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it is good to be with you. i'm geoff bennett and several headlines as we come on air this hour, including the shocking assassination of the haiti president inside of his home in the middle of the night. t in a moment, chilling details on the heavily armed attack including the report of an american accent heard on tape. also, the new threat from the tropical storm that has made landfall on florida's gulf coast. if you live in d.c., new york or boston or anywhere else in the northeast, get ready and why a new turn in the track could affect a lot more people in the
storm. and we begin in florida in surfside and the death toll now is 46. and ten more bodies found since yesterday, and major acceleration in the search since the remaining part of the tower was demolished late sunday. 94 people still unaccounted for, and our team is getting a much closer look at the search, and view that we have not seen until now at just how painstaking the search is now, and vaughan hillyard is there, and the teams are battling lightning and strong winds, and give us a sense of what you are seeing and hearing this hour. >> yeah, we are luckily feeling sunshine and humidity here. that is not going to stop this rescue operation from going forward and we are lucky yet when we saw elsa moving westward and largely avoid here. and the rescue operation only suspended two hours where we saw the significant process here, and ten more individuals, and the bodies were recover and in
the last 36 hours, 18 individuals, and that total count is now up to 46, and 94 individuals potentially unaccounted for, and the other big development today is the conversations ongoing, and about those lawsuits, and the lawsuits against that condo association board, and the judge has put the receivership, and the outside individual who represents association, and made up of the individuals who lived in the very condominium complex here, and what you are seeing here at that hearing or where the producer cat was this morning just down the road in miami is 30 to 40 lawyers there representing the families and the judge was beginning those conversations about how to best move forward with all of the lawsuits at a time in which 94 individuals are unaccounted for, because it is two-fold. you will have a large number of individuals who lost their lives and seeking damages and a large number of individuals who lost
their homes. i want you to hear those lawyers who have agreed to represent some of the families pro bono. >> i think that everybody is really on the same page to try to help what we can do to help the victims and the families. after the filings of actions in a situation like this and by that i mean a mass disaster, there are obviously a lot of different cases who are going to be filed in a potential of red tape, and what this court did which is terrific is to get in front of that, and say that we will get everything under one umbrella, and everything in one courtroom to get everybody to go to that. and that is first step. >> geoff, with the lawsuits, there is not a final determination of what caused it to collapse, a we don't know it for months or potentially for a year, but right now, the lawyers are working with the families and the fema to file the insurance claims first before
going to the courtroom, and the judge is urging all of the lawyers to represent these families pro bono which they have agreed to do, and where does the money from the damages come from, and one of the conversations that took place this morning is what happens to the very property? this is prime miami beach real estate, and 100 yards off of the shore, and the judge having the discussion that you could potentially bring in 100-plus million, and other families talking about it into a memorial park space, and those are the conversations that are undergoing here, because the families are seeking monies with a great many of these folks out of a home. >> and i want to talk about this with colonel vack out of the israel rescue units, and thank you for your time, because it seems that the rescue effort has
accelerated after the tower had been demolish and is that what they planned for, but is that the case? has the effort picked up now? >>. >> it is a scale up also because of the building collapse, and also as well because of the methodology that we are now using it by accurate intelligence that helps us to find out the people very fast with heavy machine, and we are doing it very, very quickly right now. >> do you have a sense of how much work remains and how much longer the search process will last? >> i can estimate as the last person said more than 15 people to make that count. is there any indication that the
recovered persons survived the initial collapse? >> no, no sign for it. i think that i assume that all of the people that we found has not had life and a few seconds after the collapse. >> it looks to me that you are at the site or just next to it, and what have the last two weeks or more than two weeks been like for your team? >> they were inspired. we saw a lot of memories, and we saw a lot of people who lost their lives. we saw a lot of people who lost their houses and all they got. we honored to participate in this national effort to bring those missing people to their
