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typical for democrats but corporations it's really tied to this cultural lower against technology in general where they perceive them as being biased against the conservatives. the antitrust portion is tied to the generals are tech companies route to get them very. >> watch the communicators but the reason magazine elizabeth nolan brown on a recent article the bipartisan antitrust crusade against big tech tonight at eight eastern on cspan2. >> white house press secretary jen stocky took questions about antigovernment protest and cuba, booster rights in 40 minutes.
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>> hello everyone happy monday. okay, two items for all of you at the top this afternoon president will be joined by attorney general garland as well as law enforcement leaders, elected officials and to discuss his comprehensive plan to reduce gun violence and violent crimes. during the meeting the president will discuss his crime reduction strategy which gives cities and states historic funding to the american rescue plan and a range ofwi tools they can used to improve public safety in their community including support for community violence, intervention programs, summer employment opportunities and other c proven methods to reduce crime by the president will also highlight his strong support for in partnershipet with local leaders to work to reduce gun crime in theirr communities but like the
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ones joining him today. it will underscore commitment to ensuring theirti state and local law enforcement have the resources and support they need to hire more police officers and invest and accountable community policing. the president will discuss the work the federal government is doing to stem the flow of guns used in crimes including the administration zero-tolerance policy for dealers who willfully sell guns illegally. the gun traffic strike forces as well as review steps the white house has announced that cracking on a ghost guns were increasingly used in violent crime. one other update and covid is the want to make sure we are lifting up some of the innovative ways that americans across the country are meeting their communities where they are with a vaccine. we'll have a duty to continue making the case of the vaccine to her friends and family paired companies, media and individuals all complained special role as trusted messengers to unvaccinated person by sharingng the facts the vaccines are safe,
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effective, accessible and free across the country were seeing american step up. want to create some updates but i will give you some updates and lift up some of theer innovative ways for working to reach americans with the shots today him sawing with the first example truck stops. the last few months in north dakota, south carolina, and i will also do vaccine sites truckers with the goal of literally meeting americans where they are at, in their trucks are out of their trucks. more than 9000 truckers have received a vaccineth at these pop-up sites. we will provide more updates in the days and weeks ahead, go ahead jonathan picked. >> to matters overseas. let's focus on haiti's first read the delegation was sent down there, has anyone remained in haiti's to see what's happening could they survive forces in the u.s. taken steps to organize troops from other countries to help with the situation? >> as we announced last week
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and enter agency delegation as you noted was in the ground yesterday and return home. i'll check that important meeting while they were there as we announced in our readouts, with law enforcement process is should say on the ground for they met with both the acting prime minister and prime minister designate there on the ground for additional assistance. about the events in haiti the events and coming in and how we can help. what's not clear was a future of political leadership looks like in the country.
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on haiti's leaders to chart a united path forward. but we will continue to, this is just the beginning of our conversation. we will remain in close touch with law enforcement, with individuals in haiti, with a range of leaders in haiti about how we can assist and provide assistance moving forward. i do not have any announcements to convey to all of you about assistance -- make a distant today. >> as of now is not committing to any presence on the ground? question what that is not what i conveyed we haven't delegation went down yesterday. they brief the presidentco this morning as we committed to. but i do not have any -- michael was clear from the trip as there is a lack of clarity about theed future of political leadership that is an important step the people of haiti different leaders seem to work together to determine a united path for pitbull remain deeply engaged as we have been for months prior to the assassination to
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provide assistance moving forward. we do not have any new assistance for it this point. >> on cuba and the statement today about the demonstrations there on the island yesterday. two more questions on that, why hasn't president biden taken steps to undo his predecessor donald trump did to overturn the made by obama. secondly we heard a purchase for vaccines predict cuba also lists to get back into that? >> let me say we have actually provided over the last several months in great deal of assistance to cuba. i want to know to this because it is import for people to understand. and stu thousand nine, which is quite some time ago congress has directed $20 million in democracy assistance annually but even if you look at last year, last year alone they have one or $76 million good to cuba the
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cuba imported $123 million worth of chicken from the united states just as an example. obsolete one of the issues there justifiably out there in the streets protesting is a hunger or the lack of vaccines et cetera but we are continuing to provide which we will continue to do. i would say i'm vaccines one of the challenges, jonathan you may be familiar with his cuba has not joined kovacs and has indicated they intend to vaccinate the population using the vaccine which the pan-american health organization has been urging cuban scientist to publish their results in the peer-reviewed literature on this vaccine. in terms of kovacs we have provided as you although vaccines to a range of countries in the world but we certainly recognize and understand that access to vaccines is one of the issues that a number of individuals are voicing concern about. but we have to determine what the mechanism would be to work with the cuban people to get
