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year. i hope all virginians do too. host: lee in new york on the republican line. caller: i guess some of my questions have been answered by a previous caller. basically, if mcauliffe and glenn youngkin arnett and that can -- arnett and that -- are net how can we be sure of election integrity? yes: i am glad she asked that question. my main focus is national elections but i have lived in virginia for decades. >> i apologize for keeping you waiting. -- president biden: i apologize for keeping you waiting. we were playing with elevators. long story.
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we have had a series of very productive meetings the past few days. i am looking forward to continuing to make progress on critical global issues as we head off to glasgow. because of what we have seen in rome, what i think is the power of america showing out and working with our allies and partners to make progress on issues that matter to all of us. there is no substitute for face-to-face discussions and negotiations when it comes to building understanding and cooperation. i have found in all of my meetings, both the larger and one-on-one sessions, a willingness among partners and allies for american leadership to help bring the world together and solve big problems. i have found my one-on-one engagements with so many leaders and the importance of strong personal relationships never ceases to amaze me when you are
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looking at someone straight in the eye trying to get something done. they know me. i know them. we get things done together. so, i want to thank the italian people, by the way, for their g20, their hospitality, and, congratulate prime minister druggie who did -- prime minister mario draghi during the pandemic for driving broad-based sustainable recovery and tackling the crime -- the climate crisis. we made tangible progress. i am proud that g20 endorsed the global minimum tax, something the u.s. has been driving for for over a year, building momentum to this achievement. this is an incredible win for all of our countries. instead of nations competing against one another to track investments by bottoming out
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corporate tax rates, this sets a minimum of 15% to ensure that giant corporations begin to pay their fair share no matter where they are headquartered instead of hiding profits overseas. we agreed to establish a fund in the future that is for countries to draw on to help prevent, if necessary, and responded to the next pandemic. to prepare for the next time around. yesterday prime minister johnson and angela merkel and president mccrone came together -- president emmanuel macron came together to agree that diplomacy is the best way to stop iran from developing nuclear weapons. in rome we have been focused on the vital issues affecting american workers and families at
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home. i just finished meeting with partners about how to address immediate supply chain backlogs that the world has been dealing with and facing. how to make sure we have access to all the products we need, from shoes, to furniture, to electronics, automobiles. how to better secure ourselves against these future sharks whether pandemic, climate change, or other disasters. in the build back better framework which will, god willing, be voted on as early as sometime this coming week, that i announced thursday, includes, for the first time ever, several billion dollars to strengthen the supply chain to make sure we have access to everything we need. it will give workers and folks making all of these products a little bit of breathing room. we will also make it easier for them to afford everything from childcare while they are at work for their kids, two years of
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free high-quality preschool, and finally, today i was proud to announce together with our close eu partners another critical when for both --win for both american workers and the climate agenda, the world's first based on how much carpet is in a product based on steel and aluminum tariffs. we made iron -- an agreement. i want to take the president of the united steelworkers for his partnership. the deal will remove a point of tension with our friends in the european union. it rejects the false idea we cannot grow an economy and support american workers while tackling climate crisis at the same time. we are talking about a lot during the g20, the cop 26.
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we know tackling the climate crisis has been an all hands on deck efforts. american workers are a critical part of the solution. now i am happy to take some questions. i am told i should start with zeke miller. i do not recognize you with the mask on, i apologize. >> thank you, mr. president. you have tried to showcase that america is back. back at home, your poll numbers have fallen. your party so many for governor in virginia is facing a tougher than expected price. your party spent months trying to negotiate the centerpiece of your domestic legislative agenda. we are one year now since your election. you have done a lot in your year in office to try to turn the page of the last administration. we have seen how presidents can turn the page quickly. why should the world believe that when you say america is
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back? president biden: because of the way they reacted. you were here. everyone listened. they wanted to know my views. it is very simple. you know. you are honest. we got significant support here. significant support. the united states of america is the most critical part of this entire agenda. we did it. by the way, look, the polls will go up and down and up and down. they were higher earlier. they got medium. now they are low. look at every other president. the same thing as happen. that is not why i ran. i did not run to determine how well i will do in the polls. i ran to make sure i followed through on what i said i would do as president. i said that i would make sure we were in a position where we deal with climate change, where we move in the direction significantly improved -- that
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we significant improve the prospects of american workers, and further, i would make sure we dealt with the crisis caused by covid. we have done all of those. we continue to do them. we will see what happens. but i am not running because of the polls. next question from jeff mason, and reuters. >> a question on climate and energy. can the world and others be confident that you will be able to follow or make good on the promises on climate change that you have made at glasgow without a vote having taken place on your bill and on the same topic, some are already saying the g20 commitments today are underwhelming. how do you respond to their criticism that the g20 response is not a good sign for cop 26? president biden: i believe we will pass my build back better
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plan. i believe we will pass the infrastructure bill. combined, they have $900 billion in climate resistance. dealing with climate resilience. a large -- it is the largest investment in the history of the world that has ever occurred and will pass. but we will see. you have all believed it would not happen from the moment i announced it and you always seem amazed when it is alive again. you may be right. maybe it won't work. but i believe we will see by the end of next week at home that it has passed. with regard -- and by the way, the infrastructure bill delivers a lot of things in terms of everything from tax credits for electric vehicles to making sure we are able to invest, literally billions of dollars in everything from highways, roads, bridges, public transit, airports, etc..
