tv President Biden in Howell MI on Infrastructure Proposals CSPAN October 6, 2021 4:49am-5:42am EDT
>> it is ok to clap for the congresswoman. [applause] >> good afternoon, everyone. i want to thank the international union of operating engineers local 324 for hosting us today. this is a world-class facility, and it is training the professionals of today and tomorrow for opportunity and prosperity. we all share tremendous gratitude in welcoming the president of the united states, joe biden here, joining us again in the state of michigan. i am honored to be here to talk about the build back better agenda. this agenda will deliver historic benefits for us across the country and across the state of michigan, making historic investments in people and families and communities, from promoting access to health care, improving public transit,
repairing us to respond to climate change and lifting people out of poverty, and moving our state forward. now, these investments are designed to right the wrongs of the inequities that persist to the present. now, we have a chance to move forward. our imaginations to run wild into the future. the governor and i are proud to have president biden's back.
, we will be able to continue to make michigan better together. with that, i would love to introduce to all of you, my partner in public service, the governor of the great state of michigan. >> thank you. i am so happy to be here with the lieutenant governor and of course, a phenomenal congressional representation here. so glad to be here with all of you. it is great to be here to talk about something that unites all of us, infrastructure. our roads and our bridges connect us. they bring people, communities and small businesses together. state roads and bridges ensure that people can get to work, drop their kids off at school, run errands safely, they have small businesses, ship products
and they are crucial to our economic development as we emerge from this pandemic. i am proud to be known as the governor. i am proud to be working with an administration that has the same values. i know just how critical infrastructure is to every michigander. that is not just true in our own state but across the country. every american, regardless of who they are or where they live. it is why we have made $3.5 billion in investment in infrastructure here and deliver on dozens of products across michigan. it is why we are focused on the future of mobility and electrification. that is why we have brought clean jobs to michigan. the electric vehicle jobs
academy so that we can upscale our workforce and train our workers to build the best and future of mobility here in michigan and the lake michigan ev circuit. it will be the best clean energy road trip in the united states and america -- of america. we are planning on building our first autonomous parking garage here as well. i want to thank president biden for the info structure plan and work he is doing. we are poised to make historic investment in our roads and bridges and water infrastructure. i urge congress to work together to pass both the bipartisan infrastructure and jobs act. we will help people by cutting middle-class taxes, child care and help create good paying clean energy jobs. we can do this, we will do this together. together we can invest in places
like howell, michigan where we are standing today. we can build community is where people of all races and background can get the skills they need to get into a good, -- good paying job. together, we can put michiganders and america first and usher in a new year of prosperity for our families. i would like to think my friend, fellow congresswoman alyssa slacken to the podium. >> thank you for joining us here in michigan's eighth district. i want to thank the operating engineers for hosting us. it is my seventh trip here. this is the first time i have been able to come here and not drive a big piece of equipment.
it is a real center of activity. the truth is there is no better place to talk about the infrastructure bill. the people sitting in front of us will be the ones clearing the roads, preparing to bridges, running the buildings, reinforcing the dams that have had -- have not had serious ones. lots of people have lots of priorities but the info structure issues that michiganders are facing unite us. there is no such thing as infrastructure problems in blue areas or red areas. we all need safe roads to drive on. we all need better infrastructure for the water particularly with the storms. we only clean drinking water because of lead pipes. we all want our kids and businesses to be successful in
the 21st century. we need reliable internet that is particularly important here as we stand in livingston county where one out of 10 households does not have access to high-speed broadband. we have talked about the challenges and infrastructure for a long time. we have had more infrastructure weeks then we can all count in the past five years. finally, we have the opportunity to do something about it in a bipartisan way. i'm glad the president came here to show us what we're going to do. i want him to look out the faces of our operating engineers and take the spaces back with us to washington so we can get this done. he understands as well that if we are going to make these investments, we have to be able to pay for them. he was generous enough to give mia wright from the airport and we talked a lot about the fact that we are not going to take this bill and pass on more debt to our kids. we are not going to pay for this bill on the back of working families.
