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twitter@the nation. and elienyc. thank you very much for the conversation. guest: thanks for having me. >> yous us house returns to session today at 5 p.m. eastern to consider legislation to award the congressional gold medal to service members who died in the august 26 terrorist attack during the u.s. evacuation from afghanistan. later in the week, we are expecting legislation on family violence prevention. when the house comes back into session at 5 p.m. eastern, live coverage here on c-span. >> download c-span's new mobile app and stay up-to-date with live video coverage of the day's biggest political events from live stream of the house and senate floor and key congressional hearings, white house events and supreme court oral arguments. even our live interactive morning program, "washington journal," where we hear your voices every day. c-span now has you covered.
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download the app for free today. >> president biden today traveled to new jersey to discuss his agenda. was joined by new jersey governor murphy new jersey congressman bill pascrell. [applause] plieb: -- president biden lon hello -- hello new jersey. thank you. [applause] president biden: lieutenant commander. governor murphy, so many of the
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national challenges we are confronting are areas where you are already leading and that's not hyperbole. whether it's making health care or preschool or college more affordable, providing paid family leave. replacing lead in pipes and protecting public health. thanks for showing the way, pall. thanks for showing the i way. [applause] president biden: it's also good to meet my old friend, bill, you and i have been doing this a long time, pal. thanks for the passport back to new jersey and your district. josh gottheimer has been the best go between i have had trying to get this done whether it's the build back better portion or the infrastructure portion. and tom malinowski has done a great job, don payne, and frank pallone, i keep telling frank i remind him we have been doing things a lock time. i know delaware is small. i know how important important new jersey is. but delaware owns delaware up to
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the high water mark in new jersey. you know what i mean? one of my favorite members of congress who i campaigned for and she won in spite of it, mikie sherrill, lieutenant commander of the united states navy, naval graduate, georgetown law. incredible person. i want to acknowledge both senator booker and hernandez who represent you so well in washington. they are down there trying to get this moving. i'm here today to talk about what's fundamentally at stake for the families of new jersey, the whole region here, and for our country. for most of the 20th century we led the world by significant margin because we invested in ourselves, we invested in our people of the not only our roads and our highways, and our bridges, but in our people. and our families. we are among the first to provide access to free education. 12 years of free education for
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all -- anyone who is an american beginning back in the late 1800's. early 1900's. and that decision to invest in our children and families is a major part, a major part why we were able to lead the world for so much of the 20th century. but somewhere along the way we took our eyes off the ball. our infrastructure used to be the best in the world. not hyperbole. but the best. today according to the world economic forum, we rank 13th in the world. 12 other nations have sue superior infrastructure to us. and china has trains that go 230 miles an hour for long distances. and we got money to do that back in the administration of barack obama and joe biden, and you had a republican governor who didn't want it. we used to lead the world in educational achievement. now the organization for economic cooperation development
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ranks america 35 out of 37 countries when a comes to investing in early childhood education and care. 35 out of 37. we cannot be competitive in the 2 century global -- 21st century global continue and continue to slide. my wife who is a community college professor says any nation that outeducates us will outcompete us. say it again, any nation that out educates us will out compete us. that's fact. i resolve we have to once again build marker from the bottom up and middle out. i haven't seen the middle glass did well and the wealthy didn't do very well. i'm tired of triekle down. triek trickle down hasn't worked so much for the last 15 years for working class and middle class folks. that's why i proposed two critical pieces of legislation. being debated back in washington right now. these bills are not left versus right or moderate versus
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progressive or anything that pits one american against another. these bills are about competitiveness versus come place complacency. competitiveness versus come placency they are about expanding opportunity not opportunity denied. they are about leading the world or continuing to let the world pass us by. first, the infrastructure bill. it's about rebuilding the arteries of america. and the bridge project is showing why investments like this are so important. the porter bridge was built it was state of the art. it really was. but 110 years ago. today it's been called something different. a choke point. a bottleneck. since the port of bridge was built it's become the busiest rail span in the entire western hemisphere. say that again, it's the busiest rail span in the entire western
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hemisphere. it 450 trains pass over every day at peak. 200,000 amtrak and new jersey transit passengers. but ships, barges also need to get under it. and many can't fit. that means bridges need to swing open and close again. a process that stops road traffic and causes other problems. the bridge opens over 100 times a year. and 50% of the time something goes wrong. 15% of the time. for example, if a rails don't lock back in place exactly right the bridges closes. sometimes you know what fix fiks it is in the 21st kren century? a sledgehammer. come out with a sledge hammer. knock it back into place. in year 2021.