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vaccines to them. that is something we are working through. >> go-ahead. >> can you give us a sense of the president's policy right now, do you anticipate making any changes as jonathan asked you where you see it going? >> i willt cite first and i misstated in my response to jonathan if there's every indication thatno yesterday's protest were spontaneous expressions of people who are exhausted with the cuban government economic mismanagement and the repression. these are protest inspired by the harsh realities of everyday life in cuba. not people ineo another country. i am saying that because i think there's been a range of accusations out there as you well know, jeff. in terms of our assessment of our policy it continues to be -- our approach continues toan be governed by two principal support for democracy and human rights,
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which is going to be the core of our efforts through empowering the cuban people toy, determine their own future. second, americans especially cuban-americans are the best ambassadors for freedom and prosperity in cuba. i do not have anything to predict for you in terms of policy and the protester happening of the last 24 -- 48 hours we are assessing how it can be helpful directly to people of cuba in the circumstances. >> the president of cuba did directly accuse the united states of these protests because of the embargo. and that's leading to a lack of medicine page you have a specific response to him? >> the u.s. embargo allows humanitarians goods to reach cuba. we expedite any request to export humanitarian or medical supplies to cuba. that continues to be the case. the united states readily has the experts of agriculture
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products, medicine and humankind is to cuba. since 1992 is authorize the export of billions of dollars of those goods to cuba. that is simply inaccurate in terms of the facts that are stated. but again, i would restate what i set a low bit earlier in response which is that is every indication that yesterday'sof protest were reactions of the people in cuba to exhaustion the economic mismanagement that we are seeing against the people of the country. >> disagreement between pfizer and the u.s. government. do you anticipate getting any clarity on that? and can you just give us a sense of what is the cost of that? >> said meeting hhs is y overseeing certainly refer to them for specific readout of the reading.
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i do not see it as a disagreement per se. the large swaths of data that relates to booster shots as well. some of that information the fda and the cdc look at this was in the statement last week does include private sector data. back and be how they assess what recommendations will be. it is a much broader swath of information and data than that. stated we continue to analyze. sinus evolves, we have long said that we will reserve options -- option analogy including how we are pursing -- purchasing doses of vaccine to victory of option for the american public brit in the assessment will be made by the cdc and the fda. we made clear last week that was not a recommendation. i want to point to summing doctor fauci said the south or in some of the networks.
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when he conveyed there could be assessments made about certain swaths ofee population as well. it may not be all or nothing. that is something the scientists will continue to assess. if they make a conclusion that booster shots are recommended, they will provide that information publicly based on a large range of data. [inaudible] >> not to minimize the meeting i would say we regularly meet with and engage with health -- maker health and medical experts regularly meet and work with companies to understand the latest data. that would certainly recommendations moving ford. it might not be based on soil information is often publish either.
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looking at the data around the vaccine. i would not see this meeting today i'm not surprised there's not a big readout from hhs. >> has administration heard from any of the other vaccine producers about the possibility booster shots and what they are pushing for? >> again i would leave that to any company to provide information publicly about what they are assessing. we are in touch with leaders of these countries regularly. we look at our own data and welcome their data makes it recommendation on their own assessment rate. >> if there is a third shot recommended, with a government cover the cost of that shot as well and what considerations would have to take place? >> our contingency planning think we've indicated from here we have purchased a numberer of doses we've indicated we went to increase
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manufacturing depending on what is most effective if there is a booster shot needed. that certainly has long been an hour planning forli it even in advance of knowing whether that is going to be a recommendation made by her health expert. >> what can you tell some of the presidents message and his voting rights tomorrow will he be pushing more for congressional only be talking about state action or what is his strategy to tackle the issue beyond tomorrow? >> he himself wanted to deliver to let the moral case for is a form of suppression and silencing britt how he will use, he will redouble his commitment to use every tool at his disposal to fight and protect the based on a
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dangerous conspiracy of the biggest irony is met such a high standard with over 80 judges including those appointed by his predecessor throwing out all challenges. there's efforts to strip the right to vote as authoritarian anti- american choose their voters or subvert the system there highlight the work of the administration. in the voting advancement act to overcome the worst challenge of our democracy this is his reason to make a case to the american people this is a fundamental right, what you'll continue continue to do from the federal government.
