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tv   President Bidens Address to Joint Session of Congress  FOX News  April 28, 2021 5:55pm-8:00pm PDT

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joe biden's session continues now with bret baier and martha maccallum. ♪ ♪ the one we are now just minutes away from president biden's speech. it will be followed by a republican response with tim scott. good evening from washington. i'm bret baier. >> martha: good evening, everybody. i martha maccallum. the president is in the capitol building ready to deliver his address to congress. it's a little bit later than usual. usually it's in february or so, but for a number of reasons, it is happening almost at the 100th day of his presidency. >> bret: it is historic. it's different. there are only roughly 200 people present because of covid. they are usually around 1600. it is also historic because as
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you watch dr. jill biden, the first lady walk into the chamber. it is also historic because of the women who are standing behind the president tonight for the first time in american history. two women will stand behind the president on the house roster. vice president harris and speaker pelosi. they honor the first lady coming in. this is the succession. the line of succession. number one, vice president harris and speaker pelosi. >> martha: we saw the first man, first gentleman as he was seated up there. so, it's not the typical sort of handshaking slap on the back walk-through for all of these people. it is definitely a more sedated affair and we have seen this all throughout the campaign for the biden campaign. very sparse crowd. remember, the honking horns in the parking lot and now we've got a very small audience for this address. >> bret: in fact, only one
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justice and the supreme court. the chief justice, john roberts just walked in. the only two members of the cabinet peer the secretary of defense and the secretary of state. so, you see a much smaller crowd here. in fact, lawmakers are spread out all over the chamber to you will see on the marking seats. >> martha: assigning a designated survivor since there are lots of people who are not in the chamber tonight. that is a little bit unusual as well as you look at the vice president and the speaker who have given each other on elbow bump when they came in tonight. >> bret: let's bring in our panel as we watch more come in here tonight. wallace and katie pavlich, news editor at townhall.com. your thoughts on these images. obviously a lot different than what we usually see.
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>> you know, it's interesting because you actually see a lot of changes. but there are some things, martha, that are very much the same. one thing that always happens before these presidential speeches as they are briefings all over town. there were a bunch of them today. i was fortunate enough to attend a briefing with a small group of reporters with the president, a separate one with speaker pelosi and democratic leader, senator schumer. and there was one clear message from all of the top democrats in town. and that was full speed ahead. you are going to hear the president lay out his plan from $1.8 trillion, the american family plan. things like child care, free community colleges. he is also going to talk of course about the jobs plan, infrastructure plan. that's $2.3 trillion. i wasn't very good at math, but that adds up to more than $2 trillion in spending. they intend to pay for it all,
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as i said with new taxes. what's clear from all of the democrats, they want to go for the whole shebang. they want to go for the hole thing. the president will say he is willing to negotiate, willing to negotiate on the skull. willing to negotiate on how you pay for it. but what they were talking about in terms of compromise was a whole lot more than i think republicans are going to be able to stomach. and it is pretty clear that if it comes to it, they will pass this the same way they did the covid rescue plan, by reconciliation. i want to redo two quotes today from the session with the congressional leaders. chuck schumer, when i asked him is this going to be one package or two packages? are you going to pass a bipartisan compromise or reconciliation? he said we are going to pass the biggest boldest package we can get. pelosi talked about the insatiable appetite for more. they think this is a smart policy play to improve the lives of americans and a smart
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political play to show you put democrats in charge of this election and we are going to produce for you. >> martha: you are going to see a lot of money spent. over $6 trillion in the total package since the beginning of 2021. let's listen to the action on the floor as we pause at the top of the hour. president biden, just moments away. ♪ ♪ >> bret: a live look at the u.s. capitol. beautiful evening here in washington. a lot warmer than the usual february day where we have these. we are just moments away from president biden and tonight's address to congress. good evening from washington. i'm bret baier. >> martha: and i martha maccallum. any moment now, president biden will take the podium. he will be announced as is the tradition on the floor. the familiar call of the sergeant-at-arms. >> bret: going a lot quicker because there aren't that many people to call in. they are kind of walking and quickly.
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and the lawmakers are not posted on the isle is much as they normally would be. peter doocy is on the north lawn with a quick preview of what we would expect to hear tonight. good evening, pete. >> good evening bret and martha. the most pressing issues, to make the government bigger. he will take credit for some of the improvements he has made since inauguration day. now after just 100 days, i can report to the nation america is on the move again turning peril into possibility, crisis into opportunity, set back into strength. the president is going to try to make multitrillion dollar progressive proposals easy to understand. so, officials here say one thing you won't hear from the president tonight, acronyms. bret. >> bret: peter doocy come alive on the north lawn. peter, thank you. as all of the lawmakers continue continue, senator bernie sanders, of course. you can see that familiar figure making his way down the aisle there to their seats.
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as we mentioned, it's all separate. there is amy klobuchar making her way down and the senate majority leader, chuck schumer, west talked a lot about the big things they want to get done very quickly. >> martha: yeah, there is no doubt that big is the mood of this presidency. enormous packages that are proposed. tonight we are going to hear about basically free kindergarten through college. we wait for the announcement. the president and the holding room likely making his way over at about this moment. and we will hear in a moment from general william walker who is the house sergeant-at-arms and he will make an announcement just seconds away now. >> bret: it again, it is an interesting image with vice president harris and speaker pelosi stand behind the president. this is the first time that a lot of these lawmakers are in the house since january 6 when they were escorted out of there in an emergency when the rioters
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took capitol hill. so, this is kind of a moment of getting back to the capital and this formality. quickly before the sergeant of arms comes in, your thoughts on this night. >> i was covering the white house not so many years ago. they said that the era of big government is over. widespread cheers from republicans and democrats as well. i think the message tonight is clearly going to be the era of big government is back. so, we expect the president with full speed ahead. no question out it. >> martha: we are waiting for the announcement. he could come at any second. but joe biden has sat up on that and watch this happen about ten times, joint session. but tonight he is a man of the hour. he is out front. >> yeah, he is.
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holding up pretty well in the face of all of this. i don't know how much longer it will last. it's not clear. >> bret: let's listen in here to general william walker, sergeant-at-arms announcing the president of the united states. >> madam speaker, the president of the united states. [applause]
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>> bret: also here, publisher of the federalist. as we get ready to hear the president, a quick thought. >> seen those two women behind him reminds me of my household. my wife and my older daughter. i can't wait to hear the president tonight. >> ben, quickly. >> i think you are seeing a lot of theater tonight. everyone who is in that room has
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had covid and yet we still do not have -- it seems fundamentally unserious. [applause] >> bret: let's listen into president joe biden, his first address for a joint session of congress. it's a different time. we will see what the speech sounds like. >> president biden: good to be back. it's good to be almost home. down the hall. [laughs] anyway, thank you all. madam speaker, madam vice president. [cheers and applause] no president has ever said those words from this podium. no president has ever said those words. and it's about time.
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[applause] first lady and her husband. [cheers and applause] chief justice. members of the united states congress and the cabinet and distinguished guests, our fellow americans. while the setting tonight is familiar, this gathering is just a little bit different. a reminder of the extraordinary times we are in. throughout our history, presidents have come into this chamber to speak to congress, to the nation, and to the world, to declare war, to celebrate peace,
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to announce new plans and possibility. tonight, i come to talk about crisis and opportunity. by rebuilding a nation, revitalizing our democracy, and winning the future for america, i stand here tonight one day shy of the 100th day in my administration. 100 days since i took the oath of office and lifted my hand off our family bible and inherited a nation. we all did, that was in crisis. the worst pandemic in a century. the worst economic crisis since the great depression. the worst attack on our democracy since the civil war. now, after just 100 days, i can report to the nation america is on the move again. [cheers and applause]
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possibility. crisis to opportunity. setbacks. we all know life can knock us down. but in america, we never, ever, ever stay down. americans always get up. today that is what we are doing. america is rising a new, choosing hope over fear, truth overlies and light over darkness. after 100 days of rescued renewal, america is ready for a take off. we are working again, dreaming again, discovering again, and deleting the world again. we have shown each other and the world that there is no quick in america, none. 100 days ago, america's house
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was on fire. we had to act. thanks to the extraordinary leadership of speaker pelosi, majority leader, chuck schumer, and the overwhelming support of the american people, democrats, independents, and republicans, we did act. together, we passed the american rescue plan. one of the most consequential rescue packets in american history. we are already seeing the results. [applause] we are already seeing the results. [applause] after i promised we would give 100 million covid vaccine shots into people's arms and 100 days, we will have provided over 220 million covid shots in those 100 days. [applause] the help of all of you.
