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surgery so he decided to move around. in this world of zoom television, it happens. guest: i am not an expert on this but clearly every country in the world is trying to use the best technology, so it is natural a country like china, which is way behind us technologically, would try to come for the united states and use our technology. the question i think that has to be asked, are they doing it in a legal way where they pay for it or get a license to produce their technology, or are they stealing it? >> we are going to leave this discussion, but you can find "washington journal" online. we take you now to maryland with governor larry hogan and a discussion on infrastructure policy. you are watching live coverage on c-span. gov. hogan: i want to thank each
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and every one of these leaders for their willingness to come together in the spirit of bipartisan cooperation, and to explore ways we can find common ground on this issue, which is an issue so fundamental to our economy, to our environment, and to our way of life. i am pleased to report we had a terrific summit yesterday and today. we reached agreement on a series of principles that should guide any federal infrastructure package. the first and most important thing we agree on is that any infrastructure package should be both developed and passed with the support of both democrats and republicans. second, we agreed this bipartisan package must include investments in existing physical access to make our communities more livable and enable us to
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more safely and efficiently move people, water, energy, and goods across america. any infrastructure package must also include investment in new physical assets, broadband, digital, and energy technologies to position america to create good jobs and out-innovate our competitors around the globe in the 21st century. we agreed any federal infrastructure package must be focused on physical and digital infrastructure. we also had a frank, productive, and open dialogue on some of the biggest sticking points for any infrastructure bill, including the scope of the package, the overall cost and how it should be paid for. we recognize forging a bipartisan compromise on these issues will not be easy. but we all believe that it can
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and that it must be done. i want to thank everyone of the leaders here behind me. we had a number of others that were with us that had to leave because of schedules, but all of these leaders who joined us in annapolis, i want to thank them for coming together with a sincere desire to reach common ground on this important issue. at this time, we will have a number of people address you. i'm going to turn it over to my good friend and colleague from the commonwealth of virginia, ralph northam, who's going to say a few words. >> good afternoon, and thank you, governor hogan, for your hospitality. it's a beautiful day here in annapolis and i want to thank you and your wife for hosting us and bringing us together in a bipartisan manner. it has certainly been a refreshing two days for governors to interact with members of congress and to discuss a topic that has been on the minds of ours for years and
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that is infrastructure. just to highlight the relationship i have had over the years with governor hogan, we have already set precedent on how we work together, state by state and how we work in a bipartisan manner. we had worked on metro and we are currently working on the american legion bridge. so, good things are happening when we all work together. i think we all agree that infrastructure is a top priority . we had a candid discussion last night and today and talked about our priorities, especially on a state level. we agree this is not a cookie-cutter situation, one size does not fit all, every state brings their priorities. we agree with our members of congress that governors need to let congress know what our needs are, how we are paying for things now, and how we intend to do that in the future. it is a great start, it's a
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great initiative when we bring folks from both sides of the aisle together and the ability for our governors to communicate with congress really gives me a lot of hope and promise that we will move forward and address a lot of infrastructure needs and be the best stewards that we can of our taxpayer money. thank you very much for our opportunities to be here and i'd like to turn the podium over to our senator from west virginia, senator joe manchin. sen. manchin:: when you see a collection of all of us in public service, have democrat and her public and senators, democrat and republican governors. this is what governing is all about -- coming together in finding a common cause. there's not a greater common cause than infrastructure. if we can't come together on infrastructure in the most toxic atmosphere we have had in washington, than we are in trouble.