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one report a couple years ago found the bridge was particularly responsible for 2,000 hours of delays. between 2014 and 2018. old expression, time is money. as one computer said, if you are on the train and they port of bridge, you know you better make other plans. aging infrastructure like this is more than an inconvenience or a nuisance, it's an impediment. impediment to america's global competitiveness. we are in a worldwide race. things have changed. take a look. that's what's happening right now is so important. today we are moving forward on a new bridge that will be higher over the water so it won't need to open and close. allow us to increase speed, safety, and efficiency, and capacity. it's going to make life better for new jersey's commuters.
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it's also going to create nearly 8,000 construction jobs in this area alone. this area's workers. 8,000. [applause] union jobs. union. it's pointed out to me not long ago i said i'm a union president. i apparently used -- someone calculated i used the word union more than the last seven presidents combined. [applause] because guess what? it's a decent wage. it's about to make rail transportation which is a cleaner, greener way to travel the better choice for a lot of new jersey residents. not just -- everybody up and down the east coast. it i apologize if some heard this. i commuted every single day 263 miles a day on amtrak. from the time i got elected to
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the united states senator. when i was vice president i used to like to take the train home because my mom was very sick and dying. i'd come home every weekend to make sure i take the train home. i'm not criticizing them, it's safer. too many people can get on and off, except. i'm getting on one friday and then of the senior guys on amtrak, angelo, i got to know all the conductors really well. they became my friends. really. my genuine friends. i have them at my home at christmas and during the summer. he walks up to me and goes joey, baby, grab my cheek. i thought the secret service was going to blow his head off. swear to god. true tore story. what's up. he said, joey, i read in the paper, i read in the paper you travel 1,200,000 miles on air force planes.
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because they keep meticulous tabs. i said yeah. he said big -- won't say the whole thing. big deal. you know how many tiles myles you travel on amtrak, joey? i said no. he said the boys and i figured it out. he said you traveled two million. i think it was 180. 2,180,000 miles. 267 miles a day. we figured you traveled 119 days a year for 36 years. you traveled as vice president. so, joey, i don't want to hear this about the air force anymore. i'm a train guy. because it also is the single most significant way we can deal with air pollution. single most significant way we can deal with global warming. it's going to help region vital maritime industries by making the movement of chips ships and bridges safer.
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in my infrastructure bill we are going to make sure projects like this are just the beginning. across the country there are 45,000 bridges in disrepair, some dangerously so. 173,000 miles of roads in poor condition. we are going to create them. totally new. we are going to fix them. this is going to be good union jobs, free -- prevailing wage, jobs that can't be outsourced. the largest investment in publics transportation in the history of america replacing transit vehicles past their useful life. make the most significant investment in rail since the creation of amtrak 50 years ago. repeat periods when railroads were congested and rail carriers had more passengers, up to 10 times more energy efficient than the person driving. 10 times. a huge opportunity here to provide fast, safe, reliable,
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and clean transportation in this country. every study shows, i won't bore you with them all, every study shows if you can get from point a to point b faster on rail than you can drive your automobile, you take the rail. the northeast corridor, we are talking about a $30 billion investment in major projects like the hudson river gateway tunnels. and the portle bridge which it peedz -- feeds into. we'll create jobs replacing lead water pipes. so families can drink clean water. we'll make sure high speed internet affordable and available everywhere in mencht including the nearly one in three new jersey families that don't have the internet subscription. how many times you see people pulling up to mcdonald's sitting outside during the pandemic so they could do their homework so they can get off their line. we are going to create jobs, thousands of miles of transition
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lines, to build a resilient energy grid. and envies in strengthening our infrastructure against the impacts of climate change. the governor and i were talking earlier. just this year global warming has caused over $1 trillion -- excuse me, $100 billion, $100 billion in damage. i visited new jersey, after the hurricane, ida came through, the governor and several of you were with me. manville, we met people who had been put out of their homes by flooding. it was devastating. water marks over people's heads. they show me where the water had gotten to. i told them the help was on the way. since then fema processed assistance applications for merely 30 thousand new jerseyans and approved $150 million in repairs, replacement, rental