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we are marshaling with your help, everyone's help, we are marshaling resources to get vaccines to nearly 40,000 pharmacies, to the poorest of the poor to be reached. we are sending out community vaccination sites, developing mobile units to reach communities. today 90% of americans now live within 5 miles of the vaccination site. everyone over the age of 16, everyone is now eligible to get vaccinated right now, right away. go get vaccinated, america. [applause] go and get the vaccination. they are available. eligible now. [applause]
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when i was sworn in on january 20th, less than 1% of the seniors in america are fully vaccinated against covid-19. 100 days later, 70% of seniors in america over 65 are protected, fully protected. senior deaths from covid-19 are down. 80% since january. down 80% because of all of you. and more than half of all of the adults in america have gotten at least one shot. a mass vaccination center in glendale, arizona, i asked a nurse, i said, what's it like? she looked at me and she said "it's like every shot is giving a dose of hope." a dose of hope. a dose of hope from an educator in florida, a child suffering from an autoimmune disease wrote to me and said she is worried, she was worried about bringing the virus home.
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she said she then got vaccinated at a large site in her car. she said she sat in her car when she got vaccinated and just cried, cried out of joy and cried out in relief. parents, seeing the smiles on their kids' faces for those who are able to go back to school because of teachers and school bus drivers and cafeteria workers being vaccinated. grandparents hugging their children and grandchildren instead of pressing hands against the window to say goodbye. it means everything. those things mean everything. you know, you all know it. you know it better then any group of americans. there is still more work to do to beat this virus pier we can't let our guard down. but tonight i can say because of you, the american people, our
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progress these past 100 days against one of the worst pandemics in history has been one of the greatest logistical achievements this country has ever seen. what else have we done in those first 100 days? we kept our commitment. democrats and republicans, of sending rescue sites. we are already sending more than 162 million checks out the door. it's making a difference. for many people, it's making all the difference in the world. a single mom in texas who wrote me. she said she couldn't work. she said the relief check put food on the table and saved her and her son from eviction from their apartment. a grandmother from virginia who
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told me she immediately took her granddaughter to the eye doctor. something she said she put off for months because she didn't have the money. one of the defining images at least from my perspective in this crisis has been cars lined up, cars lined up for miles. and nice cars lined up for miles waiting for a box of food to be put in their truck. i don't know about you, but i didn't ever think i would see that in america. in all this is through no fault of their own. no fault of their own. that is why the rescue plan is delivering food to millions of americans facing hunger. hunger is down sharply already. we are also providing rental
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assistance. you will know this. i want to make sure the american people understand. keeping people from being evicted from their homes. providing loans to small businesses to reopen and keep their employees on the job. during his 100 days, an additional 800,000 americans enrolled in the affordable care act when i established the special period to do that. 800,000 and that period. we are making one of the largest one time ever investments ever in improving health care for veterans. critical investments to address the opioid crisis. maybe most importantly, thanks to the american rescue plan, we are on track to cut child poverty in america and half this year. [applause]
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and in the process while this is all going on, the economy created more than 1,300,000 jobs. more jobs in the first 100 days the n any on record. [applause] the international monetary fund is now estimating our economy will grow at a rate of more than 6% this year. that will be the fastest pace of economic growth in this country in nearly four decades. america's moving, moving forward. but we can't stop now. we are in competition with china and other countries to win the
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21st century. one of the great inflection points in history. we have to do more than just build back better. we have to build back better. we have to compete more strenuously than we have. throughout her history, think about it, public investment in infrastructure has literally transformed america. our attitudes as well as our opportunities. the transcontinental railroad, interstate highways, united two oceans and brought a totally new age of progress to the united states of america. universal public schools and college aid opened wide the doors of opportunity. scientific breakthroughs took us to the moon. now we are on mars discovering vaccines gave us internet and so much more. these are investments we made together as one country and investments that only the government was in a position to
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make. period time and again they propel us into the future. that is why i propose the american jobs plan, a once in a generation investment in america itself. this is the largest jobs plan since world war ii. it creates jobs. don mark to upgrade our transportation infrastructure. jobs, modernizing our roads, bridges, highways. jobs building airports, transit lines. it's clean water. and today come up to 10 million homes in america and more than 400,000 schools and child care centers have pipes with lead in them including drinking water. a clear present danger to our children's health. american jobs plan creates jobs replacing 100% of the nation's
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lead pipes and service lines so every american can drink clean water. [applause] and the process will create thousands and thousands of good paying jobs. it creates jobs connecting every american with high-speed internet including 35% of the rule american still doesn't have it. that is going to help our kids and our businesses succeed in the 21st century. now, i'm asking the vice president to lead this effort, if you will. because i know we ain't done. create jobs, building a modern power grid. our grids are vulnerable to storms, hacks, catastrophic failures. tragic results as we signed
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texas and elsewhere during the winter storms. the american jobs plans will create thousands of miles of transmission lines needed to rebuild a resilient and fully clean grid. we can do that. [applause] look, the american jobs plan will help millions of people get back to their jobs and back to their careers. 2 million women have dropped out of the workforce during this pandemic. 2 million. and too often because they couldn't get the care they needed to care for their child or care for an elderly parent who needs help. 800,000 families on a medicare waiting list right now to get home care for their aging parent or loved one with a disability.
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if you think it's not important, check out in your own district. democrat or republican. democrat or republican voters, their great concern should is taking care of an elderly loved one who can't be left alone. this plan is going to help those families and create jobs for our caregivers with better wages and better benefits continuing a cycle of growth. for too long, we have failed to use the most important word when it comes to meeting the climate crisis, jobs. jobs. jobs. [applause] for me, when i think climate
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change, i think jobs. the american jobs plan will put engineers and construction workers to building more energy efficient buildings and homes. electrical workers installing 500,000 charging stations along our highways so we can own, so we can own the electric market. farmers planting cover crops so they can reduce the carbon dioxide and get paid for doing it. [applause] look, think about it. there is no reason wind turbines can't be built in pittsburgh instead of beijing. no reason. none. [applause] no reason. so folks, there's no reason why
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american workers can't -- go there no reason. we have the capacity. american jobs is going to create millions of good paying jobs, jobs americans can raise a family on. my dad would say, with a little breathing room. all of the investments in american jobs will be guided by one principal, by american. by american. that does not violate any trade agreement. it has been a loss since the '30s. american tax dollars are going to be used by american products, made an american to create american jobs. that's the way it's supposed to
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be and it will be in this in administration. [applause] and i made it clear to all my cabinet people. their ability to give exemptions has been a strenuously eliminated. it will be american products. now, i know some of you at home or wondering whether these jobs are for you. so many of you, so many of the folks i grew up with feel left behind, forgotten, in an economy that is so rapidly changing. i want to speak directly to you. because think about it. that is what people are most worried about. can i fit in? independent experts estimate the american jobs plan will add millions of jobs and trillions of dollars to economic growth in the years to come.
