tv Pres. Biden Delivers Remarks on Manufacturing CSPAN July 28, 2021 11:40pm-12:44am EDT
what we have now is a pandemic of the unvaccinated. protect yourself and the children out there. it's important. a significant consumers of healthcare myself, my family i've often said this and, i mean, it from the bottom of my heart, thank your daughter for me. if there's any nurses, doctors -- [inaudible] a lot of time in the icu. tell them thank you, thank you. i really mean it. [applause] i want to thank the congresswoman for the district. where are you? [cheering]
>> they say she's bragging on you. you do because you have family from alabama. and you've been a tireless champion for the working men and women in lehigh valley. helping us pass the tax cut for families and children that people are seeing in their bank accounts, showing up in their bank accounts. every month. and working with our administration to expand home care for seniors. we have a generation between the child and mom or dad needing help and they need help to provide a better pay for caregivers and i want to thank a great friend of mine, the champion of the cause of the united states senate for eldercare. you know, john started this iconic american company in 1890.
but things didn't really get off the ground for four years later when he brought his brother william down from scranton. [laughter] it goes to show if you want to get things moving, get someone from scranton to get it going. [laughter] [cheering] >> mind if i take my coat off? you know, the folks we are getting things moving. we really are. you are. when i started my campaign for president -- i didn't introduce you. i apologize. the governor of the state and one of the best in the country. thank you. [applause] when i announced my campaign and not many people to get seriously
i was running for three reasons to rebuild the backbone of the country hard-working folks who built the country and i want to point out the unions built the middle class. that's not a joke. and by the way, in case you regret anything i want you to know i never would have won if you think i'm kidding we have the largest percentage of any in the nation back then including michigan because we were a small state and we had big plans, much so before you get upset remember you are to blame.
[laughter] i think a lot of us come from similar backgrounds. they work hard, serve the communities and serve their country. that's why i moved so quickly to pass the rescue plan. to save jobs and businesses and lives and we did. more than a 600,000 jobs per month since i've taken office so over 3 million jobs all told. [applause] the fastest at this point of thanany administration on record because of you all. we brought this economy back
from the brink, tax cuts and working families. we designed the strategy not only for a temporary boost, but the way the foundation for a long term boomed. when i arrived in office we had a long time since the federal government worked hard for working people. things have been great for the corporations and the wealthy folks at
the top. those 55 major corporations the past three years paid a zero and federal taxes making over $40 billion. they had no complaints. when i put my hand on the bible, january 20th, took the oath of office and i made a commitment to the american people we are going to change the paradigm. the working people could have a
fighting chance again to get a good education, to get a good job and a raise to take care of the elderly parent and afford to take care of their children, stop losing hours of their lives in traffic because the streets are crumbling or waiting for slow, spotty internet to connect them to the world. that's what the economy that we are building is all about. because given half the chance and think about this, i mean, this, given half the chance, ordinary americans, the american people have never, ever let their country down. you may have heard in washington, and i was just on the phone it looks like they reached a bipartisan agreement on infrastructure, fancy word
for roads. high-speed internet, clean drinking water, the wells over thousands of them abandoned and in a modern resilient grid to build and guess what, the lot of those can make the same capping those wells there's a lot we don't agree on and i think we should be able to work together on the few things we do agree on it's an important. listen to the physical infrastructure. i also put forward a thing called build back better plan with investments that are going to really, if i said to you you could have the following.
we are going to build a lot of new roads and bridges and make sure to educate your kids for the best educated in the world, what about the impact on the growth of america, the best educated in the world. while insisting we have universal prekindergarten, two years of free community college. all the studies show no matter what background whether they are a single mom or single dad when you reach or you come from a middle-class household, a kid that comes from a background that is deprived and by the time they get to first grade there will be a million fewer words spoken, a million fewer spoken. what that means is they are behind from the start. you put kids in [inaudible]
but in schools at age three, four and five it increases by 58% the chance no matter what their background they will make it through high school and qualify to go on to community college. folks, we need more affordable childcare. there are a lot of women not working today because they can't go back to their jobs because they have no one to take care of their children. they can't afford it. i was a single dad for five years when my wife and daughter were killed in an automobile accident. my little boys were badly banged up. i commuted back and forth because i couldn't bear to leave and move to washington because i didn't have my family to help me take care of my kids. i was making a good salary, $42,000 a year then. but i couldn't afford care,
daycare for my children. eldercare. how many of you know somebody, a mom or dad that needs help because they are getting older and maybe still have their home but rather stay in their home, put them in a position where it's better for their health but you can't figure out how to keep them at home alone. eldercare is a good piece of this. paid leave. we are one of the is the only industrial countries in the world who don't get paid leave if you have a sick son, daughter, mother, wife, husband to have some time to take care of that. bring more people into the workforce and enhance our productivity. raise wages. bring down the cost for the working families. you know, in scranton, my dad
worked in scranton. he was actually from baltimore but he worked in scranton and met my mom. when cole died, everything died in the valley. so we had to leave and look for a new job. my dad used to have an expression when we got down to wilmington. first thing he did he got a job scribbling the inside of boilers at a corporation. finally we got to the place where we get to the place after five years to afford to buy a small house, actually six years. my dad used to say remember a job is about a lot more than the paycheck. it's about your dignity and respect. it's about your place in the community. it's about being able to look a kid in the eye and say it's