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but, i will see. with regard to the disappointment. the disappointment relates to the fact that russia and including not only russia but china basically did not show up in terms of any commitments to deal with climate change. there is a reason why people should be disappointed in that. i found it disappointing myself. but, what we did do is we passed a number of things hereto into the substantive is they should of coal. we made commitments from across the board, all of us, in terms of what we will bring to -- the subsidy is asian -- the subsidization of coal. we made commitments from all across the board, all of us. i believe you will see significant proper -- progress. more has to be done. it requires us to focus on what china is not doing, what russia
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is not doing and what saudi arabia is not doing. >> you met with energy consumers about supply. what steps are you considering taking if opec plus does not raise supply? do you see irony in pushing them to increase oil production at the same time that you are going to cop 26 to urge people to lower emissions? president biden: the truth is, everyone knows that the idea that we will be able to move to renewable energy overnight and not have oil, gas, or hydrogen is not rational. certain things we can wipe out and don't have to do. we should be moving immediately to get rid of, they have adopted my proposal to end methane. but it does, on the surface, seem inconsistent. but it is not at all and consistent in that no one is anticipating that this year we would be in position, or even next year, that we will not use any more oil or gas and we will
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not be engaged in any fossil fuels. we will stop subsidizing those fossil fuels. we will make significant changes. it makes the argument that we should move more rapidly to renewable energy, to wind, to solar, two other means. but the idea that we are going to end it somehow -- but it does on the surface, i admit, we are going to cop to deal with renewable energy and i am saying, why are you guys cutting off olio and raising the price to make it look harder for us? -- off ou and raising the price to make it look harder for us? -- off ou and raising the price to make it look harder for us? -- off oil and raising the price to make it look harder for us? it will take until 2030 to make half the vehicles in america electric. but, we will get to the point by 2050 that we will have zero emissions. jim tinker for the new york times. >> i would like to follow-up on
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jeff's question and then ask you about supply chains. on the question of oil prices, economists say that when you raise the price of something people will consume less of it. why not allow even middle-class people around the world, to pay more for gasoline in the hopes that they would consume fewer fossil fuels and emit less? president biden: they have to get to work. they have to get in an automobile. school buses have to run. that is the reason why. you know that, jim. the idea that there is an alternative to walk away from your automobile is not realistic. it will not happen. this was not intended to happen. by the way, when the cost of a gallon of gasoline gets above $3.35 a gallon it has profound impact on working-class families.
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just get back and forth to work. i don't see anything inconsistent with that. but, i do think the idea that russia and saudi arabia and other major producers are not going to pump more oil so people can have gasoline to get to and from work, for example, is not right. what we are considering doing, i am reluctant to say before i have to do it. >> one of the obviously big problems in the u.s. for supply chains is not having enough workers, not enough people to drive trucks, to unload at ports, for example. workers have not returned to the labor force in america as fast as your administration thought they would. what you think that is? joe biden: they are able to negotiate for higher wages and move from one job to another. a lot of people don't want to continue to do the same job
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making seven dollars, eight dollars, nine dollars an hour. a lot of truck drivers are not unionized truck drivers. they are working like hell and not getting paid a lot. what you are seeing here is a combination of the desire of people to be able to change professions, to be able to do more, and take care of their families. at the same time, they are dealing with issues -- we are dealing with issues that we are in fact short of workers. but, worker pay has got up. we have employed 6 million people since i got elected. so employment is up. the economy is, in spite of all of this, still growing. you have a significant number of, i forget the number, i think close to 60 major economists acknowledging that what is going to happen is we will see continued economic growth under our proposals. you had a total love 14, i think 14 -- a total of, 14, i think 14, nobel laureate economists
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saying that i am proposing we reduce inflation, etc.. there is a lot going on. i know you're tired of hearing me say this but we are really at an inflection point in history. so much is changing. so many pieces on the table or moving. how they get resettled depends upon the judgments we make and whether or not the united states, among others, can lead the world in a direction that will increase the circumstances for a higher standard of living for workers here and abroad as well as making sure that people have an opportunity, just a little breathing room. i'm it what i said when i ran. -- i meant what i said when i ran. our desire is to build the economy from the bottom up and that is what is in the process of happening. in the meantime, there have been changes as a consequence of covid on supply chains. a lot of factories and operations that
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produced materials needed for supply chains, everything from shoes to dealing with computer chips, you know, they are out sick. they are not working. so it is changing. the economy is changing. the united states has to stay ahead of the curve. that is why i introduced the infrastructure bill. that is why i introduced the bill that better initiative. -- the build back better initiative. the washington post, there you are. >> on ron --iran, how would you determine iranians are serious about rejoining the nuclear talks? president biden: there are two issues. one is if we get to the jcpoa.
