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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 >> a live look at the u.s. capitol, beautiful evening here in washington, and we are just moments away from president biden and tonight's address to a joint session of congress. a good evening from washington. i'm bret baier. >> and i martha maccallum. any moment now president biden will take the podium and he will be announced as is the tradition on the floor. at the familiar call of the sergeant-at-arms. >> it's going a lot quicker because there aren't that many people to call in. and the lawmakers are not posted on the isle there is much as
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they usually would be. white house correspondent peter doocy is on the north along with a quick preview of what we would expect to hear tonight. good evening peter. >> good evening brett and martha. president biden would argue that the solution of some of the country's most pressing issue is to make the government bigger. and making improvements on something since inauguration day with this line. now after 100 days, i can report to the nation that america is on the move again. turning peril into opportunity. the president will try to make multitrillion dollar prep impressive proposals easy to understand. officials here say one thing you won't hear from the president tonight as acronyms. >> bret: peter doocy on the north lawn, thank you. as all of the lawmakers continue to get income at their senator pat lahey, senator dick durbin and bernie sanders of course, you can see that familiar figure making their way down the aisle there. so as you mentioned, it's all
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separate. there is amy klobuchar making her way down and senate majority leader chuck schumer who has talked a lot about the big things i want to get done very quickly. >> martha: there's no doubt that big is the mood of this presidency, enormous packages that are proposed. tonight we will hear basically about free kindergarten through precollege, four years of education as we wait for the announcement. we understand the president is still in the holding room making his way over at this moment, and we burrow here in a moment from general william walker who is the house sergeant at arms and he will make that announcement just seconds away. >> bret: again, it is an interesting image with vice president harris and speaker pelosi standing behind the president. we should also note that this is a first time a lot of these lawmakers have been in the house chamber since january 6 when they were escorted out of their inane emergency when the rioters
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took capitol hill. this is kind of a moment of getting back to the capital and of this formality. we have brit hume quickly before the sergeant at arms comes in. your thought on this night? >> i was covering the white house not so many years ago before bill clinton stood before congress and so the era of big government is over two widespread cheers from republicans and i guess some democrats as well. i think the message tonight is clearly going to be that big government is back and how. we expect the president to be -- that's what full speed ahead i think means. no question about it. >> martha: it we are waiting for the announcement that could come at any second but joe biden has sat up on that dais and just watch this happen. about ten times. but tonight he is the man of the hour and he's upfront. >> yes he is and so far as job approval ratings are holding up pretty well in the face of all
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that's happened. how much longer they will last, it's not clear. >> bret: let's listen in here to general william walker house sergeant at arms announcing the president of the united states. >> madame speaker, the president of the united states. [cheers and applause]
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>> bret: also joining us as harold ford jr., ceo of empowerment cushion capital along with ben dominance, publisher of the federalist. as we get ready to hear the president, harold, a quick thought? >> if those two women behind him remains made by household, my wife and older daughter. i can't wait to hear the president tonight. >> i think you are seeing a lot of theater tonight come everyone in that room has been vaccinated
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or had cobid and yet we still do not have a full complement of people in attendance. it seems fundamentally unserious to me. a >> bret: let's listen into president joe biden, his first address to a joint session of congress. it's a different time. we will see what it sounds like now. >> president biden: thank you. good to be back. i'm chuckling thinking, it's good to be almost home, just on the hall. anyway, madam speaker, madam president. 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. second gentleman, chief justice. members of the united states congress and stomach from the cabinet of distinguished guests, my fellow americans. while the setting tonight is familiar, this gathering is just a little bit different. a reminder of the externally times we are in. throughout our history, presidents have come to this chamber to speak to congress, to the nation, and to the world. to declare war, to celebrate peace. at to announce new plans and
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possibilities. tonight, i come to talk about crisis and opportunity. about rebuilding the nation, revitalizing our democracy and winning the future for america. i stand here tonight one day shy of the hundredth day of my administration. 100 days since i took the oath of office and lifted my hand off of our family bible and inherited a nation. we all dated, that was in crisis. the worst pandemic in the 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. [applause]
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possibility of crisis and opportunity. we all know life could knock us down, but in america we never ever stay down. americans always get up and today that's what we are doing. america is rising anew, choosing hope over fear, truth overlies and light over darkness. after 100 days of rescue and renewal, america is ready for takeoff in my view. we are working again, dreaming again, discovering again and leading the world again. we have shown each other and the world that there is no quit 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, and the overwhelming support of the american people, democrats, and republicans. we did that. today it mike together we worked out the american rescue plan. we are already seeing results. we are already seeing results. after i promised we'd get one them hundred million covid vaccine shots into people's arms and 100 days, we have provided over 220 million covid shots in those 100 days. thanks to the help of all of you.
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we are marshaling with your help, everyone's help, every federal resource. we had a 40,000 pharmacies, and centers where the poorest of the poor can be reached. developing mobile units, and today 90% of americans now live within 5 miles of a vaccination site. everyone over the age of 16, everyone is now eligible to get vaccinated right now, right away. go get vaccinated, america. go and get the vaccination. they are available. they are eligible now. and i when i was sworn in on
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january 20th, less than 1% of seniors were vaccinated. 100 days later a 70 of seniors in america, over 65 are protected. deaths from covid-19 are down 80% since january, down 80% because of all of you. and more than half of all the adults in america have gotten at least one shot. a mass vaccination center in glendale, arizona. i asked the 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. that's her phrase, a dose of hope. a dose of hope for an educator in florida as a child suffering from an auto immune disease wrote to me and said she was worried, she was worried about bringing the virus home. she said she'd then got
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vaccinated out a large site in her car. she said she sat in her car when she got vaccinated and just cried. i cried out of joy and to cried out of relief. parents seeing smiles on their kids as faces for those who were able to go back to school because teachers and school bus drivers and cafeteria workers have been vaccinated. grandparents, hugging children and grandchildren instead of pressing hands against the window to say goodbye. it means everything. those things mean everything. you know, there is still -- you all know it. there's still more work to do to beat this virus. we can't let our guard down. but tonight, i can say because of you, the american people, our progress these past hundred days
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against one of the worst pandemics in history has been one of the greatest logistical achievements, logistical achievements that this country has ever seen. what else have we done in those first 100 days? we kept our commitment, democrats and republicans, sending $1400 rescue checks to 85% of american households. we've already sent more than 160 million checks out the door. it's making a difference. you'll know when you go home. 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. but she said that i really check put food on the table and saved her and her son from eviction from their apartment. the grandmother in virginia told me she immediately took her
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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 in cars lined up, cars lined up for miles. not people who barely ever start those cars, nice cars. lined up for miles, waiting for a box of food to be put in their trunk. i don't know about you but i didn't ever think i would see that in america. all of this is through no fault of their own. no fault of their own these people are in this position. that's why the rescue plan is delivering food and nutrition to millions of people and the numbers are down sharply already. you're also providing rental assistance.