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it is a 8 year program. these are good paying jobs that can't be outsourced. nearly 90% of the infrastructure jobs created in the american jobs plan do not require a college degree. 75 percent don't require an associates degree. american jobs plan is a blue-collar blueprint to build america. that's what it is. recognize something i've always said. good guys and women on wall street but wall street didn't build this country. the middle class built the country and unions built the middle class. that is why i am calling on congress to pass the protect the right to organize act and send
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it to my desk so we can support the right to unionize. and by the way, when you are thinking about sending things to my desk, let's raise the minimum wage to $15. [applause] no one, no one working 40 hours a week, no one working 40 hours a week should live below the poverty line. we need to ensure greater economic opportunity for women. while we are doing this, let's get the paycheck to my desk as well. it's been too long. look behind you. and finally, american jobs, the biggest -- we will see more technological
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change and some of you know more about this than i do. we'll see more technological change in the next 10 years and we saw in the last 50. that is how rapidly artificial intelligence and so much more is changing. and we are falling behind in competition with the rest of the world. decades ago we use to invest 2% of our gross domestic products in america. 2% of our gross domestic product in research and development. today, mr. secretary, that's less than 1%. china and other countries are closing in fast. we have to develop and dominate the products and technologies of the future. biotechnology, computer chips, clean energy. the secretary of defense can
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tell you and those of you who work on nasa security issues, the defense department has an agency called -- the defense to advance research projects agency. the people who set up before i got here and that's been a long time ago, to develop breakthroughs that enhance our national security. that is their only job and it is a semiseparate agency. it has led to everything from the discovery of the internet to gps and so much more. it has enhance our security. the national the national institutes of health, the nih, i believe should create a similar advanced research project agency for health. [applause] and here is what we do. it would have a singular purpose.
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to develop breakthroughs to prevent, protect, and treat diseases like alzheimer's, diabetes, and cancer. i'll still never forget when we passed the cancer proposal in my last year as vice president. almost $9 million going to nih. excuse the point of personal privilege. i named it after my deceased son. it meant a lot. but so many of us have deceased sons, daughters, relatives who died of cancer. i can leave you know more worthy investment. i know of nothing that is more bipartisan. so, let's end cancer as we know it. it's within our power. it's within our power to do it.
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[applause] investments in jobs and infrastructure are the ones we are talking about. bipartisan support in the past. vice president harris and i met regularly and discussed the jobs plan. and i applaud a group of republican senators who just put forward their own proposal. so, let's get to work. i wanted to lay out before the congress my plan before we got into the deep discussions. i would like to meet those who have ideas that are different, that things are better. i welcome those ideas. but the rest of the world is not waiting for us. i just want to be clear. from my perspective, doing nothing is not an option. [applause]
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look, we can't be so busy competing with one another that we forget the competition that we have at the rest of the world to win the 21st century. secretary would tell you i spend a lot of time with president xi. traveled over 17,000 miles with him. spent over 24 hours in private discussions with him. call to congratulate and we headed to our discussion. he is deadly earnest about becoming the most significant consequential nation in the world. he and others, autocrats, think that democracy can't compete in the 21st century. it takes too long to get
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consensus. to win that competition for the future, in my view, we also need to make a once in a generation investment in our families and in our children. that's why i've introduced the american families plan, which addresses four of the biggest challenges facing american families and in turn america. first is access to good education. and this nation made 12 years of public education universal in the last century. it made us the best educated, best prepared nation in the world, as i believe it's the overwhelming reason that propelled us to where we've got in the 20th century. but the world has caught up and is catching up. they are not waiting. i would say parenthetically, if we were sitting down in front of a bipartisan committee and said
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okay, we are going to decide what we do in terms of government providing for free education, i wonder whether we would think as we did in the 20th century that 12 years is enough in the 21st century. i doubt it. 12 years is no longer enough today to compete with the rest of the world in the 21st century. that's why my american families plan guarantees four years of education for every person in america, starting as early as we can. a great university in this country have conducted studies in the last 10 years and show that adding two years of high quality preschool, for every 3-year-old and four euros, no background they come from puts them in a position to be able to compete all the way through 12 years. and increases exponentially the prospect of going beyond
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graduation. research shows that when a young child goes to school, not day care, they are far more likely to graduate from high school and go to college or something after high school. when you add two years our free community college on top of that, you begin to change the dynamic. [applause] we can do that. and we will increase pell grants and invest in minority institutions. they don't have the endowments. but their students are just as capable of learning about cybersecurity, just as capable of learning about all of the things that are going on that provide jobs of the future. jill is a community college professor who teaches today as
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first lady. [applause] she has long said -- [applause] she's long -- [applause] if i heard it once, i've heard it all thousand times. joe, any country that educates us is going to outcompete us. she'll be deeply involved when leading this effort. thank you, jill. second thing we need, american families plan will provide access to quality affordable child care. [applause] it will guarantee --
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but i am proposing and legislation, it will guarantee that low income families will pay no more than 7% of their income for high-quality care for the children up to the age of five. the most hard-pressed working families won't have to spend a dime. third, the american families plan will finally provide up to 12 weeks of paid leave and medical leave, family medical leave. [applause] we are one of the few industrial countries in the world. no one should have to choose between a job and a paycheck for taking care of themselves and their loved ones of a parent, spouse, child. and fourth, the american family plan puts directly into the pockets of millions of americans. in march, we expanded tax credits for every child in the family. up to $3,000 per child if they
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are under 6 years of age. excuse me. over six years of age. and $3,600 for children over six years of age peer with two parents, two kids, that $7200 in the pockets to help take care of your family. and that will help more than 65 million children and help cut child care poverty in half. and we can afford it. we did that in the last piece of legislation we passed. but let's extend that child tax credit at least until the end of 2021. [applause] the american rescue plan lowered health care premiums 9 million americans who buy their coverage under the affordable care act. i know it's really popular on
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the side of the aisle. but let's make that provision per minute so there premiums don't go back up. [applause] if you listen to my family's plan, i'm going to work with congress to address this year other critical priorities for american families. the affordable care act has been a lifeline for millions of americans, protecting people with pre-existing conditions, protecting women's health and the pandemic has demonstrated how badly it's needed. let's lowered of deductibles and left lower prescription drug costs. we know how to do this. [applause] the last president, we all know
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how outrageously expensive drugs are in america. in fact, we pay the highest prescription drug prices of anywhere in the world right here in america. nearly three times for the same drug. nearly three times what other countries pay. we have to change that and we can. let's do what we talked about for all of the years. let's give medicare the power by negotiating lower drug prescription prices. [applause] and by the way, it won't just help people on medicare. it will lower prescription drug costs for everyone. it will save billions of dollars going to strengthen the affordable care act and expand benefits without costing taxpayers an additional penny.
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it's within our power to do it. let's do it now. [applause] we've talked about it long enough. democrats and republicans. let's get it done this year. this is all about a simple premise. health care should be a right, not a privilege in america. [applause] so how do we pay for it? i made it clear we can do it without increasing the deficit. let's start with what i will not do. i will not impose any tax increase on people making less than $400,000. but it's time for corporate america and the wealthiest 1% of americans to just begin to pay their fair share. just their fair share.
