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>> senate democrats will be meeting with president biden at the capitol hill party lunch today to discuss infrastructure legislation. live coverage when the senate gavels back in here on c-span2. >> and the president arrived at the capital shortly but we will take you live to the white house now for the briefing with press secretary jen psaki. >> a couple questions let me try to address all of them. we're working close with congress to change the authorization legislation so we can streamline the process of approving these. we have a number of authorities we want to make sure were working to expedite and work as efficiently as possible. what we announced it also is that we're launching but recalling refuge to support relocation flies in arestin
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eligible afghan nationals and their families who had supported the united states and our partners in afghanistan. in terms of the specific numbers are on the equity built to provide those to you for operational and security reasons but but i n confirm flights out of afghanistan for applicants are already in the pipeline will begin in the last week of july and will continue and our objective is to get individuals who are eligible relocated out of the country in advance of the withdrawal of troops at the end of august. >> an american journalist -- [inaudible] [inaudible question] >> first we take the detainment of individuals, americans and journalists around the world very seriously and we work to
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arrange channels. obviously the situation on the grant in myanmar is quite concerning and quite challenging but we do work with international partners to raise issues, including these through every channel we have at our disposal. the most appropriate channel to raise specific issues to move forward on action is to the state department, given the diplomatic role in the world. but in terms of the president so what is he certainly is kept abreast of the detainment of individuals around the world and i don't have any update on his awareness of this particular case. go ahead. >> the $3.5 trillion bill, is the present happy with it? >> so steve i would say first, last night when the agreement was announced by the budget committee, which again we
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acknowledged is a step in the process to move forward and need support of all democrats and order to move it forward. the president is up on capitol hill as we speak or headed up to capitol hill if he hasn't e party i should say as we speak. because we recognize that's the next natural step in the process in moving his agenda forward. but as senator sanders said last night this is no significant piece of legislation passed since the great depression. i'm daughter to be a part to help put it together. we agree. what we seem come out as the current framework is reflective of the president priorities both what was in his budget, what was in his american families plan and also what were the components that were left out of the bipartisan agreement that was in the american jobs plan. we recognize there are additional steps to calm as he said. that's why he's up on the hill and we feel this is working exactly as it should. he proposes a bold agenda as he did back in march.
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congress works out a path forward, works out an agreement with things look. now he's going to engage, going to advocate with members, advocate with the american people and communicate and sell the package about what needs to move forward. that's exactly what's happening. >> secondly on cuba what is the status of the trump era policy? >> sure. you and others who covered this certainly know that first i will confirm a courseware reviewing our cuba policy with an eye towards december on the political and economic well-being of the cuban people. the nature of the kinds of changes that were made by the previous administration likely redesignating cuba is as a se sponsor of terror cares of restriction we've been running a thorough policy process on these and other issues with support for democracy, human rights always at the four of her work. there's no question that the protests over the weekend and
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the events of the last several days are significant events, and of the candidates. the largest protest we seen in cuba in a long time. that will have an impact on how we proceed. we will see a things develop in the days ahead and develop our policy responses accordingly. we don't want to do it as one off. we want to look at as we have been and with a comprehensive approach in mind. >> are there -- [inaudible] >> i'm not going to negotiate further from here. obviously as i just noted senator sanders, the chairman of the budget committee, noted this historic nature of this package. that is been agreed to by the budget committee. we agree with that. this package currently represents and is aligned with the president's priorities, including what was been outlined in his budget which is quite public out in a blueprint as well as the american families
