tv President Biden Delivers Remarks on Manufacturing CSPAN January 26, 2021 6:25am-7:00am EST
all right. thank you. that is a long way to come just for that. >> let's go, please. let's go. thank you. thank you for coming. thank you. announcer: president biden also signed an executive order that he says closes the loop holes in buy american policies for the federal government. he also announced the creation of a director of made in america that would oversee the new administration set up a plan to boost manufacturing jobs and rules for purchases by american companies. he spoke about this and the pandemic for 30 minutes.
pres. biden: i'm going to make some brief remarks, signed an executive order and then take some questions. last week, we got to work to get to the pandemic and deliver economic r pres. biden: i'm going to make some brief remarks, signed an executive order and then take some questions. last week, we got to work to get to the pandemic and deliver economic relief to those who needed it most. today, we are getting to work to rebuild the backbone of america -- manufacturing, unions, and the middle-class. it is based on a simple premise that will reward work, not wealth in this country, and the key plank of ensuring the future will be made in america. i have long said that i do not accept the defeatist view that the forces of automation and globalization can keep jobs from growing here in america. we can create more of them, not fewer of them. i don't buy for one second the vitality of american manufacturing is a thing of the past.
vitality of american manufacturing is a thing of the past. american manufacturing was the arsenal of democracy in world war ii and it must be part of the engine of american prosperity now. that means we are going to use taxpayers money to rebuild america. we will buy american products and support american jobs, union jobs. for example, the federal government every year spends approximately $600 billion in government procurement to keep the country going, safe and secure. there is a law that has been on the books for almost a century now to make sure that money was spent, taxpayers dollars, for procurement is spent to support american jobs and american businesses. but the previous administration did not take it seriously enough . federal agencies waived the buy american requirement without much pushback at all. big corporations and special interests have long fought for
loopholes to redirect american taxpayers dollars to foreign companies for the products being made. the result, tens of billions of american taxpayers dollars supporting foreign jobs and foreign industries. in 2018 alone, the department spent $3 billion, the defense department, on foreign construction contracts, leaving american steel and iron in the cold. it spent nearly $300 million in foreign engines instead of buying american vehicles and engines from american companies, putting americans to work. under the previous administration, the federal government contract awarded directly to foreign companies went up 30%. that is going to change on our watch. today, i'm taking the first steps in my larger build back better recovery plan that invest in american workers, unions, and businesses up and down the supply chain.
i know the previous president went into office promising to buy american, but here is why this is different and not the same. i will be signing an executive order in just a moment tightening the existing by american --buy american policies. we are setting clear explanations and policies. the core issue with a centralized, coordinated effort. today, i am creating a director of made in america at the white house office of management and budget who will oversee our all of government made in america initiative. that starts with stopping federal agencies from waving by america buy america requirements. if an agency wants to issue a waiver saying we are not going to buy an american product, we
are going to buy a foreign product, they have to come to the white house and explain it to us. we are going to require waivers be publicly posted. if someone is building a particular vehicle or facility and they are going to buy the following foreign parts, that waiver, the request is going to be posted. then we will work with small american manufacturers and businesses to give them a shot to raise their hand and say i can do that here in my shop in my town. you've heard me say before, i had a friend who is a great athlete who said you have to know how to know. these small businesses don't even know they can compete or making the product attempting to be waived and be able to be brought -- be able to bought above. i'm directing the office of management and budget to review waivers to make sure they are only used very limited circumstances. for example, when there is an
overwhelming national security, humanitarian or emergency need in america. it hasn't happened before. it will happen now. here's what else we are going to be doing -- under the build back better recovery plan, we will invest hundreds of billions of dollars in buying american product and materials to modernize our infrastructure and competitive strength will increase in a competitive world. that means millions of good paying jobs using american-made steel and technology to rebuild our roads come our bridges, our ports, and make them more climate resilient as well as able to move faster, cheaper, and cleaner into transport american-made goods across the country and around the world, making us more competitive. it also means replenishing our stockpiles to enhance our national security. as this pandemic has made clear, we can never again be in a position where we have to rely on a foreign country that does not share our interests in order to protect our people during a
national emergency. we need to make our own protective equipment, essential products and supplies and we will work with our allies to make sure they have resilient supply chains as well. we will also make historic investments in research and development, hundreds of billions of dollars to sharpen america's innovative edge when america's leadership is up for grabs. markets like battery technology, artificial intelligence, biotechnology and clean energy. the federal government also owns an enormous fleet of vehicles which we are going to replace with clean, electric vehicles made right here in america by american workers, creating a million autoworker jobs and clean energy and vehicles that are net zero emissions. together, this will be the largest mobilization of public investment in procurement infrastructure and r&d since world war ii. with the executive order i will