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you all know this but the american people, i want you to understand. keeping people from being evicted from their homes, providing loans to small businesses that reopen and keeping employees on the job. during these 100 days, an additional 800,000 americans are enrolled. 800,000 in that period. we are making one of the largest one-time investments ever in improving health care for veterans. critical investments to address the opioid crisis. but maybe most importantly, thanks to the american rescue plan, we are on track to cut child poverty in america in half this year. [applause]
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and in the process when this is all going on, the economy created more than 1,300,000 new jobs in 100 days. more jobs -- [applause] more jobs in the first 100 days than any president on record. [applause] >> president biden: 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 is moving in. moving forward to. but we can't stop now. we are in competition with china and other countries to win at the 21st century.
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we are at a great inflection point. we have to do more than just build back better, we have to build back better and compete more strenuously than we have. throughout our history, if you think about it. public investment and infrastructure has literally transformed america. our attitudes as well as our opportunities. the transcontinental railroad, united to oceans and brought it totally new age of process to the united states of america. universal public schools and college aid open wide the doors of opportunity. scientific breakthroughs took us to the moon and now we are on mars discovering vaccines. he gave us the internet and so much more. these are investments we made together as one country. investments that only the government is in position to make. time and again.
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they propel us into the future. that's why we propose the american jobs plan. once in that generation investment and america itself. this is the largest jobs plan since world war ii. it creates jobs. jobs modernizing our roads, bridges, highways. jobs building ports and airports, rail cars and transit lines. it's clean water. and is today up to 10 million homes in america, and more than 400,000 schools and child care centers have pipes with the lead in them, including drinking water. a clear and present danger to our children's health. the americans jobs plan it creates jobs replacing 100% of the nations lead pipes and service lines so every america
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can drink clean water. 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 rural america that still doesn't have it. that's going to help our kids and our businesses succeed in the 21st century economy. unmasking the vice president to lead this effort, if you would. because i know it will get done. creates jobs building a modern power grid. our grids are vulnerable to storms and hacks and catastrophic failures with tragic results as we saw in texas and elsewhere during the winter storms.
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the american jobs plan will create jobs and lay thousands and thousands of transmission lines needed to build a resilient and fully clean grid. we can do that. look. american jobs will help millions of people got back to their jobs. and back to their career to many women have dropped out of the workforce. at 2 million. too often because they couldn't get care they needed to care for their child or care for an elderly parent who needs help. 800,000 families. to get home care for their aging parents or loved one with disability. if you think it's not important,
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check out in your own district. democrat or republican voters. they are great concern, an elderly loved one that can't be left alone. medicaid contemplated but this one will help those families and create jobs for our caregivers with better wages and better benefits. continue the cycle of growth for too long we fail to use the most important word when it comes to meeting the climate crisis. jobs. jobs. [applause] when i think climate change, i think jobs.
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american jobs plan, and engineers and construction workers are building more energy efficient homes. electric workers, ibew members are installing 5,000 charging stations along our highways so we can own the electric car market. farmers planting cover crops so they can reduce the carbon dioxide in the air and get paid for doing it. look. think about it, there's simply no reason why the blades for wind turbines can be built in pittsburgh instead of beijing. none. no reason. so folks, there is no reason why american workers can't lead the
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world with the production of electric vehicles and batteries. there's no reason. the americans jobs will create millions of good paying jobs. jobs americans can raise a family on. as my dad and them would say come up with little breathing room. this will be guided by one principal. by american. by american. and i might know parenthetically, that does not violate any trade agreement. it's been the law since the 30s, by american. buy american. it will be used to create american jobs, and that's the way it was supposed to be and it will be in this administration.
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i made it clear to all my cabinet people, their ability to give exceptions has been strenuously limited. 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, it's frightening. i would speak directly to you because you think about it. that's what people are most worried about. and i fit in? independent experts estimate the american jobs will add trillions of dollars to economic growth in years to come. it is an eight year program.
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these are good paying jobs that can't be outsourced. only 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 that blue-collar blueprint to build america. that's what it is. [applause] and i recognize as something i have always said in this chamber and the other. good guys and woman on wall street but wall street didn't build the country. the middle class built the country and unions built the middle class. so that's why i'm calling on congress to pass the protect the right to organize act, and put
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it on my desk so we can support the right to unionize. by the way, while you are thinking about sending things to my desk, let's raise the minimum wage to $15. [cheers and 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 equity and opportunity for women. while they are doing this, let's get the paycheck fairness act to my desk as well, equal pay. we'd spent much too long. and you wonder why it's too long, look behind you. this may be the biggest increase in nonresearch develop meant behind the mic than ever. we see more technological change and some of you know more about
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this than i do. we see more technological change in the next ten years than we saw in the last 50. that's how rapidly artificial intelligence, that so much more is changing. and we are falling behind the competition with the rest of the world. decades ago we use to invest 2% of our gross domestic product 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. advanced batteries, biotechnology, computer chips and clean energy. the secretary of defense can tell you, the defense department
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has an agency called darpa. at the defense advanced research projects agency. the people who set up before i came here and that was a long time ago. to develop breakthroughs that enhance our natural security, that's her only job. and it's a semiseparate agency, and the defense department. it led to everything from discovery of the internet to gps and so much more that has enhanced our security. the national institutes of health, the nih, i believe should create a similar advanced research project agency for health. [applause] and here's what we would do. would have a singular focus to
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prevent and protect diseases like alzheimer's, diabetes and cancer. i will still never forget when we past cancer proposal in my last year as vice president. almost $9 million going to nih. and excuse the point of personal privilege, i'll never forget that you mention to name it after my deceased son. it meant a lot. but so many of us have deceased sons, daughters and relatives that died of cancer. i could think of no more worthy investment. i know nothing that is more bipartisan, so let's and cancer as we know it. it's within our power to do it. [applause]
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investments in jobs and infrastructure like the ones we were talking about have often had bipartisan support in the past. vice president harris and i met regularly in the oval office and democrats and republics and discussed the jobs plan. aria plotted a group of system senators that just put forth their own proposal. so let's get it to work. i wanted to lay out before we got into the deep discussions, all like to meet with those who have ideas that are different, that they think 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 we have with the rest of the world to win the 21st century. that secretary blinken can tell you, i spent a lot of time with president g. traveled over 17,000 miles with him. spent over 24 hours in private discussion with him. when he called to congratulate me, we headed to our discussion. he is deadly earnest about becoming most consequential nation in the world. you think that democracy can compete in the 21st century of autocracies because it takes too long to get consensus.
