tv President Biden on Infrastructure in Scranton PA CSPAN October 21, 2021 12:12am-1:20am EDT
i always used to like to take amtrak home onday. the secret service are wonderful. they are the best in the world and never liked me taking amtrak because it stops t often. in terms of the actl the road and a lot of the folks became my family. i commuted every single day for 36 years as vice■[ president afe killed. i went family, never stop doing that and.
when it was announced that i had flown 1 million on air force aircraft. i'm getting in th9 car and he says -- and i thought theec service was going to shoot true story. i said iany idea. he said we are at the retirement center. i think 21 days a year, 121. you have traveled over to million miles. i don't want to hear anymore about the air force. but in the build back better plan, i have more money for passenger rail than the entire
system thank you for the introduction. you've done a great job. i mean, it. i am a got elected i checked with the margin was in the state of delare and i found out that by want every precinct in scranton and i looked up and said mom, i did it. [applause] it's great to be here iní? pennsylvania with a close friend, governor wolf. good to see you. [applause] let me back into the district i
grew up not very far from where he grew up. if is about five or six blocks and we were about 18 years apart and 17 years apart so it's like a continuum going on. i just want you to know we went to the same schools, same parish just a few years apart, give or take a few years and scranton is where i pdoye the first year and my dad helped build a field down there and spent a lot of time in watching movies on trying to reenact all they did and when you watch those movies i think i was told i was the only kid that
was able to walk through. it felt like you were in trouble. anyway. no matter how long you live here in scranton it is a place that climbs into your heart and it never really leaves and that is the truth. like the old saying you can taku can't take scranton out of the boy. there's something special about it. ou he heardhere your view of the world begins and where it takes shape. that happened to me in north washington avenue. we use to come back mass at st. paul's, st. clair's and my grandfather would hold court and back in those days
they had breakfast in thefive c, one was lost in world war ii. a guy who was the chief political reporter of the newspaper who lived the street behind uwas amy grandfathers ane women would go in the dining room and have tea and the men would have a breakfast. if you are a young boy you could sort of wandered around the table. i would grandfather and put my hand on his shoulder and they would talk about everything from sports andhat'si learned an awful lot at that kitchen table. i learned from m doesn't determe
your worth. i learned and he told me that isn't a joke. no one in the world is more worried than you but everyone is your equal. my mom would remind me this is the you are defined by your courage and redeemed by your loyalty and defined by your courage and redeemed by your loyalty. when things got tough my dad didn't work in the coal mine. my great-grandfather was there but my dad was in sales and worked for the trucking company. i remember the day i think it was the longest walk a parent can make is to go up a short flight of stairs and tell the kid you can't live here anymore because dad doesn't have a job or mom doesn't have a job=ñ, and dad had moved from wilmington delaware to scranton when he was
a senior in junior high school■. i remember him walking up and saying dad is going to have to move but it's going to take a year. it's 155 miles and i thought that was like■ 600 miles away. i come home every weekend. but when we get enough money i'm going to bring you and mom and everyone else down to wilmgton. was like an awful lot of parents that moved away. aiespect for my father as i thought about how much pride would have
say can i leave jean and the kids with you and i promise i will make it up to you. that is a hard thing for a proud man or woman to do but somebody had to do it and i remember we moved down to delaware and woula lot more than a paycheck. it's about your dignity and respect. looking at a kid in the eye and ying it's going to be■ okay. it means a lot more than wheer you just get a paycheck. it defines who you are. and i learned that at the kitchen table in scranton where you take care of and as i said i use to stutter badly when i was a
my nickname was blackbird and it wasn't meant as a compliment. i wasn't a very big, you could beat me, but i could hurt you. you think i'm kidding but i'm not. 's one of tho things i wassá fortunate because the people i was surrounded by people stuck up for you, for one another. my mother used to say remember you are a biden. nobody is better than you andqu. the point i'm making the truth is it isn't my home because of the memories it gave me, it's my home because of the values it gave me. when i ran for president iame back to scranton and i started