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on the anniversary of selma the department of justice is used tools the last bc will talk about the importance of empowering efforts around the country. >> it sounds like mrs. a series from around the country. >> he has been clear and has told all the view thatle expanding the right to vote, the access of people across the country to vote is going to be a site of his presidency pretty zesty vice president to play a leading role in that effortha pretty will talk about that as well, tomorrow pretty will certainly continue to talk about it out around the country. i do note have anything to preview any comments or remarks. >> said there's going to be a
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meeting that u.s. officials and russian officials about cyber crimes. when is that meeting taking place? is it virtual? who is participating? and what is the message would be from white house officials? >> is been ongoing meetings and expert level with the russian officials for the most important thing we can do is preserve space for those conversations to happen were not going to be reading out the agenda her having lists of participants. it is to assume a high level experts and nationals of the security team these meetings have been ongoing does he agree t with doctor fauci there should be more maxine mandates? >> i do not have the fall context of doctor fauci's comments in front of me. >> i do have them for.
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>> go-ahead. >> he said i've been all this opinion i remain on that opinion do believe the local level there should be more mandates that really should be talk about life-and-deathi situations, we have lost 6000 americans already were still is a more. >> out they firstly federal government farmer the context of the question it was about federal mandates i believe, correct me if i'm wrong. that is not a decision there will be decisions made by private sector entities by educational institutions should they decide it's hard to keep their community safe you decide to make that decision we support them in that step. >> my message to you, listen to doctor fauci. [inaudible] [laughter]
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>> welcome back. i would say what doctor fauci was conveying as there will be decisions made by local leaders just like they'll be decisions made by business leaders, by institutional leaders, on how they can keep their community safer do we support the right to make those decisions. >> thank you and then on cuba you are talking today about how some of these protests are inspired by people who are exhausted by the government. why is it yesterday state department sink this was all happening out of concern about rising covid cases? >> ith would say firstly protests were were just happening yesterday we are still assessing what is motivatingis or driving when they say exhaustion the manner by which people are governed that could cover a range of issues. like immediate suppression, lack of access to health and medical supplies including vaccines.
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the voices were hearing from people on the ground who are protesting. >> when they are yelling freedom there are people in the administration who think there arend cut rising covid cases but. >> again i would say when people are out t there in the streets protesting and complaining about the lack of access to economic prosperity, to the medical supplies they need, to a life they deserve to live there is a global pandemic right now most of the country do not have access to vaccine that is certainly something we'd love to helpno with. go ahead. >> few months ago you said it's not a priority for the presidential review u.s. policy for cuba. do the events this we can change that? >> i would say kelly, we are monitoring we put on the presidents' day and this morning in his voice of course conveying his support for the people of cuba. making clear that he does not
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support the approach of the government of cuba which he has never held -- he is never held back on. in terms of what ranks in a priority order, i'm not in a position to offer n that. i can tell you that we will be closely engaged look to give support to people of cuba. we certainly support the freedom of speech medical support health supplies that many are asking for. >> texas democrats are working through their process and plan to leave the state, come here is there any plan for the president or political arm of the white house to use with them, what can you update us on? >> let me check on that for you, kelly it certainly is possible their people here who plan to meet with him as we have in the past when other legislators have come to washington so let me see if there is a planned meeting
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with anyone from her team, go ahead. >> coming in on the question jonathan was asking what is the status of the formal request the u.s. troops still under analysis? >> that is right still under review. >> it is not enrolled out? >> no. >> what is the current assessment here is how haiti ranks in terms of american interests? [inaudible] states of the president and the administration don't think it is in a rank order with issues happening around the world. they are all important that so we have a big government and why we are focused on doing what we can to support the people of haiti, support the people of cuba, continue to address the range of challenges we have from the record had. >> home request the president mentioned officials talk about gun violence he did something similar less than three weeks
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ago can we expect that the different today than he so far said? >> i would say first that rise in crime has been an issue across the country for 18 months if not more. it has cost lives, shattered communities and our focus is addressing the head on, saving lives. he feels it is important enough to commune is on the country to continue to voice what his approach is going to be here. advocating for more place with better training and accountability advocating for the need to keep illegal "guns out" ofie the hands of criminals. making sure people understand when each use every tool at our disposal. certainly today's and opportunity to meet with a number of individuals played a role in law enforcement.