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to win that competition for the future, and mind you, you also need to make a once in a generation investment in our families and our children. that's why i've introduced the american family is which addresses four of the biggest families. first is access to good education. 12 years of public education universal in the last century and it made us the best educated, best prepared nation in the world. and that propelled us to where we got in the 20th century. but the world has caught up corridor is catching up, they are not waiting. i would say parenthetically, if we were sitting down, we will decide what we will do in terms
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of the government providing free education. it's 12 years as enough and 12 years is no longer enough today to compete with the rest of the world in 21st century. that's why am i american families plan guarantees for additional years of public education starting as early as we can. great university in this country conducted studies the last ten years, and for every 3-year-old and 4-year-old no matter what background they come from, to be able to compete all the way through 12 years, for the going beyond graduation.
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they are far more likely to graduate from high school then go to college or something after high school. when you add it to years of free community college on top of that you begin to change the dynamic. and we can do that. [applause] we will increase pell grants and invest in historical black colleges and universities. the reason is, they don't have the endowments but that justice capable of learning about metallurgy. all the things that are going on to provide those jobs of the future. jill is a community college professor who teaches today as
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first lady. she has long said -- [applause] if i've heard it once a part it a thousand times. joe, any country that out educates us, is going to out -- us. the second thing we need, america's family plan will provide access to quality affordable child care. [applause] we guarantee, when i proposed
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legislation, we guarantee that lower income families will paint no more than 7% of the income of high quality care for children up to the age of five. the hard-pressed working families won't have to spend a dime. and the americans family plan will provide up to 12 weeks of paid leave and the family medical leave. one of the two industrial countries in the world, no one should have to choose between a job and a paycheck or taking care of themselves and their loved ones or a parent or spouse or child. they put this directly into the pockets of a million americans. up to $3,000 per child and under
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six years of age. in $3,600 for children over six years of age. with two parents and two kids at $7200 in the pockets to help take care of your family. and that will help more than 65 million children. and helped cut child care poverty in half and we can afford it. we did that in the past but let's extend that child care tax credit at least through 2,025. the american rescue plan lowered health care premiums 9 million americans who by their coverage under the affordable care act. i know that's really popular this side of the aisle.
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so let's make that provision and permanence of the premiums don't go back up. [applause] in addition to my families 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 and protecting women's health and the pandemic has demonstrated how badly it's needed. let's lower deductibles for working families on the affordable care act. and let's lower prescription drug costs. we know how to do this. [applause] the last president has that as an objective and we know all know how outrageously expensive
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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. for all the years that i was down here in this body in congress. let's give medicare the power to save hundreds of billions by negotiating lower drug prescription prices. [applause] and by the way, it won't just affect people on medicare. i won't even say, billions of dollars can go to strengthen the affordable care act and expand medicare coverage benefits without costing taxpayers an additional penny.
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it's in our power to do it, let's do it here. now. we talked about it long enough, democrats and republicans, let's get it done this year. it's all about a simple premise. health care should be a right, not a privilege in america. so how do we pay for my jobs and family plan? i made it clear that we could do it without increasing the deficit. let's start with what it 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 america is to just begin to pay their fair share. just their fair share.
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sometimes i have arguments with my friends in the democratic party. i think you should be able to become a billionaire and a millionaire. pay your fair share. recent study shows that 55 of the nation's biggest corporations paid zero federal taxes last year. those 55 corporations made in excess in a $40 in profit. and a lot of companies also evade taxes through tax havens in switzerland and bermuda in the cayman islands. and they benefit from tax loopholes and deductions. it's not right. and they helped pay for that
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benefit as well. we are going to reward work not just well. we take the top tax bracket for the wealthiest 1% of americans, back up to where it was when george w. bush was president and started, 39.6%. that's where it was when george w was present. you get rid of the loopholes and allow americans to make more than $1 million per year and pay a lower tax rate on our capital gains and americans who receive a paycheck. we are only going to affect three tenths of 1% of all americans and they are going to crack down on millionaires and billionaires who cheat on their taxes.
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it's estimated to be billions of dollars by think tanks who are left, right and center. i'm not looking to punish anybody but i will not add an additional tax burden to the middle class in this country. they are already pained enough. i believe what i propose is fair. fiscally responsible and it raises revenue to pay for plans i propose and will create millions of jobs that will grow the economy and enhance our financial standing of the country. you hear someone say they don't want to raise taxes on the wealthiest 1% or corporate america, ask ask them whose taxes you want to raise? instead, who you are going to cut. look. the big tax cut of 2017. remember, it was supposed to pay for itself. that was how it was sold.
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and generate fast economic growth. instead it added $2 trillion to the deficit. it was a huge windfall for corporate america and those with the very top, instead of using a tax savings to raise wages, import billions of dollars into the pockets of ceos. in fact the pay gap between ceos and their workers is now among the largest in history. according to one study, ceos make 320 times what the average worker in a corporation makes. used to be below 100. the pandemic has only made things worse. 20 million americans lost their jobs in the pandemic. working for middle-class americans. at the same time roughly, 650 billionaires in america saw their net worth increased by more than $1 trillion in the
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same exact period. let me say that again. 650 people increased their wealth by more than $1 trillion during this pandemic. they are now worth more than $4 trillion. my fellow americans. trickle down. trickle down economics has never worked and it's time to grow the economy from the bottom and the middle out. [applause] you know, there is a broad consensus of left, right, and center and we agree it will help generate economic growth. these are among the highest values of investments that we can make as a nation. i've often said it, our greatest strength is the power of our example, not just the example of
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our power. my conversation with world leaders, and i've spoken to over 38 or 40 of them now. i've made it known, have made it known. america is back. and you know what they say, the comment that i hear most of all from them? they say, we see america is back 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. we are going to do it by leading with our allies. no one nation can deal with all the crises of our time from terrorism to nuclear proliferation, mass migration, cybersecurity, climate changes as well as what we are experiencing now and pandemics.
