tv Vice President Harris on First 100 Days CSPAN April 30, 2021 6:16pm-6:39pm EDT
♪ >> vice president kamala harris spoke yesterday in baltimore about the administration's first 100 days. she spoke about the administration's accomplishments related to fighting the coronavirus pandemic and spoke about the american jobs plan. this is 20 minutes. ♪ vice president harris: thank you all. as chris was saying together with the governor and without you, -- dr. fauci, we were walking around meeting are members of the national guard, our front-line workers and i
said i do believe in moments of crisis that they reveal the heroes walking among us. the angels walking among us. i would say melissa is one of those individuals. thank you for that incredible introduction. [applause] to the governor, larry hogan, thank you. and team maryland, mayor scott, thank you for the warm welcome and for all of the work you do. it is certainly a point of personal privilege for me as the president of the senate to acknowledge some folks who are my friends. i worked with them for over the four years that i was with the senate. i have seen them both, i have to tell you you have some real leaders on your hand and the
united states senate. they represent maryland, but they are also national leaders. ben, i have watched him do exceptional work as the chair of the senate small business committee. of course chris as a member of the appropriations committee has brought critical resources to baltimore to housing infrastructure and water infrastructure and so much more. it is wonderful to be with you both. i also want to thank the councilman and congressman who i have known for years. thank you both for your leadership. it is always a wonderful day to spend time with dr. fauci. thank you always, dr. fauci. [applause] it is wonderful to be back in baltimore. especially on this our 100th day of our administration. i would say today is a good day, baltimore. 100 days ago, just after
president biden and i were sworn in, i stood in front of the lincoln memorial. i talked about what i call american aspiration. american aspiration. i talked about how in america, we not only dream, we do. we not only see what has been, we see what can be. we shoot for the moon, then we plant our flag on it. for a minute, let's go back to where our nation was 100 days ago about two out of 330 million americans at that time were fully vaccinated. more than 10 million americans out of work. schools were closed. businesses were closed. beyond the pandemic, our
democracy was under assault. our capital had just been attacked by insurgents. all that was going on when the president and i took our oath of office. as daunting as these challenges were, we were not deterred. our nation was not deterred. we had a plan to get america back on track. we had faced that the american people -- we had faith that the american people, when given the opportunity, would come together and would rise to meet the moment. and you have. you have. because you have, american aspiration has defined these first 100 days. american aspiration is how we
got to more than 200 million shots in arms and less than 100 days. just this morning, we got new data on how the economy did in the first quarter of this year. things are looking up. america is once again on the move. that is in big part thanks to exactly what is happening here in the stadium, which is this vaccination effort. i think the national guard earlier, i will thank you again. baltimore, mayor, look at what you are doing here. people can walk right into this stadium and get vaccinated. this is happening around the country. i have visited a local pharmacy in southeast d.c. and a community health center right outside of denver and a vaccine distribution site at a university in las vegas.
i have been to a site in chicago run by union members and another site in jacksonville run by military members. america, you must know, the people working to administer vaccines or heroes. -- they are heroes. and so are those hooks we visited with downstairs. so are the americans who sign up that appointment. make the time and step up and get the shot. if you haven't been vaccinated yet, or if you know some buddy who hasn't, please ask folks to roll up their sleeves. it's time for each one of us to do our part. [applause] vice president harris: we have also seen american aspiration in our effort to deliver relief directly to american families. the pandemic has taken a toll on
families. on its physical health, mental health, ability to pay the bills. the president and i, we knew that before we took office. we developed a plan called the american rescue plan. it was designed and intended to help people out. it was a big plant. -- a big plan to tackle, a big crisis. we went for it anyway and the american people rallied around it across our country, democrats and republicans alike. they voiced their support. on day 50 of our administration, president joe biden signed the american rescue plan into law. [applause] as i said then, president joe biden he had a clear vision and clear purpose.
let me tell you something, he never forgets who we are doing this for. it is for the american people. it is for the american people that we have delivered relief checks to 160 million folks. it is for the american people that we have lowered health care premiums. it is for the american people that we have cut taxes for families with children. it is because of this law that we are listing half of america's children who are living in poverty out of poverty. [applause] think about that. half of america's children that are living in poverty will be lifted out of poverty. that is what i call american aspiration.
we have also delivered support directly to small businesses. small businesses are part of the fabric and the culture of a community. baltimore knows that well. our small businesses employ about half of america's workers. making sure small businesses have access to capital is a big part of the work i have been doing. i am proud to report that we provided relief to 4 million small businesses in our country. it's brings me to jobs. in 100 days, we have created more jobs than any other administration in history. [applause] baltimore, we are just getting started. right now, we have two more plans that we are working to get past. the first is the american jobs plant. it will be the largest job investment that our nation has made since world war ii.
