tv Commerce Secretary WH Dep. Press Secretary Hold Briefing CSPAN November 9, 2021 6:01pm-7:02pm EST
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ok. so we have another special guest joining us today, commerce secretary gina raimondo who is here to highlight how the bipartisan infrastructure deal will help close for 30 million americans who do not have access to reliable high speed internet particularly in minority and rural communities. as you all know, the secretary is a member of the president jobs cabinet who was deeply involved in negotiations on the hill that culminated in the bipartisan infrastructure deal, a once in a generation investment in our nation's infrastructure and competitiveness, today the secretary will discuss the roles of the department of commerce in implementing this bill to build up broadband infrastructure. this will deliver for the american people by teaching digital skills, getting kids the devices they need to succeed and improving overall accessibility
and affordability. after she is done giving her remarks, i will take q & a and i'm make sure to guide that and get people in the front and people in the back. madam secretary. >> good afternoon, everybody. first of all, thank you for inviting me today. it's a pleasure to be here with all of you. before i talk about broadband, i want to take a moment to recognize what incredible accomplishment it was last week to get the bipartisan infrastructure bill accomplished. prior to this job i was governor of rhode island for six years. every year we thought, we were told an infrastructure bill was around the corner. it's going to come, governor. the infrastructure money is coming, of course, it never did and president biden delivered. president biden stepped up. he led, none of this could have been done without his leader
ship. he was so personally engaged working across the aisle to compromise, to get results, to deliver for the american people and that's what happened. and i don't think we can underestimate the impact of this. the infrastructure investment and jobs act will help americans and deliver for americans. as it relates to the commerce department, it is going to enable us at the commerce department to fund key priorities that will have very tangible positive impacts for american workers and businesses. just to tick off a few things. it's substantial funding for noaa to increase climate resiliency and restore and improve coastal habitats. it is very excitingly permanent authorization for the minority business development agency at $1.6 billion to that agency, mbda in the commerce department is the only federal agency
solely focused on promoting the growth, development and resiliency of minority owned businesses, so it's pretty incredible. today i'm going to focus particularly on broadband as was said. president biden has set a very ambitious goal for his administration that we must connect all americans, all americans regardless of where they live to high speed affordable internet. and thanks to the passage of the bill, we will be able to accomplish just that. the infrastructure investment act allocates $65 billion to expand broadband in communities all across america to create low cost options and subsidize the cost of service for those who need it. of that $65 billion, about $45 billion will be coming to the commerce department at ntia to administer that program.
this is an area that i'm particularly passionate about having been a governor during the pandemic and being with people who didn't have broadband, children who couldn't go to school, people who couldn't go see a doctor or a therapist, it is heartbreaking and it showed in a very real and human way how essential broadband is and the fact of the matter is, we have to close the digital divide, period. and this infrastructure bill will allows us to do that and the $48 billion coming to the commerce department will allow us to do that. beyond the physical infrastructure, laying fiber, affordability is just as important. affordability is just as important as access. it does a family no good if there is broadband in their community but they can't afford it. closing the digital divide means both providing the broadband and making sure it's affordable. so the investments in this bill will help insure every american
can access affordable high speed internet, which means requiring funding recipients to offer a low cost affordable plan, everyone who gets a penny of this money is required to offer low cost affordable plan, provided federal funding for broadband services to low income families, requiring providers to be transparent about pricing to help families do comparison shopping for services where they have competitive options. i will confess this is going to be a massive undertaking for the department of commerce, but we're up for it. we have been planning for months and we're up for it. we plan to work in close collaboration with states, counties, cities, community-based organizations and the private sector in partnership to develop grant programs which will insure that we roll this out in an efficient manner. broadband is a gateway to economic opportunity and so in
order to open that gateway, we're putting equity at the center of everything we do. i will say to truly transform our economy into one that works for all americans and one that will make our country more competitive on the world stage, we have to make investments in a way that is equitable and just and we view this lens across all of the work we do at the commerce department and will be particularly front and center with the broadband work that we'll be doing. it will not be easy. this will be technically difficult. it's an implementation challenge but it is necessary. it is necessary and i believe, i know that implementing this in partnership with our partners on ground, we will be able to close the digital divide, close the innovation divide and achieve the president's goal of making sure that every american regardless of where they live or the color of their skin or their income has access to broadband.