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there's no wall high enough to keep any virus out. and our own vaccine supply as it grows to meet our needs and we are meeting them, that will become an arsenal for vaccines from other countries just as america is an arsenal for the world. and a consequence for influence in the world. but every american will have access before that. every american will have access to be fully covered by covid-19 from the vaccines that we have. the climate crisis, it's not our fight alone. in the united states, as all of you know less than 50% of carbon emissions. the rest of the world accounts for 85%. that's why i kept my commitment to rejoin the paris accord because if we do everything
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perfectly, it's not going to matter. i kept my commitment to convene in the climate summit right here in america of all the major economies in the world. china, russia, india and the european union. and i thought i would do it in my first 100 days. i want to be very blunt about it. i had -- my attempt was to make sure that the world could see there was a consensus, and that we are at an inflection point in history. the consensus is if we act to save the planet we can create millions of jobs and economic growth and opportunity to raise the standard of living to almost everyone around the world. i'm sure you didn't have much time and that's what every nation said, even the ones who weren't doing their full fair share. the investment i proposed
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tonight also advances foreign policy. in my view, the benefits of the middle class. that means every one plays by the same role and i told him, we welcome the competition. we are not looking for conflict but i made absolutely clear that we will defend america's interests across the board. america will stand up to unfair trade practices and undercut american workers and american industries from state to state on operations and his enterprises and the theft of american technology and intellectual property. i also told president xi it will maintain a military presence in the indo pacific. not to start a conflict but to prevent one. [applause]
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i told him what i said too many world leaders, that america will not back away from our commitments. commitment to human rights and fundamental freedoms and alliances. i pointed out to him, no responsible american president could remain silent when basic human rights are having to be blatantly violated. that has to represent the essence of what it stands for. we are created all of us equal. it's who we are. and we cannot walk away from that principle and in fact say we are dealing with the american idea. i know it concerns some of you
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but i made it very clear to putin that we will not seek escalation, but their actions will have consequences if they turn out to be true. and they turned out to be true. so i responded proportionately to russia's interference in our elections and they did both of these things. and i told them we would respond to, we have. we can also cooperate when it's our mutual interest. we did when we extended a new start trading on nuclear arms and we are working to do it on climate change. in iran and north korea nuclear programs present serious threats to american security and security world. to address the threats posed by
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both of these countries through diplomacy as well as stern deterrence. american leadership means ending the forever war in afghanistan. we have without hyperbole the greatest force 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 the same war zone as our parents did. we have service members in afghanistan who were not yet born on 9/11. as we remember the debates here, they were never meant to be multigenerational undertakings of nation-building. we went to afghanistan to get terrorists, the terrorists who attacked us on 9/11 and we said
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we would follow us on the bin laden to the gates of to do it. if you've been in the upper corner valley you kind of seen the gates of. we delivered threats and after 20 years of value, valor and sacrifice, it's time to bring those troops home. [applause] looked. even as we do we will maintain the over rising capacity of assisting threats in the homeland. make no mistake. in 20 years terrorism has metastasize. those in the intelligence committees and formulations committee and defense committees, you know well we have to remain vigilant a grant, act against the threat of the united states from wherever they
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come from. al qaeda and isis are in yemen. and we won't ignore what our intelligence determines can be the most lethal threat for homeland today. white supremacy is terrorism and we are not going to ignore that either. my fellow americans, look. we have to come together to heal the soul in this nation. it was nearly a year ago before her father's funeral and i spoke with gianna floyd, george floyd's young daughter. she was a little tyke and so i was kneeling down to talk to her. so i could look her in the eye. she looked at me and she said, my daddy change the world. well, after that conviction of george floyd's murder, we can see how right she was if we have the courage to act of the congress. we have all seen uneven justice
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on the neck of black americans and now is our opportunity to make some real progress. at the vast majority of men and women wearing the uniform and a badge serve our communities and serve them honorably. i know them. i know they want -- [applause] i know they want to help me this moment as well. my fellow americans, we have to come together to rebuild trust between law enforcement and the people they serve. to enact a police in george floyd's name that pass the house already, i know republicans have their own ideas and are engaged in a very
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productive discussion with democrats in the senate. we need to work together to find a consensus but let's get it done next month for the first anniversary of george floyd's death. [applause] the country supports this reform and congress should act. we have a giant opportunity to bend the arc of the moral university towards justice, real justice. and with the plans outlined tonight we have the real chance to root out systemic racism that plagues america, and american lives in other ways. the chance to deliver real equity. good jobs, good schools and affordable housing. clean air and clean water and being able to pass wealth down generations because you have 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 the covid-19 hate crimes act to protect asian-americans and pacific islanders. [applause] you acted decisively. you see on television the viciousness of the hate crimes, we have seen over the past year for too long. i would urge the house to do the same but i will gladly and anxiously sign. i also hope congressman get to my desk the equality act to protect lgbtq americans. [applause] americans watching at home especially young people, you are so brave. i want you to know that your president has your back.
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another thing. let's authorize the violence against women act which has been law for 27 years. 27 years ago i wrote that. it will close the act -- it will close the boyfriend loophole to keep guns out of the hands of abusers. the court order said this is an abuser, you cannot own a gun. just to close that loophole that existed. you know, it's estimated that 50 women are shot and it is estimated that 50 women are shot and killed by an intimate partner every month in america. let's pass it, let's save some lives.
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i need not tell you this but gun violence has become an epidemic in america. the flag at the white house is still flying at half mast for the victims of the mass shooting in georgia when ten more lives were taken at a mass shooting in colorado and 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, then assault weapons and high-capacity magazines that hold 100 rounds the can be fired off in seconds. we beat the nra. mass shootings and gun violence declined, check out the report but in early 2000 the law
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expired and we have seen daily. instance. not saying of the law had continued we wouldn't see. it. two weeks ago and the rose garden surrounded by some of the bravest people i know, the survivors and families who lost loved ones to gun violence i laid out several of the department of justice actions that are being taken. one of them is banning so-called ghost guns, homemade guns built from a kit that includes directions how to finish a firearm, the parts have no serial numbers so they show up at crime scenes and can't be traced. they are not required to pass any background check. anyone from acrylic terrorist could buy this kit in 30 minutes and have a weapon that is lethal.
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but no more. i will do everything in my power to protect the american people from this epidemic of gun violence but it is time for congress to act as well. [applause] >> i don't want to become confrontational, we need more senate republicans to join the majority of democrats and colleagues to close the holes required of back -- background checks, lead the ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. don't tell me it can't be done. we did it before and it worked. talk to most responsible gun owners and hunters, they will tell you there's no possible justification for having 100 rounds in a weapon. do you think they are wearing kevlar vests? they will tell you too many people that they are able to buy a gun that shouldn't be able to.
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these reasonable reforms have overwhelming support from the american people including many gun owners. the country supports reform, and understands congress should act. 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 ever. we are not changing the constitution. we are being reasonable. i think this is not a democrat or republican issue. it is an american issue. here is what else we can do.