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[applause] sometimes i have arguments with my friends in the democratic party. i think you should be able to become a billionaire and a millionaire. but pay your fair share. recent studies show that 55 of the nation's biggest corporations paid zero federal tax last year. those 55 corporations made in excess of $40 billion in profits. a lot of companies also evade taxes like switzerland and bermuda and became islands. and they benefited from tax loopholes and deductions for off shoring jobs overseas. it's not right. we've got to reform corporate taxes so they pay their fair share and help pay for the
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public investments their businesses will benefit from as well. [applause] we want to reward work, not just wealth. we take the top tax bracket for the wealthiest 1% of americans, those making over $400,000 or more. back up to where it was when george w. bush was president, when he started. 39.6%. that's where it was when george w was president. we are going to get rid of the loopholes and allow americans to make more than -- pay a lower tax rate on their capital gains for americans who receive a paycheck. we are only going to affect three tenths of 1% of all americans. three tenths of 1%. and they are also going to crackdown on millionaires and billionaires who cheat on their
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taxes. it is estimated to be billions of dollars by think tanks or left, right, and center. i'm not looking to punish anybody but i will not add a tax burden to the middle class in this country. they are already paying enough. i believe what i propose is fair. fiscally responsible. it will create millions of jobs that will grow the economy and enhance our financial standing in the country. when you hear someone say they don't want to raise taxes on the wealthiest 1% or corporate america, ask them, whose taxes do you want to raise? instead, whose are you going to cut? look, the biggest tax cut of 2017, you remember, it was
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supposed to pay for itself. that is how it was sold. generate vast economic growth. instead, it added $2 trillion to the deficit. it was a huge win for corporate america and those at the very top. easier than to the vest in research and development. in fact, the pay gap between ceos and their workers is now one of the largest in history. according to one study, ceos make 320 times what the average worker in a corporation makes. it used to be in the low 100s. the pandemic has only made things worse. 20 million americans lost a job in the pandemic, working middle class americans. the same time, roughly 650 billionaires in america saw
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their net worth increased by more than $1 trillion in the same exact period. let me say it again. 650 people increase their wealth by more than $1 trillion during this pandemic and they are now worth more than $4 trillion. my fellow americans, trickle-down peer trickle-down economics is never worth it. it is time to grow the economy from the bottom and the middle out. [applause] you know, there was a broad consensus, left, right, and center and they agree that what i am proposing will help create millions of jobs. these are among the highest value of investments we can make in the nation. i have often said our greatest trend is the power of our
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example, not just the example of our power. my conversation with world leaders and i have spoken over 38-40 of them. i have made it known, i have made it known that america is back. you know what they say, the comment that i hear most of all from them? they say that we see america is back, but for how long? but for how long? my fellow americans, we have to show not just that we are back, but we are back to stay and that we aren't going to go alone. [applause] we are going to do it by leading with allies. [applause] no one nation, from terrorism, mass migration, cybersecurity, climate change, as well as what we are experiencing now in the
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pandemic. there is no wall high enough to keep any virus out and our own vaccine, as it grows to meet our needs, and we are meeting them, will become an arsenal for vaccines for other countries just as america is an arsenal for democracy for the world. [applause] every american will have access. every american will have access to be fully covered. look, the covid crisis is a global fight. the united states accounts for less than 15% of carbon emissions. the rest of the world accounts for 85%. that's why i have kept my
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commitment to rejoining because if we do everything perfectly, it's not going to only matter, i kept my commitment right here in america all up all of the major economies in the world, china, the european union. i said i would do it in my first 100 days. i want to be very blunt about it. my attempt was to make sure that the world could see there was a consensus, that we are in an inflection point in history. if we act to save the planet, we can create millions of jobs and economic growth and opportunity to raise the standard of living almost everywhere around the world. if you've watched any of it and you were all busy, i'm sure you didn't have much time. that is what every nation said, even the ones that aren't doing their fair share.
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the investments i propose tonight also advance a foreign policy. in my view, the benefits of the middle class. that is to make sure that every nation plays by the same rules, including china. in my discussion with president xi, i said we welcome the competition. we are not looking for conflict. but i made absolutely clear that we will defend america's interest across the board. america will stand up to unfair trade practices and undercut american workers by subsidies from state to state owned enterprises. and the theft of american technology and intellectual property. i also told president xi that we will maintain a strong military presence in the pacific just as we do for nato and europe. not to start a conflict, but to prevent one. [applause]
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i told him what i have said too many world leaders. america will not back away from our commitments. a commitment to human rights and fundamental freedoms and to our alliances. i pointed out to him, no responsible american president could remain silent when basic human rights are being so blatantly violated. an american president has to represent the essence of what our country stands for. america is an i.d., the most unique i.d. in american history. we are created all of us equal. it's who we are. and we cannot walk away from that principle. we are dealing with the american idea. with regard to russia, i know it
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concerns some of you, but i made it very clear to putin that we are not going to -- excuse me -- seek escalation. but there will be consequences if they turn out to be true. it will turn out proportionally to rush's interference on our elections and the cyber attacks on our government and our business. they did both of these things and i told them we would respond and we have. we can also cooperate when it is in our interests. we are working to do it on climate change but he understands, we will respond. on iran and north korea, nuclear programs that present serious threats to american security and the security of the world, we are going to be working closely with our allies to address the
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threats posed by both of these countries through diplomacy as well as stern deterrence. american leadership means ending the forever war in afghanistan. [applause] we have -- we have without hyperbole the greatest in the history of the world. i'm the first president in 40 years who knows what it means to have a son serving in the war zone. today we have service members serving in the same war zone as their parents did. we have service members in afghanistan who are not yet born on 9/11. the war in afghanistan were never meant to be multigenerational undertakings of nation-building. we went to afghanistan to get
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the terrorists who attacked us on 9/11 and we said we would follow usama bin laden to the gates of hell to do it. if you have been there, you have kind of seen the gates hell. after 20 years of valor and sacrifice, it is time to bring those troops home. [applause] >> even i was we do, we'll no ms been metastasized. the with the syria, somalia, other places
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in africa and the middle east and beyond. we want to ignore what our intelligence agents have determined to be the most lethal terrorist threat to the homeland today. white's premises terrorism. we are not going to ignore that either. my fellow americans, look. we have to come together to heal the soul of this nation. nearly a year ago before her father's funeral when i spoke with gianna floyd, george floyd's young daughter. she was a little tight, always leaning down to talk to her so i can look her in the eye. she said, my daddy changed all world. after the conviction of george floyd's murder, we can see how right she was, if we have the courage to act as
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congress. we've seen the injustice against black americans. now is our opportunity to make some real progress. the vast majority of men and women wearing a uniform and a badge server communities, and served honorably. i know that. [applause] i know they want to help meet this moment as well. my fellow americans, we have to come together to rebuild trust between law enforcement and the people they serve. criminal justice system, enact police reform in george floyd's name that passed the house already. i know republicans have their
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own ideas and are engaged in a very productive discussions with democrats in the senate. we need to work together and find a consensus. let's get it done next month. by the first anniversary of george floyd staff. death.the country supports this reform, and congress should act, should act. we have a giant opportunity to bend the arc of the moral universe toward justice, real justice. with the plans outlined tonight, we have a real chance to root out systemic racism that plagues america, american lives in other ways. a chance to live a real equity. good jobs, good schools, affordable housing, clean air, clean water, being able to generate wealth and pass it down to generations because you have an access to purchase a house. real opportunities in the lives
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of more americans, black, white, latino, asian-americans. look, i also want to thank the united states senate for voting 94-1 to pass covid-19 hate crimes act to protect asian-americans and pacific islanders. [applause] as you see on television, the viciousness of the hate crimes we've seen over the past year, and for too long. i urge the house to do the same, let's end that legislation on my desk, which i will gladly, anxiously sign. i also hope congress can get to my desk, the equality act to protect lgbtq americans. for all transgender americans watching at home, especially young people, you're so brave.
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i want you to know your president has your back. another thing, let's authorize the violence against women act which has been law for 27 years. 27 years ago, i wrote it. it will close the act that has to be authorized -- it will close the boyfriend loophole. to keep guns out of the hands of abusers, the court order said this is an abuser, you can't own a gun. it's too close that loophole that existed. it's estimated that 50 women are shot and killed by an intimate partner every month in america. 50 a month. let's pass it. let's save some lives.