and i will say 30, 40, 50 years from now, we will look back on this as the turning point, as a critical turning point because now that we're moving even more towards a digital economy and a data economy and a tech economy, nobody can be left behind and that means everybody has broadband and due to the president's leadership, we're going to be able to deliver on that. so with that, i will turn it over to you. >> can you walk us through when the money is going to be allocated, i understand at least $100 million will go to states and then is it totally up to the state to determine what projects to launch or will there be federal oversight? basically i'm trying to understand how the money is going to get funneled through and how the remaining money is going to be allocated? >> thank you. yes, in terms of the
practicality of it, each state will receive $100 million as you say. the remaining money will be allocated based on need, based on how many underserved households there are in that state. the whole name of the game here is to focus on the underserved and the unserved and on affordability. we have to make sure that we don't spend this money overbuilding, which means we have to work very closely with the f.c.c. and using their maps to make sure that we focus the one where broadband doesn't exist now. everyone gets $100 million. beyond that, it will be based upon unserved based upon need. we'll be giving out a grant per state. each state will give grants to subgrantees on the ground. we are as i just said very focused on equity and making sure there is affordability and
use big quit which means we have to be flexible. a state like rhode island where i'm from, there is no rural rhode island. it's an urban place. so the needs in a place like rhode island will be more around affordability, inner city access, contrast with new mexico, completely different topography, 50% of people on tribal lands don't have broadband. we need to account for the flexibility there which is why it's going to be a state by state. there will be a tremendous amount of federal oversight and transparency, every state has to put their plan online for everyone to see and we are going to have very strict criteria to make sure that we achieve the goals of affordability and access. >> when you think the first expansion projects will get underway? >> i'm sorry? >> when will the projects get underway, when will states
physically -- >> first we have to have the law and then it will take us sometime to get set up, some number of months, so, i mean, it's hard to say. i would say well into next year. >> thank you. >> can you guarantee people in internet dead zones -- >> how quickly americans will feel the impact or are there longer term goals, 10, 20 years down the line, the timing of this? >> first, we are already i am implementing -- in the rescue package, commerce received some money related to broadband. we're already putting that out now. there is a tribal initiative, there is a rural initiative, usda, it has that, we're working with them. some americans will start to see
relief this year, soon. as i just said over here, the rest of this, i think it will take a number of months to start getting the money out the door. it will be staged in. we want to get relief out there as fast as possible but in a quality way. so some of the affordability metrics providing subsidies, that can happen more quickly. laying fiber across america, that will take time. we'll be creating jobs every step of the way. >> one quick question, can you talk a little bit about the equity portion, are there percentages or numbers you want to hit, i'm wondering how you're doing to measure success? >> every single american has access to broadband, truly affordable. >> does that mean in the dead zones -- >> you're being here, you know the importance of the coordination with governors and the various states, can you talk a little bit about the outreach so far and are you taking the
lead on that in terms of being in touch with these various governors as they implement? >> i should tell you, we have been preparing this, we are figuring out already how we are going to staff it within the department of commerce, how we're going to make sure we have accountability. i have already had several convenings with governors, i have been speaking with governors, with mayors, with tribal leaders, now this is official, we're going to significantly ramp up that engagement. >> very quickly, as you talked about targeting rural areas and then more urban areas, how do you determine which areas you're dressing first? is it an all hands on deck approach, how can we see all of that happen? >> we are asking each state to give us a plan. so we are mandating -- we are saying to them, show us a plan that guarantees every single