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immigration has always been a center of america. let's end our exhausting war and immigration. for more than 30 years politicians talked about immigration reform and we've done nothing about it. it is time to fix it. on day one of my presidency i kept my commitment to send a comprehensive immigration bill to the united states congress. if you believe we need to secure the border pass it, because it has a lot of money for high-tech border security. if you believe in a pathway to citizenship pass it so 11 million undocumented folks, the vast majority overseeing visas, passive. we can actually, if you want to solve the problem, i sent a bill, take a close look at it. we also get at the root problem of why people are fleeing particularly to the southern border from guatemala, honduras and el salvador, the violence and corruption, the gangs, hurricanes, earthquakes, natural disasters.
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when i was president, when i was vice president, the president asked me to focus on providing help needed to address the root causes of migration and it helps keep people in their own countries instead of being forced to leave. the plan was working. the last administration decided it was not worth it. i'm restoring the program and asked vice president harris toledo diplomatic effort to take care of it. i have absolute confidence. you don't like my plan that at least pass we all agree on, congress needs to pass legislation to secure protection for dreamers. young people who have only known america as their home. and permanent protection for immigrants here on temporary
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protective status, beset by man-made and natural violence and disaster. the pathway to citizenship for farmworkers to put food on the table. [applause] >> immigrants have done so much for america during this pandemic and throughout history. the country supports immigration reform. we should act. let's debate it. if we truly respond, we must protect the sacred right to vote. most people. [applause] >> more people voted in the last presidential election than any time in american history in the middle of the worst pandemic
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ever. it should be celebrated. instead, it is being attacked. congress should pass hr one, the john lewis voting rights act and send it to my desk. the country supports it. congress should act now. look, a violent mob assaulting this capitol means that in all our minds. it put at risk many of your lives. lives were lost. extraordinary courage was summoned. the insurrection was his existential crisis, a test on whether a democracy could survive and it did but the struggle is far from over. the question whether a democracy will long endure is ancient and urgent. as old as our republic, still
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vital today. can our democracy deliver on its promise that all of us, created equal in the image of god, have a chance to leave lives of dignity, respect and possibility, can our democracy deliver the most pressing needs of our people? can our democracy overcome the lies, anger, hate and fears that pull us apart? america's adversary, the autocrats of the world betting we can't and i promise you they are betting we can't. they believe we are too full of anger, division and rage, look at the image of the mob that assaulted the capital as proof that the sun is setting on american democracy but they are wrong, you know it, i know it. we have to prove them wrong. we have to prove democracy still works, a government still works, we can deliver for our people. our first hundred days to get that we have acted to restore people's faith in democracy, we are vaccinating the nation, creating hundreds of thousands
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of new jobs, delivering real results to people they can see it and feel it in their own lives, opening doors of opportunity, guaranteeing fairness and justice, that is the essence of america, that is democracy in action. our constitution, we the people, remember we the people are the government, you and i, not some force in a distant capital, not force we have no control over. it is us. it is we the people. in another era when our democracy was tested franklin roosevelt reminded us in america we do our part, we all do our part. that is all i am asking, that we do our part, all of us. if we do that we will meet the 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. as i stand here tonight before you in a new and vital hour of life in the democracy of our nation and i can say with absolute confidence i have never been more confident or optimistic about america not because i am president, because of what is happening with the american people. we stared into the abyss of insurrection and autocracy, pandemic and pain and we the people did not flinch. the moment our adversaries were certain we would pull apart and fail we came together, we united with light and hope we summoned a new strength, new resolve to position us to win the competition of the 21st century. on our way to a union more perfect, more prosperous, more just as one people, one nation
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and one america. folks, i told every world leader i met with over the years is never a good bet to bet against america and it still isn't. we are the united states of america, there is not a single thing, nothing beyond our capacity. we can do whatever we set our minds to if we do it together so let's begin to get together. god bless you all and may god protect our troops, thank you for your patience. [applause] thank you. >> there you have it, the 40 sixth president of the united states, joseph r biden delivering his first address to a joint session of congress, not call the state of the union because it is so soon after the
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election. it was about an hour and 7 minutes, he started at 9:0 six eastern time. i think it is worth noting at the top the feel of this room and the fact that he talked a lot in the beginning about covid, about pulling through covid and getting through this here is that really marks so much of his candidacy and yet you have this new cdc guidance that came out just this week which said, i will read it to you, fully vaccinated people can visit other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or social distancing so you have to ask yourself if this is setting an example, looking forward for the country of what everyone can expect the country to feel like in this. go where people have very open availability to vaccines. he went through a lot of other
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issues, talks about china, raising taxes on corporations, getting people to pay their fair share and also talked about whether or not those jobs would leave this country, america first, made in america talked about raising corporate taxes and taxes on the wealthiest people in the country as well. todd: president biden speaking with bernie sanders, senator from vermont, the president spent a lot of time talking infrastructure, jobs, saying there is no reason the blades for wind turbines can't be built in pittsburgh instead of beijing, spent a decent amount of time on foreign policy, mentioned china numerous times, russia. we didn't learn a ton although we did learn the president spoke with president xi from china for two hours, his last conversation at least half a dozen times over the past 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 past for 5 years that they had been talking more about the deficit and debt because as these numbers start to add up and you do the math about how this is going to be paid for clearly will be a republican line but there wasn't concern for that in the trump administration and that is one of the things we will probably hear from democrats as they move forward. 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. let's bring in our panel, senior political analyst britt hume. >> katie have. news editor at let's go to britt hume and get your thoughts. obviously thesees are always a laundry list, don't think there
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were a lot of surprises, things that might have fallen into the surprise category would be a genuine call for the unity he spoke so much in his inaugural address. for example there were a couple items where he said on gun reform, he thought he could work immigration, some things that could be agreed on. what stood out to you? >> reporter: 45 of these mi counts, i felt about this the same way i felt about the rest of them, the best thing about it was it is over. the speech if this tends to be long and programmatic and you have to go through every program you are proposing or some agency has got to talk you into proposing or whatever, never very fun to listen to no matter who is giving the speech and this was no exception. as for the question of unity it would have been a grace note, the old joe biden i used to know
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when i covered the senate would certainly have mentioned the fact that donald trump is the guy that believed we could accelerate the vaccine in the narrative brief. go of time. the new joe biden, the one we have now is president didn't do that and i'm not surprised he didn't. >> senator for 36 years joe biden was, vice president for eight, he has set up there at the rostrum numerous times behind president obama with facial recognition of what he was saying. he has been through more of the speeches than many in that building and tonight he was the star. chris? >> this is going to be a popular speech with the american public. he offered a lot of stuff. $4 trillion will buy a lot of stuff from millions of jobs to
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childcare to community health centers, all kinds of stuff, community colleges and other thing that is popular, you are 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. offered a lot of stuff saying you aren't going to have to pay for it is pretty popular and i think they made a calculation that after covid people have come to have a different feeling about government, they now feel more trusting and more the need of government and so where this might've turned a lot of people often probably still will, they believe, the majority of people will say the government is here and they are here to help us. >> that is clearly the thing. this is a bigger government theme and talked about taking care of people from preschool through college.