families, and we feel that we were lucky to represent the state of israel to be the representative for united states in its difficult hour. >> yeah, well, i can tell you that this country is grateful to you and your colleagues from the i.d.a. for all you are doing. and now, elsa made landfall a few hours ago, and some big cities could be in the path. let's bring in msnbc bill karins. so where is this storm headed now? >> well, geoff, into areas of georgia and florida for the most part is spared. i know that some trees have fallen on some property, and minor damage, and we have not heard of injuries or fatalities, but the fact that we had a tropical storm make landfall and 20,000 people without power is
incredible. to put in perspective, more people without power in michigan and new jersey because of thunderstorms than tropical storm elsa. so this is a best case scenario, and i have not seen confirmation of tornadoes either. so the latest from the hurricane center now just down to 50-mile-an-hour winds, and continuing through the weekend. the winds were not an issue anyway, and they will go down to 40 and 30 tonight and tomorrow. the concern is the rainfall along the path, and the potential for any isolated tornadoes, and flash flooding and tornados is the concern. by the time it gets up to boston and cape cod, it could have winds at 45 miles per hour. and now, that may be enough to down some trees, and a lot more forest in the area of new england, and the trees don't get tested as much as think do in florida, and we will have to see how it plays out especially on friday. as far as the winds, it is not that strong, and places are looking at 44 that is the
highest gust we have seen in gainesville, and everybody else is well above the tropical storm strength, and we have a tornado watch, and brunswick, and jacksonville and and so this is how is it going the play out. this is head's up to everybody in the carolinas. tomorrow is your rainy day, and charlotte and then rain heads to d.c. and then philadelphia and new york city, it is mostly going to be overnight thursday into friday, and then pauses at 6:00 a.m. when rain should end in new york city, and heavy rain friday for providence, hartford and boston and then friday evening's commute, the storms are going to be gone and not an issue for anyone. another thing, geoff, i want to mention a bad scenario unfolding in corpus christi at the rockport area with tremendous amounts of rain and flash flood
rain, and they are seeing flooding with a nontropical storm in texas is causing more flooding problems than elsa in florida. >> yeah, yeah, and bill, looking at south florida surfside included is escaping the worst of elsa. >> right. they are in a normal miami typical summer pattern now where they will see the thunderstorms in the afternoon, and tradewinds, but they expect that. so, yeah, no more issues from the tropics. >> good news there. bill karins, thank you. and turmoil in haiti after the president was assassinated in his own home. a new state of alert in a country facing escalation of violence and instability. also ahead, another day and another russian cyber attack, and this time, the rnc, and now former president donald trump is escalating the tense relationship with big tech, and
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there is a stunning turn this afternoon after the president of haiti was assassinated in a heavily armed attack in his home in the middle of the night. the authorities say that president jovenel moise was killed in tonight and his wife martine is in critical condition in the hospital. and now there are new details. the assailants appear to be american agents, and there is someone with a american accent saying d.e.a. operation, everybody standdown. one of the assailants who spoke
with a american accent says that they were mercenaries, and high officials deny d.e.a. involvement. neighbors heard men with high precision rifles and men running through the neighborhood, and grenades going off and drones being used. joining us is news and global affairs reporter dan duluth, and also louie erns martin, and fill in the gaps for us. >> so the interim prime minister has declared a state of emergency, and the streets are quiet at the moment, and most of the shops are closed, and this is shocking to all of the people of haiti and scary given the level of violence that preceded it in terms of the gang violence and the kidnappings and
political unrest, and haiti is asking for international help to see who carried out what is a coordinated and sophisticated attack. >> professor, haiti is close to being a failed state, and there a constitutional power struggle, and the economy and the pandemic on top of it and now an assassinated president, and give us a sense of what is happening prior to the attack? >> this is nothing but an accident, this is in the making for a long time. so what i am talking about is the crippling of the haitian institution, and the infiltration of gangs in the country, and the corruption of gangs, and criminality, and all of these have been coming in the last 20 years without any firm stands from the international communities. also, we have the words out