the fact is, too many people, including too many people here in maryland are still out of work. while we have made significant progress on the jobs front, there is so much more to be done. we are going to put americans to work. fixing the road you drive on every day. getting rid of leadpipe's the poison our children. expanding broadband so that every american has access to high-speed and affordable high-speed internet. in the 21st century, broadband is quickly for structure. last week, i was in new hampshire. i was visiting a site in new hampshire in the electric co-op. i was there because we were remembering that in 1936, you
will probably remember, congress said we have a thing called electricity, but there are folks being left out. that's not going to be right, because they will be left behind. in 1936, there was the rural electric occasion plant. -- plan. on that basis, our federal government invested to make sure all americans had access to electricity. fast-forward to the year 2021. we have this thing called broadband. we have this thing called the internet. let's think about. over the past year alone, which highlighted the importance of it, a lot of people, the only way they could work if they have the ability was to work online. our children had to go to school online.
seniors and others, the way they could see their doctor, telemedicine online. small businesses how are they going to connect with their customers? how are they going to move their product? online. how did sinnott -- so many of us connect with our families? otherwise, we might get a family reunion or a holiday or a birthday online. if we had access. and if it was affordable. too many people, either in this time it is been highlighted don't have internet access or can't afford broadband bill. let's be clear, when we connect americans to affordable and accessible broadband, we are connecting our children to education. we are connecting our seniors telemedicine. we are connecting families to
each other. we connect americans to economic opportunity. at the same time, we build up our broadband infrastructure such that we create jobs. good union jobs. i have said it before and i will say it again, the best path to a good job is through a strong union. the american jobs plan -- [applause] vice president harris: the american jobs plan will put america to work. the second plan is the american families plan which will make it possible for people to work. what am i talking about? the president in his speech last night, he talked about this plan. it will establish universal pre-k and lower the cost of childcare making childcare affordable and accessible, which
has been a priority for so many of us. nearly 2 million women have been forced out of the workforce in just the last year, as the lack of childcare is often the reason why. my personal story, when my mother who raised my sister and me, i am proud to say that my mother used to go to this place when we were young. i learned later she was going there because a place called nih -- my mother was a breast cancer researcher. she had two goals in her life. to raise her two daughters and and breast cancer. she had to go to nih to do some of the work that happens there. when my mother on a daily basis was at work every day for long hours, she worked on weekends. when she was at work and it was
after school, often my sister and i we would walk two houses down to the home of miss shelton. she was the second mother to us. she was a lifeline for our mother. here's the thing i know. she would talk on a daily basis about how if it wasn't for miss shelton, she could not do the work she did. every working mother needs that support. every working parent needs that support. [applause] vice president harris: and a competitive economy requires it. a competitive economy requires a skilled workforce. which is why we will also create more opportunities for education after high school. let's think about that.
12 years of education is the norm, has been the norm. in today's world, 12 years of education is just not enough. let's invest in education after high school. understanding that we also must invest in opportunities for folks about which path of education after high school they want to take, that they choose to take. let's think about what we need to do. education after high school. invest in print to ships. we will give every american to years of free community college. we will make college more affordable for millions of students. there should not only be only one educational path to success. the american jobs plan, the american families plan, this is what americans deserve. this is what our future depends on.
and we must also be clear eyed. these last 100 days haven't always been defined by progress. there have been too many days when we woke up to news of other mass shooting, another black or brown person shot by the police. another act of hate against asian americans. another law designed to make it harder for people to vote. these are reminders that we still have so much more work to do. the fight for reasonable gun laws, the fight for racial justice, the fight for voting rights. some days, i know it feels exhausting. we cannot give up. we will not give up. here is the truth. american aspiration is about the courage to see beyond crisis.
to build beyond crisis. it is about our endurance. it is about our perseverance. it is about our ability to keep pushing forward. american aspiration is what drove our nation to build a railroad from coast-to-coast in the middle of the civil war. it is what drove our nation to bring electricity to every household in the middle of the great depression. it is what drove our nation to race to the moon in the middle of the arms race. american aspiration is what will continue to drive all of us to keep reaching high, even when we know it may be difficult. especially when it is difficult. i want to end with one more story.
about a month ago, i met this little girl her name is gal and shea is five years old. so i walk into the classroom and she is there. she is really something. so i walk into the room and she introduced me to everybody in the classroom, she knew everyone. five years old. immediately became glued to my side the whole time i was there. she introduced me to everyone in the classroom by name and her teachers. she appointed herself to do this, it was not the plant. at one point, and not down to speak to her -- i kneeled down to speak to her and i said you can be anything you want to be. this little one looked at me and my eyes and you know what she said?
she said i want to be everything. i want to be everything. [applause] that is the spirit of american aspiration. that is the spirit which at that moment was wrapped up in the little body of a five-year-old. moving forward, that is the spirit we must summon. thank you, baltimore. thank you, maryland, for making these 100 days what they have been as so many of you have spoken and said. where we see light at the end of the tunnel. thank you for marking these 100 days with the president and with me. please know that the president and i are grateful for your trust. we will never ever taken it for granted. may god bless you and may god bless america.
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