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>> i'm wondering if the white house has decided on a number they want for that bill? if not how are used to see his divide into july the be able to bridge that gap fight leadership. >> back in april when the president said we had reports to the tracks seek a bipartisan agreement on infrastructure we would work with that includes key components of the american families plan. there were some skepticism about the possibility of that ldmoving forward. that's the definition of the broad reaction was for that is exactly what is happening. in our view this is how the legislative process works printer policy making muscles have atrophied over the last
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few years this is exactly what itic looks like it is messy at times but he fully expects these negotiations will have ups and downs, we are prepared for that premiere going to be closely engaged the present will be talking with, engaging within bite thing down members have discussions as needed through this process. but we have already seen speculation in our agenda was dead the disproved over the last several days. we are going to continue to work in close coordination. now i will say as it relates to the budget reconciliation problem are members of the senate to work through what they can all collectively support together to get enough votes. the president will continue to advocate for components first build back better agenda. the americans family plan and see if the american jobs plan they're not included in the bipartisan package. those will be his priorities as he is having these
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discussions with the chairman sanderson others who are leading. >> speak of that bipartisan billll is a meeting tomorrow to hammer out. is the white house going to be involved in that meeting at all and which are level of confidence there were some after the deal was announced. [inaudible] >> we expected to be some ups and downs. but we are ready for. we are bracing for, we are also ready for. we are going to remain very closely engaged at every level in these discussions in terms of the specific meeting i will believe will be involved at some level but i'll check and see. >> there will be. i don't have any i can preview in this moment we will see if
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there's more we can provide, glad caitlyn. >> his meeting on voting rights of the president make any assurances to them? >> the president reiterates to them what you have heard him say many times which is that he's absently committed to signing voting rights legislation into law. that he will work side-by-side with them to advocate not just here in washington but around the country for moving this forward. and it is a top priority for him. you heard them go out and speak in front of the white house and convey how constructive they felt the meeting was as well. but there is no question these leaders and their organizations are key partners for the resident and our efforts to move this legislation forward. >> on cuba and is white housee statement today the grip of pandemic but under sanctions that were put in place by the last administration bit of not changed by this administration cuban exile to their families living cuba so why divide and administration considering
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that policy? >> even under the embargo there are a number of exemptions i should say, humanitarian assistance, medical supplies a bit able to provide assistance to the people of cuba even with that in place. i have nothing to preview for you in a change of policy. >> even though the president said he was going to reverse the policy you can't say when he plans to p reverse the policy? >> again these happened yesterday or the last few days. i certainly understand, caitlyn but there's nothing i can preview for you. but to be accurate there are exemptions that we can send medical supplies we can said humanitarian supplies and something we have been doing for some time from the u.s. government. gopl ahead. [inaudible] we have seen the cuban protesters with the symbol of freedom, this administration support international and what
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message do you have two americans who are wary of flying here in the u.s.? >> first the president certainly values and respects the symbol of the american flag. he is someone who certainly waives it outside of his house or does in delaware and other places where he has lived throughout his time. but he also believes people have a right to peaceful protest and he things both can be true. let's see, go ahead. >> the white house has promoted using american money for hiring more police officers. mr. going to be some effort whether increase in police officers leads to eduction in crime? >> we've noted this the put outs a memo of some places are have been an increase in funding the certainly available data. we will also look closely at where we are seeing an
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impact. in tucson arizona they announced a plan to invest $7 million in community safety, health and wellness from the american rescue plan. in walla walla washington they announced plans to use funding for new police hires in new york they announced plans to support gun violence prevention and law enforcement, career recruiting efforts. albuquerque, new mexico invents plans to invest $3 million, 592 refurbished station houses print officer there's a range of factors that lead tofa a reduction in crime in different communities have different challenges. even if gun violence is a big driver in many communities across the country. we'lll certainly be working closely with them for the strike forces that we are engaging with about a half a dozen cities around the country to also engage and reduce illegal guns from being on theel streets as well. all of these msf measures we hope they lead to reduction
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gun violence and crime in the cities of course. >> voting rights, i guess what is the goal in giving these speeches given there's republicanhe opposition in the senate paid budget i hope to accomplish and reaching out and talking to the american people about this issue? what the president is a big believer someone who is fought against the odds to get our things done before that part of what you need to do is build a grassroots army across the country 2ingage with, to empower, to inform about what their rights are in with the challenges are. one of the reasons he is going toas speak to house stark of this issue is, dozens of states across the country there are efforts to put in place restrictive voting measures is because he wants people across the country to not just look ahead to 2024 be prepared and eyes wide open at