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plan which includes key components of investing in our workforce and childcare and in the next generation. we also understand this is a process. there's steps to go. he's going to continue to advocate, continue to talk with, gate with members just as he is today and we know they can be changes as things move forward that it is aligned with the priorities outlined publicly. >> his understanding n to pathway to citizenship including -- he said could be a matter of months if all the mystery steps are taken. is that it correct assumption? >> again we have said in the past we certainly want to see an immigration bill passed through congress. there are a range of mechanism to do that. we will that congress determine how they want to move that forward. certainly there are number of advocates, advocates in terms of people who were elected officials who support that as well. but in terms of additional
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content of what would be in the package i would -- [inaudible] >> sure, sure. go ahead. >> does the white house have reaction to the charges that were filed against iranian nationals including iranian intelligence officials for a plot to kidnap an activist on u.s. soil? >> sure. first off, this is a law enforcement matter of course hence the announcement came out of there and we will not weigh in on specific allegations in the indictment. overall though we categorically condemn iran's dangerous and despicable report a plot to kidnap a u.s. citizen on u.s. soil. we will forcefully defend u.s. citizens and u.s. interests. that includes law-enforcement actions like the one announced yesterday as will the actions the president has taken to defend u.s. forces in the region from iranian backed militant groups. it also includes our diplomatic efforts to constrain iran's nuclear program, what of our most important and urgent
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actions. but it actions to attempt to silence the voices of those peacefully working to address the situation both inside of a rant and outside of iran that are appalling. will continue to speak out against that and law enforcement authorities will take appropriate steps. >> what kind of impact event will this have on iranian nuclear talks? >> it still remains -- we've never assessed iran to be a good actor in the world, not just by this plot to kidnap a u.s., a person who is residing in the u.s., but their activities in the region which we've had great concern about and the president has taken retaliatory actions for. but at the same time we still see in u.s. interest and in our national interests to engage an ongoing discussion so that we can have greater visibility to iran's path to acquire nuclear weapons. we will continue to pursue those talks, pursue the diplomatic passport which would think us in
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our interest and continued to be conservative. >> on another topic, very impassioned speech yesterday about voting rights calling on congress to pass sweeping voting rights legislation that the political reality remains that the sin is unlikely that anything about the filibuster rules are changed. is he giving congress a certain amount of time, a window to act before he changes his position on the filibuster? >> first, i think what you heard the president delivered yesterday and what many people in the outside heard was an impassioned case for why voting is a fundamental right in this country and why we should use every lever at our disposal to advocate for and injure people have access. one of those is certainly legislation. something he will continue to push for an advocate for, eddie's asked his vice president and she's agreed to serve as the point person on moving them forward. we do hard things. we don't accept that there isn't a path for good will continue to
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engage with leaders and congress about not just for the people like but also the john lewis voting rights act, something voting rights has been supported in a bipartisan manner white a bit in the past. in terms of the filibuster, it is a legislative procedural process that is up to the senate to determine the path forward on. and i believe it all to you to determine what the vote count and the whip count is there, but there's not majority to support that. i know we focus on one or two but it is more than that of individuals who oppose changes to the filibuster because of the history. go ahead. >> about the voting rights and texas lawmakers who -- do you know any examples from his 36 years innocent that joe biden just hop on the train and left town to avoid about that he knew he was going to lose? >> welcome back.
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[laughing] >> look, i think the president's view is that these texas legislators were making a statement through action, in opposition to efforts in their state to oppose restrictions on people's fundamental rights, and the right to vote in their state. that is why they departed. the vice president met with his legislators yesterday and the president i should say certainly applauds their actions in opposition to efforts to put in place restrictive measures in their state. ..
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for these lawmakers to be hiding out in a different place where they can sit down and speak class the president fundamentally believes we should work together in areas where we can find agreement . as it is on the infrastructure framework that's going to help rebuild roads and bridges around our country and that you should be outspoken where you have concerns about democracy . that's what he did yesterday and that's what these legislators are doing now >> secretary mayorkas is warning peoplethey must not come to the united states, why is that ?