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i need not tell anyone this, but gun violence has become an epidemic in america. a flag at the white house is still flying at half mast for the eight victims of the mass shooting in georgia win ten more lives were taken in a mass shooting in colorado. in the week in between those two events, 250 other americans were shot dead in the streets of america. 250, shot dead. i know how hard it is to make progress on this issue. in the 90s we passed universal background checks, we band high-capacity magazines that hold 100 rounds i can be fired off in seconds. mass shootings and nonviolence declined, check out the report. into the 2,000 zeros, we seen
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daily bloodshed sense. i'm not saying if the law continue, we wouldn't see bloodshed. within two years ago surrounded by some of the bravest people i know, the survivors and families of the last ones of gun violence. i laid out several of the department of justice actions that are being taken to impact with an pandemic. one of them are banning so-called ghost guns. these are homemade guns built for mike kate with directions on how to finish the firearm. the parts have no serial numbers, so they show up at crime scenes and they can't be traced. to the buyers of these ghost gun clips aren't required to pass ay background checks. anyone from a criminal or terrorist could buy this kit and within 30 minutes have a weapon that's lethal. it no more. i will do everything in my power
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to protect the american people of the epidemic of gun violence, it's time for congress to act as well. [applause] >> i don't want to confrontation -- the democratic colleagues close the loopholes. we need to ban assault weapons with high-capacity magazines. it don't tell me it can't to be done. we did it before, and it worked. talk to most responsible gun owners, they will tell you there is no possible just to keep justification for having 100 rounds in weapon. they will tell you that there are too many people today who are able to buy a gun, but
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shouldn't be able to buy a gun. these kinds of recent reforms have overwhelming support from the american people. congress should act. at this shouldn't be a red or blue issue. no amendment to the constitution is absolute. you can't yell fire in a crowded theater, from the very beginning, there are certain guns, weapons that could not be owned by americans. certain people could not own those weapons effort. we're not changing the constitution. this is not a democratic republic, this is an american issue. immigration has always been the sense of america. let's end our exhaustion over immigration.
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for more than 30 years, politicians have talked about immigration reform and we've done nothing about it. it's time to fix it. on day one of my presidency, i kept my commitment the united states congress -- if you believe we need to secure the border, pass it, it has a lot of money for a lot of high tech border security. if you believe in a pathway to citizenship, passage. there are 11 million undocumented folks that are overstaying visas, pass it. we can actually -- if you actually want to solve the problem coming we take a close look at it. we have to get at the root problem of why people or some fleeing to our southern border. at the violence, corruption, hungers, hurricanes, natural disasters. when i was vice president, the president asked me to focus on
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providing help needed to address the root causes of migration. it helped keep people in their own countries instead of being forced to leave. the plan was working, but the last administration decided it was not worth it. i'm restoring the program and asked vice president harris to lead our diplomatic effort to take care of this. i have absolute confidence she will get the job done. [applause] look, if you don't like my plan let's at least pass what we all agree on. congress needs to pass legislation this year to finally secure protection for dreamers. only known america as her home. and permanent protection for immigrants who are here on temporary protective status and came from countries from
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man-made and natural made violence. as well as a pathway for citizens for the farmers who put food on our table. [applause] immigrants have done so much for americans during this pandemic and throughout her history. our country supports immigration reform, we should act. let's argue over it, let's debate it, let's act. if we truly want to restore and protect the sacred right to vote. most people -- [applause] more people voted in the last presidential election than any time in american history. the middle of the worst pandemic ever. it should be celebrated. instead, it's being attacked.
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congress should pass it, hr one, the john lewis voting rights act. the country supports it. congress should, now. as we gather here tonight, the image of a violent mob assaulting this capital, desecrating our democracy remains vivid in all our minds. lives were put at, many of your lives. lives were lost. extraordinary courage was summoned, insurrection was an existential crisis, a test on whether our democracy could survive, and it did. the struggles far from over. the question of whether a democracy will long endure is both ancient and urgent. as long as our republic still -- cannot democracy deliver on its problem solve back from us?
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we have a chance to lead lives of dignity, respect, and possibility? in our democracy deliver the most pressing needs of our people? can our democracy overcome the lies, hate, and fears that pull us apart? america's adversaries, the autocrats of the world, our bedding we can't. i promise you, they are betting we can't. if they believe we are too full of anger, division, and rage. they look at the assault the capital as proof. if they are wrong. if you know what, i know it. we have to prove them wrong. we have to prove democracy still works, our government still works, and we can deliver for people. our first hundred days together, we are vaccinating the nation. we are creating 100s of thousands of new jobs. we are delivering real results to people, they can see it, feel
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in our own lives. opening doors of opportunity, guaranteeing more fairness and justice. if that's the essence of america, democracy in action. our constitution opens with the words, we the people! we the people are the government. you and i. not some force in the distant capital, a powerful force we have no control over, it's us. it's we, the people. another year when our democracy was tested, franklin roosevelt reminded us in america, we do our part. we all do our part. that's all i'm asking. that we do our part, all of us. if we do that, we will meet the center challenge of the age by proving democracy is durable and strong. autocrats will not win the future, we will. america will.
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the future belongs to america. i stand here tonight before you in a new and vital hour of life and democracy in our nation. i can say with absolute confidence, i have never been more confident or optimistic about america. not because i'm president, because what's happening with the american people. we stared into the abyss of insurrection and autocracy, pandemic and pain. we, the people, did not flinch. the very moment our adversaries were certain we would pull apart and failed, we came together, reuniting to. with light and hope, we summoned a new strength, new resolve to position us to win back the competition of the 21st century. on her way to a union, more perfect, more prosperous, and more just. as one people, one nation, and one america.
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folks, as i've told every world leader that i've met with over the years, it's never ever been a good bet to bet against america, and it still isn't. there's not a single thing, nothing beyond our capacity. we can do whatever we set our minds to, if we do it together. as begin to get together. god bless you all, and may god protect our troops. thank you for our patience. [applause] 's because they do it, the 46th president of the united states, joseph arbeit and, delivering his first address to a joint session of congress, not called the state of the union because
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it's so soon after the election. it it was about an hour and 7 minutes long, it started about 9:06 eastern time. i think it's worth noting at the top, just the feel of this room. the fact that he talked a lot about covid, about pulling through covid, and getting through this area that really marked so much of his candidacy. yet, you have this new cdc guidance that came out just this week, which side -- i will read it to you. a fully vaccinated people can visit other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or social distancing. just have to ask yourself if this is setting an example looking forward for the country of what everyone can expect the country to be like in this period where people now have the very open availability to vaccines. he went on to go through a lot
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of other issues, he talked about china, he talks about raising taxes on corporations, getting people to pay their fair share, and he also talked about whether or not those jobs with lead this country, america first i should say. made in america, raising corporate taxes, raising taxes on the wealthiest people as well. >> president biden speaking bernie sanders there, senator from vermont. he spent a good deal of time talking about infrastructure, jobs, sing lines like, there's no reason the blades for wind turbines can be built in pittsburgh instead of beijing. he spent a decent amount of time on foreign policy, mention china him numerous times. we didn't learn a ton, although we did learn the president spoke with president xi from china for two hours, his last conversation. he spoke at least a half-dozen times over the last month. that seemed new. on russia and other threats, he said, i will defend america's
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interest across the board. on one thing, republicans may wish over the last four or five years that they've been talking more about the deficit and debt. as these numbers start to add up, and you're doing the math about how this is all going to be paid for, that clearly will be a republican line concern. there wasn't concern from that, frankly, in the trump administration. that's one of the things we will probably hear from democrats as they move forward to echoing fdr in the final parts of that speech in which the president is clearly going for a big push to do big things in a short amount of time, considering the political timetable he's dealing with. let's bring in our panel, senior political analyst, brit hume. >> we have katie pavlich, new editor at townhall.com. go to brit hume, britt, obviously these speeches are always a laundry list.
