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tv   President Biden Holds Tribal Nations Summit at White House  CSPAN  November 15, 2021 5:41pm-5:54pm EST

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question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 5671. as amended. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess until approximately 6:30 today.
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>> good morning -- president biden: good morning. i want to thank you for joining us. this is a big day. [laughter] i think, as my mother would say,
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former senator danny inouye is looking down saying, finally, finally. i was raised by danny inouye in the united states senate. and to president sharp and chairman hill, the oneida nation, and our president fulsi, i thank you, all, for what you're doing and i want to recognize you. and chairman hill, i thought going -- being from upstate new york and college -- my deceased wife is from -- not far from oneida, new york, i thought oneida nation was all in central new york. but obviously you're up in wisconsin. come down and see us in oneida. anyway, i want to thank you, madam secretary, for your
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remarks. i want to thank you, deb, for be willing to join when i asked you to come along and to serve. as i said, i was confident at the time you would be incredibly important. when i got to the senate, danny inouye took me under his wing. the simple truth i was only vaguely aware of. tribal nations do better when they make their own decisions. that's why some of the votes i took as a young senator were among my proudest. supporting the indian education, indian child welfare act, the repatriation act. and so much more. when i ran for president it was important for me to continue to make progress and that's what we've done since i took office. when covid-19 struck, it hit indian country with devastating
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consequences. native americans contracted the virus at over three times the rate of white americans. nearly twice the rate of lives lost. twice as many died and a percentage. but the tribal nation stepped up. today, the native americans have gone from being a population most harmed by covid to one of the populations most vaccinated against covid. that success has a lot to do with tribal leadership. it also has to do with the american rescue plan, which included over $31 billion for tribal nations. the most significant investment in the history of indian country. long overdue. now we're taking the next step. today, i'm signing a bipartisan infrastructure deal. everyone knows we're long overdue to make major investments in infrastructure. but nobody knows that better than indian country. tribal lands have been
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chronically underfunded for generations. and so i'm very proud to say that when i sign the bill outside in the south lawn shortly, the single largest investment in tribal infrastructure ever is going to occur. more than $13 billion in direct investments to indian country. and tens of billions more in grants and funding opportunities. funding for clean drinking water, high-speed internet, roads and bridges, environmental cleanups, and so much more. but we can't stop there. we need congress to pass my build back better plan as well. today, one in 10 native american parents have reported having to quit or change their jobs or turn down an opportunity due to a childcare challenge. this bill would save most families thousands of dollars per year in childcare, helping moms and dads rejoin the workforce. also, this bill, when it passes, will allow every 3 and 4-year-old in the nation to
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attend high-quality preschool, increasing considerably their chances of getting all the way through the first 12 years of primary school and on to college. it includes the most significant investment to tackle the climate crisis in history. and i might note paraphernalia theycally, no -- paranthetically that it will lower health care costs for millions of americas. you know, we have to continue to stand up for the dignity and sovereignty of tribal nations. my dad used the word dignity i think more than any other word. he said everyone is entitled to be treated with dignity. i was proud to re-establish the white house council on native american affairs. and to issue a memorandum, my first week in office, instructing my entire administration to engage in a regular, meaningful consultation with tribal nations. i was kidding to my wife jill,
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who will be out here shortly. she visited the navajo nation so many times that i am worried she won't come home. i'm proud -- i'm proud to name native american leaders in our administration, not only the first native american cabinet secretary and it won't be the last in history. but more than 50 native americans now serving in significant roles in my administration. i've also taken action to protect tribal lands. revoking the pyramid for the keystone x.l. pipeline. preserving and protecting sacred homeland, including bears ears and the grand staircase escalan tefshgs -- escalan tefshgs. i'm proud of the tribes. there's still so much more to do. today i'm announcing five new initiatives. first, a new initiative involving 17 departments and agencies to protect tribal treaty rights and the work of
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the federal government. second, a new initiative to increase tribal participation and the management and stewardship of federal lands. third, my administration will be the first to work with the tribes to comprehensively incorporate tribal ecological knowledge into the federal government's scientific approach. helping us fight climate change. and fourth, taking action to protect the greater landscape from future oil and gas drilling and leasing. i'm about to sign an executive moment -- order. today i'm directing federal officials to work with tribal nations on a strategy to improve public safety and advance justice. this bill is in the work we did together in re authorizing the violence against women act in 2013 when we granted authority to tribes to exercise jurisdiction over non-indian
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offenders who commit violence on tribal lands. we're going to re-authorize that again. we're going to expand the jurisdiction to include other offenses like sex trafficking, sexual assault, and child abuse. these efforts, again, to use the word my dad would use so much, are a matter of dignity. that's the foundation of our nation and nation of partnerships. that's what this summit is all about. i want to thank everyone who's here for participating and i look forward to continuing our work together. and now it's my honor to sign an executive order and couple of my friends will be coming out here, i'm told, cabinet members. you know, here we go. where is everybody? [laughter] jill. jill's here. the attorney general. all right, jill. i don't know what was going on back there.
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i was worried you weren't going to come out. good to see you. all right. this legislation is improving public safety and criminal justice for native americans and addressing the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous people. i'm proud to sign it. long overdue. there you go, mr. secretary. general. mr. secretary.
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thank you all so very much. we're going to make some substantial changes in indian country and it's going to continue. thank you, all. [applause] you ask me that all the time and i say the same answer. i've been confident the day i stepped into office. [inaudible] >> are you working to lower the temperature with -- [inaudible] tonight? [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2021] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] >> the house wrapping up debate on bills dealing with veterans'
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issues. lawmakers will be back at 6:30 eastern for votes. we'll bring you live coverage when the house returns right here on c-span. >> recently, our future of health care task force released a report with recommendations related to immediate action that the biden administration and congress needed to take to tackle covid-19. they also released a report focused on positioning the public health system for the next pandemic. today's event is two parts. the first part

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