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2022. : : : is a second to lbj voting rights when they went to selma, is this the use of collagen to go forth from hopkins to change their minds, about what you're talking about? >> as you all know alluded to april, this is not a new struggle, it's y a 60 year struggle in the present has been at the forefront of this throughout his career leading the effort voting rights act to the steps he's takenev as presidents honestly this is a new moment that built on the challenges the last six years with new challengesof including the restrictive laws that many legislators, the public and
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legislators areos attempting to put into law across the country. he is going to be calling on americans to make sure they are informed and informing their neighbors and make sure they are fighting efforts to pass restrictive laws in their space. >> one piece about hate, what is the administration during when it does act to historic nature with the ministration to help them go back into power during the bush administration under support from the un to talk about the market, is this administration looking at historic nature of what a fenestration as it relates to and how you deal with 80 today? >> certainly history is always part of how any leader approaches governing and engagement with foreign government or the people of
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other countries because sometimes that is embedded how they understand or think of the united states. what's important to know and understand isnk that we have provided $75 million for a wide range of interest including governance, health education, out ofud cultural develop and pre-election activities even before last week as of january and then we have long been working with directly the thing up, empowering and training enforcement,ri improving law enforcement capacity. this is a situation where they determination of what the next steps are will be up to the people of haiti, who is going to be leading thei. country moving forward? when is it safe to have elections? how will they work together to figure out what their needs are
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and how can we work with them to assess the needs and how we can help meet them hear from the government? from the united states i should say to our visitors a great deal ofni uncertainty, a lot more information we need, yesterday was just the beginning, not the beginning but in ahe instep and engagement and that will continue from a range of entities in the federal government different colored. >> over the weekend james clyburn the president called for a filibuster exemptiony on votg rights as a potential pathway forward that legislation, does the department agree? >> outside commerce and fiber is a good friend of the president and certainly of the administration partners work to get our agenda moving forward. i will say inn terms of how this works, a legislator process tool about making changes made by members of the senate not by this president or any president
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moving forward it requires every democrat supporting ranges. i'm not here to provide the account for all the that is not where support currently stands so the president's view to news to be aligned with what he has said in the path, not supporting the the buster because it's been used as often the other way around. understand you're asking about an exception from we don't have any new position on that either. i would note that there are a lot of issues out there and i think advocate will tell you this where you could argue that there should be an exemption and this is certainly one of them but that's what a lot of advocates are for a range of issues whether to run rights, climateig after advocating for this so we talked about his support in the filibuster and continues to support that but again, he believes somebody who
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was in the senate 36 years, we need to continue to work to find a path forward to do hard things even when they seem challenging and that's what we will do in this case. >> the pathway forward, is there a plan b that i be corralling public support and hopefully change the complexion of the senate? it just seems like there is no obvious path forward for legislation you said you want to pass he's not going to change the filibuster or advocate for that. >> if you look at even the supreme court ruling a few weeks ago, his view is that, he would talk about this tomorrow, that sense the focus back to congress and we don't accept the notion, he's an optimist by nature or he would be sitting in the oval office rightby now. we don't accept that, we believe there needs to be a path forward and he's going to ask the vice president to help play an important role determining what it lookswi like we are going to
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continue to advocate to fight for moving forward on voting rights legislation and he will certainly operate the need for the macro people to be engaged in that movie moving forward. go ahead. >> thanks, jen -- >> are going to go to you because he hasn't been here in a while. >> a follow-up on that, he would like to endorse and carveout publicly or privately, get on thee phone and say you'd like to do this, to bring up lbj, does the presidency no role foror himself to for lawmakers given he's going to talk about the danger of these voting rights? >> the president sees his role on somebody who can elevate and advocate for the need to move forward on voting rights legislation, of course but also use every lever in the federal
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government to protect the rights of the american people to vote around the country. that is one lever, there other levers at his disposal we've already started to implement and rely on and i back to what i said earlier that if it were waving a magic wand to get legislation on his desk through ever means, he would do that but it requires a majority of members in the senate to support changes to theof filibuster and requires -- not it requires again, i will leave it to you to do account about the support, this is a senate procedural process that requires the majority, what he can do as president is contained in to advocate,levate, engage, empower people across the country and make sure they understand this is based on the big lie, make sure as a is
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outraged as he is to surprise and silence people across the country. that is the most instructive role he can play. got to go because we got together, thank you, everyone and we will see you tomorrow. ♪♪ >> c-span's "washington journal" every day we are taking your calls live on the air on the news of the day and discussing policy issues that impact you. coming up tuesday morning, the brookings institution analyzing the u.s. withdrawal from afghanistan amid talleyrand gains and bloomberg reporter stephen talking about senate planning on infrastructure and climate legislation. also, look at medicare and prescription drug pricing with aaron trish, associate director of the schaefer center at the university of southern california. watch see spans "washington journal" live 7:00 a.m. eastern tuesday morning and joined the
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