there, but they never really addressed the issue by forcing the government to address the issues that are appropriate for them to make it more favorable for the country. so we knew what was happening, and that it was a lot of weeks. the gang violence was so rampant that it was, that they were haiti, and people could not move to places, and the country is divided into territories that are controlled by gangs, and of course, the key point here is the corruption of gangs and politic, and every sector in haiti is permeated by this situation. so to address this, it is not just to respond to the contractual issues of the assassination of the president, but the issues that gave rise to this instability that we have been addressing. >> and dan, early reports, but
the authorities say that the gunman spoke spanish and english and haitians speak creole and so who could bankroll or pull something like this off? >> i think that is the big question, and as the professor was saying politics, and violence have become interwoven in haiti, and the gangs are interwoven with the political business. so there were many political opponents, and many enemies of the president, and the president had many people that he had a lot of hostility towards. so there are many, many possibilities. the other question is where are they now? have the assassins left the country? the dominican republic was
trying to seal the border to prevent them from escaping, but the haitian government is saying they appear to be foreign mercenaries. >> professor, what happens next? where does haiti go now? >> i think that also we have to see this not as an event that happened, but we have to say that in the last 20 years, and in particular, the united nations was in for 54 years, and the mission was to build a security institution in haiti, basically the police, to have a enforcement institution in haiti, and no such institutions have been built, and haiti is worse than before, and so they have no enforcement, and in order for the last years, we didn't have any.
and without a firm response of the international community, and so to not see a firm response from the society of haiti. so we are facing a very profound structural issues that will require the international community to engage. the haitians are not able to resolve their own issues, and this is happening under the international eyes of the embassies there, and the eyes of the citizens is of haiti, and so the problem is an international problem, and it is not a issue that has to a generated quick fix, which is the case for the united states when we have to respond to something, we want to see the solution imminently, and this is more of a comprehensive situation, and so societies can
disappear, and self-destroy, and that is what is happening with the complexity and the silence of the international community. >> dr. louie erns marcellan and thank you so much for your insight. and now, marjorie taylor green and the latest controversy. and why donald trump's latest lawsuit is certain to fail. mp's latest lawsuit is certain to fail. ♪ ♪ when technology is easier to use... ♪
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former president donald trump shoved himself back into the spotlight today and denied a national megaphone and thus the political relevance that he claims. he is filing class action lawsuits against twitter and alphabet and their ceos because of their bans over the platforms. facebook and twitter declined to respond to nbc news. joining us is the white house bureau chief ashley parker, and barbara mcquade, professor of university of michigan law. and ashley, what should we make of this? we know that donald trump uses
lawsuits to intimidate, and deflect and fund raise and in fact, i think that all three things with the social media platforms, and is this posturing or substantive? >> well, it is if you are talking to experts this lawsuit is either dead on arrival or has a slim chance of the legal success through the courts, but it is an issue sort of the idea of quote, unquote big tech being biased against conservative that donald trump was pressing when he was president. so to that answer, it is posturing, but it is something that is something that he cares about, and something that is the cultural issues that is rallying his base. so it is interesting that it is a class action suit, and so it is for him, and it is on behalf of all conservatives and maga
nation to allow president trump to say, look at us, we are the victims, and big tech, and the media, and everybody is out to get us, and i am fighting on your behalf, and so this is very in line of how he comforted as president, and the way to get back into the spotlight and raise some money now that he is out of money. >> and barbara, it strikes me if this suit is not dismissed, it is going to be opening up donald trump to discovery, and facebook and twitter about what he was doing on january 6th, and the actions that led up to the insurrection. >> that is absolutely right, geoff, and that is the reason that as ashley put it, that the case is dead on arrival and so this is more of a dead on arrival case and so that is going to add to the talking points that the courts are out to get him. but the first amendment is very
