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tv   President Biden Delivers Remarks at Tidewater Community College in Norfolk...  CSPAN  May 3, 2021 2:36pm-2:59pm EDT

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i saw him for lunch one day after we had been out of law school for i guess for years. how are you doing, i said? he said fine, he was making twice the amount of money i was making. >> that is the beauty of community college. you come out and you know you're getting the job. >> mr. president, do you know eric elliott? >> yeah. >> air force to? >> yeah. >> his brother is one of my students. he said to say hello to you. >> i will be darned. that is good. >> it is a small world. >> sure is. >> we talked about how quickly knowledge is doubling. you will see more advances in the next 10 years across-the-board and everything we saw in the last 15 years. -- in everything we saw in the last 15 years.
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across-the-board, everything. my name is joe biden, i am jill's husband. [laughter] and just like the lovely lady in blue over here, my wife also works for her husband. [laughter] i thank you for the warm welcome. i appreciate it very much. tim kaine, one of the great senators and a great, great friend, a guy i have relied on most of my career, when i was in the senate, we worked together, and vice president, and now -- as vice president, and now. thank you for everything you do. [applause] congressman, we got to meet when you were in uniform, i think. you're doing a great job.
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thank you for being here. and all the faculty and management, and to the folks here at the community college. you know, one of the things that i really found interesting is the use of the cybersecurity. we spent a lot of time, as my colleagues in the congress and the senate can tell you, dealing with cybersecurity. it's really important that, now that we get this under control. we have the best trained people in the world. i am here today to talk about america's family plan. that i announce last week. a once in a generation investment in our families and children, that addresses what people care most about and most need.
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the investment we need to win the competition, the competition with other nations in the future. we are in a race. it starts with good education, as you all know. when public education was made universal in the early 1900s, it made us the best educated nation in the world. you saw the benefits that came from that. the rest of the world has caught up to us. we are not waiting. in -- and 12 years is no longer enough to compete in the world of the first century and lead the toy for century. that's why my american families plan guarantees four additional years of public education for every person in america, starting as early as we can. at elementary school. what are we talking about here is a universal preschool for three and four-year-olds. not daycare. preschool.
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[applause] and research has shown here the great universities in this state and others that children that go to school are far more likely to graduate from high school and continue their education beyond that. rather than start off behind, coming from families that don't have educations, college educations. a lot of kids start kindergarten -- it is an unfair disadvantage. every child is capable of learning. we just visited by the way a fifth grade classroom earlier today, where the students are back together with your classmates and teachers in school -- their classmates and teachers in school. we saw what being in school means for those kids. safely reopened, the majority
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-- safely reopening the majority of k-8 schools was my priority in the first 100 days. because there's so much that happens when they don't have the certitude and the companionship, and to the familiarity of being with her friends. -- and the familiarity of being with their friends. there's any for mental health facilities and counseling. we met that goal with working with the governor here, to get educators in schools vaccinated, and to get them the resources they needed to open up safely. i often set that children -- say that children are the kite strings that keep our missions aloft. they are all our children. they are the kite strings that literally lift our national ambitions aloft. we have to invest in our children to invest in the future. we are not going to go there. we will add two years of community college on top of that. you just heard jill talk about committed colleges and how it can change lives. well, students here at the committee college and across the country know why. for some, it's two years of
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committed to college to earn enough credits to transfer to a four-year university. which is available in almost everything will state, to become a teacher, entrepreneur, anything else. for some it's getting an extra training through a certificate program to get a good paying job and a business in town. we just met with students at the hvac workshop. ambitious, talented students, taking the next step in their lives. with the skills they are learning here, and some of the students move on to be plumbers, i looked russians, it means higher union wages and guaranteed health care and pensions. it is kind of amazing. one of the things the first lady understands is that an awful lot of folks who even get an opportunity to go to community college still cannot get there because of food, transportation, and other costs. so we are going to increase pell
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grants, so they are qualified. [applause] it will make a gigantic difference. if we didn't have these positions, i would be sleeping in the lincoln bedroom. [laughter] rather than the president's bedroom. but really, you know, it really is how to start to transform a life and family and community and our economy, by investing in people. every child has a capacity to learn. i have heard it once, i've heard it from july thousand times, any country that out-educate us will outcompete us. and it is a fact. she will be deeply involved in leading this effort, as low. the second thing, the american families plan is going to provide access to quality, affordable childcare. keeping -- helping parents go back to work. providing a lifeline and benefits for children, as they do better in school
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throughout their lives. making sure families pay no more than 7% of their income for high quality care for children up to the age of five. that mix a gigantic difference. there's millions of women out of work today, not because they are not qualified for the jobs they have, but because they can't take care of their children and do their jobs. and the cost of childcare is extraordinary. i was a single father when i got first elected to the senate. i had two young boys. i had the family i had. i was a senator. i was making a decent salary. i was able to do it. the most hard-pressed working families will not have to spend a dime, if in fact my plan works, for low income folks getting childcare for free. third, the american family spun will find and provide up to 12 weeks of paid and medical leave, paid leave.
