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university, and the chair of the calvin coolidge presidential foundation. watch the conversation monday beginning at 9:00 p.m. eastern, and before the program, go to c-span.org/presidentssurvey to see the results of the 2021 survey. >> on wednesday, president biden signed three congressional review acts into law. they include strengthening worker protections against employment discrimination. pres. biden: sit down, sit down,
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sit down. thank you. [applause] madam speaker, welcome to almost the other side. it's great to see you guys. and it's strange to have congressmen stand up for me; that's an unusual thing to do. but thank you so much. well, welcome to the adjunct to the white house here. i'm about to sign into law three bills which you all have written and passed protecting our planet from climate-disturbing greenhouse gas, particularly methane, which is devastating; protecting consumers from predatory lenders; and protecting workers from employment discrimination. each of these bills each of these bills reflects a return to common sense and commitment to the common good, and i want to thank every one of you for your leadership in getting this done. the first bill is going to help us to drastically cut methane pollution. you may remember and i know you all do, but to
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say this for the press and those listening back back when president obama, in 2016, and i put in place a rule that required that companies capture methane leaks from the wells they were digging. well, guess what? they didn't. and so, since then, we've learned that methane is even more dangerous to the climate than we knew back then, in 2016 trapping much more heat up to 80 times more heat, methane does and carbon than carbon dioxide in its first 20 years in the atmosphere. and, look, this is an important first step of cutting methane pollution. our bipartisan infrastructure plan will include $21 billion in environmental remediation to capping millions of abandoned wells, leaking wells, and oil and gas wells. and so, it will be a good step
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forward. the second bill will protect borrowers against predatory lenders. in many states, these lenders are kept in check by caps on how much interest they can charge, but some loan sharks and online lenders have figured out how to get around these limits and by using a partnership with a bank to avoid the state cap and charging outrageous interest. and i'm you all have pointed out some as high as 100 percent interest, which is astounding. and i must admit to you, i didn't know that. i was unaware they could pull that off. these are so called "rent-a-bank" schemes. and they allow lenders to prey on veterans, seniors, and other unsuspecting borrowers, trapping them into a cycle of debt. and the last administration let it happen, but we won't. and the third bill is going to help us hold employers accountable for workplace discrimination. as a nation, we continue to strive toward realizing our
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founding principle that all people are created equal and have a right to full access to the american dream, and that includes at work at work. that's why we have the equal employment opportunity commission, which enforces the law that makes job discrimination illegal. the last administration put in place a rule that makes it harder makes it harder for those seeking redress for job discrimination to get justice. with this law, we're going to move in the direction of greater accountability, fairness, and justice. speaker pelosi, alone, scott peters, fred upton, i don't know who all is here, debbie dingell,
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peter wells, annie custer, nanette barragan, peter meijer, lizzie fletcher, and woman totally unknown to me, lung congresswoman. the and by the way, keep it up. how are you? good to see you. i want you to know, rather than try to sign 14 different strokes to make sure everybody gets one,
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i'm going to sign, and there is a pin for each of you, but i'm going to give you, nancy, the first one, if i may. all right. [applause] pres. biden: thank you. i left the list one -- for the second one down there. hang on. thank you. are you going to leave me? >> i don't think we are to leave.
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>> she is running the show. pres. biden: good to see you. thank you, pal. i appreciate it. speaker pelosi, maxine waters and julie garcia. you think i'm kidding, i'm not. all right. [laughter] i promise i've got a pin for everybody. thank you so very much. good to see you, pal.
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an equal opportunity commission, speaker pelosi, bobby scott -- did i get everybody? ok, here we go. when you think about it, it's a shame we even had to be doing this. we should be way ahead by now. bobby, how are you doing, powell? good to see you. i'm so used to doing things with bobby. [laughter]
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pres. biden: thank you. >> donald rumsfeld passed away. do you have a comment? thank you so much. >> monday night, on the
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