clear. it states congress shall pass no law. the courts have interpreted that to mean any form of government, and so whether it is the executive or the legislative branch, and the government can't restrict free speech, but google and twitter are private actors, and just as we could throw somebody out of our homes if they were unwanted guests, and just as google and twitter could do the same. so trump knows they will not have to reach that moment of reckoning in discovery. >> does it matter that he is a high profile public figure, and does he get special treatment because of those grounds? >> no, private actors have made decisions to give him the extra benefit of the doubt, because he was the president of the united states, and his voice had value to many peoples, but the terms
of service are clear that they can remove users for any reason or no reason at all. it is a private actor, and they get to decide the terms of service. >> and ashley, as a reminder of the time of inflammatory comments that got donald trump banned from social media in the first place, according to "the guardian" and his new book michael bender who you know well, because he happens to be your husband, on a trip to europe to mark the end of the world war i, he insisted to the then chief of staff john kelly, well, hitler did a lot of good thing, and so it bolsters the case of why some of the companies banned him in the first place. >> yes, and in my husband's book, and i am wildly biased, and it is out next tuesday and
you should preorder it, but it is sort of the president's ignorance of all history, and it came up when his then chief of staff was trying to give president trump a history lesson before meeting with allies trying to commemorate the history of world war i, but it is deeply inflammatorysh and it is something that made people who worked for him very uncomfortable. in the book, john kelly is described stun and horrify and it is often the thing that leaks out in public as well, because one of the tricks about former president trump is that the public and the private persona are not that dissimilar, and what he says when he is angry and upset behind the scenes is what he tweets out or blasts out in the statement or a rally stage, and that is what the big tech companies were grappling
with when they were looking at a terms of service that were dangerous behavior, and the encouraging of violence, and decided that after january 6th they had no choice but to ban or suspend the former president. >> thank you, ashley and barbara. >> and now, after apologizing for requiring wearing masks to the holocaust, marjorie taylor green is now being criticized for comparing the pandemic to nazi germany as she called the brown shirts as people who would be going out to give vaccines. she spreads doubt of vaccines at a time when the health experts are increasingly concerned about a more contagious variant taking
hold in the u.s. and around the world. and the national republican committee is responding to reports that the russian hackers have breached the computer systems. in a statement, the rnc has stated that a third-party contractor had been hacked by hackers, but none of the data had been accessed. it is another sign that the russian hackers are getting more sophisticated, and they are calling them apex predators following this week's attack on company kaseya. and in the code of the attack, it was written specifically to avoid computers that primarily use russian and related languages. joining us now for more on this is russian and intelligent correspondent dilanian, and what is the latest on these cyber
attacks, and what is the concern? >> well, geoff, the apparent attempted attack on the rnc may have nothing to do with the on wave of attacks, and may be garden variety, and maybe the same type of thing that people in the united states do to others. but what is so disturbing is what made it the largest ransomware attack in history is because it was one of the most sophisticated and the attackers compromised a trusted vendor which then passed the malware on to other vendors, and passed it on the as many as 15 businesses nationwide, including sweden's largest grocery chain who had to close down because all of the registers were locked up. so while it did not have disruptive impact in the united states, it is alarming to researchers, because of the way
it happen and the way that the attackers were able to infect so many systems, and now they are asking for $70 million in ransom to unlock the systems, and the fact that they appear to be coming from russia is a sign that ongoing threat that vladimir putin is not doing anything to stop. >> and ken, are these hacks more frequent, and the hackers are more brazen, because thek companies are paying the ran sop -- ransom? >> yes, when this group receives a ransom from the world's largest meat packing group, it not only emboldens them, but expands the organization. so the government says do not pay the ransom, but it is hard for the corporations to follow that advice. >> ken dilanian with the latest. thank you, and appreciate it as
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with a shortage of houses and surplus of buyers, the home prices are breaking records. in may the median price for existing home was over $350,000. that is up 24% from last year, and it is still climbing. now in order to compete in the tight market, home buyers are offering tens of thousands of dollars over the asking price, and being asked to waive standard contingencies. business correspondent stephanie ruhle has more. >> reporter: joe williams and sarah are facing a challenge when it comes to the dream home. what has the search been like,