here in scranton and resolved to bring scranton values to bear to make a fundamental shift in how the economy works for working people and build the economy from the bottom up. i've never known a time when they've done well and so i'm here to talk about what is fundamentay the families and thy for most of the 20th century we lead by significant margins because we invested in people and ourse nnly in the roads and highways and bridges butur people and families. we built a highway to this guy. we invested to win the space race and we won. also among the first to provide education to get bac early 1900s. we invested in our children. does anybody think we would say
12 years is enough in the 21st century? it's not. but back then they did the reason why we left ahead and the rest of the world. somewhere along the way we stopped investing in ourselves. america is the largest economy in the world and the largest productive, the mostnnovative mibu risk losing our edge as a nation. our infrastructure used to be the best in the world. today according to the world economic forum, we ranked 13th in5b the world in terms of our infrastructure. roads, bridges, highways, the whole works. thirteen then the world. we used to lead the world and educational achievement and economic cooperation and development in europe ranks america 35 out of 37 major companies and it comes to investing in early childhood
education and talk about an ualizer in the world that has been studies you give a kid no matter the background from a broken home, or mom or dad didn't go to school, you put them i school and increase by 50, not daycare, increased by 56% the chance that they will completed 12 years of school and build confidence. what's education all av>bout, is confidence. it's about giving the tools■ñ to do something. we can't be competitive in the economy to continue to slide the way that we have. that's why resolved that we have to once again build america from the bottom up, not the top down. and i am a capitalist. you can be a millionaire or billionaire, fine, just do your fair share.
trickle-down economics has a de. it's not hyperbole. i mean, it from the bottom of my heart that's why i proposed the two critical pieces of legislation being debated in washington. there's some really smart national press with me today and they have understandably believed that there is no possibility in mind of getting this done. this haseen declared dead on arrival but i think we are going to surprise them because people are beginning to figure out what is fake. it's being used internationally now. in the world the degree we are going to have a build back better world and invest and build around the world the democracies and abilities so the rest of the countries don't fall
prey to those like the build road initiative out of china and other initiatives whether it's i will do something for you if you give me. folks, look, these billsre not about left versus right or about moderate versus progressive or anything that puts one american against another. it's about competitiveness and opportunities, not having opportunity denied but about leading the world and continuing to let it pass us by and by the way they will not increase one a single penny in the deficit. they are fully paid for and all points are that they will grow employment by tens of thousands of people. seventeen nobel laureates in the
economy sent me a letter saying we alsoe, not increase inflation. here's what these initiatives are all about. first, infrastructure will. back home people look like infrastructure but tell me what you're talking about. across the country right now there are 45,000 bridges according to the society of engineers, 45,000. a significant portion is ready to fall into the water into the gap they cover. there are 173 miles of roads and poor conditions brought up including more than 3,300 bridges and over 7,500 miles here in pennsylvania that need to be repaired and built, increased. we are going to put hard-working
americans on the job and bring the infrastructure up to speed. good union jobs, not seven dollars an hour, $15 an hour but you can look at your family with pride. jobs that can't beurced. jobs replacing the water pipes like here in the scranton area. kids getting brain damage because of the ingestion of lead. clean water all across america. we have to replace every single leadpipe in nation. again creating jobs and doing more than that, increasing the health and well-being of our children. 44,000 schools are in the position they've led pipes and r kid to the water fountain you've got to wonder about it. ..fis
>>every single square mile that has just been turned down this year. change and because of electric utilities failing. wires falling. we know if we can put these wires underground we increased exponentially the service. but it cost a lot o but we have to do it. we know that if we allow people to store we have this incredible energyt7 one of the largest solar fields in america. it's in the southwest. guess what cracks you can transmit all that energy
enough to light up half of the state of nevada. how do you transmit it? what lines do we have capacity to do that? we have the engineering capacity but the does. if we had $90 billion in lost this calendar year because of natural disasters? $90billion. jobs. making sure there is a high aides on —- a high-speed internet with one out of six families ago without internet you what happened with covid try teaching from home how many people did you see mcdonald's parking lot with kids in their cars to have access to thep4net?