here in michigan, we have the facilities, equipment, workforce to get the job done. why it is so important that we pass this generational investment. we all know that it's not just about passing the bill, it's about the good paying jobs that come out of the bill. thousands, millions of good paying jobs, prevailing wage good paying jobs. here in michigan and all over the country. in the coming days and weeks, we will do everything we can to get this past. that is my responsibility as a member of congress and my commitment as a representative of this district. thank you very much. [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, please
welcome to the stage training director, operating engineers 324 and the president of the united states, joe biden. [applause] >> good afternoon and welcome to the international union of operating engineers local reach you for -- local 324.0 we have four campuses including the 560 acres you're standing in today. on behalf of our business managers and our membership, i
would like to first thank our guest, the media, and of course president biden. [applause] i also would like to recognize our international general president who was unable to attend but since his warmest regards. at local 324, we have a saying. we build, we operate, we maintain. we operate the heavy machines that propel construction, the roads, buildings, energy plants, pipelines, airports, and nearly every large-scale product -- project in the state. we operate the crane's,, excavators, and countless other
equipment that is building infrastructure daily. building infrastructure takes investment. for our members, it is the investment of time. to learn how to build things safely and efficiently. training is the key to everything we do. it is an investment in ourselves, our work, and our communities. i have been a member for 36 years before becoming the training director. i spent 30 years working in the field as a foreman,
superintendent, building the roads and bridges in the state of michigan. i know firsthand the skills or members bring to every job. i also know how much there is need of repair. the infrastructure investment in the jobs act is a once in a generation chance to provide world-class infrastructure that is safe, reliable, and more resilient. it is a blue-collar plan to invest in america and create hundreds of thousands of family wage jobs. the old healthy communities, and reduce congestion and gridlock. the infrastructure bill is a job created lifeline to millions of skilled workers throughout the construction industry, contribute in too long economic growth and improving the quality of life for americans. most importantly, it is an investment in our country. we have kept michigan running for over 100 years. now, we stand and raise the build back better. with that, i welcome the president who is paving the way, president joe biden. [applause] >> hello, michigan. [applause] it is good to be back. john, thank you for that introduction. the truth of the matter is, there is a reason why the
american labor movement across the board has the single best workers in the world. because you are the best trained. i wish the american people understood how much serious training goes into being a union worker. you're the best in the world. someone said to me earlier that on the president of sports unions, labor unions. someone pointed out to me that i allegedly used the word union as president more than the last seven presidents combined. [applause] not a joke, we have built the country and it's great to be here with several excellent members of congress. lisa slotkin, you don't want to screw around with her. [laughter]
she is an intelligence officer as well. she has forgotten more than you know. thanks for the advice you have given me and i mean that sincerely. we need to make sure everything we do here is paid for and not a single penny raised in taxes of anyone making under $400,000 per year. debbie, you are the best in the world. you and john have been my friends for so long. you have stepped in and taken over in a way that had to be both emotionally difficult but you have done an incredible job. i consider you one of my great friends. dan, you are ok. [laughter] you ain't quite like the woman sitting next to you. [laughter] you are always there for everything. it's important to understand something i will talk about later, the way we built this
country is from the bottom up and the middle out from the top down and you get it. andy, you got good blood. thank you for what you are doing. thank you for stepping in and for the job you do. michigan, it is also fortunate to have outstanding united states senators for doing what they're supposed to do in washington because the senate is in. they are there to cast some really important votes to keep things moving. of course, it's great to be here with my friend. an outstanding governor, one of the best governors in the united states. and her lieutenant governor who covers her in every way both in terms of physically and mentally and every other way. thank you for all you did to help me get elected. i mean that. thank you thank you thank you. there's a lot of noise in washington, but it seems to me more than usual now.
a lot of hyperbole. a lot of heat and i am here today to try to send some things -- set something straight. i want to talk about what is fundamentally at stake for our country now. it's overused, but i have been using this phrase a lot. we are at an inflection point. we have to choose what direction we are going to go. not democrat republican, but who we are going to be. for a long time, america has set the pace across the entire globe. for better part of the 20th century, we led the world by significant margin in investments in ourselves, our people, our country. we invested in infrastructure and our roads, highways, edges, ports, airports, the arteries of the nation that allow commerce to function and allow us to generate significant income. we have invested in our people and opportunity. we are among the first to provide access to free education.