sarah? >> it is hectic. we will hear about a house, and we will go to see it, and then within a couple of days, it is offers, and it is gone. we don't want to settle on anything, but it is hard, because things come and go so fast, and so little inventory. >> reporter: the minnesota couple have been saving for the first place together, but to be competitive in this market, they have had to slim down the wish list. >> we have made concessions, could we live with three bedrooms instead of fourth, and how much square footage can we go down to, and what we look at listing because everything is 20 to $30,000 over. >> reporter: and right now, it is a seller's market, and the median sales price is now $350,000, and a record high, and the homes are selling fast. 17 days on average. as a buyer, how do i smart shop? >> knowing what is right for you
quickly, and find out if the sell sers want a quick close or maybe a later close, and if you can be flexible, that is a good way to make your offer stand out. >> reporter: know how much you can afford and get your finances in order quickly and get the mortgage preapproval to act quickly, and consider carefully if you are asked to waive contingencies like a home inspection. dessiree waived hers and now she is saddled with tons of repairs including a raccoon infestation. >> we did that, and including waiving a home inspection, and that not right. >> homes are rising but not as fast as before, and where the homes are going for sale. >> our thanks as always with stephanie ruhle, and now joining us is the host of the full disclosure podcast, robin, and
you have people paying way above what is asked, and what is driving this hot market, and what is the difference of the price inflation in the early 2000s? >> well, geoff, the united states singularly fetishizing the housing when they are brought down low, in the early oughts, and that accrues to home building in the housing sector, and people locked in at home reconsidering the psychic contours of what housing was. so if you manhattan money or d.c. or san francisco money, suddenly looking at nevada or other parts of new england, and going into the satellite markets, and driving up the values, and so there is a pungent sense of missing out, and as you are pointing out with stephanie, a dire shortage of the housing stock, and
generations feeling left out, and causing a feeding frenzy, but this is not driven by the financial engineering that we saw in the early oughts with the liar loans and fake loans, because it is a truly a feeding frenzy. >> and generations left out, and thoughts and prayers to the first-time home buyers looking for to a starter home, because the median price for a first-time home is the or the median age for a first time home buyer is 33 and up to from age 30 a decade ago, and what does the impact have on the long-term financial health of a prospective buyer? >> it is wired to wealth building. if you are looking to the median and 35 or 40-year-old home owning couple, there is cash, and stocks and assets like the car, and if you don't get the head start on the building and the accruing equity in the home, the opportunity costs of that, and especially in a big market is burning the money away on rent, which is not building
equity, and it is leaving generations frustrated and causing a lot of the millennial, and boomer and gen-x in-fighting. are these policies are going to last, and you will see the home deductions not long lasting, and once these generations are up and coming. >> and if people are lucky enough to buy a new house in this market, good luck to buy furniture and appliances to put it in. i saw a major retailer saying 27 weeks for the delivery of a new sofa, and then i did the math, and this is like seven months. what is the delay? >> people were paying so much attention to the homes that we are at home, and add a unit or dress up the second unit that we have in the country or spending more time there, oh, remote work
is going to let me work out of this satellite state, well, i'm going to invest in it, and then wayfair and home depot, and they were in clover. so if you told me in the pandemic that the big beneficiary would have been construction oriented and going to buy sheet rock, i would have said that you were crazy, but that is what we have been dealing with. >> and invest in some sheet rock stock. roben farza, thank you. >> thank you. and now, a time honored tradition returning to new york for first time in two year, and the first ticker tape parade rolled through. and president biden is speaking in crystal lake, illinois. so let's listen to the president. >> please. please be seated. mr. president, and what he told you is that he had to delay the
vacation today, because he heard that the president is coming. oh, biden. so he could show me around mchenry college. i want you to know that america is back. america is back. in no small part because of the men and women, and governor pritzker, stand up, man. this a good man. i really want somebody in the foxhole with you when you are in trouble, you want senator tammy duckworth. and the guy i rely on more than anybody else in the united states senate and i have served with him for years and we have a lot in common in terms of losses and gains is dick durbin.
