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230 debate. data privacy is something that was hugely front and center in the tech space may be from 2019-2020 initially, and those things are off to the side a little now. they are important people are interested but there is not consensus proposal out there in either chamber that is really going to move in any imminent ways. >> the future of the tech industry, today at 6:30 p.m. eastern, on the communicators, on c-span. >> c-span shop.org is c-span's online store. your purchase will support our nonprofit operations. you still have time to order the congressional directory with contact information for memos of congress and the biden administration. go to c-span shop.org. ♪ >> president biden and vice president harris marked the 31st anniversary of the americans
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with disabilities act (ada) signed into law on july 26, 1990 by president george h.w. bush. , the president and vice president were joined by members of congress in the white house rose garden. ♪ ["hail to the chief" playing] ♪ [applause]
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vp harris: good morning, everyone. please have a seat. good morning. july 26, 1990, was indeed, and start day. on that day, the americans with disabilities act was signed into law. on that day, america became better. because we know, and accessible america is a better america. speaker nancy pelosi, leader kevin mccarthy, german pat lakey -- leahy, senator bob casey. thank you for your leadership. steny hoyer, i am getting to and a second. thank you for being here today. looking out, i see so many who helped make the ada real. the activists, who gave
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everything that they had to fight for that bill. the advocates, who helped to shape the bill, title by title. the policymakers, who worked tirelessly, to pass it, including, of course, our own president, joe biden. [applause] house majority leader steny hoyer. [applause] and congressman tony coehlo. thank you all. every day, in every community, lives of the american people are better because of the work you all did. when people can ride a bus because it has a left. when they can enter a building because it has a ramp.
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when they can watch a movie with closed captions. when a student with a disability goes to school instead of discrimination, gets support, that is the ada, an action. -- in action. ada gives all americans to -- an opportunity to fully participate in our democracy, our economy, and our society. the ada gives all americans the opportunity to determine their own future. self-determination, which i believe the government must facilitate, that is the impact of the ada. after all, it is the promise of america. at the same time, truth must be told. the ada was a very important beginning. but there's still so much work
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to be done. [applause] both on enforcement, and future legislation. that is why i am heartened to see the generation of leaders who are here and remain committed to doing this work. in fact, earlier this month, i met with several leaders of the disability community, who are fighting for voting rights. they told me about the obstacles voters with visible and invisible disabilities face, when casting a ballot. long lines, rickety ramps, broken elevators, tables that are too high or too low, complications with voting assistance, the list goes on and on. one of the leaders said to me, equity cannot be achieved
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without disability being part of the equation. this is the fight that is a civil rights fight, human rights fight. this is about equity. and whether or not we are truly committed to the principles of equity, in every way that we, as a government, and as a society, can enforce those important principles. and as we all know, that truth is not just about voting, it is also about employment. it is about an education, starting with pre-k. it is about being able to live in your home and participate in your community, which is also why we must invest in in-home and community-based services. [applause] folks, here's the bottom line. the president and i will continue to fight with you, to make america more accessible for all people. this work is urgent.
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and the reason we do it, is obviously important. because every person in our country deserves the opportunity to dream with ambition. to have choices. to shape their own future, unencumbered by any barrier, free from any obstacle. because this, as we know, is the very definition. , a self-determination and this is the united states of america. thank you all for your courage and your commitment. [applause] now, it is my great honor to introduce a person, a leader, who example fives all of that. capitol --tyree brown is an artist who lives in maryland focused on building a future of her own design.
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i am grateful to her for extorting a leadership and that she is here with us today. please welcome please welcome tyree brown. [applause] tyree: hello, everyone. it is a pleasure to be here. my name is tyree brown and ima 26-year-old artist living in maryland with faith in jesus christ. i was in a car accident that rendered me quadriplegic. art and fate has noise been a prominent part of my life. -- art and faith has always been a prominent part of my life. after my injury i canola go walk or use my dominant right hand. i was sent to rehabilitation and to a nursing home and then back to rehab, only to go back to the nursing home where i stayed another 10 months. i was away from my home for over one year. while in the nursing home, a
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program called, money follows the person, intervened, which the president supports investing more funding in. the home and community based waiver program that helps those who choose to be home in their communities, by supplying durable medical equipment, home modifications, and home health care services, a program made possible by the ada. this program made it possible for my mother -- hi mom, to be my aide, at home, where i received the best care. i want to thank the president and invited -- the president and vice president and administration for the advocates for the disability community. with the american jobs plan there is a $400 billion investment in the caregiving economy, ok? [applause] [cheers]
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this will directly, positively impact my mother, and she is my aide. moving forward, my goal is to be able to access affordable, accessible housing, to live on my own more independently. have been on the waiting list for three years but i hope to move into my own place soon. [laughter] i am now home with my family and working as a freelance visual artist. i received my associates degree at the corcoran college, across the street from here. i exhibited my work at the corcoran's next exhibition as well as edit raw showcase exhibition. i attend highway deliverance church where i volunteer in the reading of the bible or my pastor, pastor hughes. i am also a new volunteer with the disability partnership, a nonprofit organization that aims to support individuals with disabilities, like myself. i am also a newly born never of
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independence now, also a nonprofit organization. because of the ada, i was provided with numerous services like the money for all of those person-to-person programs. the ada push for a more inclusive environment for wheelchair users, like making or public buildings and public transportation wheelchair accessible. the ada push for wheelchair ramps, curb cut outs, and public spaces, which made it possible for me to get around throughout my community. i was worried i would not be able to live independently and pursue my dreams of being an artist. but now, there are programs helping me achieve my goals. it is thanks to the ada, which paves the way for me, with the full support of resident biden -- president biden. thank you president biden and vice president harris for advocating for the disability community and celebrating this anniversary of the ada. i am honored to be here and to
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introduce president joe biden. [applause] [cheers] pres. biden: madam vice president, tyree - you are an inspiration. thank you for sharing your story. thirty-one years ago today, on the south lawn of the white house, president george h.w. bush signed the americans with disabilities act (ada). he was surrounded by disability advocates and bipartisan members of the united states congress, just as we are today. speaker pelosi - welcome, madam speaker. chairman leahy, leader mccarthy, senator casey, congressman scott. where is he? there you are, paul. you understand this better than anybody does. and i want to thank you, congressman, for all your work. and i want to thank you all for being here.