person in your state has access to high speed affordable internet. and then we're going to evaluate that plan, adjust it to make sure at the end of the day we hit the goal. >> just to be sure the timeline a little bit, some of the physical infrastructure projects are estimated to take months to a year. is that about the same timeline that you're tracking -- >> it's really hard to say. we have to be flexible. laying fiber in a place with the mountainous, difficult topography, that could take years. >> thank you. i want to ask you about implementation, the focus of a lot of our questions, one year from yesterday, midterm elections will take place. can you guarantee that people all around the country will see that implementation take place before the midterm elections and what type of projects are you
looking at in terms of implementation between now and then >> certainly americans will feel and see in their communities much of the progress that the biden administration is overseeing. i mean, from the rescue package to the infrastructure package. i think every community will see activity and action, some communities will start to see, you know, people working, laying fiber, but i also think it's important to be realistic, honest with people which is to say, we want to get this right. it's more important to get it right than to rush, so i think people will see their state putting together a plan, they'll see us starting to move out on that plan, but not everybody is going to have broadband a year from now. >> president obama signed the recovery act, he acknowledged
that this idea of shovel-ready jobs is not reasonable. it doesn't exist. will you agree with that statement in terms of what president obama said after the passage and with the signature on the recovery act package back in 2009? >> there are all different kinds of projects. there are projects that are shovel ready, i can tell you that from being governor. in my state, there are many projects that are shovel ready need money to be added. there are others and broadband is an example that require more planning, that require thoughtful technical planning. so the whole point of the infrastructure package is to deliver for americans. i promise you this. a year from now, many, many people will be working in high quality jobs because of this package, but i also promise you that the president wants us to get it right. if it takes a little longer to lay the groundwork for fiber and broadband, then we're going to do that.
i can't hear, i'm sorry. >> i want to ask, thank you, about the deadline that your department had imposed to get voluntary data from semiconductor manufacturers and other companies. did it receive all of the information it was looking for from the c.e.o.s and what is your reaction about china appearing to be angry about the compliance with your request, they called it extortion of confidential information from chip firms and talked about concerns that the u.s. could use the information to sanction beijing, what is your reaction to that? >> so the deadline was yesterday, so we haven't yet had the opportunity to go through all the submissions. i will tell you over the past couple of weeks, i have spoken to the c.e.o.s of a number of semiconductor companies including tsmc, asked them for their compliance, they said they all would be complying and sending the information that
we're asking for. it is laughable to suggest that it's coercion because it is voluntary. we're asking them to cooperate with us. the truth is this is what -- president biden has said to us on his team, use every tool that we have to deliver relief for the american people around supply chains. that's what we're doing. this is a tool in the commerce toolbox and we're using it. i think to great effect. every c.e.o. i have talked to including tsmc said it's a great idea. it will increase transparency in the supply chain which will cut down on bottle necks, that's why they're complaining, they're own choice. >> china's reaction make you think that the u.s. should have a more clearer strategy towards possibly defending taiwan given their response to that, you call a semiconductor shortage a crisis, they're hedging on, that
what do you think about how we should approach defending taiwan? >> i think what i've said which is the lack of domestic production in america of semiconductors poses not only an economic threat, a national security threat and we need congress, the house to pass the chips act as quickly as possible so we can get to the business of making more chips in america. tomorrow would be great. >> [indiscernible]. >> you mentioned a couple of answers, is there a workforce right now that is able to fulfill this broadband expansion? are there people who know how to do this? >> that's a good question. i would say yes and no. we in working with congress on
this portion of the bill, we specifically said keep it flexible so we can use some of the money for workforce training and to the question of equity, the folks that we train ought to look like america, right. and to the question of what will americans see, what they're going to see soon is people in their community, men, women, people of color, white people laying fiber. and today we don't have enough trained people, no, we don't. but some of this money will be used for workforce training so we can training folks and in the process of doing that, diversify the ranks of electricians and technicians and folks who are deploying the fiber in america. >> i want to ask you about broadband, first, the commerce department made a really consequential decision, was