be signing today, we will increase by american requirements -- buy american requirements and reduce the way we measure domestic content requirements. for example, if you manufacture a vehicle for the federal government, you need to show at least 50% of the components that vehicle are made in america. because of loopholes that have been expanded over time, you can count the least valuable possible parts as part of that 50% to say made in america, while the most valuable parts, the engines, the steel, the class are manufactured abroad. so basically we are batting 042. the content threshold of 50% or not high enough and the way we measure the content doesn't account for u.s. jobs and economic activity. we are going to change that as well. the executive action i am signing today will not only require companies make more of their components in america, but
the value of those components is can it into our economy, measured by things by like the number of american jobs created or supported. at the same time, we will be committed to working with our trading partners to modernize international trade rules, including those related to government procurement, to make sure we can all use our taxpayer dollars to spur investment that supports growth and resilient supply chains. and here is what else the action does -- when we buy america, we will buy from all of america -- from all of america. that includes black, brown, native americans, small businesses, entrepreneurs in every region of the country. we will use a national network of manufacturers called the manufacturing extension partnership, that is in all 50 states and puerto rico to help government agency connect with
new domestic suppliers across the country. this is a critical piece of building our economy back better and including everyone in the deal this time, especially small businesses badly hurting in this economy. the executive action i am taking also reiterates my strong support for the jones act, and american vessels. in our ports, especially those important for america's clean energy future and the development of offshore renewable energy, i will close with this -- the reason we need to do this is america cannot sit on the sidelines in the future. our competitors are not waiting. to ensure the future is made in america, we need to win not just the jobs of today but the jobs and industries of tomorrow. we know the middle built this country and we also know unions built the middle class. so let's invest in them once again. i know we are ready, despite all
we are facing, i've never been more optimistic about the future of america today. given even half a chance, the american people, the american workers have never let the country down. imagine if we give them a full chance. that is what we are going to do. i will stop here and sign the executive order and then come back and take some of your questions. this executive order is entitled ensuring the future is made in america by -- by america, all american workers. i will be happy to take your questions.
reporter: thank you, mr. president. two topics, if i may. first, you have made reopening schools a central part of your first 100 days agenda and you have long portrayed yourself as an ally to teachers and the unions. right now, the chicago teachers union has refused, they have defied an order to return to in person classes because of a lack of vaccinations. do you believe teachers should return to school now? pres. biden: i believe we should make school classrooms safe and secure for the students, for the teachers, and for the help that is in those schools maintaining the facilities. we need new ventilation systems in the schools, we need testing for people coming in and out of the classes, we need testing for
teachers as well as students, and we need the capacity, the capacity to know that in fact the circumstance in the school is safe and secure for everyone. for example, there is no reason why the clear guidance will be every school should be thoroughly sanitized. from the laboratories to the hallways. this is about -- and none of the school districts i am aware of, there may be some public school districts -- they have insisted all those pieces be in place. and i might add, the same kind of thing i hope we can do with small businesses and businesses, making sure they have the capacity to test their workers when they come in, to make sure they have plastic dividers and -- between their boots, etc., to make shirt -- between their
booths, and to make sure they are sanitized. the teachers i know want to work, they just want to work in a safe environment and as safely as we can make it and we should be able to open up every school, kindergarten through eighth grade, if we administer these tests and it will have the added advantage of putting millions of people back to work. all those mothers and fathers that are home taking care of their children rather than go to work, even when they can work, they are not able to do it unless they have the luxury of working distance wise like many of us do. they are not able to do it. this is about generating economic growth overall as well. reporter: thank you mr. president. i wanted to ask a question about navalny, if you are considering
imposing sanctions on any of the individuals involved on his attempted poisoning or his arrest when he returned from germany. if not, is that related to your concerns about derailing a new start extension? pres. biden: i find we can both operate in the mutual self-interest of our countries as a new start agreement and make it clear to russia that we are very concerned about their behavior, whether it is navalny, whether it is solar winds, or reports of bounties on the heads of americans in afghanistan. i have asked the agencies in question to do a thorough read for me on every one of those issues, to update me precisely on where they are, and i will not hesitate to raise those issues with the russians. reporter: a question about your covid relief deal.
on friday, you said the nation is in a national emergency and we should act like it. given the scale and severity of the need, how long are you willing to get sufficient republican support before you would greenlight democrat attempts to use reconciliation, for instance, to pass that bill? pres. biden: the decision on reconciliation will be one made by the leaders of the house in the senate. but here's the deal -- i have been doing legislative negotiations for a large part of my life. i know how the system works. i can't guarantee anything at all, but i can say what i'm going to be doing, and we have already begun, is making it clear to the leadership in the house and the senate as well as the group of 16, the bipartisan group as well as republican individuals who have an interest in the issues that are in my package.