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second - by the way, where's mom? mom - is she here? tyree: she's at home watching. pres. biden: oh, she's watching. tyree: she's watching. pres. biden: okay. i thought she looked. said, "mom is out there." i was going to ask her to stand up. but, mom, you can't stand up if you're home. but, folks - [applause] thank you for what you've done. the second gentleman is here as well. thank him for being with us as well. and some of the same folks who fought so hard for this landmark legislation are with us today. i just got off the phone with one of them - a guy named tom harkin. and just days ago, i was on the phone with one who just had his 98th birthday, bob dole. [applause] but no one worked harder than tony coelho to get this done. house majority leader steny hoyer. others weren't able to join us today but were instrumental in bringing this to life - dear friends, as i said, like tom harkin and bob dole.
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bob wanted to pass on his regards, as did tom. tom is up in wisconsin working on - he said on ada, doing something up there. now, he didn't explain exactly what. there are still more with us that are here in spirit, like ted kennedy, congressman major owens, and countless other advocates. i was enormously proud to be a co-sponsor to the ada as pat leahy was, as well, if i'm not mistaken, as a member of the united states senate. and i'm proud to be here today, as president, alongside so many fearless champions, who represent the ongoing legacy of this law, from the foundations to its future. thirty-one years ago, after its passage, many americans have never lived in a world without the ada. generations have grown up not knowing a time before it existed. but many of us can still recall an america where a person with a disability was denied service in restaurants and grocery stores,
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and could be, where a person using a wheelchair couldn't ride on a train or take a bus to work or to school, where an employer could refuse to hire you because of a disability, an america that was not built for all americans. then we passed the ada and made a commitment to build a nation for all of us. all of us. and we moved america closer to fulfilling that promise of liberty and justice, and maybe most importantly, dignity and equality for all. you know, and perhaps most importantly, we did it together. this was a democratic bill signed by a republican president, a product of passion and compassion, not partisanship. progress that wasn't political, but personal, to millions of families. i'll never forget the moment the ada passed. and you may remember it, pat.
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standing on the floor of the united states senate, and tom harkin saw the recognition - he rose. and the first time - first time in the history that i'm aware of - in the united states senate, he stood up and he signed in a speech to his brother. tom wasn't just sending a message to millions of deaf and hard-of-hearing folks. he was speaking to his brother, frank. it was personal to him. it was personal to bob dole, as well, who lost the use of his right arm in a heroic effort during world war ii, who laid out in a hospital for almost three years - his injury listed, and they also lasted an entire lifetime. but like so many americans, he turned his disability, his apparent limitation, into greater purpose and will. he made - he made the rights of disabled americans a lifelong cause. and for more than 60 million americans living with disabilities, the ada is so much more than a law. it is a source of opportunity, participation, independent
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living, and respect and dignity, the bulwark against discrimination, and a path to independence. and for our nation, the ada is more than a law as well. it's testament to our character as a people, our character as americans. it's a triumph of american values. but, of course, this law didn't bring an end to the work we need to do. today, too many americans still face barriers to freedom and equality. but, thanks to this movement that spans all races, beliefs, backgrounds, and generations, we are once again making progress together. in my first day in office, i was proud to sign an executive order establishing a government-wide commitment to advancing equity, including people with disabilities. [applause] [cheers]
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and i was proud to appoint the first-ever white house disability policy director, kim knackstedt. where are you, kim? where is kim? [cheers] thank you, kim. and i'm ensuring that dignity and rights of disabled americans are lifted up in every policy we pursue, from continuing to make sure that this administration looks like america, appointing people with disabilities to positions across the government. in the american rescue plan, we were able to include substantial support for schools that better serve students with disabilities, expanding access to vaccines for disabled americans. as part of my build back better plan - it was already mentioned - we propose $400 billion to expand access to home- and community-based care. [applause] helping people with disabilities and older adults live more independently. and i'm glad that congress is beginning to move on the better
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care better jobs act, championed by my buddy, bobby casey - bobby, thank you - which builds on that effort. [applause] this past year, the entire nation saw just how vital our caregivers are and how critical home-based care truly is for so many americans. this legislation will help ensure that caregivers are fairly compensated for their work. [applause] in addition, i have also called on congress to eliminate the discriminatory sub-minimum wage provisions, that too often keep people with disabilities from getting good jobs with fair wages. [applause] and because of additional executive orders i've signed, we're working to remove barriers that hold back disabled americans from exercising their sacred right to vote. and we are ensuring that the federal government is a model employer when it comes to wages, accommodations, and opportunities to advance people with disabilities. that's a firm commitment. and today - [applause] finally, i'm proud to announce a new effort - the first of its
