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better agenda, calling it historic and transformative. the speaker spoke about where the investments will be made. >> good afternoon. thank you very much for accommodating the excitement that we had this morning with the visit of the president of the united states.
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the president, with a big vision for america, and it came to speak to us -- he came to speak to us about he saw things now, presenting a framework about building back better, with women, i've said over and over again the provisions in the bill are about children learning, parents earning. and that means with universal pre-k and childcare, with home health care. with childcare tax credits and all the rest. that is a liberation for women to be able to pursue their careers, help take care of their families, while their children and their family members are cared for. in any event, we talked about was the fact that if anyone of these features were in a bill that we were taking up in the congress, if we were taking up the childcare pieces of this and the home health care pieces of it, it would be historic.
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it would be historic, big. children learn, parents earn, caring for loved ones at home and respecting those who do so. the second piece on health care, this one is particularly meaningful to me, because of the affordable care act. the affordable care act has been expanded to make it stronger, but also to include the people who were not covered in the states who did not expand medicaid. we expanded the affordable care act to enable those families to have access to the affordable care act. if that were the only thing we were doing in this legislation, it would be transformational -- transformative and cause for celebration. on the health side, many aspects to it. but that one is -- makes a drastic difference. then when we go to the third
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bucket, climate, well, as one who has, when i was speaker the first time, the climate issue has been my issue, but at that time, i formed a select committee on climate and had good things with president bush, in terms of an energy bill, but not a climate bill. we couldn't get 60 votes in the senate. that was when president obama was president. then we moved on to the -- we at the same time were doing the health issue. but it was then so important. now, drastic and urgent. short fuse. on the well being of our planet. and so, in this bill, i mean, it had jen -- i mean, imagine, a half trillion dollars in this framework that the president discussed. a half a trillion dollars. both in tax credits and what we need to do to protect the planet for the children. all three of these, health care,
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planet, childcare, all about the children and also about jobs, jobs, jobs, how people access them, jobs that are created by the new green technology. jobs that are part of the national security of our country. that is necessitated by our protection of the environment. so it is an initiative that gives a big tax cut to the middle class, creates jobs, good-paying jobs, lowers costs for families, and while making the wealthiest and big corporations pay their fair share. that's really the framework that the president shared with us this morning. it's remarkable in that it's a pigger vision than we've seen in a long time maybe dating back to franklin roosevelt and the new deal, in some respects to lyndon johnson who had great agenda as well.
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we remind everyone, franklin roosevelt had 319 democrats in the house at the time, we have 220. the president was knowledgeabling her knows chapter and verse because he wrote this. he spoke to this in his state of the union address. i spoke to him last night but i told him today in front of our colleagues, when he gave that state of the union address, we were sitting behind him, vice president of the united states, kamala harris, and the speaker of the house, me, and people said how did it feel, two women. i said that was exciting and historic. but what's really exciting is the speech the president made about women. not about two women but about america's women.
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and what would happen with this progressive agenda he's putting forth. at the same time we're moving forward with this, a once in a century chance to rebuild infrom have you canture that has -- passed the senate a while back. this has good things and it has missing things. and of course the fact that we have the reconciliation, we don't call it that anymore, let's call it the build back better legislation is essential because that's where we have the major investment in climate although there is some in this, roads, bridge, water system crumbling. some water systems are other 100 years and our colleagues talked about their own experiences in their own communities, some made in bricks, that's a nice water system. our electric grid vulnerable to catastrophic outages which
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you've seen in decades of underinvestment have taken a toll on the safety of infrastructure. there's no question the most expensive, the most expensive maintenance is no maintenance and that's where we are in many cases. it's about jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs. over the life of this bill. it'll be # 357b9 million jobs, with the other bill more like 0 million jobs, just with these two bills not talking about what else happens in the community, in the economy. it's pretty exciting. where we are in time, that's what you want to know, at 3:00, 2:30, right now the rules committee is preparing to go in. they have text. the text is up. people have said i want to see text. the text is up. the text is up for review. for consideration.
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for review. people want to say this should be this way, or clarification or addition, subtraction, whatever it is. this is the legislative process. and right now though, today, we will be having a hearing. we'll hear from our chairman about the greatness of the build back better initiative and it's pretty exciting. i'm so proud of the work that our chairs have done. and the work that everybody did to try to cut it in half. and in a way that we could maintain support for because the competition for the dollar even $3.5 trillion when you cut it in half that becomes, shall we say, cleaner. so that's what's happening now.
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we said for a long time now, we have a framework that had our priorities that added up to a top line, set the priority, added up to a top line which was the limit prior, as i mentioned, the top line, 1.75, approximately. and the commitment that we'd have the same bill in the house and senate. that's what the president has entered. and we won't have anything unless it is agreed to by the senate. anding of we had to have it comply with the senate's 51-vote rule. the byrd rule. the two thing, the byrd rule and the privilege scrub. but that's what we have to do. we hope to do that. soon. but we again have to listen as
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the -- as the printed version goes out. there's some clarification that will come forth because it's always moving a bit. and that will happen in a manner of just a minute. we will get this done. for those who said they want to see text the text is there for you to review, for you to complain about, for you to add to. or subtract from. whatever it is. we'll see what consensus emerges from that. but we're very much on the path. we have the hearing today. we had the text out there. we're on a path to get this all done. reporter: we've been hearing from progressives who say they still won't vote on this. is it smart to must've forward?