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infrastructure is what makes this country great. it is what is growing this country. it's where the jobs come from. and we all have the needs and we all have the ability to fix this. we are looking together to find a solution today. i want to thank governor hogan, i want to thank his first lady, the staff, and i want to thank all the people in the kitchen who made the greatest maryland crab cakes i've eaten for a long time. [laughter] it is a pleasure to come back to the oldest state capital in the united states, still actively working and working hard for the people in maryland. this is something very important today. governor hogan has put great team together at presented the problems and challenges we had. in washington, we will be able to come together. i have all the confidence in the
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world. this is truly a bipartisan effort, we are working in a bipartisan way to put a good infrastructure bill. we can take care of the needs of our country, do it in a responsible way and take care of the opportunities that the people in america need and do it in a fiscally responsible way. that's what we are working toward. i want to thank all of you and all of my colleagues -- we don't get to get together that often. you would think we are all in congress, so the senate and house is always together. we are not. i want to thank the problem solvers and all the people who worked together to give us this opportunity. we need to be doing more of this. i want to introduce to you a leader of the problem solvers from the great state of new jersey. >> thank you so much, governor hogan, for having us and the
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first lady of the state. joe is right about the crabcakes and the fact that you are giving them out as a parting gift -- i would like to thank the bipartisan group of senators and all the members of the house problem solvers caucus who are here for one purpose, and that is to find a bipartisan way forward on the infrastructure portion of the administration's proposal. just released today are new bipartisan infrastructure proposal handed out by our problem solvers working group. i want to thank them for their leadership and all the problem solvers behind me, democrats and republicans, and their 29 democrats in 29 republicans in the problem solvers caucus. our caucus's new report helps us
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focus this court -- the scope of the eye partisan infrastructure agreement. the first part is how do we focus this down so we can start our agreements there? then we have to move forward and look at two other pieces -- what should we cost, what do we need to spend, and how do we pay for it? this will be an ongoing conversation, but the first portion of the scope, which was a big portion of our conversation today, is critical. the caucus will in the weeks and days ahead continue working round-the-clock to get a bipartisan deal done on this infrastructure package. it can be done and it must get done. the survival of our country depends on bipartisan solutions and bipartisan governing. we will continue and in the greatest country in the world come our best days will be ahead. i'm honored to introduce my good friend from pennsylvania, brian fitzpatrick. >> governor hogan, on behalf of
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all of us, thank you for your hospitality. your staff is awesome and everyone should know the governor has an amazing staff who did a lot of good work. josh mentioned the democrat members are caucus, on the gop side, we had represented of catskill, butler, taylor -- and we are taking a very structured approach her. number one is defining infrastructure. number two is coming up with an overall cost we are comfortable with. that needs to be driven by each individual bucket of infrastructure and that needs to be driven by facts, data, and experts. not play numbers out of the sky. what's the number we need for roads and bridges? -- not pulling numbers out of the sky. lastly, how to pay for it. we have to come up with a
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bipartisan solution, which means nobody is going to get everything we want. we would rather get 80% of something than 100% of nothing. i would like to thank senator manchin for doing what he always does, which is injecting common sense into the thought process solution. again, governor hogan, thank you for everything you did for us. this is the beginning, not the end. we made a lot of good progress. just spending time with each other and hearing each other think is very helpful. thank you, governor. >> i know a number of the members of congress have to leave to fly back to their district. what we would be happy to take a couple of questions before folks have to roll out. if anybody has any. i've never seen such quiet folks. reporter: [inaudible]
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gov. hogan: i will let one of the problem solvers in congress jump appear to answer what is the next step. as several of the speakers said, this is an important first step. it's a very unusual thing when you have governors, senators, and congressmen from both parties sitting down and having real discussions. it doesn't happen very often. i can't member it happening. agreeing on general principles on what infrastructure is, about the size and scope and the fact that it has to be bipartisan. but there is a lot more work to be done. we did not solve all the problems, but we have come up with a set of principles and we are going to continue to provide input from the national governors association, we are going to work with all of our leaders in congress, but it is in their court for the house and senate to figure out. maybe senator manchin would like
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to talk -- i gave the examples in maryland about how we have been able to utilize federal dollars in our state funds along with private sector investment, by building the largest p3 transit project with federal, state, local and private sector investment. our traffic relief plan, it is the biggest one in north america. we are utilizing private dollars but it is a balanced approach. we have 800 projects in maryland totaling $9 billion -- totaling $900 billion and that only happens from the federal, state, local governments working together. sen. manchin: let me make sure you know who was here from the senate. we had senator cornyn from texas, senator collins from maine, senator cassidy from louisiana, senator rosen from nevada, senator romney from utah and senator young from indiana. the thing that this allowed us
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to do is talk to people on the front lines. ing a former governor, i know whatever happened in washington, we have two implement it, lived with it or try to make adjustments. we can prevent that from happening if we start coordinating what we are doing. in the senate, we have a working group. we have 10 republicans and 10 democrats. we call it the g20 group and we meet consistently and we have the problem solvers with josh and brian coming over and working with us. we are working in a bipartisan, bicameral way. to have the executive branch of the governors involved truly complete set triangle and helps us have good input so we don't have redundancies or waste. that is what we are trying to achieve and set a pass forward. i think today was the tremendous start for that. >> i think our whole goal here
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is to work together, not just democrats and republicans, but working with the senate as we do and as we did this past winter and going into the new year on the covid package and that is the model. not just on this issue, but on every issue, working together across the aisle, with our mayors and local communities, that is how you actually get things done and bring the country together. gov. hogan: any other questions? reporter: could you tell us about how this proposal comedies conversations -- specifically in baltimore and some of the communities where we have the need for public transit. how do you see this federal partnership working with the private sector to make that happen? gov. hogan: we've invested more money in the city of baltimore
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than any other jurisdiction in the state and we continue to do that. thanks to help from a federal government, we are building the largest p3 transit system in america in the washington metropolitan area and prince georges and become wright county. we could not do it without them. -- and montgomery county. that's why i decided to convene this. i'm the national co-chair of no labels and i've worked with the bicameral, with senators who want to find compromise with the problem solvers in the house. i lead a year-long infrastructure initiative through the nga with my fellow governors, all 50 governors came together on a set of principles. if we can find bipartisan compromise, that's something that would be applauded by all the governors and would help us here in maryland.