there a specific breach that led to that, was there evidence that their software is being used to monitor u.s. nowitzki, what was it that led you to make that decision? >> usually we don't comment on the details. i will simply say it went through the same process, intra-agency process that all of these decisions go through. we came to a determination that it was necessary for national security in order to impose that. >> on the broadband question, congress exempted the infrastructure bill, the $4 it billion pot of money that you have from the administrative procedure act which requires a number of things in terms of public notice -- >> i'm having bad flashbacks to law school. administrative law. >> it's not important for journalist, we use the freedom of information act to get information on how government is spending money that might be going to private sector companies. since we don't have that, how do you expect us to hold you
accountable for how this money is being spent? >> i confess i haven't gone that deeply into the weeds of that particular provision, but i will say this. as i said here, we are deeply committed to translators patients si, the way to build public trust is transparency. as a result, every single state plan has to be put online so you can comb through every detail of every plan to see where every penny goes and i think that's really important. >> thank you so much. >> [indiscernible] >> thank you, guys. i hope you get out to enjoy the weather. >> ok, going to be an interesting briefing. i have a few things for all of you at the top. so today the biden harris administration is announcing a set of concrete steps to
accelerate investments in our ports, water aways and freight networks. these goals and timelines will mobilize federal agencies, get money out of the door for high impact projects faster and lay the foundation for successful implementation of the historic investments included in the bipartisan infrastructure deal for our supply chains, jobs, growth and competitiveness. this action plan will increase federal flex abilities for port grants, accelerate port infrastructure grant awards, identify project locations for coastal navigation inland wateraway and land port of entry and launch the first round of expanded port infrastructure grants. outdated infrastructure has real costs for families as we all know for our economy and for our competitiveness. we're seeing that right now even as we move record goods through our ports, with supply chain bottlenecks forming that lead to
hire prices and lower deliveries for american families. even as we take immediate action, we have a chance to make lasting fixes throughout bipartisan infrastructure deals. the bipartisan infrastructure deal includes a total of $17 billion to improve infrastructurality coastal ports, inland ports and water aways and land ports of entry along the border. this is the single largest federal investment in our ports in u.s. history. and these investments will improve the efficiency, sustainability and resiliency of these hubs of commerce. as you all know, the president will be visiting the port of baltimore tomorrow where he will further discuss the administration's port action plan and the historic investment in ports in the bipartisan infrastructure deal. today our u.s. surgeon general dr. murphy released a community tool kit for addressing health misinformation continuing his
administration's work to combat health misinformation during the pandemic and beyond. as you all know, earlier this year, dr. murphy released a surgeon generals advisory warning people about the urgent threat of health misinformation. the tool kit released today built on his effort offering practical guidance for trusted community leaders like healthcare professionals, school administrators, teachers and leaders to understand, identify, and stop the spread of misinformation. this is particularly timely, yesterday kizer family foundation released its vaccine monitor findings outlining that belief in pandemic-related misinformation is widespread with 78% of adults saying that they have heard at least one of eight different false statements about covid-19, that they either believe to be true or are unsure if it is true or false. as we continue our effort to vaccinate more americans
including children. its mission critical americans have access to accurate information so they can make health decisions based on fact. last week for the fourth time, republican members of the senate small business committee blocked a vote and refused to show up to a hearing on dilawar syed, a qualified normal fee to be the deputy administrator of the small business administration. this is a position important for helping small businesses across the country and dilawar has had a successful business career and is endorsed by more than 200 groups and individuals including the chamber of commerce. if confirmed, he would also be the highest ranking muslim in this administration. but republicans whose justification for opposing his nomination keep shifting as argument after argument falls flat continue to block a vote on