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i don't think there were a lot of surprises in there. to some of the things that might've fallen into a surprise category would be a genuine call for the unity that he spoke so much about it in his inaugural address. for example, there were a couple of items on god reform, things along his dog like those lines, some things that could be agreed on. >> what stood out to become i've covered about 45 of these by my count. i felt about this from the same way i felt about all the rest of them. the best thing about it is, it's over. the speeches are long and programmatic, you have to go through every program you are proposing that some agency has talked you into proposing, or whatever. it's never very fun to listen to, no matter who is giving the speech, this is no exception. as for the question of unity, it would've been a grace note that the old joe biden i used to know what i covered the senate would
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certainly have mentioned the fact that donald trump is the guy that believed we could on an accelerated basis produce the vaccine in unheard of brief. back of time. the new joe biden, the one we have now as president didn't do that, and i'm not surprised. >> senator for 36 years, joe biden was. vice president for eight, he has set up there numerous times behind president obama with the facial recognition of what he was saying. he has been through arguably more of the speeches that many in that building, and tonight, he was the spotlight. chris? >> you know, i think it's going to be a popular speech. he offered a lot of stuff. $4 trillion will buy a lot of stuff for millions of jobs to child care to community health
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centers, all kinds of stuff, community colleges. the other thing that's pretty popular, he said, you're not going to have to pay for it. big corporations are going to pay for it. people making more than $400,000 are going to pay for it. the vast majority of people watching tonight aren't. allowing us to often say, you're not going to have to pay for it is pretty popular. i think they've made a calculation that after covid that people come to have a different feeling about government. that they now feel more trusting and more the need of government. where this might have turned a lot of people off, and probably still well, they believe the majority of people are going to say, the government is here to help you. because that's clearly the scene. at this is a bigger government scene, and it talked about, basically taking care of people from preschool to college. he didn't get into the eldercare idea all that much, but we know that's part of the plane as
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well. what did you hear in this tonight? >> i want to talk about what i'm saying. martha, you mentioned the people who are all vaccinated being indoors, social distancing with their masks on. that's against cdc guidance. it's not that that's theater, it actually shows the united states is at a weak point when the congress and showing the united states is standing strong after coming out of a pandemic that was caused by china. i mean, if you give a joint address to congress that's not even half full, doesn't even count as a joint address to congress? the other thing i heard is at the end of his speech, he talked a lot about democracy and protecting democracy. is it really democracy if you have joe biden and democrats rushing through trillion dollar bills without a single republican vote in a senate that is split 50/50? on the tax increase question,
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the white house still tries to sell this as an only rich people and corporations are going to pay for it. when you get into the details of paying for this people, yes, they love to hear about mortgage child care, government programs that are going to benefit them, that they don't have to pay for. when you find out you have to pay for it through the depth tax and losing your family farm, when you find out inflation is going up and it's more expensive for you to pay for things, you change your mind. if there's a long way to go when people find out, even if they don't make $400,000 a year, they will be paying for this one way or another. >> eric swalwell congressman talking to president biden, nisi jim clyburn, an early supporter from south carolina. karyn ford jr., what did you here tonight? what struck you? >> this is directed to
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middle-class america. he made it clear we all have to do our part. a main street has done their part for so many years. at the middle class, not seeing a raise for more than 50 years in real terms. i heard an american president resonated with a lot of people. i agree with chris wallace. people are glad the speeches over. i've got to tell you, china heard a message. if you're going to compete with them, educate our people, and i think he said to america in the strongest and clearest and simplest of terms, we are on the move again. i was also struck by a visual where liz cheney walked across the aisle to buy arms with his stomach the president before he gave his speech. i hope the president can deliver on it with a bipartisan message and results going forward. >> watching some of the conversations, we want to go to ben, what are your thoughts on what we heard tonight? >> last time i was on air talking the same time as
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chris wallace about joe biden speech coming he waxed eloquently about how it was so powerful and unifying. i don't think that turned out to be true at all, it turned out to be a complete issue of lies that republicans rejected. it's not something that led to any bipartisanship. i expect the same result from this speech. it's going to be a political blimp, immediately forgotten, it's not going to change the course of anything in washington, which is a now mono partisan affair under joe biden. >> strong letter to follow. of it's interesting that on afghanistan, he specifically pointed out that he wants to bring all the troops home, and then pointed to usama bin laden saying, we are going to chase into the gates of. vice president biden chosen the decision-making process to not take the operation to take out bin laden. it's an interesting juxtaposition in that speech. we will be back with more in the republican response after a
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>> welcome back to our special coverage of president biden's first address to a joint session of congress. it jacqui heinrich joins us tonight with a preview of what were getting ready to see and expect from the republican response. >> good evening, white house and democrats focus on addressing disparities across racial, social, environmental, and economic lines. senator tim scott, a black man who grew up poor represents the minority and underserved community that democrats prioritize. he will save the conservative principles advance equity purity he will say tonight, her best feature won't come from washington schemes are social streams, it will come from you, the american people. that will highlight how
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republicans under president trump expanded opportunities for all americans through the power of the free market economy. >> thank you very much. >> we are waiting for the republican response. one other thing while we are waiting for that, he talked about the border. he talked about the fact that the vice president is going to address that, there's been a lot of back and went that's going to begin. she had some plans to go there in june. if you believe we need a secure border, pass it. we know he signed it the secure fence act back in 2007, yet he stop the construction of the wall died in his tracks. there are places where there are gaps, equipment on either side. he does not back it now, he left it open to congress to say if that something that you want, vote for it. because we only have one minute before senator scott, but he isn
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up-and-comer in the republican party, somebody potentially 2024, he could look at as far as a presidential run. >> i was going to say exactly that. first of all, he is right at the center of the discussion about police reform along with karen bass in the house and cory booker in the senate. one of the favorite betting sites, and they already have them for 2024, ron desantis' first, trumpet second, but tim scott is right there in the group. it may be the top senators. he is -- somebody to keep your eye on, and i will be tonight, but through 2024. >> speaking of that, it got to say just from watching coverage and watching who is appearing on the air, being interviewed, and so on, i'm not sure i wouldn't need a supercomputer to total up the number of people who seem to be running for president already on the republican side.
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they are out there in droves. for tim scott to be doing well is meaningful. >> last time around, we'll see what the number looks like this time around. >> this is a tough response anytime to a big speech. let's listen into senator tim scott from south carolina. >> good evening, i'm senator tim scott from the great state of south carolina. we just heard president biden's first address to congress. our president seems like a good man. his speech was full of good words, but president biden promised you a specific kind of leadership. he promised you to lower the temperature, to govern for all americans, no matter how we voted. this was the pitch. you just heard it again. our nation is starving her more than empty platitudes. we need policies and progress that brings us closer together. three months income of the
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actions of the president and his party are pulling us further and further apart. i won't waste your time with finger-pointing or partisan bickering. you can get that on tv anytime you want. i want an honest conversation about common sense and common ground. about the feeling that i nation's leading off the shared foundation, and how we move forward together. growing up, and never dreamed i would be standing here tonight. when i was a kid, my parents divorced. my mother my brother and i moved in with my grandparents. three of us, sharing one bedroom. i was disillusioned, angry, and i nearly failed out of school. but i was blessed. first, with my mom -- to the single mothers out there who are working their tails off, working hard, trying to make the ends meet, wondering, is this worth it? you can bet it is.
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god bless. your amazing effort on the part of your kids. i was also blessed by an operator with a string of opportunities that are only possible here in america, this past year and watched covid attack every wrong of the letter that helped me appear to so many families have lost parents and grandparents too early. too many small businesses have come under. becoming a christian transformed my life, but for months to many churches were shut down. most of all, i'm saddened that millions of kids have lost a year of learning when they could not afford to lose a single day. locking the world a of the classroom as locking adults out of their future. our public schools should have reopened months ago. other countries did.
