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tv   Washington Journal Linda Feldmann  CSPAN  March 29, 2021 5:24pm-5:34pm EDT

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get vaccinated. get your friends and family vaccinated when you can help. now is not the time to let down. now is not the time to celebrate. it is time to do what we do best as a country -- our duty, our jobs, take care of one another, and fight this to the finish. we can and we will do this, but don't let up now. don't let up now. thank you, may god protect our troops. thank you very much. >> dr. walensky is scared of impending doom with coronavirus cases on the rise. do you? pres. biden: i just explained fully. reporter: do you think some states should pause their reopening efforts? president biden: yes.
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[captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2021] howe working in just a minute. joining us is linda feldman. she is a washington bureau chief. she is here to talk about the president's week ahead for you let's begin with wednesday. the president heads to pittsburgh to talk about infrastructure. what do we know about what he plans to announce that day? guest: washington -- at washington, infrastructure week has long been seen as a joke. we have a new president. he will try from his perspective. he is going to propose programs to improve highways, bridges, water supply, rural broadband. it is the next big bite of the apple that president biden is
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taking. it is a genuine effort to improve infrastructure. in his press conference last week, he mentioned that she cited a statistic that the u.s. is 13th in infrastructure spending per capita. he compared us to china. there are many ways of measuring infrastructure spending. anybody who travels in this country and goes to an airport has experienced add water and knows the country needs an upgrade -- bad water and knows the country needs an upgrade. there are two things he will propose. one is the infrastructure, the physical infrastructure, plus broadband. coming up in april, social programs. childcare, health care, paid family leave. home care assistance for older adult. -- adults. all told, these two big programs together are going to cost between $3 trillion and $4
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trillion. after the last big legislation, the covid relief plan, which cost $1.9 trillion, that passed with no republican votes. the hill to climb on this next plan is very steep. host: trillions. you said $3 trillion to $4 trillion. we are talking to trillion dollars over what they just spent on the covid-19 stimulus money. you alluded to it. what is the likelihood of this getting passed through the house and senate and why? guest: as of right now, it looks like there is zero chance. the plans for this one, the last big package, the $1.9 trillion, they tack that on the debt. the plan is to pay for it. the question is how to pay for it. president biden is talking about increasing the corporate tax rates.
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he is proposing raising the tax rate to 28% and raising taxes on wealthy americans making more than $400,000 per year. the big question is if you can get democrats on board with all of this, let alone 10 republicans, which you would need to break the will of buster. -- filibuster. we know that joe biden is not willing to give up on the filibuster. same with senator joe mansion -- joe manchin. in a 50-50 senate, even to pass something on a majority vote can be tougher you have to get all 50 democrats plus kamala harris to break the tie. this is joe biden presenting a big vision for the future of the
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country to really get us beyond the covid era, which is far from over. and really have a vision for a nation that is modernized and more family-friendly, frankly. host: the president today will be talking about the covid 19 response and vaccination. what do we know about what he will tell americans? guest: to reiterate his announcement of last week that the goal is now 200 million shots in 100 days of office. that comes on the 30th of april. he will beat that. that program is well underway. people who are not quite eligible will soon be eligible. so, he will also talk about, i think, states that have released all of the mandates. no more mask mandates. they have reopened businesses. we are dealing with the variants
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. what joe biden wants americans to do is remain vigilant. while we should be optimistic that the pandemic is ending, in terms of our ability to function in a seminormal way, by no means are we out of the woods. people need to be vigilant. they need to keep wearing masks. guidance is to wear a mask even if you have been vaccinated. keeping people with the program on covid, everybody is sick of this. he is sick of it. he wants people to know that they have to stay with the program and stay vigilant. host: on the sunday political shows, there was a discussion about gun legislation. what is the president expected to do on this debate? guest: it is not clear when that is coming. sometime in the coming weeks, they reportedly got a
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three-point plan in the works for executive action. again, it is very difficult to get something through congress on this. this is one of these evergreen issues that does not come close to passing. one would classify some firearms as ghost gun's, which are kits that allow a gun to be assembled through pieces. there is a piece of community violence intervention programs. and then, third, is an effort to strengthen the background checks. we have been dealing with this for a long time. it is a tough one. it has been said to -- we have had many recent mass shootings, two particularly that are horrific in boulder and atlanta. getting anything through congress is, i would say
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impossible. host: for all of these debates in washington, follow the reporting of linda feldman by going to c >> tuesday, president biden signed into law the ppp extension act of 2021. watch live coverage at 2:00 p.m. eastern on c-span, online at c-span.org, or listen on the free c-span radio app. >> c-span's washington journal, every day we take your calls live on the air on the news of the day, and discuss policy issues that impact you. tuesday morning, diana pursed stock rock, former deputy assistant transportation secretary for research and technology in the trump administration, and joseph kane from the brookings institution.
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also, issues related to the 2020 tax filing season including distribution of stimulus payment. watch "washington journal," live at 7:00 eastern tuesday morning, and join with your phone calls, facebook comments, texts, and tweets. >> state and local officials testify on how they are handling domestic terrorism threats and prosecutions. witnesses include the attorneys general from michigan and nevada , and the district attorney from milwaukee county, wisconsin. this house homeland security subcommittee hearing is an hour and 45 minutes. ution. >> the subcommittee on intelligence and counterterrorism will come to order. without exception, the chair is authorized to declare the committee in recess at any point. it is my honor to be opening up the first public heari

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