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that is why i had meetings with my colleagues in rome. part of the original group of six people, six nations, got together to say that we should negotiate a change which i have found that, i think, we are continuing to suffer from the very bad judgments that president trump made in pulling out of jcpoa. so, that is what is you. that issue will depend on how that gets resolved. that will depend on that action and willingness of the friends that were part of the original agreement to stick with us and make sure there is a price to pay economically for them to fail to come back. with regard to the issue of how we will respond to actions taken by them against the united states, whether drone strikes or anything else, we will respond. we will continue to respond.
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abc, cecilia vega. it is hard to see you guys with masks on. i apologize. >> on climate change, you just mentioned the incentives you have on renewable energy in your build back better plan. you have a number of incentives. as it stands now, there are no punitive measures in this plan to companies accountable. many experts believe you have got to have this debt along with the carrot to get to -- the stick along with the carrot to get to your goal. can you say definitively you will still meet that goal? president biden: yes i can. what we are proposing and what we have issued is everything from getting the automobile makers to commit to going all electric, number one.
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getting the unions to agree to do that as well. making sure we have the investment in battery technology that requires us to have the ability to generate electric vehicles, electric assets, electric transportation grids, -- electric buses, electric transportation grids, dealing with everything from, that we have tax credits for $320 billion for dealing with alternatives, tax credit for moving on solar panels, on wind, and a range of other things and winterizing properties. i do not think you will need any punitive action to get people to step up and do those things. there is been no indication that that is the case at all with regard to, you know, there is a total love -- total of $550
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billion in climate. private investment in terms of resilience. it is in the interest of the industry to see to it that we moved to making sure that we have the resilience to be able when those towers come down and lines into pitting the ground and burning large swaths of the west, everybody knows what gretchen it is going and deserve -- but -- which direction it is going in there is no indication that punitive action is needed. >> on your meeting with pope francis. more than 50 million catholics at home are seeing this split in the conservative wing of the catholic church, moving to deny someone like you, a catholic president, the sacrament of
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communion. for the catholics back home, what did it mean for you to hear pope francis in the middle of this debate, call you a good catholic. did what he -- should what he told you put this debate to rest? president biden: look, a lot of this is personal. pope francis has become a -- i don't want to exaggerate. he has become someone who has provided great solace for my family when my son died. he has, in my view, always -- there has always been this debate in the catholic church going back to pope john xxiii that talks about how we reach out and embrace people with differences. you know this.
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like what the pope said when he first got elected pope and was traveling when the press. they said, what his -- what is your position on homosexuality? he said, who am i to judge? this is a man with great empathy who understands that part of christianity is to reach out and forgive. so, i find my relationship with him one that i personally take great solace in. he is a really, truly, genuine, decent man. i will end by saying that, you know, there are a lot of people who, and many of you, many of you, even in the press, who went out of your way to express empathy and sympathy when i lost a real part of my soul, and i lost my son. -- when i lost my son.
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five family will never forget my extended family -- my family will never forget my extended family. it was only a matter of days since my son had passed away. pope francis came to the united states to visit with not only president obama but with the catholic church year. i was asked if i would accompany him to philadelphia. anyway. i did. the wounds were still raw of the loss of my son. i had my extended family. they are always around. my grandchildren, my children, my wife, my daughters-in-law. before he left and got in the plane the pope asked whether he could meet with my family. we met in the hangar at the
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philadelphia airport. he came in and talked to my family. for a considerable amount of time, 10, 15 minute about my son. he did not just generically talk about him. he knew about him. he knew what he did. he knew who he was. he knew where he went to school. he knew what a man he was. it had such a cathartic impact on his children and my wife and our family that it meant a great deal. i meant what i said. you were able to film what i was doing with the pope. i gave him a command going -- command going. and i meant what i said. this is a man who is someone who
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is looking to establish peace and decency and honor, not just in the catholic church, but generically. when i one he called me to tell me -- won he called me to tell me how much he appreciated the fact that i would focus on the poor and the needs of people in trouble. i don't want to talk more about it because so much is personal. but, he is everything i learned about catholicism from the time i was a kid going from grade school through high school. i have great respect for people who have other religious views, but, he is just a fine, decent, honorable man.
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we keep in touch. i thank you all very much. thank you. >> the house returns monday at noon eastern for speeches with legislative work. members will consider several bills considering -- concerning native american issues. votes will take place at six: 30 p.m. eastern. it is possible the house takes up the one point $2 trillion infrastructure bill passed in the senate. and, the presidential social spending package later on in the week as well. the senate resumes work on nominations monday at 3:00 p.m. eastern. jonathan davidson is to be the deputy undersecretary for the treasury department. watch the house live on c-span
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400 year effort the federal government, private developers, and others to create low-cost i -- housing in >> >> the united states. the projects seem nice at first, but you can only rent in the projects. government owns them. you can never own anything in public and subsidized housing. it is -- to this day, this remains a problem. 46% of residents of public housing to this day are african-american. those are all people who are not owning anything, not accumulating wealth. we should not be surprised that having steered african-americans into public housing, then, there is a gap between black-and-white wealth. >> author of "the poor side of town" tonight at 8:00 p.m. eastern on c-span q&a. you can listen to q&a on our new c-span now at. -- app.


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