his nomination. if for some reason they don't believe he should be confirmed, they should just say so and vote no. instead they are obstructing a vote from even taking place. as the s.b.a. works to help small businesses build back by the devastation caused by this pandemic, we call on these republican senators to do their jobs and show up and allow a vote on this qualified nominee. and that's all i have. go ahead. >> [indiscernible] in the interview that americans could see some of the funds go outlet rally in a matter of weeks. what exactly could we expect to happen that quickly and is there a risk that he and other administration are overpromising when the secretary said it could
take months for a lot of these programs to go forward? >> there is shovel ready and shovel worthy. these are things that you will hear us talk about a lot. the second actually did say there are projects that are shovel ready and ready to go. that is actually a real thing. one of the things that the president talked about last night, he identified the brent spence bridge as a project testl also help transit expansion process -- project. we are going to be working to pinpoint areas of the greatest need where the investment will make the big differences in the daily lives of families and create jobs. we will have more to share in the near future. there are projects ready to go and we will have more to share as the days come. reporter: you talked about how
important it is to prevent waste to the president. what specifically is the administration putting into place to prevent that and how involved will the president be? is he deputizing a similar role to the covid's are -- czar or having the vice president oversee? ms. jean-pierre: i know you're asking me about timing which will happen soon. the president said he wants to make sure the people who worked hard on both sides of the aisle are there for the bill signing. as soon as we get that done, we will share that. we want to make sure there is accountability that is critical to the administration. this is something that is so important to the president. he will be getting regular
updates as we move forward and be very engaged on this. reporter: [indiscernible] ms. jean-pierre: the president is definitely very engaged. we have white house officials who are there at cop26. secretary buttigieg, that's where he went to after leaving you all. we have staffers in and out of cop26. we will continue to have those conversations and we are optimistic. reporter: i know that the president is not going to sign the bill until next week. why is there not a more urgent effort to have him and members of his staff and the cabinet out on the road selling and
explaining the public on the build back better plan? ms. jean-pierre: the president is doing local media and that's a way that is important for them to hear the president's voice talking directly to the american people. the president is going to be going to baltimore tomorrow. he will continue to see the secretaries that we have listed who are going to be out there selling the bill. let me add a few things. the cabinet is secretary buttigieg, the energy secretary, the commerce secretary, the interior secretary, and the epa secretary who is at cop26 right now as well as cabinet members and administration officials who will play a role implementing this agenda and you will see
them out there. that's one of the reasons why we had secretary buttigieg here. you all are writing about this and people are watching and we want to make sure the hear directly from us. reporter: you have fellow democrats who say, they want the president to be more vocal out there and explaining. you are talking about big pieces of legislation. you still have the second piece of it. -- in a more bust way? ms. jean-pierre: the president is out tomorrow. he's going to be in baltimore. he will continue to do more. i would argue that he has been out there. any time i have traveled with him, many of you have been part of the pool where he talks about the infrastructure bill and the
build back better act. he has been in multiple states doing that over the past several months. it is going to continue. when he wants to make sure is to get this signed having all the parties on the republican side and the democratic side who are very instrumental in getting this done. then, we will continue making sure we are selling this, talking to the american people. this is a complex piece of legislation. they are also very popular. we know that the american public wants infrastructure. they want to see the modernization of the heart infrastructure, so we will continue to push for. reporter: secretary reminder was asked about this. she was talking about an effort to create jobs as well. you are dealing with worker shortages right now. how do you deal with the worker shortages?