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we are one of the few industrialized countries in the entire world that doesn't have this feature. no one should have to choose between a job and a paycheck, or taking care of themselves, their parents, their spouse, or a child that is ill. they should have that opportunity. the fourth piece of the american families plan puts money in the pockets of millions of americans. in march, wicks and that the tax credits for low and middle-income families with children. -- we extended the tax credits for low and middle-income families with children. if you make enough money, and you are paying taxes, you end up in a situation where you get to the deduct -- you get to deduct $2000 per child as a tax benefit. you don't get it back, but you get to deduct it. if you are a minimum wage worker, you are not making much -- paying much taxes. you get no benefit. we put in place up to $3000
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purse while six years and older and $3600 per child under six years of age. that means to parents and two young kids with checks back for the government for $7,200 in their pockets, which can help them take care of their family. it will benefit more than 65 million children. and all the data shows it will cut child poverty and have this year. cut it in half. -- cut child poverty in half this year. in 2025, here's what's going to happen, the tax cuts of the last president expire. and we are going to go back -- and we are going to go back to $2 trillion in debt. it is time we give tax breaks
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and credits to working-class families and middle-class families instead of just a very wealthy. here's what the american families plan doesn't do. it doesn't add a single penny toward deficit. it is paid for by making sure corporate america and the wealthiest 1% pay their fair share. i come from the corporate capital of the world. more corporations are incorporated in the state of delaware then all the rest of the nation combine. and i am not anticorporate, but it's about time they start paying their fair share. . it is about making the choice. we have this year 50 corporations making $40 billion that didn't pay a civil penny in taxes. not a single penny. -- a single penny in taxes. everybody should chip in. everybody should pay something along the road. it is about who the economy serves. i plan on giving textbooks to the working-class folks and making everybody pay their fair share. -- tax breaks to the
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working-class folks and making everybody pay their fair share. if you ask the top 1% to pay the same tax rate they paid into thousand one, when george -- in 2001, that would generate $13 billion a year. that is enough to take $11 billion and provide for two years of committed ecology free for every student in america. -- community college free for every student in america. what is better? just think about it in terms of what's better for america. not democrat/republican -- what is going to grow america more? what's going to make us more competitive, stronger? what's going to make us better educated? for folks at home, i would like to ask a question. do we want to give the wealthiest people in america another tax cut? or do you want to give every high school graduate the ability
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to earn a committee college degree on their way to good paying jobs or on the way to four years of school. health care, id, cybersecurity, you name it. for too long, we've had a two-tiered tax system. working families pay taxes they owe on the wages they are in. some of the wealthiest americans avoid paying anything close to their fair share. my plan revitalizes the capacity of the irs to crack down -- there's a number of studies from the former secretary of treasury on, that millionaires and billionaires are able to avoid taxes and a cheat and avoiding those taxes because we have so few agents in the irs. the consensus is that you would increase the disclosure requirements for banks and financial situations on account of the wealthiest americans. you will have two steps to
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recover $70 billion per year. that currently goes unreported and unpaid. we should be increasing the number of agents. not hounding anyone. just being able to get access to information. can shut down all the tax havens from the islands -- anyway, i won't get into it, i get carried away with it. but look, we can take this money, this money and pay for universal pre-k for every three and four-year-old in america. what is better? making people pay their fair share? paid family leave, childcare costs, for working families, maximum 7% of their income. it's a choice. it is more important to shield millionaires from paying their fair share? or to give every child that opportunity to succeed from an early age and is a
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burden on working families? we have a loophole in our tech schism known as the trust fund loophole. -- tax system known as a trust fund loophole. if i have $1 million that i bought in stock and made a million dollars and i was going to cash it in, i would have to pay a capital get on that million dollars. but if god for bid we go back to where i was come on the way where we are talking about, on the way to cash in my stock, i got hit by a car and got killed, i can leave it to my daughter, and she pays no tax. the text that was owed two seconds earlier is not inherited. the text that was owed two seconds earlier. -- the tax that was owed at two seconds earlier. but if a person passes away and leaves stock to their son or daughter, they don't have to pay anything on that multimillion dollar gain. then they sell that stock. and that is worth a lot of money. it may be decent and honorable