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>> that's what the senate was conveying yesterday which is it is still the case that it is not the way to come to the united states. it's not through processes of trying to come to the border without going through an asylum process or coming by sea without going through an asylum application process. there are certainly programs through which some of them have not been reinstated i should say that were in place by the trump administration that are being reviewed as he said yesterday. that would apply to the individuals and people of haiti and cuba as well. those are being reviewed and that'swhat the secretary did yesterday . what is reiterating is this is not the time to travel regularly. people can lose their lives as they had in the past. >> as the administration tries to figure out the root
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causes of migration, the reason people want to leave cuba is because they don't like communism so as you're trying to figure out what the processes are for these people who want toleave cuba . >> i'm not sure what your question is. >> why are people leaving cuba or what is the process for them getting here? i can explain either. >> you think people are leaving cuba because they don't like communism ? >> we've been clear that people are leaving cuba and protesting in the streets because they are opposed to the oppression, to the mismanagement of the government in the country and we support their right to protest and their efforts to speak out . i will say separately an important question is also what happens when people are seeking attention or what happens when they are attempting to sleep. in the past as i noted we have several humanitarian programs such as family
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reunification parole programs or 80 and cuba. those were processes that were in place prior to the trump administration. those have not been turned back on as secretary mayorkas said yesterday. he also said where affecting the status of those oral programs. patient and humannationals with a fear of returning to their home country may be eligible for protection such as asylum . asian nationals may be eligible for protected status but migrants interdicted are referred to us cis for protection and screening. those who are not found to have a credible year are repatriated to their country and those found to have a well-founded fear are not brought to the united states. they are referred to third country for resettlement. i'm sharing that so everyone understands what the process is when they're trying to make a treacherous journey
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where people can lose their lives but certainly we have said many times and i will reiterate that we support not just the role of the protests and peaceful protests, we stand with the cuban people in their call for freedom from the pandemic and decades of economic suffering to which it is affected by cuba's authoritarian regime. >> tell us more about a young rodriguez. what was the intended target of the message and when will we see the video that she may and is this more about the strategy of having her? >> she's meeting with the president this afternoon and in terms of when the video project will go out i will have to see what the editing process looks like. you may have a sense of better than i do much easier because we recognize she offered, so that's an important component. we need to reach people, meet
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people where they are speaking to young people under the age of 18, many of whom as we see across the country are huge olivia roderigo plans. hearing from her that getting vaccinated is a way to keep yourself safe, to make sure you can see your friends and go to concerts, only you can ensure you can live a healthy life is an important part of what we're trying to do is play an important role in and in terms of when the video is i'm not sure but not every 18-year-old uses their time to computers so we appreciate your willingness to. >> around the lincoln memorial and i talked a couple of weeks ago on the white house is positioned on conservatorships. has there been a decision as to whether the president feels there's a federal rule in governing these relationships. >> i don't have a position on . >> in regards to cuba will we hear from the president this
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week and is his position still that he feels the trump policies were a failure? is that still has policy? >> i would say from him, he said that often as you know he speaks out publicly nearly every day events. it has an update to provide on what we're doing and what our policies are people provide that. if there is a planned speech, not this time. in terms of our policies i would expect we are continuing to review our policies. instead ongoing process to review the policies in place by the prior administration. we also recognize that this is a significant event over the last couple of days. the largest protest in a long time that we saw in cuba. people speaking out, calling for freedom from both the pandemic and decades of repression.
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that same day and of course will play a role as we factor in what our politics will be moving forward i would note we will do that through the prism of whatwill help the people of cuba , not what will help pad the pockets of the regime that is a challenging circumstance given the control of the regime currently on the people. >> does president by the endorse senator schumer built onmarijuana ? >> i spoke in the past president views on marijuana and nothing has changed there's no new recommendations to report today . >> will the president meet withthe other legislators and if so when ? >> they the vice president to meet with the legislators yesterday and she was happy to do that . he supports of course there voicing of their strong views. i don't have any plans to review for you at this point. >> did he call into some point?
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>> he did not. >> one as it relates to the dark website link to our evil, those websites were no longer operating as of yesterday. is the us behind the targeted attacks on computer servers that havehosted those red somewhere attacks ? >> i don't have anything more for you on that. >> is there any indicationor evil adapted to possible tax ? >> we don't have anything more for you currently from that environment. >> let me get to something else you can answer, on afghanistan operation refuge and the announcement for those already in the pipeline is decided in the last week of july, they can't talk and had a note, wouldn't say anything more specifically about the timing aware of these afghan nationals and where will they be going? >> therefore operational and security.