ms. jean-pierre: are you talking about the port action plan? i want to say a of things about that. what it's going to do in the short term, which is critical and important. while we are moving record amounts of goods through our ports, we understand the frustration that americans feel when backlogs lead to delays. this builds on steps that we have already taken to address the supply chain. i wanted to make sure that was clear. that is part of what the president has already done, which is partnering with the ports of l.a., long beach, along with retailers and shippers like fedex and ups to move goods in and out of those ports 24/7. within weeks, the port of savannah will have five pop-up sites in georgia and north
carolina that will help ease congestion on the shipyards. within 45 days, we will be launching $240 million in grants to improve ports in the weeks and months that follow billions of dollars additional money will be flowing to improve the critical port infrastructure. bolstering this work is historic levels of investment. we secured through the bipartisan infrastructure deal which is $17 billion for ports and tens of billions more for roads, bridges, rail, and other links. combined, these steps are going to create good paying jobs, fix supply chains and lower prices for working families. that's an important part of good paying jobs when we talk about the labor shortage, the president has talked about the importance of making sure we are paying people wages that are competitive so they are able to
come back to the workforce. that is mission-critical. reporter: during the interview yesterday, the president apologized for being late. he said it was due to little foreign policy issues. what was he referring to? ms. jean-pierre: we are going to read into every aspect of the president's day. he meets regularly with his national security council and advisors. some meetings go right on time and some meetings go a little longer. i'm not going to read anything specific into that or i don't have anything to share on that. reporter: do you expect him to be doing more of these local tv interviews? ms. jean-pierre: yes. the one he did in cincinnati last night was the first. we will get him out so people can hear directly from the president.
reporter: i don't really understand how all the money is going to be allocated. the secretary made clear states were going to get a finite amount of money distributed. the rest will be based on need. for the rest of the money, how will it be distributed? does it go to the states first and will the federal government determine what projects they will be assigned to? ms. jean-pierre: i don't have the specifics for you right now. i can tell you the agency that will be involved on the specific components. the department transportation on how this will improve, will be in charge of how this will improve the ports, rails, bridges, and supply chain. the department of interior is going to be on the climate resilience and the impact on native communities. we have the department of energy
which is focusing on repairing the electric grid. the department of commerce on getting high-speed internet to every american. we have the environmental protection agency, they will be replacing lead pipes and addressing pollution. those are how it's going to be broken down into agencies. the specifics on that, i don't have to share with you today. the secretary talked about this just not which is transparency is going to be key. we are going to make sure the american public and all of you know how are going to move forward on implementing this. reporter: as the president promotes this infrastructure bill, we know that leader schumer wanted a vote on a larger spending built before thanksgiving. can you provide details on outreach the president will be doing to democrats? for key moderates? ms. jean-pierre: i don't have
anything today on any calls he has made or scheduled meetings or anything in that nature. the white house officials, my colleagues are constantly in contact with members and also staff. as you know, last friday they voted on a roll in the house to make sure that the build back better act was voted on the week of november 15. as the president said yesterday, he is very optimistic on getting that done and will continue to talk to leader schumer and have those conversations on the senate side to make sure this gets delivered. reporter: is there a feasible timeline with moderates seeing information? ms. jean-pierre: members understand how important it is to get this out. to get this done. we got the bipartisan infrastructure deal, but once in a generation investment, very historic. now, we're going to make sure we
get the build back better act done. reporter: governor desantis -- mandate for private distances. he said he was going to opt out for the vaccine mandate and we need to stop bossing people around. as the white house have a response? ms. jean-pierre: as i said yesterday, the doj will be defending these lawsuits. we are confident in our authority to protect american workers as this virus is killing 1100 americans per day. this is an obligation that the department of labor has protect workers, face great danger. it is derived from a law passed by congress that has been around for more than 50 years. this is an authority that the secretary of the department of labor has. when you think about grave danger, 1100 people dying per