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private and religious schools data. science has shown for months that schools are safe. too often, powerful grown-ups set science aside and kids like me are left behind. the clearest case i've seen for school in our lifetimes, because we know that education is the closest thing to magic in america. last year, under republican leadership we passed five bipartisan covid packages. our schools, hospitals, saved our economy, funded operation warp speed delivering vaccines in record time. all five bills got 90 -- 90 votes in the senate! common sense found common ground. february, republicans will president biden we wanted to keep working together to finish this fight. democrats wanted to go it alone.
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they spent almost $2 trillion on a partisan bill that the white house bragged it was the most liberal bill in american history. only 1% with the vaccinations, no requirement to reopen schools promptly. covid brought congress together five times. this administration pushed us apart. another issue that should unitas is infrastructure. republican support everything you think of when you think of infrastructure. the roads, bridges, ports, airports, waterways, high-speed broadband -- we are in for all of that. again, democrats want a partisan wish list. they won't even build bridges to build bridges. less than 6% of the president's plan goes to roads and bridges. it's a liberal wish list, a big government waste. plus, the biggest job killing tax hike in a generation.
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experts say, when all is said and done, was more wages of the american worker and shrink our economy. tonight, we also heard about a so-called family plan. even more taxing, even more spending, to put washington even more in the middle of your life from the cradle to college. the beauty of the american dream is that families get to define it for themselves. it we should be expanding opportunities and options for all families, not throwing money at certain issues because democrats think they know best. infrastructure spending that shrinks our economy is not common sense. weakening our southern borders and creating a crisis is not compassionate. the president is also abandoning principles he's held for decades. now he says, your tax dollars
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should fund abortions. he's laying groundwork to pack the supreme court. this is not common ground. nowhere do we need common ground more desperately than in our discussions of race. i've experienced the pain of the discrimination. i know what it feels like to be pulled over for no reason, to be followed around the store while i'm shopping. i remember every morning at the kitchen table, my grandfather would open the newspaper, and read it, i thought. later i realized, he had never learned to read it. he just wanted to set the right example. i've also experienced a different kind of intolerance. i get called uncle tom and the edward by progressive roots, by liberals. just last week, national newspaper suggested my family's poverty was actually privileged.
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because a relative owned land generations before my time. believe me, i know firsthand, our healing is not finished. in 2015 after the shooting of walter scott, a rotating bill to fund body cameras. the last year, after the death of breonna taylor into george floyd, i built an even bigger police reform proposal. my democratic colleagues blocked it. i extended an olive branch, offered amendments, but democrats used a filibuster to block the debate from even happening. my friends across the aisle seem to want the issues more than they want a solution. but i'm still working, i'm hopeful that this will be different. when america comes together, we've made tremendous progress, but powerful forces want to pull us apart. hundred years ago, kids in classroom were taught the color of their skin was her most
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important characteristic. if they looked a certain way, they were inferior. today, humans are being taught that the color of their skin defines them again. if they look a certain way, they are an oppressor. from colleges common to corporations come into our culture, people are making money and getting power by pretending we haven't made any progress at all. by doubling down on the divisions we've worked so hard to heal. you know this stuff is wrong. hear me clearly. america is not a racist country. it's backwards to fight discrimination with different types of discrimination. it's wrong to try to use our painful past to dishonestly shutdown debates debates in the present. i'm an african-american who has voted in the south my entire life. i take voting rights personally. it republicans support making it
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easier to vote, and harder to cheat. so do the voters. if big majorities of americans support early voting and big jim majorities support voter i.d., including african-americans and hispanics. common sense makes common ground. today, this conversation has collapsed. the state of georgia passed a law that expands early voting all all, preserves no excuse meal in voting, and despite what the president claimed, did not reduce election day hours. if you actually read this law, it's mainstream. it will be easier to vote early georgia defendant democrat run new york. the left doesn't want you to know that. they want people virtue signaling by yelling about a law they haven't even read. fact-checkers have called out the white house on these statements.
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the president observed lee claims that this is worse than jim crow. what is going on here? i will tell you. a washington power grab. this is supposed to justify democrats new sweeping bill that would take over elections for all 50 states. it would send public funds to political campaigns you disagree with, and to make the federal elections commission, partisan. this is not about civil rights or our racial past. it's about rigging elections in the future. the same filibuster that president obama and president biden praised when they were senators, the same filibuster that the democrats used to killed by police reform bill last year has not suddenly become a racist relic because the issue is no on the other foot. race is not a political weapon to sell every issue the way one
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side wants. it's far too important. there should be a joyful springtime for a nation. this administration inherited a time that had already turned. at the corona versus on the road, thanks to operation warp speed, our country is flooded with faith and effective vaccines. job openings are rebounding. why do we feel so divided? anxious? a nation with so much cause for hope should not feel so heavy laden. a president to promise to bring us together should not be pushing agendas that tear us apart. the american family deserves better, and we know what it looks like. just before covid, we had the most inclusive economy by
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lifetime. the lowest unemployment rate ever recorded. african-americans, hispanics, wages were going faster at the bottom than at the top. bottom 25% saw their wages go up. if that happens because republicans on expanding opportunity for all americans. in addition to that, we passed opportunity, criminal justice reform, and permanent funding for starkly black colleges and universities for the first time ever. we fought the drug epidemic, rebuilt our military, and cut taxes for working families of single moms like the one that raised me. our best future will not come from washington schemes or socialist dreams. it will come from you, the american people. black, hispanic, white, and
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asian. republican and democrat. it braved police officers black neighborhoods. we are not adversaries. we are families. we are all in this together, and we get to live in the greatest country on earth, the country where my grandfather and his 94 years saw his family go from cotton to congress in one lifetime. i am more than hopeful, i am confident that our finest hour has yet to come. original sin is never the end of the story. not on our souls, and not for nation. the real stories always redemption. i'm standing here because my mom has prayed me through some really tough times. i believe our nation has succeeded the same way.
