is, taking pieces of the green new deal and separating it into a different spot doesn't change anything either. i wasn't surprised how little he talked about was going on with the crisis at the border, did mention and i was pleased to see that. many people in my state see it a very serious issue that needs to be resolved. our open borders right now and literally hundreds of thousands of people that have crossed our borders illegally just this calendar year just in the last 100 days is record levels and i talked to border patrol and they talky about how in march alone,
they had 172,000, that's a record number but now in april, they are hitting or exceeding that record this in april again. the numbers continue to , to numbers we have not seen.ers we have unaccompanied minorsed, a 20 yer high. we've not seen these numbers in decades. it's significant issue as a country and it's one that started january 20. a change in policy and issues. more than 5000 individuals that have been picked up by border patrolar just this year but hava criminal record in the united states i. 15000 individuals border patrol has released into the country with no notice to appear at all, just a statement as they come through, the line for so long border patrol leadership was telling them from washington d.c. that if the line gets too long, release people into the
country and tell them to check in with immigration, whatever part of the country they go to. just check in, they are coming across the border, the lines are long, check themselves in when they get to wherever they are going. 15000 people like that justav ts year. 150,000 people border patrol reported that they saw crossing the border but didn't have the manpower to even get to them, they call them got a ways. 150,000 this year that will show up in anyone's numbers people entering the country illegally, these numbers are truly epic numbers and thus make the president's proposal was allow us to do more in central america and eventually this will get better. i will tell you from being down at the border three times just this year interacting with
folks, i encourage anyone from the administration to go to the border and see what is going on talk to law enforcement there. from being down in the area, their concern is, this is a very long-term issue because the administration doesn't seem to see it as a crisis something that has to be fixed immediately, it can be fixed eventually with hundreds of thousands of people coming across the border now every month and in the last official report from customs and border protection and border patrol, over 100 different countries represented by the individuals crossing border just this year, over 100 countries. it's not just folks in central america, literally people from all over the f world are paying cartels the money it takes to get through mexico travel into our country and checking in or skipping across the border and they disappear into our economy.
i see that as an issue and i wish the administration would see it as an issue. conversation last night was about voting, an important conversation, voting is extremely important to us as a nation that every vote counts in every vote has the integrity it needs but the senate bill one on the house side with the cold h bill one, i am stunned the contents of the bill. when president biden said past that belt and put it on my desk, there is no way i would pass a bill like that, nor with the people at home want me to pass a bill like that, that's potentially making cheating easily. we want voting easy and cheating heart, that's the way we've done collections for a very long time. why would we want to shift from that?
i'm all for making voting is easy as we can, my state has early voting, mail in voting and character axis you want to have to make sure we protect the integrity of the boat so when it's over, everyone in the credit and say they won or lost but i trust the integrity of the vote, all those elements. we work hard to make sure every community in every area has access to voting and doesn't have long lines and make sure we get the ballot to not only get the opportunity for people to vote but protect the integrity of thety vote. senate bill one in house bill one does things like same-day registration but also renews voter id and part them together, that's a recipe for fraud. we can have those two together. third-party collection of the ballots that could be done in any state so an individual political group, door to door and say have you voted get? if you haven't, on the porch
right now, we can put together and i'll turn your ballot in for you. it violates everything we've done in voting, secret ballot integrity of the ballot and only the folks in the post office would handle it with the folks in the polling place would handle it. now it's a third party that no one has any connection to nor accountability to inventively grab them and collect them. how do we not think there will be fraud? it also takes away voter ids in every state including my state is not even a complaint about voter id on either side of the aisle because it's an incredibly fair systems that doesn't require drivers licenses or any piece of paper or any way to show you are who you are. we have a straightforward system to protect not only the integrity of the ballot but make sure every person is not only allowed to vote but encouraged to vote. why do we take that away from places where it's working and the hasn't been a complaint just because someone in washington d.c. says we shouldn't do it?
centralized control of voting in washington d.c. seems to be part of the thing of the night last night, everything would work better if it came to d.c. i've met a lot of smart people in d.c. but i can also say i know a lot of smart people in oklahoma that love their neighbors, want to see the right thing done, who care about people in their community and their state and the sudden believe if we get things done right, you got to bring it to washington d.c. and will allow the peaks folks in my state, they would shake their head and say we are doing okay. let take care of our neighbors at home and don't make them sign a paper every time we want to do something send off to someone who never met in d.c. growing our federal government, it's not a goal for me.
being efficient, protecting the rights of every american, protecting national security, those articles. they don't require fertilizing everything.u a couple of areas last night shining moments. president biden twice, in his speech literally reached out to republicans and said i understand republicans have another idea on this. let's sit down and talk. it was a good moment. for the last 100 a presidency so far for 90 days, who'd gotten heisman from the president and his team think we got this, we don't need you and then in the or so, the white house started reaching out hearing president biden last saying republicans have a different idea, let's visit, it only sounds like governing. as a great shift for us to sit
down and talk these things through. republicans are supposedth to infrastructure, how absurd to make infrastructure a partisan issue.ot we've always done infrastructure together. none of us are opposed to waterways and clean drinking water and broadband, there are key aspects court to infrastructure, let's continue to be able to do this, let's do them efficiently and wisely. that's all we ask. ...
>> it is a great idea. we have different perspectives across the aisle in thist building and that does not mean we cannot sit down as americansw and work them out. as tim and scott reminded us, part of the story of america story is a story of redemption. we can do that together. tim also challenged c this natin to stop politicizing race, to stop saying over and over again because we disagree it is because you're a racist. uetim spoke to the nation and sd there are real issues of race out there and you cheapen it when you politicize every issues and say it is because you are racist. let's sit down and disagree on issues as americans and let's resolve those things together. we have common ground and we
have areas of real disagreement and i had lots of areas where he disagreed with president biden but i'm willing to sit down and lay out a set of ideas that i i think is a much better option, let's talk it out. that is what we do. let's resolve these issues in the days ahead and no, you're right, i'm not going to give them the second amendment and i'm not going to give on issues like life in the value of every child and i'm not going to give that i think deficit is an important issue and i'm not going to give on encouraging the value of work for every single person in every sigel family and there are areas i will not give off but we should at least that down and treat each other with dignity and respect and let's talk it out. with that, i yield the floor. >> c-span is your unfiltered view of government. funded by these television
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