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he didn't get into the eldercare idea all that much but that is part of the plan as well. what did you hear in this tonight? >> i want to talk about what i am seeing, you mentioned the people who are all vaccinated being indoors, social distancing with their masks on, that is against cdc guidance, it shows the united states is at a week point when the congress can't show up in full to show that the united states is standing strong after coming out of the pandemic caused by china. if you give a joint address to a congress that is not even half full, doesn't even count as a joint address to congress. that is really a question. the other thing at the end of his speech, talks a lot about democracy and protecting democracy but 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 a tax increase question the
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white house still tries to sell this says if only rich people and corporations are going to pay for it but when you get into the details of paying for this, they like to hear about more childcare and government programs that will benefit them they don't have to pay for but when you find out you have to pay for the death taxes and losing the family farm you change your mind, that inflation is going up and it is more expensive to pay for things you change your mind so long way to go when people find out even if they don't make 400,$000 you the will be paying for this. todd: eric swallwell, early support from south carolina, one of the people who got across the finish line in the primary in south carolina. what did you hear tonight. what struck you with the speech.
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>> this is a speech that goes to the middle class and main street america. he made very clear we all have to do our part, mainstream has done their part for so many years, the middle class not seeing a raise in 50 years in real terms. i heard american president resonating with a lot of people. i agree with chris wallace people are glad the speech is over. signer heard a message, we are going to compete with them, educate our people and he said to america in strong terms we are on the move again. also the visual where liz cheney walked across the aisle before he gave his speech. this was a powerful speech and i hope the president can deliver on it with bipartisan message and results going forward. todd: we want to go to been, your thoughts on what we heard tonight? >> last time i was on the are
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talking about a joe biden speech he waxed eloquent about how it was so powerful and unifying i don't think that turned out to be true at all, turned out to be a tissue of lies republicans rejected that did not lead to any bipartisanship i expect the same results in this speech. it will be a political blip, immediately forgotten it won't change the course of anything in washington which is a mono partisan affair under joe biden. steve: on foreign-policy, on afghanistan, he specifically pointed out he wants to bring all the troops home and to usama bin laden saying we are going to chase into the gates of help. vice president biden chosen decision-making process to not be for that operation to take out usama bin laden which is an interesting juxtaposition that speech. we will be back with more and the republican response after a quick break.
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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 here is a preview of what we are getting ready to see and expect from the republican response. >> reporter: white house and democrats addressing disparities across racial, social, environmental and economic lines. senators and scott, a black man who represents the same minority and underserved community democrats prioritize will say that conservative principles advance equity. of the future won't come from washington or social streams, it will come from you, the american people and highlight house republicans under donald trump
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expanded opportunity for all americans through the power of the free-market economy. >> thank you very much. >> we are waiting for the republican response which we mentioned, senator tim scott will do that is jackie outline. we are waiting for, he talked about the border, the fact that the vice president is going to address that. there's been a lot of back-and-forth on when it is going to begin. she has plans to go there in june. he said if you believe we need a secure border, passive and we know he signed the secure fence act in 2007 and yet he stopped the construction of the wall dead in its tracks. there are places there are gaps and equipment on either side so it is definitely something he back to the past but does not back now although he lifted up to congress that if that is something you want, go ahead and
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vote for it. >> he is an up and comeare, somebody potentially 2024 he could look at as far as a presidential run. >> i was going to say exactly that. is right at the center of the discussions about police reform along with cory booker in the senate but they already have them for 2024, ron desantis's first, trump is second, haley is third with tim scott is right there in the group of top senators. he is somebody to keep your eye on not only tonight but through 2024. >> speaking of that i've got to say watching coverage and who is appearing on the air and being interviewed and so on i am not sure i wouldn't need a
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supercomputer to total of the number of people running for president already on the republican side, they are testing the waters but they are out there in droves and tim scott to be doing well is meaningful. >> we will see what the number looks like this time around. >> this is a tough response anytime to a big speech. >> 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 a gay good man. his speech was full of good words but president biden promised you a specific kind of leadership. he promised to unite the nation, 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 for more than empty platitudes. we need policies and progress that brings us closer together.
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3 months in the actions of the president and his party are pulling us further and further apart. i won't waste your time with finger-pointing or partisanship, you can get that on tv anytime you want. i want to have an honest conversation about common sense and common ground and the feeling that our nation is sliding off its shared foundation and how we move forward together. growing up i never dreamed i would be standing here tonight. when i circuit my parents divorced, my mother and brother and i moved in with our grandparents, 3 of us. i was disillusioned, angry and nearly failed out of school but i was blessed. first with the frame of let me say this to the single mothers out there working their tails off, working hard, trying to make ends meet, wondering if it is worth it, you can bet it is.
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god bless your amazing efforts on the part of your kids. i was also blessed by a chick-fil-a operator who with a string of opportunities that are only possible here in america, this past year i've watched covid attack every rung of the ladder that helped me up, so many families of lost parents and grandparents too early, so many small businesses have gone under, becoming a christian transformed my life but for months too many churches were shutdown. most of all i am saddened that millions of kids have lost a year of learning, when they could not afford to lose a single day. locking vulnerable kids out of the classroom is locking adults out of their future. our public schools should every opened months ago.