day, that is an authority that he could use to make sure that people feel safe in their workplace and that they don't get sick. we continue to advocate with from here is to push businesses to look forward with their policies now. these are policies that are protecting workforces and avoiding disruptions related to employees getting sick with covid. expanding the workforce, and saving lives. that's the business we are in. that's what we put together this comprehensive vaccination effort very early on in his administration to make sure that we get to a place that we can get out of this pandemic. the question is, wire these legislative -- legislators get in the way of saving lives? getting in the way of us making sure the economy is working as well and getting out of this
pandemic? that is the question for them. reporter: after congress has passed the infrastructure bill, how much can the american public expect that inflation will be reduced? ms. jean-pierre: i don't have a specific number for you. i will be happy to talk to our economics team to get something more granular. as we heard from experts, economists have said that this bill and the infrastructure will ease inflation. that's really important. when we hear members are afraid of going big, we say this is going to help us in the long run. especially as we see prices going up, inflation continuing to be out there. that is an important message that we have. i don't have a granular number
for you, but we know this from economists who have said that these two bills will help do that. reporter: a couple of my colleagues wrote a piece documenting nearly a dozen cases where people have violently intimidated or threatened u.s. election officials. there was one example where a man told election officials that he would a pistol in their mouths and pull the trigger. in none of these cases were any of the people arrested, charged, or prosecuted. are we living in a country where there is impunity around these kinds of issues and what level of confidence do you have in the department of justice to police these issues? ms. jean-pierre: we have all confidence on the department of justice. i can't speak to those here, i would refer you to the department of justice on specifics, but we have complete confidence in the department justice.
reporter: yesterday, some -- senate democrats sent a letter to the president regarding gas prices. is president biden considering banning the oil exports? regarding crude oil. ms. jean-pierre: the administration is closely and directly monitoring the situation. we have communicated with ftc to crack down on illegal pricing and are engaging with countries and entities around opec plus around increasing supply. we are looking at all of the tools in our arsenal. we are concerned about the impact of high energy prices for consumers especially as we entered the colder months. we continue to monitor the situation and we will do everything we can from here to address it. reporter: is that something that
president biden is considering? ms. jean-pierre: i don't have anything specific, i can just tell you what we have been doing here which is to call opec to him -- increase their supply. we have been monitoring the situation. one of the reasons why the president said no to pay for the infrastructure bill with a gas tax is because of this. we will continue to keep an eye on this and we have tools in our toolbelt that we can potentially address this with. reporter: we heard about tapping the strategic petroleum reserve. does he feel that his hands are tied with regard to combating high gas prices? ms. jean-pierre: i wouldn't read it that way, we just don't have anything to say right now. we are monitoring through this and looking at how we can address this. reporter: >> is there a summit
happening between the u.s., mexico, and canada? ms. jean-pierre: i don't have any information on that, i will be happy to check with the national security council. reporter: with respect to the [indiscernible] is one possible outcome reduced output? ms. jean-pierre: i'm going to use this opportunity to have some clarification here. i think there was some confusion yesterday about line five. peter's question was about the current line five. on the current pipeline as you know, the state of michigan is objecting to the continued use of the easement for the current pipeline. additionally, canada has decided to invoke the dispute resolution provision of the 1977 transit pipelines treaty on the current pipeline. we expect the u.s. and canada
will engage constructively in those negotiations. canada is a close ally and a key partner in energy trade. these negotiations and discussions between the two countries shouldn't be viewed as anything more than that. certainly not an indicator that the u.s. government is considering shutdowns. that's not something were going to do. as regards to the current pipeline negotiations, the current pipeline is subject to litigation between ambridge and the state of michigan. what i think confused some folks is that there are as a result a consent decree, a suggested potential replacement for a portion of line five. the army corps of engineers announced an environmental impact study of that replacement in june. that is the study i mentioned.
that was announced in june and is about the potential replacement, not the current line which is what peter had asked yesterday. again, nothing new to share on the current line. reporter: would a possible outcome from the study be a choice that limits output and also what is the timeline for that study? ms. jean-pierre: i don't have a timeline on the study. this is the army corps of engineers who are taking this under. i don't have anything more to share. reporter: i want to ask you about another story that is breaking. two sources are telling fox that -- the foreign policy advisor mentioned in the former indictment. again, this just came across.