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reporter: [inaudible] gov. hogan: we presented the nga plan already. i talked to president biden already. we presented it to sec. buttigieg and i testified before the senate. we've submitted that to all the folks here. that is the nga proposal. there's agreement among all the governors and most of the folks here that those are good principles. the folks in the senate on both sides and senator cassidy had to leave before this, but senator manchin and their colleagues weighed in with some great stuff. the problem solvers rolling out their plan today from the house, we don't have a detailed plan. we have a set of principles but i think we are going to get there and this is the first step in the process. >> let me say one thing. the president put out a conceptual plan.
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a bill has not been written. it's conceptual. two point $5 trillion. it not only infrastructure that is conventional infrastructure but human infrastructure. we think we should take it step-by-step. we're going to do infrastructure . when i say infrastructure, this is what we come to understand, the greatest need we have now that can be done in a bipartisan way is conventional infrastructure -- water, sewer, roads, bridges, internet -- things we know that need to be fixed and the deferred maintenance has been going on for far too long. we can move into those other areas also. whether there will be as much cooperation on that as there is on this -- why don't you take the greatest need that we have and do it on something we all agree on? that is what we have come to an agreement on more than anything else today. >> just an additional gop
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perspective on it. as the problem solvers on the house side, we have 58 members, 29 democrats, between nine republicans, and we have a caucus rule that if 75% of us agreed to a concept or infrastructure framework, we have a 58 members centrist block in the house that can together get behind it and we have that framework now. the question is, now that we have the framework, we have to start doing those three buckets as josh and i talked about. we have to come up with the number we need and figure out how to raise the revenue or close the gaps to cover it. we want to be responsible about it. if infrastructure is done in the right way, it is an investment, not an expense. if done the right way. we have to figure out what that right way is and it takes a lot of work to come up with these numbers and the scope -- it does not happen in a day or a week. but if done the right way and we make smart investments, it will yield a return for us rather than being an expense.
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gov. hogan: we can take one last question, but to follow up on that point congressman fitzpatrick just talked about, this is a serious thing when you have 58 centrist members of congress willing to work together and vote in a block, i don't have to tell you they are going to have to work with the folks in the problem solvers caucus. with joe manchin saying he wants to work together with all of us in the senate, with the tight majorities we have, never has it been more important for us to work together in a bipartisan way and i think we have agreement sets what we want to do. reporter: the timing of this -- can you explain -- you talked
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about president biden has a concept for this infrastructure plan but where do you see the infrastructure of real bills and voting on this? do you have a timeline for the realistic plan moving forward? >> that is happening as we speak. you saw the republican plan came out. we are working in the d 20 which is the 10 d's and 10 r's -- let's say the democrat leadership takes that to point when he five conceptual and puts that into a bill. usually you will find roadblocks there, same as in last december when we could not get past half a trillion for the new covid package from the republicans. we got together and broke the roadblock and came up with $908 billion. i envision may the same thing happening.
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but i think the white house is receptive for them to understand we really, truly believe we should do a conventional infrastructure bill that can be done bipartisan. they have an appetite to want to do something bipartisan. this is doable. the other things that are conceptual, we can work on. piece by piece, committee by committee. in the senate, the way we work, it has to get back to a committee process where these bills go to the committee, they should have hearings, markups, come back to the senate floor with an open amended process which is germane to the subject matter. when you do that, everybody has input and it brings people together because they get all their concerns and frustrations out to the voting process, not through a dialogue against each other. gov. hogan: before we leave, i want to say as important as
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infrastructure is for our country, it may be the second most important thing we did over the last when he four hours. we are democrats and republicans , senators, house members, men and women who believe in something more than our parties and that is about the country. all of us concerned about the direction, but all of us committed to doing what the governor and first lady did last night, which is hostess at a table, we broke bread, broke common ground, got to know each other, shared our life stories and, through that lens, we achieved a lot in the matter of just a few hours. i don't want that to be lost in this press conference because it is possible, it is important, it is necessary, and it cannot be legislated. every single person in our country can take that same step the governor and first lady did last night and bring people together. the results on the fruits of that labor are surely delicious. thank you, everybody.
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[captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit] >> the spacex crew dragon successfully launched from nasa's kennedy space center. the crew of four restaurants is
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headed to the international space station for a six-month science mission. it is scheduled to dock saturday morning followed by a welcoming ceremony a news conference. watch live coverage saturday, begin at 4:30 a.m. eastern on c-span2, online at or listen on the free c-span radio app. transportation secretary pete buttigieg was on capitol hill to outline the details of president biden's and for structure plan. he was joined by other cabinet officials, including gina raimondo, housing secretary marcia fudge, and epa administrator michael regan. the proposal calls for investments in new and existing infrastructure projects and promotes the use of clean energy sources within the transportation sector. this senate appropriations hearing is three hours.


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