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other countries did. private and religious schools did, science has shown for months that schools are safer too often powerful grown-ups set science aside and kids like me were left behind. the clearest case i have seen for school choice in our lifetime, because we know that education is the closest thing to magic in america. last year under republican leadership, five bipartisan packages, congress supported our schools, hospitals, saved our economy, funded operation warm speed and all 5 bills, 90 votes in the senate, common sense to hold common grounds. in february republican still president biden we wanted to keep working together to finish
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this fight but democrats wanted to go it alone. they spent almost $2 trillion on a partisan bill, the white house bragged was the most liberal bill in american history. only one% want to vaccinations, no requirement to reopen schools properly. this administration pushed us all apart. another issue that should unite us is infrastructure, republican support everything you see when you think of infrastructure, roads, bridges, ports, airports, waterways, high-speed broadband, we are in for all of that, but again democrats want a partisan wish list, they won't even builds bridges to build bridges. less than 6% of the president's plan goes to roads and bridges. it is a liberal wish list of big government waste, plus the
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biggest job killing tax hikes in a generation. experts say when all is said and done it would lower wages of the average 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 families defined it for themselves, we should be expanding opportunities for all families, because democrats think they know best, it is not common sense. weekending our southern borders and creating a crisis is not compassionate. the president is abandoning
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principles he has held for decades, now he says your tax dollars should fund abortions. laying groundwork to pack the supreme court. this is not common ground. no word to we need common ground more desperately than in our discussions of race. i have experienced the pain of discrimination. i know what it feels like to be pulled over for no reason to be followed around the store while i am shopping. i remember every morning at the kitchen table my grandfather would open the newspaper and read it, the 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 could call uncle tom and the n-word by progressives, by liberals, just last week a
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national newspaper suggested my family's poverty was actually privilege. because relatives owned land generations before my time. believe me, i know firsthand our healing is not finished. in 2015 after the shooting of walter scott i wrote a bill to fund body cameras. last year after the death of rhianna taylor and george boyd i build a bigger police reform proposal but my democratic colleagues blocked it. i extended an olive branch, but amendments the democrats used the filibuster to block the debate from even happening. my friends across the aisle seem to want the issue more than a solution but i'm still working, i am hopeful it will be. when america comes together we made tremendous progress of powerful forces wants to pull us
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apart, 100 years ago kids in classrooms without the color of their skin was their most important characteristic and if they looked a certain way they were inferior. today kids are being taught that the color of their skin defines them again and if they look a certain way they are no pressure. corporations to our culture people are making money and gaining power by pretending we haven't made any progress at all. by doubling down on the divisions we have worked so hard to heal. hear me clearly. america is not a racist country. it is backwards to fight discrimination with different types of discrimination and it is wrong to try to use our painful past to dishonestly shutdown debate in the present. i am an african-american who voted in the south my entire life. i take voting rights personally.
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republicans support making it easier to vote and harder to cheat and so do the voters. big majorities of americans support early voting and big majorities support voter id including african-americans and hispanics. common sense. makes common ground but today this conversation has collapsed. the state of georgia passed a law that expands early voting, preserves no excuse mail in voting and despite what the president claims did not reduce election day -- if you actually read this law it is mainstream. it will be easier to vote early in georgia than in democrat ron new york but the left doesn't want you to know that. they want people virtues signaling by yelling about a law they haven't even read. they called out the white house
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for misstatement. the president claims this is worse than jim crow. what is going on here? i will tell you. a washington power grab. this misplaced outrage 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 make the bipartisan federal elections commission partisan. this is not about civil rights or our racial past. it is about rigging elections in the future. the same filibuster that president obama and president biden praised when they were senators, the same filibuster the democrats used tacoma police reform bill last year has suddenly become a racist relic just because the shoe is now on the other foot.
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race is not a political weapon to solve every issue the way one side wants. it is far too important. this should be a joyful springtime for our nation. this administration inherited a tide that had turned. the coronavirus is on the run thanks to operation warp speed of the trump administration our country is flooded with safe and effective vaccines thanks to bipartisan work last year, job openings are rebounding so why do we feel so divided? anxious? a nation with so much cause for hope should not feel so heavy laden. a president who promised to bring us together should not be pushing agendas that tear us apart. the american family deserves better and we know what better
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looks like, just before covid we had the most inclusive economy in my lifetime, the lowest unemployment rates ever recorded. african-americans, hispanics and asians at a 70 year low, wages are growing faster at the bottom than at the top. the bottom 25% saw their wages go up faster than the top 25%. that happened because republicans focus on expanding opportunity for all americans. in addition to that we passed opportunity zones, criminal justice reform and permanent funding for historically black colleges and universities for the first time ever. we follow the drug epidemic, rebuild our military, cut taxes for working families, single moms like the ones that raised me. our best future will not come
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from washington schemes are socialist dreams. it will come from you, the american people, black, hispanic, white and asian. republican and democrat, brave police officers in 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 in his 94 years saw his family go from cotton to congress in one lifetime. i am more than hopeful. i am confident that our final hours yet to come. original sin is never the end of the story. not in our souls and not in our nation. the real story is always redemption. i am standing here because my mom has prayed me through really tough times. i believe our nation has succeeded the same way because
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generations of americans in their own ways have asked for grace and god has applied it. i will close with a word from a worship song that helped me through this past year. the music is new but the words draw from scripture. may the lord 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, in your weeping and your rejoicing. he is for you. may his favorably upon our nation for 1000 generations and your family and your children and their children. good night and god bless the united states of america. >> senator tim scott from south carolina.
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you see why he is a republican star. he had a tremendous speech at the republican convention which he used that line about his grandfather going from cotton to congress in one lifetime. and he told his personal story with his single mother and talking how much his life affected his upbringing, saying president biden is a nice guy, seems like a nice guy he said that packaged as a unifier, as a moderate but he is anything but. on infrastructure saying about democrats they won't even build bridges to build bridges. one of the biggest things he did was focus on the police reform, the bill that he had bipartisan support for the democrats killed before the election using the filibuster, the democrats now call a racist tool, he says they wanted the issue, they didn't want solutions and went on to talk about what republicans want, packaging that in his own story. that position is littered with
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people remembered for the wrong thing on responses, marco rubio, bobby jindal, for those responses but that speech, that hit a note. >> the reason senators and scott resonates with so many people is he is sincere and that comes through. it is a difficult job always to be the person who follows a joint address to congress but he talked about science, he said science tells us kids need to be in school. he said children like me are the ones getting hurt the most by not being in school, education is the closest thing to magic, he talked about the jobs plan president biden just laid out saying it would kill jobs and shrink the economy, he said it would put washington more in the center of your life, talked about a lot, talked about race,
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he didn't like the way race is being used to divide people in this country, he said you can't fight discrimination with other discrimination which is so much of what we talked about that is going on a lot of schools, to put a bow on it at the end, should be a joyful springtime in this country, he had a positive uplifting message at the end. we are not adversaries, we are family. senator tim scott. >> he also said this is not a racist country, race is being used as a political weapon. chris wallace, first to you on this speech. >> i have a terrible confession to make. i like political speeches which is why i am in this business. i love good ones, not so crazy about bad or long ones. that was a great >> tim scott has political skills. i second everything you and