this is the united states of america, dammit. what are we doing both will help us meet the moment to create good jobs and make us more economic and competitive $66 billion of passenger rail and freight rail wider i was talked about passenger rail and high-speed you realize the chinese are building and other high-speed rail line going 300 miles per hour? guess what if you can get in the training go from here to washington much faster than an automobile if you take a train literally take millions of cars off the road. off the road. saving millions of bottles of way of cleaning up the year.
this is fact not hyperbole. these are facts. right now when i went out to silicon valley they showed me a situation putting solar panels on your roof, i guess what when the sun isn't shining you are in trouble except now they have battery technology batteries the size of the width of this podium that sick keep you going seven days. so what do we have in this legislation? $39billion to modernize american transit. i lived at the end of the line as they say in greenwich. three blocks the and of the line. and then at the bottom of the hill but the point is most people live in cities and the
vast majority of people their jobs are out of town no longer in town. 65 percent do not own an automobile they live in a black or hispanic or poor neighborhood and all the time they waste trying to get to work. more than $7 billion to build out the national network of charging stations. my grandpa biden who died at mercy hospital of an aneurysm 46 years old two months before i was born he was here opening gas stations for the american oil company this is how he got here. lake 42.
and away from dunkin' donuts to the drugstore. and cat being hundreds of thousands in southeastern pennsylvania and ohio to have the same salary we have thousands that need to be capped and in addition we have methane leaks that are all over and then with good paying jobs to make a historic investment in clean energy with the tax credit like those that winterize their home and develop clean energy products help business produce more clean energy. it is real. i promise you i won't be
around to see it but i promise you. your kids will see a time when they are not generating any energy from the homes here in scranton other than renewable energy. not a joke. by the way. one of the things let me be clear president obama put me in charge of when i was vice president, i could invest in that legislation we put together. we brought down the price of solar and wind cheaper than coal and oil. it's cheaper. cole built this town in this part of the country but we have to provide other avenues for people who make the same. all told them i just said this project will save literally
annually that the cost of inaction when it comes to climate change extreme weather has cost the state $10 billion over the last decade and costing $99 billion last year i flew all over this territory. not a joke. i see reservoirs that are down 60 or 80 feet and concerned about the colorado river if we can keep things moving. not a joke. it is real. this is serious stuff. it will not ease up on its own we have to invest in our resilience when i say build back better we are the only country in the world historically that has gone through a crisis and has come out the other and better than before the crisis hit. that is who we are as americans. not a joke if you teach history.
think about it. we came out better than was before because we don't give up. we invest. we trust our instincts. that is what i'm talking about. and then if you have a catastrophe in the road is washed out you cannot build it back to the same standard. we've got to build it back higher. not a joke because the weather has already change. if we don't do something before we reach 125 degrees celsius we are in trouble. looked, we haven't passed a major infrastructure bill in decades in this country. the last four years every month you hear infrastructure
but didn't do a single damn thing. nothing. i mean nothing for four years. we cannot afford to sit while other countries passersby. breathing new life into the economy in the workforce these jobs we create for people we are too often left out of people left behind for the infrastructure bill they don't require a four-year degree 98 percent that require a four-year degree but it is the blue-collar middle-class we knew all it needs to get done. it's not enough just to invest in physical infrastructure but also invest in our people. so that's why the second dollars the build back better
plan. here is what it does. and then to give us the best educated best prepared workforce in the world and you saw what happened. think about what happened after world war i. because we are the best educated overall. and we led the 20th century. twelve years is not enough any longer study after study shows that earlier our children begin to learn the better for themselves and for their families and the nation. you all know the statistics it was very basic. that if you come from a home where the mom or dad had books on the shelf and you come from the home where mom or dad can't reader has a six grade education, the chill on —- the
child will have 1 million more words spoken, not different words but spoken you all know the children and grandchildren you start talking to them in the cradle. you engage with them so many homes mothers or fathers to have the capacity or the inclination to do that. what are we doing? today only half of the three and four -year-olds are enrolled in early education at all. germany, france, uk and latvia their number is over 90 percent of the children. not just early education. according one study we are 12th with percentage of young people who obtain any sort of