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we're not going to be providing details about this time. i don't foresee that necessarily changing . once it's in place where their security is a firm, then we will provide information as we have on the timing, as we have on what the operation looks like. >> on that basis as a security issue then how many afghan nationals and family members does the us suspect have been killed in the course of the last several months in afghanistan in the absence of their departure? >> i would say the reason we are taking these steps is because these are courageous individuals. we want to make sure, we recognize and value the role they play over the last several years. we are working on several fronts here, both working with congress and using our authority, relocating individuals who have played roles as translators and others supporting us efforts in afghanistan so that should be seen as significant i'd also note that we have
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ambassador tracy jacobson as three-time chief of mission and she's leaving the state department coordination unit that will deliver on the president's commitment. the unit includes representatives from the departments of defense and homeland security, russ travers was department of homeland security advisor and former head of the national counterterrorismcenter coordinating the interagency policy process on the operation as well . >> i certainly, she is. let's see, she is en route or she is there and mark i believe she's there now leaving the us delegation to a high-level international conference. they're going to be discussing the promotion of prosperity, security, regional productivity while she's there . obviously . in afghanistan the region and all our priorities will be
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part ofthe discussion . go ahead. >> on the $3.5 trillion package unveiled last night how does the president view thatoutline number ? there's something the party that say it's higher spending or is it too low? how doesthe president view that number right now ? >> as isaid earlier , these forward announced last night is a significant step forward in our view in the president you and we recognize there's still a path forward that needs to be taken because while this is an important step in the committee, we obviously need every member of the democratic caucus to support this endeavor moving forward but i also note as senator sanders said, this is the most significant piece of legislation passed the great depression and i'm delighted to have helped put it together. yesterday was a major breakthrough formiddle-class families . >> civil rights leaders have
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characterized the president's reluctance to mention the filibuster as a lack of urgency . what do you say to those critics say that a lack of urgency that he has yes yet pushed senators to support abandoning ormodifying the filibuster ? >> is the president delivered a major speech on voting rights which received a great deal of attention and accolades from a lot of supporters and advocates out there as well was he wants to stand with them and is committed to standing with opponents of access to voting rights across the country in this fight and this ever moving forward. he taught in his speech as you know about not just his commitment to the for the people but about what letters from the federal government he will continue to use whether it be executive order . he signed into law more steps the department of justice is
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also taking but this will be cost of his presidency, the fact that he delivered a speech educating people on the issue taking people understood their rights should be seen as representative of his commitment . >> you gotten close to this but i want to make sure. the president is going to this lunch. should we take that as an indication you don't thinkyou have all 50 democrats signed on ? >> if there were enough votes for each of these priorities there would be a vote and it would have happened. so i will say that you, he's headed up to the hill because it's the next natural step and as i said, he does as president you layout of all agenda and certainly that's our objective. members of congress negotiate the details and it's his role to continue to engage in selling both men packages to
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the public and i expect you will see him doing that until both pieces of legislation are passed so going back home to the senate where he spent 36 years and engaging with democrats in the senate, answering their questions is part of that effort. >> a question related to that is speaker pelosi has said that part two needs to pass in order for the part one bipartisan infrastructure build to be taken up in the house and i was wondering if it is the white house view this framework, if this budget resolution were to pass, is that enough or the house to take up the bipartisan infrastructure package or is that not enough ? >> the president expects to sign both pieces into law and their contract as a long said they would be on and we're going to leave the leaders in the senate and house to determine thesequencing .
