tv President Biden Holds News Conference at G20 Summit CSPAN October 31, 2021 5:00pm-5:31pm EDT
bans nearly all abortions after the sixth week of pregnancy. the justices he -- which challenges part of the law which gives the public power to enforce the law that makes the public enforce it. at 11:00 a.m., united states versus texas looks at whether the justice department has a right to sue in federal court to block the law. watch the oral argument live coverage on c-span two, live or on-demand at c-span.org, listen on c-span radio or on the new c-spannow mobile app. announcer: president biden hosted a news conference at the end of the j 20 summit in rome.
issues that matter to all of us. pres. biden: -- to help bring the world together and solve some big problems. i 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 looking at someone in the eye to get something done. they know me, i know them, we getting stun together. i want to thank the italian people for their hospitality and the prime minister did one heck of a job leading the g20 through a difficult year marked by great global challenges. ending the pandemic, driving a broad-based sustainable global economic recovery and tackling the climate crisis.
we made tangible progress on each of these issues in part because of the commitment the united states has brought to the table. i am proud the g20 endorsed the global minimum tax. this is something the united states has been driving for for a year. this is an incredible win game -- win for our countries. instead of nations competing against each other to bottom out corporate tax rates, this set a minimum floor of 15% to ensure giant corporations begin to pay their fair share no matter where they are headquartered instead of hiding profits overseas. we've established a fund for countries to prevent if necessary and respond to the next pandemic. so we are prepared for the next time around. yesterday with prime minister johnson and president mccrone -- we came to reiterate our shared
belief that diplomacy is the best way to prevent iran from gaining a nuclear weapon then we discussed how best to encourage iran to encourage good faith negotiations. i want to note that even as i have been here in rome, and some of you have been focused on the vital issues that affect american workers and families at home. i just finished meeting with a broad coalition of partners on how to address the immediate supply chain backlogs that the world has been dealing with end facing and we are facing back at home and how to make sure we have access to all of the products we need from schuster furniture to electronics automobiles to make sure we talk about how to better secure ourselves against future shocks of the pandemic or other disasters. build back better framework, which is going to be voted on as early as this coming week. it includes for the first time
several billion dollars to help strengthen the supply chains to make sure we have access to everything we need. it is going to give workers and fakes -- folks making these products 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 high quality preschool and finally, i was proud to announce together with our close you partners another critical win for both american workers and the climate agenda. the u.s. and eu have agreed to negotiate the world's first trade agreement based on how much carbon is in a product as we negotiated the steel and aluminum tariffs that were in place. we made an agreement with the strong support of the u.s. steelworkers. i want to thank tom conway who i spoke today, president of the
united steelworkers, for his partnership in this deal. the deal would immediately remove a point of contention with our friends and that you and reject the false idea that we cannot grow an economy in support american workers while tackling climate crisis at the same time. we are talking about a lot during the g20, the cop 26, but we know tackling the climate crisis has been an all hands on deck effort. workers are a critical part of the solution and i am happy to take questions. i am told i should start with ap. zeke? i didn't recognize you with the mask on. >> thank you. in rome, you have tried to showcase america is back but at home your poll numbers have fallen. your party's nominee for governor in virginia is facing a
tougher than expected race. your party has spent months trying to negotiate the centerpiece of your legislative agenda. we are one year now since your election and you have done a lot. you are trying to turn the page on the last administration but we have seen how presidents can turn the page quickly. why should the world believed that when you say america is back that it is here to stay? >> because of the way they reacted. they listened. they wanted to know what our views were. it is simple. you are honest, we got significant support here. significant. the united states america is the most critical part of this entire agenda. and we did it. and look, the polls are going to go up and down. they were high, then medium, now
they are low. look at every other president. the same thing has happened. that is not why i ran. i didn't run to determine how well i didn't the polls, i ran to make sure i would follow through what i said i would do. i said we would deal with climate change and move in a direction that is sick -- that would improve the prospects of american workers -- good jobs and good pay. further, that we would deal with the crisis caused by covid. we have done all of those. we continue to do them. we will see what happens. i am not running because of pulse. jeff mason, reuters. >> thank you mr. president. the question on climate and energy, can the world and other speak confident you will be able to follow, or make good on the
promises on climate change you have made without a vote having been taken place on your bill? and on climate, -- are saying the g20 commitments today were underwhelming. how do you respond to their criticism that the g20 response is not a good sign? pres. biden: number one, i believe we will pass might build back better plan and we will pass the infrastructure bill. combined they have $900 billion in climate resistance and resilience and it is the largest investment in history. it is going to pass. we will see. you believed it wouldn't happen from the very beginning, 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 we will see by the end of next week.