is the reason why in the 20th century we began to take off. it was back in the late 1890's, we decided we would be the first nation that every single american regardless of background based on income what have free 12 years of education. we invested to win the space race. we led the world in research and development, we led to the creation of the internet. then, something happened. we slow down, we stopped investing in ourselves. america is still the largest economy, still the most
productive workers and innovative minds. but we risk losing our edge as a nation. our infrastructure used to be the best in the world. literally not figuratively. today, we rank 13th. our infrastructure, 12 nations have a better infrastructure than we do. that means they can move product and do some anything's better than we can. we are among the first to guarantee access to universal education. now, america is ranked 35th out of 37 major countries when it comes to investing in early childhood education as a percent of gdp. of all the industrial nations of the world, if you asked americans 25 years ago, they would say we are number one. we are not. there are only two industrial nations lower than us. all of those investments fueled a strong economy, we have taken our foot off the gas. i don't know what happened. the world has taken note of this. including our adversaries. now, they are closing the gap in a big way. things are changing and probably quickly. -- incredibly quickly. that is why proposed the legislation being debated in washington. the first, to build and invest
in physical infrastructure. the second is to build and invest in human infrastructure. i will talk about both of these in just a moment. first, i want to set one thing straight. these bills are not about left versus right or modern versus progressive or anything that pits americans against one another. these bills are about competitiveness versus complacency. about opportunity versus decay. about leading the world or continuing to let the world pass us which is what is happening. to support these investments is to create a rising america. to oppose these is to be complicit in america's decline.
to support these bills is to pursue a broader vision of our nation. to oppose them is to present a cramped view of our future. this isn't about two pieces of legislation. it's about an inflection point. here's what i'm proposing. first, the info structure built. it's about rebuilding roads, bridges, ports, airports, broadband, all the things that need repair. the arteries of our economy have always been fueled by the economic might of americans. across the country right now, 45,000 bridges and 173,000 miles of roads are in poor condition. right now, including 1200 bridges. 7300 miles of roads here in
michigan. i bet everyone here can tell me what the most dangerous intersection in this town or any town they live in and where it is. that you hold your breath when you're driving over trying to cross the street. not a joke. working with the governor and members of congress, we will put hard-working americans at the operating engineers here on the job to bring back the infrastructure and bring it up to speed. good union jobs. prevailing wage jobs. wages that give you dignity that you can raise a family on. this is a blue-collar blueprint for how we restore america's pride. these are jobs that can't be outsourced. were going to but plumbers and pipefitters to work replacing pipes. so families and children can
drink clean water. 400,000 schools, it's not just our homes, it's across the country. we're going to put line workers and electricians to work laying transmission lines and to build a modern infrastructure and energy grid. we are going to make high-speed internet affordable and available everywhere in america. we were talking on the way over here about not enough people have access to the internet because of the lack of investment. were going to make the largest investment of public transit in american history. going to make the most important investment in the rail system since amtrak 50 years ago. our competitors aren't hanging around waiting to see what were going to do. they have been pouring billions of dollars in infrastructure and in training their people for years. take china for example. i have been clear that china uses unfair practices to get a
hair -- to get ahead of competitors, but that's not the whole story. they also invest in themselves. in recent years, china has spent three times as much on infrastructure as a share of their economy than we have. they are not slowing down. yesterday, my u.s. trade representative delivered an important speech on our competition with china. she pointed out that china made a major investment in steel plants getting 20 years ago. in the last 20 years, half of american steel companies have been shuttered. america went from 100 companies to 51. employment has dropped 40% since the year 2000. china produces more steel and one month than america does in an entire year. you can see it in sector after sector. other countries are speeding up and america is falling behind. we have to reset the pace. we have to set a different pace. here in michigan, we need to make sure that american
autoworkers lead the world in electric vehicles. [applause] some of you came into the white house when i had the chairman of the board of gm, chrysler, and ford. what did they decide to do? they decided to lead the world and build more of the electric vehicles than any other country. guess what? china is not waiting around. they have manufactured more than twice as many lecture vehicles than we have over the past decade. they control more than 75% of the battery market and they are poised to invest another $14 billion in charging capacity now in their country. back in may, the chance to tour ford's new facility, where workers are building the first electric ford iphone 50. i got to drive that sucker. -- the first electric ford f0150.