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>> one more crack on the today. the vice president yesterday when he was asked about changing it to have carved out for voting rights said i'm having conversations with folks. is the president also having conversations or yielding completely on the idea of changing the filibuster given that yesterday he compared the current state of democracy to the civil war. so is he talking to people about these legislative tools that could be changed, is he having conversations?>> the president and vice president are having conversations about a range of issues including busy or changing the rules. some also advocate against as you well know what the vice president was acknowledging his some members have raised luster will form as it will surprise many of you and members have raised it with the president but they've
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raised it on different sides as well and ultimately it's a legislative process. one that the president is no longer gets to vote on. it's up to them to vote on what their processes will be moving forward. >> is he advocating any particular way or expressing an opinion to end those conversations ? >> we both heard from members who have points of view on the future of the filibuster. as won't surprise many of you that's what the vice president was referring to and the president also has of course been part of those conversations but his position as stated to you publicly is what hisposition is privately as well . >> i didn't want to skip you. >> he met with senator sanders this week and wanted that 3.5 trillion number initially to be a lot higher than it is . [inaudible] does he plan to meet with people on this one
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on one lesson mark. >> expects the president will be deeply engaged with arange of members . editor sanders, senator manchin as they work to move this legislation forward and it is certainly a significant step, a big breakthrough last night in the agreement that was announced. the president will be first to tell you he knows there are a number of stepsahead and there will be continuing negotiations . there are components of this change it was a big breakthrough, a big breakthrough for middle-class families and certainly he would echo the comments made by senator sanders. >> ron maclean said it would be a policy decision whether or not the administration went after regulating companies like facebook on things like vaccine disinformation sowhat is the administration's stance on that ? >> we believe all of us,
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social media companies where a lot of this disinformation travels, the media state and local officials, it's important for everybody to step up and spread the word. there's a report coming out again our surgeon general will be coming to the briefing room tomorrow to talk about and certainly the pushback against disinformation and information that is literally a matter of life and death is something that's going to be a continued focus of this administration . you are right that decisions to regulate or hold to account any platform would certainly be a policy decision but in the interim where going to continue to call out disinformation and call out where that information travels. >> does the president plans to speak with mark zuckerberg western mark. >> there's no plans i'maware of . >> the president is urging home loans and what is the president's current thinking
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about the timeline for reinstating those payments ? >> there's a certain timeline required because they expire in the fall so obviously it would be in advance of that period oftime but i don't have anything to preview in terms of where he will land and i want to give him the space to make his decision . >> the epa said it would impose a carbon border tax which could complicate the president's plan to present a unified front . is the menstruation concerned about how the carbon border tax will affect it? >> it's a good question and i did not talk to their team about it i'm sure it's of interest to others and i'll get back toyou after the briefing . >> i think right now there are cuban people right outside the white house. we've seen democratic lawmakers in florida who called them to come to miami to get a speech. you are reviewing your policies but is there a way
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you believe that you can more forcefully show support for the cuban people or is there anythingin the works ? >> do a speech? i understand that i would think what is most important to the cuban people is understanding that the united states stands with them and their call forfreedom from both the pandemic and the decades of repression and economic suffering to which they been subjected by cuba's authoritarian regime . i would just note that it is a policy process that has been under review. there were a number of policies put in place by the prior administration and we want to do that in a comprehensive manner. we want to do it through the prism of what is going to help the cuban people directly and help incentivize a change in behavior if possible and certainly the protests, the reaction, the continued oppression of the cuban people weighs in on our decision-making process but i
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don't have any speech or visits to preview. >> so on politicians, on the campaign of comments that he would reinstate the program, is that, can you give us a readout on where that process has gone so far in these comprehensive reviews? >> there's an ongoing review and of course the reaction and continued oppression of the cuban people will weigh in on our, will be a factor in ourdecision-making process but i don't have anything to preview . >> can you preview the presence child tax credit event, is echoing to be bringing real people to the white house to highlight this ? >> that's our intention, real people. i would say that there are tens of millions of families across the country who will
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benefit from the child tax credit. that has been extended thanks to the american rescue plan. also it's something he has advocated for and will continue to push for and there's broad support for in congress. extending further than that . but tomorrow we're marking the fact that these checks or these direct deposit payments because we're in 2021 will start going out directly to people bank accounts. we have seen projections that the child tax credit, the implementation or extent of the child tax credit could child poverty in half and this is just extra money going into people's bank accounts who need help the most. the president felt it was important to elevate this issue and make sure people understand this is a benefit that will help them as we work to recover from the pandemic and the economic downturn . go ahead . >> yesterday in philadelphia, after the speech powell sharpton said he would implement he said the president talked to the room but what was the word filibuster and what people can do. also after the speech we talked and the naacp president johnson says that