dick. and congresswoman underwood who got me a passport. her mom and dad are mildly proud. her mom looks like her sister. last week, i was up in wisconsin to talk about a bipartisan agreement to modernize american infrastructure, and in the process create millions of high-paying jobs and this is not my estimate, but wall street, and everybody's estimate, millions of good paying jobs and not $8 or $10 or $15, but good prevailing wage jobs and this is what it means for illinois. you got like many states, all states, you have 2,374 bridges,
and over 6,200 miles of highway in disrepair. as a result, every driver in this state pays a hidden tax, about $600 per year in wasted time and fuel, because of the nature of the roads and bridges, and by the way, you are better than a lot of states, and not the mention the challenge of getting to work and day care center on time to avoid that late fee when you pick up your child. your governor has an ambitious infrastructure plan, and under the bipartisan infrastructure plan, we will make the biggest investment in the state's bridges and highway investment and creating high-paying jobs. god-willing, we won't have 40 weeks of this is infrastructure week. remember those? think what it will mean to mchenry's agriculture programs
to get products easier to go somewhere and quicker to drive on randall road. look, this agreement also allows us to replace every lead pipe and service line in america benefiting ten million homes. it's going to address -- [ applause ] it's going to address lead exposure in 400,000 of our schools and day care facilities where children drink that water. this would be the largest investment in clean drinking water in american history we're passing. in every -- one in every ten people in illinois lacks access to high-speed internet. a bipartisan agreement that dick and others have made sure we're getting, the agreement allows the us to connect every american to reliable high speed internet, every single american, rural and urban, and by the way, those of your parents who have kids at home, tell me what internet
means last year if they are school-aged. well, from 2010 to 2020, illinois experienced 49 extreme weather events, although i heard today from the senator north of here that -- republican senator, there is no global warming. you know, there's no such thing, but those weather events cost this state roughly $50 billion in damages. we're going to upgrade the electric grid to make it more resilient to extreme weather and other threats. there's a lot more the agreement is going to do to ensure the physical infrastructure. lays the foundation for a strong and double and sustainable competitive economy, but what i'm talking about today is human infrastructure. it's essential to that foundation as well. the to truly win the 21st century and once again lead the world, to truly build an economy from the bottom up and middle out, to truly dole everybody in
this time, we need to invest in our people. we need to invest in our people. that's why in addition to the bipartisan infrastructure agreement that i believe we're going to get done, i'm here to make a case for the second critical part of my domestic agenda. it's a combination of parts of my american jobs plan that were essential and not included in the bipartisan infrastructure plan as well as my american families plan. in washington they call it a reconciliation bill. that's a fancy way of saying with the filibuster that our friends on the other side use constantly, more than ever been used in history, it moans you've got to get 60 votes to get anything done. we're a 50-50 senate with a vice president who happens to be a democrat, and back in a campaign, you know, i said we're going to build back and we're going to build back better. we can't back, we've got to build back better. today i want to outline some of the key pieces of the build back better agenda and what it's going to do for the people of illinois and the people of the
united states. it's about a country once again that inspires and leads the world in the opportunities that we provide, the cures we discover, the technologies that we pioneer and industries we croat. in a nation that leads the world in combating the existential threat of climate change. the build back better plan agenda starts with education. you know, one of the reasons why we're a leading country in the world for so long and still on the edges is because we're the first nation, industrial nation in the world to require -- to allow 12 years of free education back at turn of the 20th century, but everybody has caught up. at the time they were debating what should be education in america, the argument was there should be 12 years of free education, and that's what got us ahead. that's what had us leap ahead of the rest of the world but as of today everybody is caught up. does anybody think in the 21st century with the change that's
taking place in technology and across the board, that 12 years of education is enough to be able to live a middle class life. i don't think so, and so the fact of the matter is we've decided -- i've decided we should have a minimum of 14 years of education, 14 years of education which i'll explain in a second. you know, as a first lady, i'm jill biden's husband, but as jill would say, and show's a full-time community college professor while being the first lady, she often says any nation that out-educates us is going to outcompete us. any nation that out-educates susgoing to out-compete us. that's why i want to guarantee an additional four years of public education in america, starting with two-year quality pre-school for 3 and 4-year-olds building on what the governor has opinion doing here in illinois. [ applause ]