i hosted representatives at the white house. the whole world knows the future of the auto industry is electric. winning to make sure that america builds that future instead of falling behind. we should build those vehicles and get them in the united states. that's what we should build in the state of michigan. i want those jobs. i want them here in michigan. [applause] not halfway around the globe. that's what my plan will do. the infrastructure bill will put the union workers on the job installing a national network of
charging stations among the roads and highways and communities. by the way, when you build a charging station, it's like back in the day when my grandfather, they went from state to state convincing people to allow them to put 20,000 gallons of gasoline under the ground. i didn't want them around. guess what happened, everything builds up around them. you put the charging stations and, you will see significant economic development go well beyond the charging station. the build back better plan will boost our capacity employing american workers with good wages and benefits. that includes grants to kickstart batteries and parts productions. centers for families to buy clean union made vehicles like the ones championed by debbie and dan. and the senate and the house. loans and tax credits to boost
clean vehicle manufacturing. these are the kinds of investments to get america back in the game. to give our workers a chance. my plant makes historic investments and clean energy including tax credits to help people do things like weatherize their homes, install solar panels, develop clean energy products help businesses produce more clean energy. this will save hundreds of millions of barrels of oil on a yearly basis. these credits could cut the cost of installing a rooftop solar by 30%. helping families cut their utility bills and helping the country cut its emissions. my bill will put americans to work in long-overdue cleanup.
i want a job corps like roosevelt but an environmental job corps of over 100 -- 1.6 million people. that means good jobs at prevailing wages capping abandoned oil wells. we have thousands of abandoned oil wells and gas wells with methane leaks. the miners and the people who dug those wells, they will get paid the same amount to cap them. this can help us meet the moment of the climate crisis and do away -- to make us more economically competitive. here in michigan, you know the cost of extreme weather. we all were number the flooding this summer shutdown parts of i-96. the power outages and tornado warnings. they are costing your state lands of dollars. nationally last year, because of extreme weather, it cost america $99 billion. 99 billion taxpayer dollars. i went all over the country, out west to the fires.
more has burned down in the northwest then the entire state of new jersey. that is how much we have lost. you see what has happened with the droughts out there. you see reservoirs that are down 30 to 50 feet. you're worried about what the colorado rivers going to do. this is a big deal. this is gigantic. we are not going to ease up. we have to invest in resilience. you saw texas, their entire power grid went down. because they had no resilience. the ability to build back and building stronger. why are the fires in the west, because safer to have the wires underground not be knocked down by high winds and tornadoes and the like causing fires. we haven't passed a major infrastructure bill for decades.
it used to be a normal thing to do. that used to be a bipartisan thing to do. if we get this done, we will breathe new life into our economy and we will brief cleaner air. economists agree. early this year, wall street not something tank, wall street projected that the investments in these bills could help our economy create an additional 2 million jobs per year every year. that's going to be transformative. the jobs in my plan are people who felt left behind. 90% of the jobs in this bill don't require a four-year college degree. we need to get this done. it's not enough to invest in physical infrastructure, we're going to lead the world like we
used to. we have to also invest in our people. that's why my second bill, that's what it does. take education, for example. when america said everyone is entitled to 12 years of free public education, universal a century ago, it gave us the best prepared workforce in the world. that is one reason why america began to grow so rapidly. it's a big part of why we led the world the bulk of the 20th century. guess what. if we're going to put together a committee today like they did in 1898, and invent a public education system, is there any chance we would say without 12 years was enough in the 20th century? just 12 years? don't think so. study after study shows that the earlier our children begin to
learn the better for themselves, their families. no matter what background they come from. recent university studies point out that they increase the chance by 56% of them getting through 12 years of school without getting in trouble. it's a gigantic deal. it doesn't matter if mom or dad knows how to read and write. right now, we're lagging behind. other countries are investing in their children. today, only half of three and four-year-olds are enrolled in early childhood education. in germany, france, the u.k., latvia, that number is more than 90%. 90% of three and four-year-olds. we are falling further behind the curve. it's not just education.