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he was concerned that there was no forward and there was no sense of urgency and going back tothat other question , can you address that about the path forward? and the sense of urgency. the president talked about comparing this moment to the civil war but where was urgency in moving forward. and also the issue of the filibuster . >> i'd also say that the president of the southern poverty law center senate president biden accurately characterized the anti-democracy action bystate legislators following january 6 . president biden's speech was a call to action for this multiracial coalition of democracy defenders in this country to run to the urgency of the moment. the president of the us said i commend president for asserting the importance of voting rights as we are seeing numerous state and voting rules that are restrictive and discriminatory for blacks and
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grounds unity. the president delivered the speech yesterday because he knows that there is still not enough information out there, not enough empowerment, not engagement with people across the country about what their rights are and what is happening in states across the country. that is a pressing and silencing their right to have their voices heard. that'swhy he delivered the speech .part of our focus is continuing to press for the for the people act and he will continue to do that the john lewis voting rights act and he will stand with civil rights leaders who were just here at the white house last week to have a conversation about how they can work together to move this forward. he's not going to wait on that . he obviously the department of justice is already taken action in georgia they will make decisions about fighting against the oppressive laws. we're continuing to implement the executive order and continuing to fund efforts around the country to educate and inform citizens so he's delivered the speech to make sure people knew what their rights are and make sure people knew what he was doing
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to fight against efforts to oppress. >> what about the pathway forward from this administration. your telling the coalition groups to go out and the president said yesterday what is the path forward, what is the formula if this administration has making sure that hr one is fast and hr four comes on and x1 are past and then hr for. >> i don't have details on a legislative strategy to outline for you. we're going to continue to work with leaders in the senate, leaders in the house as you know are huge advocates for moving these pieces of legislation forward and we will let up and empower voices across the country to ensure that people understand who i hope how important this is to citizens across the country. i've got to get going, i'm sorry, i'm going to run outof time . go ahead. >> two-part question about why the presidents on the hill right now. the 3 and a half trillion
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dollar price tag of the infrastructure proposals and the reconciliation bill with the human infrastructure elements to it. maybe because for some republicans who would otherwise support the traditional infrastructure bipartisan bill. does the president worry about that at this point and the second part of my question is it brings up the scenario that it the traditional bill is not going to be approved in the senate, it can be put into the reconciliation bill possibly so the president will think about that and talk about that? i know i'm getting way ahead of the process. still, tell me if you want. would that be a possibility. >> certainly the president will continue to advocate for a dual track of these pieces of legislation moving forward you are right, i'm not going to get ahead of that process but i will say that the
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president was in the senate for 36 years and he's the first to say and he knows well voting for one measure you support never means you have to vote for a different measure. that's not how legislation works andcertainly he said from the beginning that any and he's been there for months . as his republican colleagues have knowledge for months that we are proceeding on two tracks to pass his economic agenda. one is a bipartisan infrastructure framework. the other is the build back better reconciliation package where there was a significant breakthrough last night by the budget committee and chairman sanders. so a couple of weeks ago everyonesaid this was dead, it wasn't going to happen . they'reboth moving forward . the senate majority leader says he wants to bring them both up for a vote and wewill work closely with him to get that done . >> does he want to run into some republicans? >> file as you know how capitol hill works, it can be
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wild and crazy out there but is going to continue to engage with republicans on moving his agenda forward today as an opportunity to speak with democrats about both pieces of his legislation. both pieces of legislation they support, many of them support about moving them forward. >> quick question on cuba. given the lack of internet access in cuba, how is the administration monitoring the situation, the crackdown on protesters and is the administration determined that there is violence against protesters what options are at the presidents disposal ? >> first we continue to call for the swift release of those peaceful protesters who have been unjustly detained. we stand with the cuban people and their calls for freedom from both the pandemic and from decades of repression. the protests in cuba as you all know how largely because
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of the regimes violent crackdown andretaliatory measures against cubans and exercising their fundamental and universal rights . this is unacceptable. of course we will continue to call for a change in approach and call for and review our own policies about what is possible and work with our workers around the world and of coordinatedfashion as well . >> you talked before about going county by county, what is does the administration think is deriving some of the variations of vaccination rates in counties looking at kansas and missouri for example, missouri has 30 counties where there's less than 25 percent of the relation vaccinated . kansasonly has two counties . what accounts for variation between states, between counties as state officials? >> i can't make a sweeping assessment, it's different in states to states. we also recognized looking at the data that there are portions of the population demographics including people under the age of 27 will have a much lower vaccination rates. and we are quite focused on
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indicating directly with those people, hence our special guest today about why it's important to get vaccinated. why these vaccines are safe. why they can still kill you if you're under the age of 27 . we need to be clear and direct about our messaging. there's this information out there, sometimes that's traveling out of the amounts of elected officials so it's case-by-case but the most important thing we can do is not see this as a partisan issue because certainly the virus is telling people whether they are democrats or republicans. if you are vaccinated, you are protected. 99.5 percent of people going to hospitals are not vaccinated. that's a pretty clear statistic. >> why would you invite olivia roderigo who is 18 years old and has a lot of plans outside the white house gates, they told me to make sure i get in a question.