is there any conflict here given there has been news around the indictment. is there any conflict that would preclude sullivan from being able to carry out his duties? ms. jean-pierre: as you said, i am just hearing this so i don't have any comment. i don't know anything about what you're mentioning so i have to talk to our team. reporter: [indiscernible] knowing what we know about the dossier, is there any concern that there was too much focus on that during the president's campaign? ms. jean-pierre: again, i will refer you to the apartment of justice. reporter: what kind of outreach has the white house done
regarding the progressives who have voted against the infrastructure deal? ms. jean-pierre: we are in constant communication with members on the hill, but i don't have anything to share at this moment that is specific. reporter: a republican member of congress shared a video in which he appeared to attack congresswoman because your cortez and the president. does the white house have a position on how social media should be moderating this type of content? ms. jean-pierre: there is absolutely no place for any violence of any sort in this particle system. i don't want to go any further than that. i leave it to the social media platform on how they're going to move forward on that. there is no place for any type
of violence or that type of language in the political system and it should not be happening and we should be condemning it. reporter: on infrastructure, the administration has had months and we were watching it make its way through congress, why don't we have a concrete list of projects that we pursue first and why don't we have a clear timeline? ms. jean-pierre: this is something that clearly as you said we have been working on for a long time. it was a process. there was a legislative process happening and now, we're are in a place where the president is going to sign this legislation soon into law and once that is done, we will lay out our plan, we will be transparent, that is one of the reasons why we are bringing the secretaries here for the different components of the bill to talk to all of you to take your questions on how
they are thinking about this, how they are going to be implementing this to the american public. we will have more to share. reporter: much earlier this year, we were told that the president would be -- when will beget the fiscal -- ms. jean-pierre: you are right, it is later this year. [laughter] as jan has said, -- as jen has said, would not happens we will be transparent about it. -- when that happens we will be transparent about it. we will share with you all when it happens. reporter: will the president be pardoning turkey this year? [laughter] ms. jean-pierre: it is a regular tradition. i am assuming that will be happening.
i don't have any news or any scheduled to share with you on that particular pardoning of the turkey event, but i'm sure we will have something soon. thank you for the question. reporter: parents will be giving -- getting their second to last child tax credit payment later this month. what message does the white house after them? -- have for them? ms. jean-pierre: that's a very good question because the child tax credit has really benefited families, giving families tax cut come the middle class tax cut that is critical. it has cut childhood poverty by 50%. it has been incredibly
important. this is why the president is going to continue to fight for the build back better plant. -- plan. he is optimistic. we have talked about this ruled that was voted on last friday for november 15 to make sure that the act is voted on in the house. this act is profamily, pro-people. it gives people that breathing room that they so need that they haven't had in many years. we haven't seen the investment. the president is going to continue to work for the child tax credit, to fight for the paid leave, all of the things that are in this bill. we think about childcare, elder care, making sure that prescription drugs are affordable and not taking a huge chunk out of your paycheck.
all of these things part of the build back better act, he will continue to fight for and that is the message. there's a reason that he put the child tax credit and the american rescue plan, because he was trying to meet the moment of what the american family was going through during the pandemic. reporter: as of yesterday morning, the president has shifted his focus to the governor-elect of virginia. ms. jean-pierre: i don't have anything more to read out from what i said at the podium last week. reporter: one of president goes on something like a sales tour of the infrastructure plan, can you talk about why the port of baltimore was picked versus other ports? ms. jean-pierre: he will speak to that tomorrow, so i don't want to get ahead of the president. he will lay that out as to why
he is there. as you can imagine, it is very important to the supply chain and all of the work he is doing to make sure we deal with the issue we are having currently. thank you all. i called on the back. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] >> earlier today, liz cheney spoke at an event in manchester, new hampshire. she serves as the vice chair of the house select committee investigating the january 6 attack on the u.s. capitol.
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