according to one study, we ranked 33 out of 44 advanced economies when it comes to the percentage of our young people who have obtained a post high school degree. anything after high school. it's the bottom of the heap. i bet that was on a quiz, you would say we are number two or three or four. it's ridiculous. my plan gets us back on track. we will make for additional years of education available to every person in america. two years of preschool on the front end. and community colleges for students to carve out a place for themselves and the economy and also increase pell grant's. for kids to help get through community college or
historically backed colleges -- black colleges for them to get a shot so they can live, they can eat while they go to school. we will invest in historically black colleges and universities which is a central asset to help support and make sure young people of every background in circumstance have
a shot at paying jobs. this will also invest in our workforce. by providing so much breathing room for working families. how can we compete in the world it millions of american parents especially mothers can't join the workforce because they can't afford the -- cost of childcare and have to stay home? here in michigan, the average two-parent family spends $10,400 for child care for just one child each year. 30 years ago, the u.s. ranked sixth among advanced economies with the share of women in the
workforce. today, we are number 23. 22 countries have a higher percentage of women in the workforce making a competitive wage than we do.
millions of american parents are feeling the squeeze. having a hard time doing the job, earning a paycheck while taking care of aging parents. my plan is going to change that. cut the cost of childcare for most michigan families by more than half. it's going to extend historic tax cut to the childcare tax credit which we passed and my american rescue plan. most people don't know what childcare tax credit means. it means if you're making a decent salary and you have two kids or three kids or four under the age of 18, you get to deduct $2000 for each child off the bottom line of your taxes. guess what.
if you are making $15 per hour, you don't have any taxes to pay like that. you get nothing. zero. no help. my friends have no problem giving filion heirs and millionaires gigantic tax breaks. this is a tax cut. what it does is now, instead it provides and increases how much you could get for a child under seven, you get $3600 tax cut on a yearly basis.
and you get $3000 for a child under 17. guess what we did. that means we are doing it on a monthly basis. you are getting in the $300 a month or $200 per month just like a social security at home. it has cut child poverty 40%. that is life-changing for so many working families. in michigan, it's 44%. we need to keep going. my plan is going to put americans were to work -- it's going to put americans to work to ease the cost of housing generating more jobs. most of the major metropolitan america, you can't afford housing. it helps to meet the moment on climate change as well. we are setting the course for america to achieve 50% to 52% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions 2030. to reach net zero emissions by 2050. this bill helps us get there in a way that creates good jobs, makes us global leaders fast-growing clean energy
industries like electric vehicles, solar, wind power, battery power. the bottom line is this. we give working families a break, we're not just raising the quality of life. we are putting parents in a position to earn a paycheck. we are also in a position to compete in the world. that's what these bills are all about. if you want proof, come to this training facility. this is where hard-working folks come to learn to operate. they learn how to operate a crane, to deal with drones to look under bridges. where young people in michigan show up and emerge as expert technicians, engineers, heavy equipment operators. they leave here with a shot at something great. a union job with good wages and benefits to maintain their dignity and their pride. it's a ticket to the middle class. this is where the economy starts with you. your skills, your dreams, and your limitless potential. the only thing we have been missing is the will from washington to finally build an
economy around you. the economy that keeps you and your family a chance to fight ahead. a chance to compete with the rest of the world. we can't get here thinking small. we have to think big. let me be clear. we need to prepare for 10 years down the line. that's what these bills do. both of these bills spend out over 10 years. not in the first year. if you take the infrastructure bill, it is described as $1.2 trillion. what that means is you have all those investments,
the cost of these buildings is zero. zero. 0. i made a commitment when i wrote these when i was running. no one making under $400,000 a year will see a penny in their taxes go up. that is why in the infrastructure bill, there is no gas tax increase. people making under 400 would have to pay more. it is simple. you are working here at this facility. there is no reason why millionaires and billionaires in this country should be paying at a lower tax rate than you do. a lower tax rate. a police officer or teacher, a union crane operator and a nurse , they paid a higher tax rate. they paid a higher tax rate than
a significant portion of the corporations in america. it is not right. is it right that 50 of the largest corporations in america -- i come from the corporate capital of the world. more corporations are incorporated then all other states combined. do you know how much those 55 companies -- i can go on for more than that, they pay zero, zero and federal income tax. since the pandemic began, the number of billionaires, i forget the exact number in america have seen their wealth go up collectively by $1 trillion. $1 trillion. it is not fair. it needs to change.