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as the rest of the young people in this country, what did it mean and what was the goal of having her voice involved in this conversation and i say this in the context of you a staffer, reports are saying those who are eligible , those eligibility, those people are not getting shots so i imagine her being here has something to do with that but i'd like you to elaborate . >> i think i answered a similar question earlier but i would say certainly the voice of someone like olivia roderigo who is a popular recording artist someone who has legions of fans, some of them outside the white house and her willingness to play a role in making sure people understand, you don't understand they are not immune from getting covid or
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getting sick from covid and it's important to know the vaccine is safe and accessible and certainly her willingness to use her voice and her platform is the directly toyoung people is quite powerful and we are gratefulfor her time . go ahead . >> the administrations encouraging cities to use covid funds to hire police but cops are walking off the job, applications are down. recruitment and morale isa real problem. will be administration take a lead to help improve recruitment and morale for local departments and if so what would that look like ? >> i would say a number of cities have used funding from the american rescue plan to hire police to make sure they have our funding their programs, something the president has supported throughout history. we also have just started a strikeforce to work from the department of justice with
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about half a dozen cities around the country to crackdown onillegal gun trafficking . another way we are working with cities to ensure we are being an effective partner from the federal government and the president has proposed a great deal of increase in funding for law enforcement in his federal budget. that can be used to keep costs on the low to make sure we aresupporting community so those are the steps he's taking and he's proposing in action . >> but does this really matter putting up a response? everybody wants better cops, better policing, more diverse policing. it's just freeing up these funds going to be enough to do it or does the white house need to do more? >> the president has been clear he supports and advocates for and supports funding and has proposed funding to ensure that local communities and local police departments have the support and resources they need. at the same time he's been an advocate and looks forward to
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signing a police reform bill into law. >> i want to ask you a question about a gender equity issue that you can weigh in on. five-star safety ratings, there's a measure for car, trucks, vans, how well they perform in crash tests and in it turns out based on an investigation that great television has done that testing is not done for women drivers. it's just a male crash test dummy thatis put behind the wheel of an automobile , not a female crash test dummy. this investigation has been introduced in both the house and senate to correct this gender inequity and i was hoping you could weigh in on this issue of the supporting that type of legislation. >> i do know that nyssa who oversees this effort does use female crash test dummies and some of their safety testing and uses data to determine whether to use which size
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gender dummies. they also use computer simulation in addition to enhance their research fund the global human body model consortium which is developed simulation models for a variety ofoccupants including men and women but also children , the elderly and more that's another way they rely on data but otherwise i'm good for you to more additional information, i don't have any announcements about the portfor legislation this point . >> i know president biden said the administration is going to do more to address immigration in central america by addressing root causes of it including corruption and now we're hearing what we're seeing in cuba and haiti i think that would suggest that that can be a very long process that would lead to dangerous situations. is that throwing a wrench in the administrations plans to reform immigration in that
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way ? >> i don't think so but tell me more about your question. >> given what we're seeing in cuba and haiti, it's clear that trying to address these issues while i think everyone would agree that's important leads to potentially a lot of unrest. does that give anybody pause in the biden administration for addressing illegal immigration ? >> no, go ahead. >> one more question if i may on operation allied refuge. i know you won't diebold the third countries that these will go to but can you confirm that blom whichis us territory has been ruled out now as a way station . >> i'm not going to rule in or rule out the places you understand interest, this is a big priority for the president as we have information we can provide we will provide. obviously the security and safety of the individuals who
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are relocating is of utmost focus and concern . class class question about haiti. on 80 the president does he support holding deportations to haiti, the haiti caucus in the house has written a letter calling for holding deportations. >> i have not spoken with him for our team, i'm certainly happy to text you but did you have another haiti question? >> is there a timeline from when the united states answer respond to this request for troops and you can you talk about what the united states is doing if you can't get a timeline? >> i would say that we have to a very large diplomatic presence on the ground. our ambassador, our ambassador system has been involved in people engaged in efforts on the ground with more than 100 american citizens working on the ground. we also responded to a number of their specific requests in