going to be okay and mean it. we know the trickle-down economics has never worked when working families do well everybody does well including the wealthy. everybody. [applause] today i'm here to talk about a commitment that's sacred to me and central to our efforts to keep things moving. it's a straightforward solution, support and grow more american-based companies. [applause] but more americans to work in union jobs. [applause] strengthen american manufacturing and secure
critical supply chains and confront the climate crisis that is all about jobs. i can sum it up into words. purchase american. most people don't know no matter how informed they are, most people don't know that literally for almost a century there's been a law on the books in america called the by america act. it's supposed to make sure that when your government spends your tax dollars buying goods that they have to be goods that were built, purchased in america. but the previous administration didn't take it so seriously, not just the last one. they are quick to say you know, we have a lot of money to spend. the government is going to buy everything from buildings to
aircraft carriers to trucks to whatever it is that we can't find an american company that can do it all so we have to issue a waiver. that company is going to have a subsidiary overseas where it's much cheaper they can make more money and they are going to say we have to have that as part of the chain of building the product. the result has been tens of billions of dollars. didn't go to jobs and businesses and communities like this one. in the recent years, it's become a hollow promise that my administration is going to make by american a reality and i am putting the weight of the federal government behind that commitment. in the white house itself we put
in a made in america office to oversee, not an agency with the white house itself to oversee these efforts. my first cabinet meeting i told all of the cabinet members their agency wants to issue a waiver, the department is buying trucks or hoses or whatever they need, they've got to buy something that's all been made in america. and you can't give an exception and say we can't find one that get their nozzles overseas because they don't have anybody here that can make them et cetera. i said if you are going to give an exception, you've got to tell the white house specifically why the exception and they still want to waiver they have to post a request on publicly so american manufacturers all over the united states have a chance to look up now in a new facility and say they are looking for
companies that make nozzles. they are looking for companies that make the following whatever. we make that. and contact us and they can't take the job overseas. today we are going to go further. we are going to make the biggest enforcement changes in the act in 70 years. right now i suspect you know about that. it gets purchased by the federal government. the law says that it's about 600,000 vehicles the federal government owns by the way and replaces and buys. that substantially all the vehicles should be made in america. because of loopholes over time you know what substantially all means today, 55% of it was made in america then go ahead and get all the rest of it purchased
other places. to me, 55% is not substantially all and this is a double whammy. first, 55% is not high enough and second, contractors don't have to tell us the total of their products they just have to tell us that they've hit the threshold. they have a new sheriff in town. [applause] i am serious. today i am directing the budget office to issue a rule to raise the amount required to be considered made in america we
can support the american manufacturing. we want to be the ones making the innovative parts of every product and the ones to support more jobs and more small businesses. for example i had a tour today. a lovely lady showing me the parts of the second stop that we made. she said we are having a little problem. we are finding we do not have the computer chips that we need to go in. we basically don't make them anymore in america. so i got together with a group of 20 republicans and democrats and we passed a new piece of legislation providing that south korea and taiwan open up plants here in the united states hiring american employees to make those
computer chips. [applause] in case you haven't noticed not only here but ford motor company said they have to stop producing certain vehicles. they couldn't get the chips. so i'm directing my budget office to create new rules for the critical products where we know we need stronger more resilient domestic supply chains. we are talking about components like semi conductors, pharmaceutical ingredients, advanced batteries among other things. we saw during the early days of the pandemic the supply change disruption could put american lives at risk and we need it the most and we were short on protective equipment, ventilators and other essential health equipment. we couldn't get the job done. we couldn't take care of people. we were short on basic equipment. i know a lot of you in this
factory stepped up to make ppe at the time. that was a noble service. but it's not a long-term solution. yes we will keep trading with our allies but we need to have a resilient supply chain of our own so that we are never again at the mercy of the countries for critical goods ever again. you know exactly what i'm talking about. right here. using production slowdowns and you've had your hours cut because of the shortages of the semi conductors. these are more than just the vehicles they enable so much of our modern lives, our smart phones, televisions, medical equipment that's why we are investing $50 billion to have the best chip manufacturing in the world, and build factories in the united states of america. [applause]
it's part of my build back a better plan and it is bipartisan as many republicans are concerned as well as democrats. it's not just semi conductors. we will have medical products with companies down the road or up the road i should say. i'm used to speaking in scranton. the tests are being made right here. bringing good jobs along with it meaning we are developing a capacity to respond to this pandemic and help prepare for the next one and by the way, i mean, all american. we are going to include communities that have been left out of the government procurement when more contracts are going to go to black and brown communities, native american, small business every state and territory and services and manufacturers and also agriculture. part of the problem is a lot of companies don't even know the opportunities exist to be part of this.