and what kind of support can or can you not give to that. then we go on to the way we deal with legislation all the time. we didn't have any votes for the recovery package when barack and i came into office. we didn't know we had the votes until the day of bringing it up. but here's the deal -- it's interesting and i know you ask a lot of these questions and you know the answers but you have to educate the public as well. i'm not suggesting you don't know what i'm about to say. no one wants to give up the position until there is no other alternative. they have to make the decision that they don't support or insist on what they have or they
let it all go away and fall down. i think we are far from that point right now. the decision to use reconciliation will depend upon how these negotiations go. let me make clear on negotiations. i've always believed part of negotiations on the part of a president or chairman of a committee trying to get a major piece of legislation passed is about consultation. it's notit is so important in t package we have to provide for money for additional vaccine, why i this it is so important we provide money to extend unemployment benefits. why i this it is important to provide money to provide for the ability of people not to be thrown out of their apartments during this pandemic because they can't afford rend and to --
and to make the case of why we think the priorities are -- i apologize -- within this legislation. i don't expect we will know we have an agreement and the entire package can pass or not until we get to the end of this process, which will be probably in a couple of weeks. but this is just a process beginning. reporter: thank you, mr. president. "washington post." i want to ask you about one of the imagine themes of your campaign and how you intend to measure and enact it, and that is the idea of unity. if you could talk about what you see unity as being. there are some people who are defining it as being bipartisan, others are saying it is what most of the people in the
country define by some poll might believe or perhaps 50 plus one or 50 plus two or 75%. given it is such a key part of your message and promise can you reflect on more about what is unity that you define in it. pres. biden: it is several issues you made. it requires you to eliminate the vitriol, make anything that you disagree with about the other person's personality or lack of integrity or not decent legislators and the like. we have to get rid of that. i think that is already beginning to change but god knows where things go, number one. unity is also trying to reflect what the majority of the american people, democrat, republican, independent, think
is within the fulcrum of what needs to be done to make their lives and lives of americans better. for example, if you look at the data -- and i'm not claiming the polling data to be exact -- if you look at the data, i hope i'm saying it, correct me if i get the number wrong. i think it is 57% or 58% of the american people including republicans, democrats, independents think we have to do something about the covid vaccine and making sure people who are hurt being badly, can't eat, don't have food or about to be thrown out of their apartments, have an opportunity to get a job, that they all think we should be acting, we should be doing more. unity also is trying to get at a minimum if you pass a piece of legislation that breaks down on part lines but gets passed, it doesn't piano there wasn't --
doesn't piano there wasn't unity, it just means it was not bipartisan. i prefer it be bipartisan because i'm trying to generate some consensus and take some of the transmit role out of -- vitriol out of this. because i'm confident from discussions there are a number of republicans who know we have to do something about food insecurity for people in from pandemic. i'm confident they know we have to figure out how to get children back in school. there's easy ways to deal with there. if you are antiunion you can say it is teachers. if you want to make a case though it is complicated you say what do you have to do to make it safe in schools feel we will have arguments. for example, i propose that we, because it was bipartisan, i thought it would increase the prospect of passage the additional $1,400 in direct cash payment.
there is legitimate reason for people to say do you have the lines drawn the exactly right way? should it go to anybody making over x dollars? i'm open to negotiate those things. i picked it because i thought it was rational, reasonable and had overwhelming bipartisan support in the house when it passed. but it is a bit of a moving target in terms of the precision. you are asking about unity, 51 voteses bipartisan, et cetera -- votes, bipartisan, et cetera. the other thing that gives me hope that we are not only going to sort of stay away from the ad hominem attacks on one another is that there is an overwhelming consensus among the major economists at home and in the world that the way to avoid a deeper, deeper, deeper recession moving in the direction of
losing our competitive capacity is to spend money now, from across the board every major institution has said if we don't invest now, we are going to lose so much altitude in terms of employment base and economic growth it will be harder to reestablish it. we can afford to do it now. as a matter of fact, i think the response has been we cannot afford not to invest now. we cannot afford to fail to invest now. i think there's a growing relation of that on the -- realization on the part of all with you some very hard edge partisan maybe on both sides. i think there's a growing consensus, whether we get it done the way i want remains to be seen but i'm confident that we can work our way through -- we have to work our way through because as i have said 100 times, there's no ability in a democracy for it to function without the ability to reach
consensus. otherwise you just become executive fiat or battleground issues that get us virtually nowhere. i don't want to hold my colleagues may know, the vice president, but i think that there were very few debates on the senate floor all last year on almost any issue. well, that benefits no one. do not inform anybody. doesn't allow the public to make judgment about who they think is right or wrong. i'm optimistic it may take some time but over the year if we treat each other with respect -- and we will argue like hell, i'm confident like that. i have been there. but i think we can do it in a way that we can get things done for the american people.