post high school degree. twelfth in the world build back better gets us back on track. two years of high quality preschool to every child in america. every child. [applause] that includes increasing tell grants with 200,000 students in pennsylvania then it becomes $1900. after four years dad can buy a house it was a split level home with four kids in my grandpa who lived with us my
bed was up against the wall and my dad and mom's bed was up against the wall. i look back it was great to have relatives they are the how my parents did it that i remember one night. i'm serious i was in high school i could hear my dad moving and that he was restless true story i said what's the matter with dad? he got bad news his company will no longer pay for health insurance. guess what cracks my dad? were just looking for a little bit of breathing room. how many people cannot join
the workforce because they have to stay home or can't afford child care or eldercare? the annual cost of childcare here in pennsylvania for the top there is $11400. it is higher and other places. the average two. family, two young kids spending 22 percent of their income on childcare every year. how - - i was a single dad for five years. i was elected to the senate i got a phone call as i was sworn in my wife and daughter was killed my two boys seriously injured. hospitalized for a long time. that's why i started to commute but i continued because i could no more afford. i was making a lot of money than. but i was making $42000 a year. my job wasn't to make money in
congress that this is not a joke. i could no more afford child care. but fortunately i had one hell of a family whose values that i talk about. i came home one night and they moved into my home to help me raise my kids five years later no man deserves one grade level along to but then i met jill i came home and they moved out. my brother jimmy my best friend, my mother, they all help me take care of my kids. i could not have done it. how in god's name to people make it? and those with advanced economies and those invest in average $14000 per year with state sponsored toddler care
american invest $500.20 times less than competitors you know it 30 years ago seventh in the world among the advanced economies today we are 23rd and women are becoming better educated than men. looking at five college commencement's per year the valedictorian out of the last ten years has been a woman. if you read the data, we are worried about the number of men attending college once again that competitors are investing and we are standing still the build back better plan is designed to get us moving again and look at the cost of childcare of most
pennsylvanians and has no family pays more than 7 percent of income on childcare. [applause] will help more people get back to work in the workforce and make ends meet also restore the historic middle-class tax cut. by the way i will say something self-serving that i got on pretty well in the senate all those years republican friends and democratic friends. for real. they are friends we use to travel together a lot. here is the deal. we passed the american rescue plan the first month of my administration which allowed us to have all the funding for covid and when i started there were 2 million people in america that had not gotten a vaccine. guess what we are at 190 million. that's how we got it paid for.
[applause] here is the deal what it meant is that right now there is a whole new attitude out there. how do we not invest so not actively past we provided for a child tax credit. and you heard a speak to it because we're in such dire straits we could put in position a tax cut for middle-class people that's what it is not to cut the capital gains tax for the wealthier anybody we have over 35 corporations and fortune 500 don't pay a single solitary penny in taxes not one sent and make $40 billion per year but talk about a tax cut for middle-class people that is what it is but what we did increasing making a
refundable tax cut if you make enough money to have over $4000 in taxes with two kids you could deduct that in here is the deal. the fact of the matter is that if you did make that kind of money, you didn't get the benefit at all. it was not refundable. it wasn't more than $4000 in taxes. you still paid you didn't get it back. here is the way to work it. so we will make sure there is a child care tax credit if you have one kid under seven you get money it is cutting child poverty in pennsylvania by 55 percent. [applause]
it is a flat-out tax cut for ordinary people that is what it does. i make no apologies for it. but look, folks. there so many things we can do to change the way that we work all of this i realize i'm going on but the fact is there is so much at stake. the fact is that most of all what it does we have a sandwich generation that exist in many of you are part of that generation you have a mom or dad who needs help and they get older and a child that need some help if you are in the workforce it is hard as hell to make it work. you've got to give these folks breathing room the single greatest champion for eldercare in the united states
of america is this guy right here bobby casey. not a joke. not a joke. the way it works right now to qualify for medicaid are 820,000 seniors, or people with disabilities who are on medicaid with a waiting list to get healthcare which they are entitled to how many families live this story your parents get older and they need help getting around the house making meals for themselves you don't want to put them in nursing home because of the matter of dignity they do better and live longer if they can stay in their own home. but you don't have the time or the money to take care of them so just looking for an answer so your parents can keep living independently.