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martha had to say about this message of optimism, the way he defended and expounded the conservative philosophy of the critique of the biden administration and if i were running the republican national committee or senate republicans i would put tim scott out as often as i can because he is a great spokesman for the party and great counterpoint to joe biden and the democrats. >> you put your finger on it when you said he said this is not a racist country. this is something the majority of americans believe and they have been waiting for prominent people to say that, to fight back against critical race theory and the notion that we are a white supremacist country that is so broad in the land now. he is the perfect person to do it. it was as you suggested a superb
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speech given the disadvantages anybody giving a response to a presidential address to a joint session faces. >> he mentioned the situation in georgia with the state law and major league baseball pulling out, the dustup over that and at one point he said it would be easier to vote in georgia than in democrat ron new york. >> i live in new york and let me say i concur. he's a decent and good man who like so many of us faced disdain and propelled him throughout his life. i would hope as you mentioned the stuff in georgia, the voting stuff in the end, that republicans take a message tonight that when you focus on ideas and vision and the beauty of america you have a better chance of winning than when you
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try to suppress voters. this message was a powerful one for republicans. not necessarily the direct counter to president biden but republicans should feel good about this speech and i hope they take a message from him and focus on issues and ideas. >> one of the goals of the republican party is to increase minority voters. we saw hispanic voters and african american voters in the 2020 but senator tim scott talked about school choice and taxpayers funding abortion, tax dollars funding abortion, two issues that resonate in a lot of different communities in this country. >> the way the republicans were able to draw in those voters for policies that benefit them rather than to protect people
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and pitting them against each other, tim scott really was talking about unity in a way that president biden talked about but hasn't delivered on and reminded everybody that republicans delivered on 5 bipartisan goldleaf packages. he worked with the trump administration on opportunity zones for communities to get the unemployment rates of minority communities down to historic lows before covid to work on big things like vaccines. 's speech was wonderful, he is a big player in the republican party. able to hit back with experience against the left when they make these accusations about the country and what i liked about what he said was original sin is never the end of the story and the left lately has wanted everything in the only story of america to be about the original sin and 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 race as we
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are seeing in critical race. arguments and false arguments made against the georgia election law with the accusation that republicans are somehow trying to suppress the vote of minorities but the bottom line is although tim scott is talking about unity and coming together the left is out for blood and joe biden is being pushed around by them and implementing their policies in a culture that doesn't leave much room for compromise on negotiation. >> the line you mentioned original sin is never the end of the story, 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, blue-collar neighborhood that is very diverse and a place that is pretty hard to scrabble in terms of people have to go through. i found that incredibly impressive. it is an emotional connection you didn't hear in joe biden's
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speech which was a litany of bullet points and various policies. it is hard to do these response bees. we've seen people who are otherwise very good speakers fail in trying to give them. this is an enormously impressive performance on tim scott's part and speaks to his continued relevance within the republican party in the coalition going forward as it seeks to try to bring together a kind of positive populist message moving away from the trump era. >> he brought up that washington post story that second-guessed the interpretation of his upbringing, that he couldn't of gone from cotton to college because a member of his family owned the property a generation before and he addressed that which i thought was interesting and also whenever somebody like that gets attacked you know somebody out there sees them as
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a rising star and a target and somebody who is going to be someone to contend with. >> is no points that out in the speech much like ron desantis on the 60 minutes piece, that will work to his benefit as well. let's bring in peter doocy at the white house, your thoughts on this night, the white house is looking at. starting with you after the speech. >> let me first say we just listened to helicopters and sirens the company the president with his motorcade, just brought them, we heard them arrive and leave, the president's home, as someone 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 gladhanding with anybody and doing what he said he was going to do which is engage republicans directly, specifically talking about gun control and immigration reform. he was looking over at the
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republicans who were mostly looking ahead. he spent a lot of viable 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 try to coax some republicans but his ideas were not received well by everybody in his own party, the arizona democratic senator mark kelly already said what i didn't hear tonight was a plan to address the immediate crisis at the border. >> that is key because kelly and kirsten cinema are siding with doug doocy, the governor about the crisis they are facing at the border. >> jackie heinrich on capitol hill, high. >> republicans were impressed with senator scott's speech. they thought it was very effective hearing him talk about his personal experience and how racist touched his life from being overrun necessarily without reason or followed in the grocery store while shopping
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saying those experiences shaped somebody narrowed in on the difference between how democrats believe are using race to try to push legislation forward, scott really said from colleges to culture wars democrats are trying to frame these issues around race as a factor making this the motivating reason for people to think the color of their skin matters in a way that undercells what the country is, a nation of redemption and opportunity. to him, he believes this sort of race discussion that brings us back to a time, the antiquated thinking about race being what defines you takes away the opportunity that he tries to embody in his speech. >> thank you. sean hannity is coming up at the top of the hour. we have final thoughts coming up but joe biden as senators delivered the response to ronald reagan in 1983 and he said at
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the time we can rebuild to a stronger economy, create better and more secure jobs, we can really put this country back to work and it is just unique to hear a president who has been in office for that long with a similar message on a night that he is in the spotlight as president of the united states. >> we will take a quick break and be back with final thoughts right after this, stay with us.
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back with final thoughts before we leave tonight starting with chris wallace. >> probably talk at the end about guns and immigration and voting rights, those on the back burner for this white house, they are all in on the infrastructure jobs plan and the families plan, $4 trillion in new spending, $4 trillion in new taxes, they don't want to make the same mistake barack obama made living obamacare slip into the election year, they intend to pass something along those lines and a way of paying for this year. >> a big full moon that looks almost orange tonight. what does that mean for us?
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>> a full plate of stuff as chris noted that the president is trying to pass. my suspicion is it won't be as popular as the president may think it will be but if you are looking at the midterm elections for relief from this wave of new spending from the profligacy of the trump years you may be disappointed. once these measures are put in place and the spending begins and taxes are increased and all that republicans can get control of the house and senate and pass bills to repeal that stuff but the president will be able to protect them with his veto. those things will be -- if he can pass them those things will be with us for a while. >> america projected real well tonight. both of these men calls for unity. unity in ideas in our political process.
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when we do well as a country we do well. when we do both we went. democrats and republicans should be proud tonight. america looks great on the global stage. >> i would say big infrastructure plans, free childcare and free college, building roads and bridges are getting more people degrees, it is expanding the role of the federal government which is very difficult to contract once it is in place. >> thank you very much for being with us tonight. what a difference. it was different, nothing else has happened since covid like this. >> we are looking for the day things look a little more like normal but so far we are getting a little closer but great to be with you tonight in dc.
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thanks for joining us, the coverage of president biden's address and the republican response. >> we will cover whatever comes next in washington every day at 6:00 pm eastern on special report. >> joining me at 3:00 pm eastern, i will see you tomorrow. >> stay with us on fox news channel, continuing coverage all night long starts with hannity. we will take a full moon shot, good night from washington. >> america is on the move again. go get vaccinated. too long we failed to use the most important word when it comes to the climate crisis, jobs. jobs. jobs. it is time for corporate america to pay their fair share. we have to show not just that we are back but we are back to stay. we have to come together, root out systemic racism in the criminal justice system. we should act.


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