working folks understand. my plan has overwhelming support for the pulling data for the american people. they understand what is at stake. they understand that workers and families, americans have a better shot. i'm a capitalist. i believe people should be able to make a million dollars or a billion, pay your fair share. join the crowd, ma'am. they know this is about dignity and respect. it's about changing the paradigms of the economy works for you, not just for those at the very top. it's about building this economy from the bottom up in the middle out. that is what i have done my career and that's why i ran for president. i'm a capitalist. i think you should make a lot of money in america, but pay your
fair share. pay your fair share. i took this agenda to the country. they said it was time to build an economy that looks out from scranton, pennsylvania where i grew up as a kid instead of looking down from wall street. an economy that looks out from michigan and towns like it all over america that brings people from every race, background, religion into the game. and notwithstanding some of the signs i saw, that is why 81 million americans voted for me. the largest number of votes in american history. [applause] pres. biden: a clear majority. when they supported me. it is now the time to deliver. let me close with this. the world is watching, not as a joke. the autocrats of the world believe the world is moving so rapidly that democracies can generate consensus quickly enough to bring their people
together to get things done. they think democracy is not a joke, my meetings with putin, xi jinping and other leaders, they believe we can't compete in the 21st century because things are moving so fast, democracies take so much time that they are so divided that they can't get together in time to act. they believe they will win, win the day, and they can dictate their way forward and move us behind. they are betting, not a joke, they are betting for the first time that we won't respond to this inflection point in history and we will fail to rise to the occasion. you have heard me say a lot of times, it is never ever a good bet to bet against the american people. never. just look back a little ways. after world war ii, the united states did what we are trying to do now. invested in the american people to leave the world. at the time, president's and congress of both parties, americans of all political views stepped up. i'm not being sentimental.
there was racial discrimination that was effective life, we know how deep-rooted this is amazing this country. we saw the klan marching here in howell years ago and in recent years. it is a never-ending battle. but think about what else unfolded in these critical decades. great protest movement. some of the nation's most -- equity. the g.i. bill sent millions of veterans to college. the federal government helped make homeownership possible because it is the vehicle by which people can generate wealth. most of us who come from lower and middle-class backgrounds, that is how our parents were able to generate any wealth, investment in our home. for those who could previously only dream of having a house to call their own. we invested in the highway system, propelling our economy to the future. we invested in the space race. we invested in something called darpa, that helped create the internet. we need to step up again.
but the challenge of today is one of economic petition. -- competition. let us learn from that history. not because it was perfect, because americans must do now, invest in ourselves to show the world american democracy. there is nothing, not a single thing we can't achieve when we do it together. i know we can do this. i'm positive we can. i have never been more optimistic about this country than i am right now. we are going to restore faith, pride and dignity in the future of this country, and we are going to pass both of these bills. and start building this economy to beat the competition and to deliver for working families. thank you, may god bless you, may god protect our troops. let's get this done. thank you. [applause]
d. then q yo -- thank you, ms. haugen. please proceed. ms. haugen: good afternoon chairman blumenthal, ranking number blackburn and members of the subcommittee. thank you for the opportunity to impair in front of you. my name is frances haugen. i used to work at facebook. i joined because i thought facebook had the potential to bring out the best of us. i'm