one of the things that is important, think about this. in order to get into the nursing home have to sell everything you have you cannot have any private property. you have to empty your bank account. you have to do it all to move into a nursing home i'm not saying they are not valuable. they are. extremely. but that is not where i remember my uncle was who moved in with his wife to assisted living. and those who build a facility slightly in delaware and asked if i would come and speak on that opening and as we walk out a citizen this beautiful she said then at 76 years old she said this is for all people joe we. not for me. [laughter] but think about it for millions of families the most important issue they are facing. it is personal.
and bob casey gets it bobby fight for something and never gives up in case you haven't noticed here is what we will do weird will expand services for seniors so families can get help to help them take care of their parents at home and cook a meal get them there groceries to help them get around to put in railings in their home when my mom lived with me she moved in we finally talked her into doing it and guess what cracks my sister takes her up to get her prescriptions drives her back and gets out of the house she actually wouldn't physically move into the house even though we did it for her and she is just standing there and
moves and breaks her head. she did not trip but she broke her hip. guess what just having a railing a place to walk from one room to another chapter in her own home with the dignity we found this is more popular than anything else i'm proposing with individual polling data it is extremely popular we all feel the obligation to our parents who want to live with dignity but people understand the need it is a matter of dignity and pride. look frankly it is more about getting working families with a position to compete in the long haul economist left right and center agree earlier the share wall street moody's projected the investments i'm talking about will create on
average over the next 20 years 2 million additional jobs per year. good paying jobs. [applause] and we can make these transformational investments to be responsible take infrastructure bill all those invested in high-speed rail and internet they represent less than one half of 1 percent of our economic growth each year. the cost of the build back better is zero. zero. zero. because they will pay for it all in addition to that half of it is a tax cut it's not spending money it's a tax cut for working class people it's about time and i come from the corporate state of the world, not a joke more corporations are registered in my state and any other stay in the united states combined. i represent 36 years.
i am not antibusiness but just pay your fair share. look folks, under this proposal i am talking about, i guarantee that no one making under $400,000 per year will see one single penny. and fact it cuts taxes for working people and the way that usually pay the infrastructure is by gasoline taxes. i would not allow that because that taxes people making under 400,000. i am a man of my word not one single penny what you pay if you make less than $400,000. [applause] so there is no reason someone making $400 million per year by the way, the crisis that we
have had with covid there is a finite number of billionaires on the tax code you know how many billionaires made last year collectively? $1trillion to increase their collective income. $1trillion. just pay your fair share. if you are a multimillionaire or billion you have a lower interest rate than a firefighter and teacher as a percentage of taxes that you pay that are lower. the largest corporations paid $040 billion this needs to change. most folks understand that despite the taxes and the misinformation of my plan there still overwhelmingly
supported the understand what families have a little breathing room america is in a better spot and they know this about dignity and respect building from the bottom up not from the top down. name a time in american history when the middle class has done well the wealthy have not done very well. name me a time that we close with this too long working people and the middle class and the backbone have been dealt out is time to deal them back in. [applause] i ran for president saying it's time to rebuild the backbone of the nation and by that i was very precise the middle class has been the backbone of this nation. i cannot be any clearer that's why wrote both of these bills in the first place and took him to the people and campaigned on them the american people spoke no doubt about what i ran on both of
these bills are all i talked about. guess what cracks 81 million people voted for me more people voted than any time in american history. [applause] their voices deserve to be heard and not denied or worse, ignored because here is what i know if we make the investment there is no stopping america i have long said and i mean this for every world leader and i've spoken to over 60 of them and i have known many before that. i tell them it is never ever a good bet to bed against america. never. never never. it's always a good that to that on america that is with these initiatives do. it's about believing in the american people and
believing. look at the history of the nation given half a chance, half a chance, the american people have never ever ever let the country down just a fighting chance. no guarantees just a chance. that is what this is all about. it does not increase the debt. when you talk about the number we shouldn't even talk about the numbers because it is all paid for and written in the same piece of legislation you pass the spending you also pass the tax cuts and the taxes that are increasing. scranton, thank you for always treating me so nicely i mean it. [applause] god bless you all and may god protect our troops. thank you.
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