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people, and they are, but the lasting america -- the last thing america needs is another tax break for the wealthy. we need to the minute the loophole, only the gains for people making above a couple million dollars a year. at a rate for people making more than a million dollars a year. which by the way would affect 3/10 of one percent of all taxpayers. 3/10 of one percent of the top 1%. and close in other loophole like the real estate investment loophole. the wealthy paying the same rate on their wages and investment, it raises $40 billion a year for the next 10 years. the reason i'm bothering to do this is a keep hearing that biden is going to raise your taxes in the press. anyone making less than $400,000 a year will not pay a single penny in taxes. and we will not increase the deficit either, unlike the less gigantic tax cut that
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increase the deficit by $2 trillion. it's about balancing the system and growing the economy. wealthy investors no longer will pay lower marginal tax rates under secretary pays, the secretary in their office -- dan there sec. pays, the secretary in their office. -- than there - than their secretary pays, the secretary in their office. look, just closing these loopholes and taxing at the same rate for wealthiest americans would have enough to extend this plan through 2025. so i ask again, is it more important to keep these tech loopholes -- these tax loopholes for millions of americans? or would we rather put 172 million dollars in the pockets
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of working moms and dads every year who have children? trickle-down economics has never worked. we have an economy that gives every break in the world to the folks who need it the least. it is time to grow the economy from the bottom up into the middle out. we can choose to give hard working families a break. we can choose to invest in our students. we can choose an economy that rewards work, not just wealth. and that chooses the choice i am making. the vast majority of american people support let's give people a shot. we give them a chance with the american people have never let their country down would imagine if we give them a full chance. imagine what it would mean for them and their families and our country. we are the united states of america. there's nothing we've been unable to do when we do it together. so let's get together pay would let's get this done. because the truth of the matter is, we can do this and grow the
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economy. the plan is estimated to grow the economy another $2 trillion. this will grow the economy. everybody is better off. i want to thank you all for doing your part here. to make sure that not onlyyou are educating and giving people a real shot, a real shot at a real-life, consistent with their talents and capacity, not limited because they don't have money. and we are going to give it to allow more people. i promise you. i promise you. america will be much stronger for it. like i said, we are setting out a universal education that would not be 12 years anymore, it would be for 14 years, 16 years, 2 to start and 2 at the other end. your state, if you get four
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years, it is two years toward state university -- you cut tuition and have for four year degrees. there's an awful lot of possibilities. the good news is, there's overwhelming bipartisan support for this pair would you look at the polling data, republican voters overwhelmingly supported. now we've just got to get some of my raqqa -- some of my republican colleagues to support it. thank you for the word you are doing. may god protect our troops. thank you so much. [applause] >> what do you think the u.s. will return immunity? >> i think by the end of the summer, we will be in a different position than where we are now. i've worked to make sure we have over 600 million doses of the vaccine. we are going to continue to make sure that is available. we will increase that number across the board, as well, so we can be helping other nations.
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what's happening now is all the talk about how people were not going to get shots, there were not going to be involved -- we were told that was most lightly to be among people over six to five years of age. but now, people over 65 years of age, over 80% have no been vaccinated. 66% fully vaccinated. there's virtually no difference between white, black, hispanic, asian american -- because of what we've done come under some criticism, is we've expanded access to vaccinations. all the committee centers that are available all across the nation, mobile units going on. it's getting better and better. that is why we are leading the world. when i got elected, i said in the first 100 days, we would get
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100 million people vaccinated. i was wrong. we got 230 million vaccinated. [applause] and there's a debate you know, i will end with this, there's a debate on what constitutes heart immunity. is it 70% of the population, 60%, 81%? the point is, by the end of - right- now, every single person 16 years or older doesn't have to wait in line. they can show up and get a vaccination now. i plead to everyone, get vaccinated now, please. thank you. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] announcer: listen to c-span's podcast, the weekly. this week we discussed the latest census numbers with reed epstein of the new york times and david wasserman of the cook political report. >> florida would add to seats and texas would add three and arizona would add one for a shift of six.
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the shift would end up being half of that, three seats. that's a big difference when it comes to not just congressional representation, but the electoral college counselor the next 10 years. >> suburban seats have become more competitive. we've also had a number of hispanic seats and formerly union stronghold of a critic more competitive as well. announcer: find c-span's the weekly, where you get your podcasts. and now the house armed services subcommittee is on readiness and join forces, holding a hearing on the cost overrun issues with the f 35 joint strike fighter program. they present what steps are being taken to fix it, this is just over three hours and 45 minutes.

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