with regard -- and by the way, the infrastructure bill delivers a lot of things in terms of 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, etc. but, we will see. with regard to the disappointment, the disappointment and relates to the fact -- the disappointment relates to the fact that russia and china basically didn't 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. what we did do, we passed a number of things to end the subsidization of coal, we made commitments from
across-the-board in terms of what we are going to bring to the g20 six and i think -- g 26 and the proof of the pudding will be in the eating. we will make significant progress. more has to be done. it is going to require for us to continue to focus on what china, russia and saudi arabia are not doing. >> you met with consumers about supply, what steps are you considering if opec plus does not raise supply? do you see any irony in pushing them to increase oil production at the same time you are going to urge people to lower emissions? pres. biden: the truth of the matter is the idea that we are going to be able to move to renewable energy overnight and not -- from this moment on not use oil or gas, it's just not
rational. certain things we can wipe out. we should be moving immediately to get rid of, as they have adopted here, to end methane but it does on the surface but it is not at all inconsistent and that no one has anticipated this year we would be -- or next year, that we are not going to use any oil or gas, that we are not engaged in fossil fuels. we are going to stop subsidizing them and make significant changes. it makes the argument that we should move more rapidly towards wind, solar and other means of energy but the idea that we are just going to end -- it does, i admit, the deal with renewable energy and i am saying, why are you cutting off oil and raising the price to make it harder for us? but it is a legitimate question. i think if anybody thinks about
it, number one -- it is going to take us between now and 2030 to have half the vehicles in america electric. the idea that we are not going to need gasoline for automobiles is not realistic but we will get to the point that by 2050 we have zero emissions. jim? >> i would like to start by following up on jeff's question, then ask about supply chains. on the question of oil prices, economists say when you raise the price of something, people consume less. 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? pres. biden: because they have to get to work. they have to get their kids to school. school buses have to run. you know that.
the idea that we -- that there is an alternative to walk away from being able to get into your automobile is not realistic. it is not going to happen. by the way, when the cost of a gallon of gasoline gets below $3.35, it has profound impact on working-class families. i do not see anything inconsistent with that, but i 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 , is not right. what we are considering with that, i am reluctant to say before i have to do it. >> one of the obviously big problems in the u.s. for supply
changes is not enough workers. not enough people to drive trucks. workers have not returned to the labor force in america as fast as you thought they would. why? pres. biden: because they are able to negotiate from -- for higher wages were move to another job. a lot of people do not want to continue the job they did before making eight dollars an hour. a lot of the truck drivers are not unionized. they are working like hell and not getting paid. what you are seeing here is the combination of the desire for people to be able to change professions, to do more to take care of their families and at the same time dealing with the issue that we are short workers. but, worker pay has actually gone up and we have employed 6 million people since i got elected. employment is up. the economy is actually still growing.
you have a significant number of -- i think it was close to 60 major economists a knowledge during that what is going to happen is -- acknowledging you're going to see continued economic growth under these proposals. you had 14 nobel laureate economists saying what i am proposing will reduce inflation. there is a lot going on. i know you are tired of hearing me say this, we are at it an -- we are at an inflection point in history. so many pieces at the table are moving on how they get resettled depends upon the judgments we make and whether or not the united states and others can lead the world in a direction that is going to increase the circumstances for a higher standard of living for workers here and abroad as well as making sure people have an opportunity.
just to have a little breathing room. i meant what i said when i ran. my desire was to build this economy from the middle out. that is in process of happening. in the meantime, there has been enormous change as a consequence of covid on supply chains. why are we having trouble? a lot of the very factories and operations that produced material we need for supply chains and everything from shoes to computer chips, they are out sick. they are not working. it is changing. the economy is changing and the united states has to stay ahead of the curve. that is why i introduced the infrastructure bill and the build back better initiative. the washington post. where are you? there you are.
>> on iran, how would you determine whether iran is serious about rejoining the nuclear talks as they have indicated they will do by november? what's -- are you prepared to impose on iran if it carries out continued attacks against the united states? pres. biden: they are two different issues. one is whether or not we rejoin jcpoa. i had meetings with my colleagues here in rome who are part of the original group of six nations that got together to say we should negotiate a change , which i found -- i think we are continuing to suffer from the very bad judgments that president trump made in pulling out of the jcpoa. that is one issue and that issue is going to depend on -- how
that gets resolved is going to depend on their action and the willingness of our friends who were part of the original agreement to stick with us and make sure there is a price to pay for them if they fail to come back. with car -- with regards to how we respond to actions they take against the interests of the united states, we are going to respond. abc, cecelia. it is hard to see you with the masks on. >> the mask is making my glasses fogged, i apologize. you mentioned the incentive you have on your build back better plan, you have a number of incentives, but as it stands there are no punitive measures in this plan to hold these companies accountable and many experts firmly believe you've got to have the stick along with the caret to get to your goal to reduced emissions by 2030.