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kind - to help americans grappling with long-term effects of covid-19 that doctors call "long covid." many americans who seemingly recover from the virus, still face lingering challenges, like breathing problems, brain fog, chronic pain, and fatigue. these conditions can sometimes - can sometimes rise to the level of a disability. so, we're bringing agencies together to make sure americans with long covid, who have a disability, have access to the rights and resources that are due under the disability law - [applause] which includes accommodations and services in the workplace, in school, and our healthcare system. so they can live their lives in dignity and get the support they need as they continue to navigate these challenges. we made important progress, but we still have work to do. we have to keep going to ensure that every single american has a chance to contribute their
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talents and thrive and succeed. and i know that today's fearless advocates, some of whom are with us today, are going to accomplish incredible things. people like - mr. tootle. where are you? [applause] stand up, man. thank you. thank you, thank you, thank you. you know, i want to thank you for your continued efforts to build an america for everyone, and as i said, you courageous advocates who led the way 31 years ago - a long time before the foundation for progress is strong, though. it's part of the moral bedrock of our nation, and something every american should be proud of. now it's my honor to sign the proclamation on the 31st anniversary of the ada. i want to thank you all. may god bless you and all of you dealing with disabilities. you are an inspiration to all of
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us. i really mean it. you're an absolute inspiration. may god bless you all, and may god protect our troops. now i'm going to walk over and sign this. i'm going to invite up, though - nancy, come on up. steny, i think we ought to get you up here. you were - you're a big part of it. tony coelho. am i leaving anybody out? vp. harris: pat. pres. biden: pat, you - you were there at the time. why don't you get your rear end up here and put your -- [laughter] pres. biden: the leader is taking his camera, because pat would rather use his camera than, i think, anything else. vp. harris: come on. pres. biden: yeah, come on. tony, you get right in the back here. you were a big, big, gigantic part of this. pres. biden: pat, come on. get in. all right.
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the anniversary of the americans with disability act, 2021. [applause] [cheers] pres. biden: tony. rep. coelho: thank you. leader hoyer: thank you, sir. pres. biden: good to see you. madam speaker. pat. sen. leahy: thank you, sir. vp. harris: and this hero right there. pres. biden: i will, but i want to make sure i got all the - tyree: thank you so much. pres. biden: thank you, everybody. [applause] let's keep it going. [applause] ♪ >> mr. president, would it be helpful if employers mandated vaccines, sir? >> mr. president, do you have confidence you can get the unvaccinated americans vaccinated? pres. biden: we have to.
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[captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2021] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] ♪ [brass band playing]
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[laughter] ♪ [brass band playing] ♪ >> sunday night on q&a, gary ginsberg, author of first friends. >> i have been fascinated by the american presidency since i was
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a kid. as i grew older i started work on campaigns. i worked in the clinton administration. i started to notice the dynamic between the leaders'best friend and leader himself and how the best friend could speak in a way that no aid or staffer could speak. could speak more bluntly and act more naturally. i saw with warren beatty and the gary hart campaign, how he would fly in for major campaign event, and speak to the candidate in a way no one else around him would , and he would say, stop acting and talking like a politician, gary. gary would listen and change the way he spoke. i also saw how he would relax in late-night conversations and late-night dinners. i saw the same dynamic in the bill clinton campaign with vernon jordan, and how they were of equal stature, and what that allowed clinton to get from jordan, in a way he could not
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get from anyone else you worked on the campaign and in the administration himself. >> former clinton administration aide, and author of first friends, gary ginsberg, talks about political influence wielded by confidantes and friends of u.s. presidents, sunday night at 8:00 eastern on c-span q&a. you can also listen to una as a podcast wherever you get your podcasts. ♪ >> next, a discussion on infrastructure investment in the developing world. panelists talk about the challenges and opportunities of global infrastructure development projects. they will also discuss the g-7 global infrastructure initiative known as the build back better , world. the center for strategic and international studies (csis) hosts this one-hour event. >> good day, everyone. my name is matthew goodman.

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