for the last ten years studies out of the great universities, found that low-income people who participated in pre-school were 70% more likely to earn an associate degree or higher and get throughout call without difficulty. we need to build on that foundation for future success, and then i want to add two years of free community college for everyone. [ applause ] and we can afford it. i'll tell you how. that can boost earnings of high school graduates with low-wage jobs by nearly $6,000 a year on average. the average annual cost of a two-year degree in illinois is $4,200. under my proposal that cost would be zero, but it's not just tuition that's expensive. as was pointed out, living expenses, housing, meals, transportation, and that's why i propose to increase a maximum pell grant which if you're below a certain income you qualify for
a pell grant from about 6,500 a year to $8,000 a year, and that will fill it out. i know -- i know that here at mchenry you have a dual enrollment program so students from places like woodstock high school and other high schools, you get credit for taking college classes here. well, my plan will provide resources to expand programs like the one you have here. my plan will also do more to invest in high-quality job training and apprenticeships in fast-growing sectors like public health, child care, manufacturing information, technology, clean energy, so that all americans can get the skills that employers want that lead to good middle class and i make no apology union jobs.
also it makes strategic investments in teachers, in the teacher pipeline, because even before the pandemic our school system was 100,000 teachers short here in america, particularly in high-demand areas. our children are the kite strings that lift our national ambitions aloft and our teachers help them believe they can do anything. i bet every one of you can name the teacher that helped change your life. every one of us, someone came along hand made us believe in ourselves. that's the real secret of teachers. my plan will reduce student debt for future teachers, double the size of annual federal scholarships for future teachers. it will also support $100 billion in-school infrastructure improvements, including community college to make sure that they are safe and healthy places for learning around that all students with labs and technology that need to be able to compete in the 21st century. of course, an ability to take
these jobs often depends on the availability of child care. the as a single father, and when i first got to the senate, i had two young boys who had just lost their mom and their sister in an automobile accident. if i hadn't had the family i, my sister, my younger sister and my best friend and my brother and my mom help out, i couldn't have done it, but not everybody has that kind of support. i just toured your children's learning center. it's an amazing resource. students and faculty can have their children cared for. student can earn their associate degrees in early childhood education as well. high quality child care options should be the rule, not the exception, so on my way here i met with mike sayer who wrote a letter about his struggle to find affordable child care and he wanted to know what my plans are. mike, i hope you know now. here we are. my plans are to provide access the to quality affordable child
care with more college chair centers in community colleges with upgraded child care facilities all across the country. [ applause ] businesses -- businesses will have a full tax credit to build on-site facilities, and the reason i want to do is not just to be nice, because stud its show when there's an on-site child care center, there's less employee turnover, less absenteeism and it's in their overwhelming interest to do it. middle class families will pay 7% of their income for children up to age 5 and hard-pressed working families won't have to pay a dime. my plan will also invest in child care workforce with better wages, benefits and training opportunities. look, also going to give parent the option to take up to an $8,000 tax credit to cover child care expenses if that's the preferred route. that's good for families and
it's good for the economy and it will create more jobs. employ plan will provide up to 12 weeks of paid family leave for medical care. [ applause ] 12 weeks of paid family leave. look, we're one of the few major economies in the world that doesn't cover paid family medical leave, and the most difficult moments someone will ever face, no one should have to choose between the job and a paycheck and taking care of someone you love, a parent, a spouse, a child. look, we'll tackle the maternal mortality crisis as well that impacts on black and native american mothers disproportionately and what -- and i want to thank congressman underwood for her leadership in this area. [ applause ] as i said again and again, people who really need a tax