we've got to know. i used to have a great friend who played for providence college back in the days when they had great teams. he had an expression. he passed away but anyway, the point is he used to say something very streetwise. he would say you've got to know how to know. walk into the library in congress, one of the greatest in the world and if you don't know how to use a card catalog, figuratively speaking it is all happenstance. you have to know how to know so we started a new manufacturing contracting office in the small business administration to help small to medium-sized businesses bid on these contracts and my department is working to help government agencies connect with new suppliers in every state.
that's how we are going to build a future that is made in america. one more reason this is going to make a difference, each year the federal government purchases more than $600 billion in goods and services. the congress passes laws for purchasing things and as president i get to decide where we spend it. to purchase what is called for but i'm the one who makes the decision and the administration makes the decision on how to spend the $600 billion. american companies know that we are going to be buying from them, they will be more inclined to hire and make key investments in the futures of their companies like you are doing here. my build back better plan as has incentives for electric vehicles, to increase the amount of clean energy that our
government buys and these rules can help guarantee a reliable market. i just saw the work in the heavy-duty electric vehicles. you know, there are more than 600,000 vehicles in the federal fleet including the largest portion of which are the post office. as we work to electrify them as they run out we are going to be making a market for vehicles supporting both good jobs being created as well as innovation we need to electrify the transportation sector and clean up our environment at the same time. and we will be expanding the made in america and initiatives to help get a better deal when they buy a made in america product. it helps the towns, the taxpayers as well as all of you on the floor of this significant place. it really does. a lot of folks out there look at how fast and how dramatically
the world is changing and who would have thought but they accepted working folks are going to get left behind and barely keep up. just at the opposite. hard-working americans are the ones who are going to make it happen. there's not a single thing you can't do so i reject this defeatist view that the forces of automation and globalization mean we can't have it good paying jobs in america. right here in this factory floor you are making a product that is
fighting climate change that's why when i hear climate change, i think jobs. the manufacturing future, the economic future, our solutions to the climate crisis are all going to be made in america, creating good jobs. that's what it means to build back better. we came out of this economic crisis worse since the depression. stronger than when we went in. america is one of the few countries in the world we get smacked in lockdown we get up, come back better than we were before we got locked down. we are not joking. think about the course of history in america and that's why the american rescue plan we passed shortly after i took office we invested considerable sums to go to cities and towns looking to build back better. for example in the southwestern part of the state can now apply for funds to cap the wells that are leaking methane, coal mines,
investing and bringing new employers into abandoned factories and get help attracting them. let me close with this. back in 2009 during the so-called great recession, the president asked me to be in charge of managing that piece, then president trump, excuse me, that was the last president. anyway and president obama when i was vice president. the american auto industry was on the rocks and a lot of people including a lot of democrats that it wasn't worth investing. it wasn't that good and i remember i stood up and stepped into the rescuing the automobile industry. my name is often taken in vain on television shows. while biden committed to the automobile industry.
the mistakes were not made by the workers. they were made by management. today a lot of the folks who said we shouldn't rescue the auto industry are the same folks saying we do not need to buy american but those people never realized if you give the american worker a fighting chance, there's nothing they won't do. if you give american companies and communities the chance, there's nothing they can to build. just look around. to those trucks behind me that are going to carry the economy forward to the workers that are the heart and soul and spine of this nation the american strength is here. it's in this region. it's you and that's why i told every foreign leader and i just got back from europe meeting with heads of state one said to me, i said america is back and
he said for how long and i said i want to tell you something it's never been a good bet to bet against america. we never fail when we decide we are going to do something. so today i'm placing my bet on america. we are going to make sure that it pays off because it will pay off with good jobs, long term and blame it and the ability for america to once again reassert its role as the most powerful economy in the world and that is as important as the size of the military and anything else we do and if we think that we are not in a race, guess what, take a look at china. i spent a lot of time more than i am told than any other world leader has and he's made it clear he doesn't think democracies can compete in the
21st century. i spent over 25 hours alone with him over the period of the last five years, seven years and guess what just coming back from a conference with putin he thinks the same thing. i've got news for him. hypocrisies will not succeed if we do what we can as a democracy. if you notice, it's not a joke a lot of the rest of the world is hedging their bets whether to move towards autocracy or stay with democracies. we have it all, folks, we have everything we need in this country not only today for my grandchildren to be in a situation where we are still the most powerful physically and economically in the world that treats other nations decently and maintains the peace.
that's who we are. that's america, the most unique nation in the history of the world, not a joke and by that i mean every other nation has put together based on ethnicity, religion, geography, but not america. america is the most unique nation in the world on literally based on an idea that formed america and the idea was it is absolutely true no other nation has this organizing principle. we hold these truths to be self-evident. all men and women are created equal and with certain unalienable rights life, liberty, this pursuit of happiness. we believe it. we've never accomplished it but every generation that moves us closer and closer and closer to
inclusion. that's why america's power is not on the exercise of a military power, but people follow us because of our example. that's why the rest of the world follows. it's about time we get back up and reassert who we are. this is the united states of america. thank you and god bless. [applause] [applause] ♪♪ ♪♪
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