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terms of personnel and aid and assistance on the law enforcement front as they are working to move the investigation forward. in terms of additional considerations or considerations of request for troops, that is still an ongoing review. >> i want to ask you something about weise saw the department of health halted all adolescent outreach not just for coronavirus vaccines but all vaccines. i wonder what this administration makes a can you talk about taking the politics of vaccination, how do you do that when you have a state like tennessee halting vaccine outreach in this way? >> i would say i still am not going to comment on the personnel decision or in that way. obviously it was a significant part of the recording . certainly any effort to prevents accurate information , information based on data, on science as it relates to the vaccines for any other vaccine is a concern to the federal government because we
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have seen as we talked about in this briefing lower rates of vaccination as it relates to it among young people. that would put people at risk and put people in danger for illness and even death in this case. so we will continue to work with local health authorities, continue to work with local trusted voices in order to get the message out and the word out and get accurate information out any effort to repress or not share that information is risking people's lives. >> you said you're going to get back on deportation but is it under consideration at all? does that mean thepresident is open to doing it ? >> i will see if there's anything to report on that, anything in the back. >> to questions on interpreters, i know you said you don't want to get a specific number of people vaccinated but there's confusion on the ground because all the applicants, if they're going to take the
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first steps, one is leaving behind, i will 100 percent the clarified so what details can you give us for that. >> as we've announced in the past, the focus is on applicants who are already in the pipeline. that is what we will begin the last week of july. we'll have a range of contingencies and we are continuing to work to ensure that we can help as many of these bold and courageous individuals as wepossibly can . but those are the individuals, the translators who were in the pipeline already who will be the first focus of relocation. >> hearing the flights will only happen outside of households, there are a lot of interpreters that don't live in households and they may not be able to get there, are you going to help them get there safely. there's efforts by the town and often don't go outside so advocates are wondering other going to get those?
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>> it's a great question and we want to help interpreters and applicants who may not be living directly near the airport. i will see if there's more from the statedepartment in terms of the operational component that we're able to share but certainly we keep that in mind . >> i know this is partially asked but this question on decriminalizing marijuana at the federal level. i just remember during the campaign the president had spoken about mass incarceration and reducing the level. is he encouraged that this is coming back to the senate, i know you will be specifically about endorsing the bill but is he glad to see this is resurfacing and that there will be a debate over it? >> i'm not spoken about this specific piece of legislation . last one. [inaudible] that remains his position and certainly he would be encouraged by steps to implement that but i have
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not spoken with him in recent days about marijuana or legislation . >>. [inaudible] i think yesterday he held a phone conversation with president putin. will he be delivering any additional missives or is he talking about something -- [inaudible] the deputy foreign minister of agriculture announced strategic pots will take place before the end of the month amid announcements from the usa. >> the former secretary of state, the special envoy, he's got a lot of titles. his purview is on climate and that's what the focus of the discussion is in terms of strategic stability. i don't haveanything in terms of a timeline . have a great day. >> as the briefing was
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underway there at the white house the president was arriving on capitol hill along with the majority leader chuck schumer for conversationswith senate democrats on the infrastructure package and an agreement reached yesterday . let's listen in . >> we are getting it done, thank you. >> on the senate itself we will return in 15 minutes around 2 pm eastern to
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continue work on president biden's nominee to the equal employment opportunity commission and the solicitor for the labor department. next vote at around 2:30 eastern on those nominees and as we said, the present now meeting with senate democrats talking about infrastructure legislation. we may hear from the president and senate democrats after that meeting. we will have live senate coverage when they gamble back in around 2 pm eastern on c-span2. and next up we take you to the democrats from texas, democratic representatives from texas, us senators talk to reporters about voting rights. several lawmakers are in the nations capital after they left the state to protest governorgreg abbott's special legislative session to approve new republican voting bills . >>


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