can you stand here today and say to the world that you definitively will still meet that goal? pres. biden: yes. i can. what we are proposing and what we have initiated is everything from getting the automobile makers to commit to going all electric, getting unions to agree to that as well, making sure we have the investment in battery technology that requires us to have the ability to generate electric buses, transportation grids, making sure we are dealing with everything from -- let me go through these -- that we have tax credits for $320 billion for dealing with alternatives like getting a tax credit for moving
on solar panels, wind and other things. winterizing properties. i do not think you are going to need punitive action to get people to do those things. there has been no indication that is the case at all. with regard to -- there is a total of $555 billion -- i'm just checking my numbers to make sure i am right -- climate investment in terms of resilience. we are very much in the interest of the industry to see to it that we move to making sure we have the resilience to be able to, when the towers come down and the lines hit the ground and burn down swaths of the west, to bury this underground. there is a range of things. everybody knows which direction it is going on there is no
indication there has to be a punitive effort to get people to react in a way which we have to do it >> if i may on your meeting with pope francis, more than 50 million catholics back home are seeing something play out that has never happened before, this split in the conservative wing of the catholic church, looking to deny a president the sacrament of 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 tell you should put this debate to rest? pres. biden: a lot of this is just personal. pope francis has become -- i do not want to exaggerate that has become someone who has provided
great solace to my family. he is, in my view, has stashed there has always been debate in the catholic church going back to pope john xxiii that talks about how we reach out and embrace people with differences. if you notice what the pope said when he first got elected and he was traveling with the press and he said -- they said what is your position on homosexuality, he said who am i to judge? this is a man with great empathy. he is a man that understands 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 truly genuine, decent man. i will end by saying there is an
awful lot of people, and many of you who went out of your way to express your empathy and sympathy when i lost the real part of mice -- real part of my soul, my son, my family will never forget because when i was it was only a matter of days since my son had passed. pope francis came to the united states to visit with not only president obama, but the catholic church here, and i was asked if i could accompany him to philadelphia. i did, but it was -- the wounds
were still raw. i had my extended family, they are always around, my grandchildren, children, wife, daughters in law. before he left, the pope asked whether or not he could meet with my family. we met in a hangar at the philadelphia airport and he talked with my family for a considerable amount of time. about my son. he didn't just generically talk about them, he knew about him. he knew what he did, he knew who he was coming he knew where he went to school. it had such a cathartic impact on his children and our family
that it meant a great deal. i meant what i said, i didn't realize you already able to fill what i was doing when i gave him a command coin. i meant what i said. this is a man who is someone who is looking to establish peace and decency and honor. not just to the catholic church, but generically. he called me to tell me how much she appreciated the fact that i would focus on the poor, focus on the needs of people who are in trouble. i don't want to talk more about it, because so much of it 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 of other religious is a fine, decent, honorable man. we keep in touch. i thank you all very much. [no audio] have to go the house returns bills concerning native american issues. any requested votes will take
place at 6:38 p.m. it is possible the house takes up the infrastructure bill passed in the senate and the president's social spending package later in the week as well. across the capitol, the senate resumes nominations monday. on the calendar, jonathan davidson fred deputy under secretary for the treasury. watch the house live on c-span, online at c-span.org, or follow congress with our new video app. announcer: tonight on q, howard hughes senior fellow of the american enterprise institute discusses his critical look at the more than 100 year effort by the federal government, private developers and others to create low-cost housing in the united states. >> what happened was once your home was torn down, you are
directed to the projects. it seemed nice at first, but you can only rent in the projects. you could never own anything in public housing. to this day, this remains a problem. 47% of the residents of public housing to this day are african-american. those are all people who are not owning anything. we shouldn't be surprised that having steered african-americans in the public housing, there is a gap between black and white wealth. >> tonight on c-span's q&a. you can listen to q&a on all of our podcasts on our new c-spannow app. announcer: monday, the supreme court will hear arguments in two cases concerning the texas abortion law which spans nearly all abortions after the six week of pregnancy.
hold women's health versus jackson challenges the part of the law which gives the public power to enforce it without federal court review. united states versus texas looks at the justice -- whether the justice department has the right to sue in federal court to block the law. watch on c-span two, c-span.org, c-span radio or the new c-span now mobile app. announcer: during the g20 summit, president biden held a discussion with other world leaders on global supply chain issues.