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assistance. between 2010 and 2020 this state has had 24 extreme weather events. 24. nationally extreme weather cost taxpayers over $100 billion a year. our plan will build our roads higher. our levees stronger, power grids more durable. all to which stand the ever increasing intensity of extreme weather. and with my build back better plan, we'll address the root cause of ever increased weather and destruction. the climate crisis. we have a climate crisis. i have flown all over this nation this year. in helicopters, from lake immediate -- more -- lick meade. more land has been born to the ground in the west, to the grownt -- ground, than the entire state of new jersey. from all the way down to cape may, all the way up to the hudson. that's how much has burned to
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the ground. my long overdue environmental cleanup. clean up passaic river. the nation's most expensive superfund site. we are going to invest $42 billion in modernizing and electrifying our ports and airports like the port of new york and new jersey newark, liberty international airport. reducing congestion and emissions, creating thousands more good-paying union jobs. it's going to help us meet the moment of climate crisis. in a way that creates good jobs, and we can breath. we haven't passed a the transformative flas bill for a decade. think about this. how many times have we had infrastructure week? not a single thing happened. we need to get this done. this isn't enough to invest in
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our physical infrastructure. we have to invest in our people. that's what my second bill, build back better plan does. i just had the opportunity to visit a free school in the east end elementary in north planefield. they provide access for preschool four years and above. my plan will make it possible for the district to expand that program to 3-year-olds all across america. the earlier our children begin to learn, the better for themselves, their families, and their nation. studies show that children who have attended high quality preschool are 50% more likely to finish high school and get a two or four-year degree, after high school. right now, we are lagging behind. today only about half of 3 and 4-year-olds in america are enrolled in earlier education. and germany, france, the u.k., and even latvia that number is over 90%, 90% of 3 and 4-year-olds are in school.
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my build back better plan gets us back on track. we'll make two years of high quality preschool available to every child in america. an average two-parent household in this state spends $15,000 to care for just one young child every year. everybody says how do you know? i know about this. when i got elected to the united states senate my wife and daughter were kicialtiond i had two bill little boys. i was making a lot of money as a senator, $42,000 a year. i couldn't afford. that's why i started commuting. couldn't afford to have two houses and daycare. thank god i have a sister who is my best friend. brother, mother and father who helped out. my build back better plan will cut childcare costs more than in half for low and middle income new jersey residents. under my plan no middle class family will spend more than 7% of their income on childcare. we are also starting middle class tax cuts for parents by
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expanding the childcare tax credit. everybody talks about children. i use the tax cut for middle class families. a tax cut. we never have an argument when we talk about the wealthy. this is a tax cut. it changes the lives of the american. [applause] many people here in new jersey understand means you get $300 a month for every child under 6, and $250 for a child between 6 and 17. that money is already a life changer for so many working families. it's projected to cut child poverty in new jersey by 36%. these bills are going to change the lives of millions of people in areas and hundreds of millions of people across the country for better and for years to come. so everyone here today, especially governor murphy and other dedicated officials here today, thank you for showing us what's possible. because when we make these
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investments, there can be no stopping america. we will own foot teur. future. this initiative is about betting on america. about the leading -- believing in america. about believing in the american people. if you look at the history of the journey of this nation, what becomes clear is this. given half a chance the american people have never, ever, ever let their country down. so let's get this done. let's move. folks, we have the most talented work force in the world. what are we doing? what in god's name are we doing? by the way, you hear these numbers, $3.5 trillion, $1.75 trillion. we pay for it all. it doesn't increase the deficit one single cent. [applause] >> let's get to work. let's put people to work. and let's once again
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re-establish america as the most advanced country in the world. god bless america. and god bless our troops. thank you, thank you, thank you. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2021] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy visit]
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