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generations of americans in their own ways have asked for grace, and god has supplied it. i will close with a word from a worship song that really helped me through the past year covid. at the music is new, but the words draw from scripture. may the lord to bless you and keep you. make his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you. may his presence go before you, and behind you, and beside you. and you're weeping, and your rejoicing. he is for you. may his favorite be a partner nation for a generations, and your family, and your children, and their children. good night, and god bless the united states of america. >> tim scott from south carolina, you can see why he's a republican star. he had a tremendous speech at
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the republican convention where he used that line of his grandfather going from cotton to congress in one lifetime. he told his personal story with a single mother, and talking about how much his life affected his upbringing, praising her saying that president biden is a nice guy -- seems like a nice guy, but he's packaged as a unifier, immoderate. he is anything but. on infrastructure, sing about democrats, they won't even build bridges to build bridges. one of the biggest things he did was focus of the police reform that he had bipartisan support for that democrats killed before the election using the filibuster democrats call a racist tool. he said, they wanted the issue, they didn't want solutions. he went on to talk about what republicans really want from a packaging that in his own story. martha, that's position. if littered with people who are
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remembered for the wrong things on responses. the marco rubio's, bobby gentles, but that speech -- that hit a note. >> i think the reason why senator tim scott resonates with so many people is that he is sincere. i think that comes through. it's a very difficult job, always, to be the person who follows a joint address to congress, but he talked about science. he said, science tells us that kids need to be in school. he said, children like me are the ones getting hurt the most it's the closest thing to magic. it you talked about the jobs plan that president bided laid out, saying it would kill jobs and shrink the economy. he said it would put washington more in the center of your life. he talked about a lot. he talked about race. he said he didn't like the way race was being used to divide
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people in this country. he said, you can't fight discrimination with other discrimination. this is so much of what we talked about that's going on in the schools. to put on about, it will be a joyful springtime in this country. he had a positive, uplifting message at the end. we are not adversaries, where her family. >> he also said, this is not a racist country. he said, races being used as a political weapon. let's get thoughts for my panel, chris wallace, first to you. >> i have a terrible confession to make him i like political speeches, which is i guess what i was in speeches. i love good ones, not so crazy about bad or long ones. that was a great speech. tim scott has mad political skills. i just seconds everything you and martha had to say about his
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message of optimism, the way he defended and expounded conservative philosophy. if i were running the republican national committee or the senate republicans, i would put tim scott out as often as i can, because he's a great spokesman for the party, and a great counterpoint to joe biden and the democrats. >> i think you put your finger on it when you said, you noted that he said, this is not a racist country. this is something that a majority of americans believe. i think they've been waiting for permits people to say that. you fight back against at this critical race theory, and the notion that we are a white supremacist country that is so broad in the land now. he's the perfect person to do it. it was, as all of you suggested,
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a superb speech given the disadvantages of anybody giving a response to a presidential address to a joint session of congress. >> he went to the situation in georgia with the state law there, and major league baseball pulling out, all the dust over that. at one point, he said it will be easier to vote in georgia than in democrat run new york. >> when i lived in new york -- let me first say, i concur. he's a decent good man who like so many of us has faced and sustained and propelled him throughout his life. i would hope, as you mentioned, on the end, would the message tonight that when you focus on ideas and a vision and the bounty of america and the beauty of america, you have a better chance of winning them when you try to suppress voters. this message to and it was for
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republicans. not necessarily a direct counter to president biden, but i have to tell you, republicans should feel good about this beach night. i hope they take a message and page for a and focus on issues. >> obviously one of the goals of the republican party is to increase minority voters. we saw those numbers increase first hispanic voters and african-american voters the 20/20 election for president trump. tim scott talked about school choice, your taxpayers funding abortion. tax dollars funding abortions. those are two issues that will resonate in a lot of different communities. >> the way they were able to draw in more of these voters is talking about policies that benefit them rather than just using different types of people and pitting them against each other. it tim scott tonight really was talking about unity in a way that president biden talked
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about it, but hasn't delivered on. he reminded everybody that republicans delivered on five bipartisan covid relief packages. he worked with the trump administration and the opportunity zones for opportunities to get the unemployment rates down, and to work on big things like vaccines moving forward. his speech was wonderful, he is a big player in the republican party, he's able to hit back with experience against the left when they make these accusations about the country. original sin is never the end of the story. yet, the luck lately has wanted everything and the only story of america to be about the original sin. he wants to move past that, as does the rest of the country in a positive way that brings people together as americans rather than dividing people up based on grace as we are seeing in these critical race theory
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arguments and the statements against the georgia election law with these accusations that replicants are somehow trying to suppress the votes of minorities. a bottom line, tim scott is talking about unity and coming together, the left is out for blood. joe biden is being pushed around and implementing policies in a culture that doesn't leave much room for compromise or negotiation. >> that line you mentioned, original sin is never the end of the story. it ends with a dismount, the real story is always redemption. your thoughts? >> i have a lot of affection for tim scott, we both come from the same neighborhood in north charleston, south carolina, the blue-collar neighborhood, it's very diverse, and is also a place of pretty hardscrabble in terms of the things that people have to go through. certainly, he did it taste like. i find it incredibly aggressive. it's an emotional connection you didn't hear joe biden speech, which was a litany of lip points
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and various policies. it's so hard to do these response speeches. we see people who are otherwise very good speakers fail in trying to give them. i think this is an enormously impressive performance, and i think it speaks to his continued relevance within the republican party and the coalition going forward as it seeks to try to bring together a positive populist message moving away from the trump era. >> i think he brought up that "washington post" story by glenn kessler that second-guessed his interpretation of his up bringing because they said he couldn't of gone from cotton to college because his family owned some of the property generations before. he addressed that in that, i also think that whenever somebody like that gets attacked, they see them as a rising star.
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as somebody that's going to be someone to contend with. >> much like ron desantis on that 60 minutes piece, that's going to work to his benefit as well. let's bring in peter doocy at the white house. her thoughts on this night and what the white house is looking at? we'll start with you after this speech. >> we just listened to the helicopters and sirens that accompanied the president, we heard them arrive and then leave. the president's home, somebody who spent a lot of time with them on the campaign trail, this is the first time in more than a year that we've seen him glad-handing with really anybody and doing what he said he was going to do, which is engaged republicans directly. specifically, talking about gun control and immigration reform. he was looking at the republicans who are looking ahead.
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he looked spent a lot of valuable real estate talking about his ideas for immigration. that would require him to keep all 50 democratic senators and the vice president's vote and coax some republicans. his ideas were not received well because of everybody in his own party. mark kelly also said, but i didn't hear tonight was a plan to address the immediate crisis at the border. >> because kelly and kyrsten sinema are setting with doug ducey, the governor about the crisis at the border -- thank you. >> jacqui heinrich? >> republicans here were really impressed with senator scott's speech. it they thought it was very effective hearing him talk about his personal experiences and how he touched his life. from being pulled over and unnecessarily without reason or followed in a grocery store while shopping. to sing those experiences have shaped him. he narrowed and on the difference between how
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democrats -- they believe to push legislation before it got really said that from colleges to culture wars democrats favor these issues around race as a factor telling people that the color of their skin matters. a nation of redemption and opportunity, he believes that this sort of race dissension. it brings us back to a time to the antiquated thinking of what race defines you. it takes away the opportunity that he really tries to embody in his speech. >> live on the hill, thank you. sean hannity at the top of the hour. one thing to point out, joe biden that senator delivered the response -- democratic response to ronald brady day in 1983. he set at the time, we can
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rebuild to a stronger economy, we can create better and more secure jobs, we can really put this country back to work. it's unique to hear the present who's been in office for that long with a similar message on a night that he's in the spotlight as president of the united states. >> we will be back with some final thoughts right after this. challenging times are nothing new. neither are resilient people. there's strength in every family story. learn more about yours. at ancestry.
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>> let's get some final thoughts. chris? >> for all the talk at the end of the president's speech tonight about guns, immigration, and voting rights, those are very much on the back burner. if they are all in for the families tran, four chili dollars in new spending, $4 trillion in new taxes. they don't want to make the same mistake barack obama made, they intend to pass something pretty much along those lines, that scope, and that way of paying for it, this year. >> there's a big full moon, it looks almost orange outside tonight. >> as chris noted the president
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tried to pass, my suspicion is, it might not be as popular as president thinks it would be, if you're looking ahead to the midterm elections -- the wave of new spending on top of the term theories once these measures are putting in place, spending begins, taxes are increased. republicans can get control of the house and senate and passed bills to repeal all that stuff. at the resident will be able to protect him with his veto. if you can pass them, those things are going to be with us for a while. >> harold ford jr.? >> america projected real well today. both of these men, joe biden cited and called for unity. community and ideas and/or political process. when we do want in country, we do well.
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when i do both, we win. it should be proud tonight, america looked great on the global state. >> i would just say these big infrastructure plans and the free child care and free college aren't simply about building roads and bridges are getting more people degrees comments about expanding the role of the federal government. >> all right, thank you very much for being with us tonight. it was different than a joint address, nothing else has happened like this. >> it continues to be different. we're looking forward to the day where things start to look a little bit more like normal. so far, i think were getting a little bit closer. we do think everybody, or vaccinated at the same table. thanks for joining us everybody for the coverage of president biden's address of the republican response. everyday 6:00 p.m. eastern on
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special report. >> joined me at 3:00 p.m. eastern, i will see you tomorrow. >> continuing coverage all night long, it starts with hannity. we are going to take a full moon shot >> it is now officially in the books, anything but unifying. before we go to the very dull, weak, frail joe, a star emerged tonight. what i've about senator tim scott -- i've been friends with them for a long time, he delivered an extremely powerful, thoughtful, incredible response. at the star by far of the state is senator tim scott. take a look. >> from colleges to corporations to our culture, people are making money

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