pres. biden: josh, they don't trust you with a mic. reporter: i wouldn't either. you mentioned you might know in a couple of weeks. can i ask whether it is more important for you to get something passed in a short time frame like that or would you be willing to wait longer to get more bipartisan support? and one of the pillars is the vaccine funding. we do you think any american who wants the shot will be able to get the shot? pres. biden: well, i will try to answer the three parts your question as i heard them. one, time is of the essence. i must tell you i'm reluctant to cherry pick and take out one or two items and have to go through it again because they are all kind of -- they go sort of hand and glove, each issue. number two, we are optimistic that we will have enough vaccine and in very short order.
as you know, we came in office without knowledge of how much vaccine was being held in abeyance and available. now we have that and we have gotten commitments from some of the producers that they will in fact produce more vaccine in a relatively short period of time and continue that down the road. so, i'm quite confident that we will be in a position within the next three weeks or so to be vaccinating people at the range of a million a day or in excess of that. that is -- i promised we would get at least 100 million vaccinations -- that is not people because sometimes you need more than one shot, the vaccination. but 100 million shots in people's arms of the vaccine. i think that with the grace of god and good will of a neighbor and creek not rising we may get
it to 1.5 million a day rather than 1 million a day. but we have to meet that goal of 1 million a day. and everything points that we will have, a, enough vaccine, enough syringes and pair fehr nailia -- paraphernalia and number of people and moring the vaccine, which is not and easy task of those who have facilities like nursing homes and hospitals they have people to do it but they don't have the capacity to do everyone. so i think we are leaning hard on in the areas where we produce more vaccinators, and then it is important to have the fora, the
place, the circumstances where people can show up, stands in line and get vaccine without having to stand in line eight hours, being able to pick up the phone and get your name on the list at the pharmacy. all of those mechanical things are really -- they sound simple but they are consequential when you are trying to get out a minimum of (10) 000-0000 vaccinations in 100 days and move in a direction we are well beyond that the next 100 days is we can get to we reach herd immunity in a country over 300 million. does that answer your question? reporter: my question is roughly we do you think anyone who wants one will get it? pres. biden: i think we'll be able to do that this spring. but it will be a logistical challenge that exceeds anything we have ever tried in this country. but i think we can do that. i feel confident that by summer
we are going to be well on our way to heading toward herd immunity and increasing the a.c.c. ses for people -- the a.c.c. ses for people all the way going down to children and how we deal with that. i feel good about where we're going and i think that we can get it done. >> thank you, guys. pres. biden: wait, wait. i know he always asks me tough questions. he always has an edge to them but i like them so go ahead and ask the question. reporter: thank you, mr. president. just you think within three weeks or so we will be at the point where there are a million vaccines per day. pres. biden: i think we will get there before that. i hope we can increase technical we get to -- 2348 we get to 1.5 million. reporter: now that you are president and saying there's nothing we can do to change the
trajectory of the pandemic in the next several months, what happened to two months ago when you were talking declareively i'm going to shut down the virus? pres. biden: i'm going to shut down the virus but i never said two months. it took a long time to get here and it will take a long time to beat it. we have millions who have the virus. just for the first day correct me i have been doing other things this morning but one thing i think this is one of the first days that the numbers came down the number of deaths on a daily basis and until of hospitalizations, et cetera. it will take time. it will take a heck of a lot of time and we still have, as dr. fauci points out it is one thing when we have mass -- how can i say it politely -- mass disregard of the warnings of not wearing masks and social
distancing and failure it social distance and people getting together in ways that were not recommended, et cetera, we see the first thing that happens is we see the number of infections go up. then you see hospitalizations go up and then deaths go up. so we are in this for a while. what are we, 410,000 deaths? and there are going to be more. the predictions from the beginning of getting here after being sworn it was the prediction is somewhere between a total of 600,000 and 660,000 deaths before we begin to turn the corner in a page way. remember, the vaccine, most of the people taking the vaccine are requiring two shots and they are an average of three weeks apart and it takes time for you to be sure you get to 95% assurance rate.
so, it is beginning to move, but i'm confident we will beat this. we will beat this. but we are still going to be talking about this in the summer. we are still going to be dealing with this so in early fall. the last point i will make and i know you're tired of hearing me say it particularly you may be tired of hearing me say it, and that is if we wear masks between now and the end of april, the experts tell us we can save 50,000 lives, 50,000 people that otherwise would die. thank you very much. [indistinct conversation]
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