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and do you trust senators manchin and sinema to vote for this? ms. pelosi: i trust the president. and if any house member, any senator has questions about it, we welcome that. i trust the president of the united states. all the things i name wefd agreement on most of those things. when people see the language they say it goes further than i thought, i don't know. we'll see what they say back. but we are in range on those things. there's some things that are not in, i frackly have not given up on. but being the mother of five in six year i changed more diapers than anybody in congress.
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i would like to see more for the day babies but that's a work in progress. reporter: she said she was bamboozled by what she expected today and pramila jayapal saying she has the votes to keep the infrastructure bill from passing. what's your response when you hear that sort of dissension in your caucus about where you stand when you present a positive picture of where you are? ms. pelosi: i have respect for all members in the big tent that is the democratic party. they have concerns when they hear senatorman chin say -- senator manchin say something. everybody has a chance to say what they wish. reporter: one thing progressives want is to have a vote on the build back better bill. at the same time as the infrastructure bill. why not wait, delay a week to
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have them at the same time? ms. pelosi: we have had a target for this for a long time. we planned for $3.5 trillion. we were totally ready. and i say this because i feel some level of response lt for working everybody so hard to be on time for the september 15. the rug was pulled out when they said we're not going that high. in the meantime, the clock did not stop ticking on the calendar. did i mix my met tors -- metaphors there? so when we see that october 31 is the date of expiration of the highway trust fund then we made this the target date for us to get this done. we need certainly. let me read this to you from our colleague. if the house does not pass a --
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this is from peter defazio. if the house doesn't pass by this bill by october 31, transportation services must be extended. the federal highway administration, federal motor carrier safety administration, national highway traffic safety administration and federal transit administration will have to cease effective operations and would force furlough of approximately 3,700 employees at the u.s. department of transportation. short-term ex-texs are highly disruptive of transportation project planning and delivery. carried out by this department, the state, states, and the state's department of transportation, and goes on and on. this is professional. let's do it in a timely fashion and not leave doubt when this will happen. reporter: madam speaker. you have called -- you and the
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president have called this legislation transformational, the build back better act. but how is this transformational if you're having to cut things like -- how is this transformational if you're having to cut things like paid leave, climate programs and what are the plans going forward to try to deal with some of that? ms. pelosi: thank you for the question. it is transformative, it is historic, and it is -- the issues that it addresses and it's not issues, these are values. these are values. and the resources allocated there. i have a hard time debating it because i don't understand why wouldn't have that. but nonetheless, it's not undermine -- that does not undermine the fact that we had nearly $1 trillion in universal pre-k, child care, child tax credit, home health care, and
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the rest. so one program, as important as it is, does not subtract from the rest of thit. -- the rest of it. we still want it. we have it, we passed it in the department of defense bill, former department of defense bill which has paid family -- not family leave, not medical but family leave for federal department of defense employees and the civilian work force associated with them. so we have already had gone down that path very nicely. # senator manchin had some nice things when he wrote that for the bill. how can i says this transformative? because tz. because it is. because children in 12 states, families in 12 states will now have access to the affordable care act. millions of people added to that. that's very important. because we'll have a half
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trillion dollars to save the planet and that's a jobs issue, well it's a health issue first of all. clean air, clean water, addressing the asthma issues and all the rest and the environmental injustice of it all. the health issue, it's a jobs issue, new green technologies had america be pre-eminent in the world in those technologies, it's a national security issue as our security experts tell us, the conflict that could arise from competition for habitat and resources because of rising sea levels and all the other consequences of climate -- the climate crisis and it is a values issue. for us to be -- to honor our responsibility to future generations to pass this planet on in a responsible way. and the fuse is growing shorter on the time frame for us to do that. matters are getting worse. and we are not going to make matters worse, we're going to pass this legislation. and as i say that, we have to --
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what this legislation will do is to help the president meet his goals. the goals of america. for how we reduce emissions and pollution and the rest. and not only how we do that, meet and beat the goals of the paris accord, but also how we help other countries do so. the poorest nations in the world have contributed the least to the emissions challenge that we face and we need to share technology and other resources with them. so that they can meet their goals as well the third part, we talked about the health care piece of it, this is quite remarkable. and if you took any one piece of it it would be transformative and historic. taken together it's quite a spectacular provision that -- vision that president biden has put forth. i salute him for it. when i try to make a case nor event he said you don't have to tell me, i know it -- i wrote
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it. i know the particulars. that was demonstrated this morning. his meticulous attention to detail. his enpsych lo peedic knowledge of everything that was in the bill. they're really blessed with his leadership. when he goes to meetings with the g-20 now and then to meet his holiness, the pope, and to go to glasgow, we want him to go as strong as possible. when i had a meeting with his holiness the pope, i brought the president's greetings and the greetings of the congress of the united states. climate was an important issue for his holiness as i assume it will be part of their discussion. but the climate issue is not just about, as i said, health, it's about people in poverty taking a huge bite of this bad apple called the climate crisis.
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any time you want to ask me if this is transformative i'm happy answer. reporter: madam speaker, the white house primework includes a $100 billion investment that they say is separate for immigration. is that separate within the build back better act? or separate from the build back better act? ms. pelosi: it's over and above the 1.75. reporter: madam speaker. madam speaker. madam speaker. madam speaker. ms. pelosi: thank you all so much. reporter: are you holding an infrastructure vote today? have you made that decision? are you holding an infrastructure vote today? [laughter] prip will there be an
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