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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 break in this country are
america's working families. it's time they get a tax break. so my build back better agenda would extend expanded child care credit that we passed under my american rescue plan. those with children under the age of 7, you're -- and depending on your income, and your income taxes, you're going to get a cash payment back. up until now, guess what. $2,000 to declare a dependant. if you have two children you get $4,000 off a $10,000 tax bill, it's important, but if you don't have enough -- you don't make enough money to be able to have -- to owe that kind of tax, you don't get a tax credit. you don't get anything. well, under this proposal, guess what. you're in a situation where if you have a child under the age of 7 you get back $3,600 in cash. in addition to that, those in that situation are going to start to see that coming in by the end of this month on a monthly basis.
it can change the lives of people. starting next week families will begin to receive one of the largest ever single-year tax cuts aimed at families with children, and every child under the age of 6 is $36, every child between 6 and 17 is 3,000. it's not a credit against your taxes but a direct payment. you'll get cash, cash. that's what you'll get. for example, middle class family with two children can expect to receive $72,000. you get the first half, the 3,600 paid out at 600 a month between july and december and you get the rest between january and tax day. there's one tax cut these studies show that child care is cutting poverty in half -- by 40%. families with children who call foy for this cuts poverty by 40%, and so let's extend the tax cut at least through 2025 and let's expand --
[ applause ] let's expand free meals for millions more children in school. with the assistance during the summer months when they don't have access to those school meals. we support families with children. we also need to provide greater dignity for our nation's senior citizens who care for them. look, for hundred of thousands of older adults and people with disabilities who need home and community-based care services -- they qualify for it under medicaid, but there's a backlog of thousands of people, but one study showed that $3,000 spent helping a senior stay in their home by providing, saves the country more than $20,000 a year in medical costs. at the same time, more than 1.5 million americans work in home care, they are
disproportionately women, women of color and immigrants and those jobs are among the lost paid in the economy. one in six home care workers lives in poverty. we need to do better on both sides of the equation. my plan provides home care for older americans and improving jobs and better pay for home care workers who pay for them. here's the deal. they save a lot of money if you don't have to go to a home. keeping people in their own home. mentally and every other way is a benefit, a significant benefit for the community as well as cost. we also need to continue to make health care more affordable. when we lowered premiums and expanded coverage for the american -- in my american rescue plan, more than 1.5 million people signed up for what used to be cold obamacare. the i want to make these premium reductions permanent so we can get even more people covered. we need to deal with the shortage of affordable housing in america. over 10 million renters in this
country pay more than half their income for the rent on their apartment, and they lack affordable housing prevents people from moving to communities where there are more opportunities, so we're going to make historic investments in affordable housing, increasing and improving the housing supply by improving and rehabilitating more than 2 million home, especially in places that need more housing, and we need to invest not just in the physical and human infrastructure today. we need to invest in jobs and industries of tomorrow. three decades ago, and this also disturbs me, even just repeating it. three decades ago the united states was number one in the world for a share of their gdp being invested in in research and development. we're number one in the world. we are now number eight in the world, number eight in the world. china was -- excuse me. china was number nine in the world, and now they are number two in the world.
folks, is democrats and republicans agree we can't afford to lose this race. it came together in the senate, an innovation in the competition act that dick was very much a part of to help us grow the industries that win the jobs of the future. we need to lay the foundation for the next generation of american jobs and american leadership and manufacturing and technology. we're going to invest in historic black colleges and universities under minorities serving institutions because while these schools may not have the endowments for the labs needed to generate these jobs, these students are just as capable of learning about all the things that are going to provide the jobs of the future and, of course, no challenge is as urgent as climate change. last week i met with eight governors for a better part of an hour all from the western states, republicans and democrats. the they are facing extreme heat, record drought, and a fire season that threatens to be much
longer and more dangerous and more destructive than ever. last year, for example, more than 10 million acres burned in the west, 10 million acres, not counting the lives lost and homes lost. more land that exists in moy home state of delaware and my native state of maryland combined. a fire swept through and took out every single thing in the state of maryland and delaware. the drought conditions this year are twice as bad. you've seen the pictures. reservoirs that are 40 feet down, 50 feet down. the extreme weather isn't just in the west. in illinois, farm efforts downstate are dealing with more frequent droughts, and two weeks ago just south of here, you just had a nearly unprecedented tornado. we can't wait any longer to deal with climate crisis. we see with our own acts and it's time to act, the bipartisan agreement that we reached have made some major strides. it's going to allow the transition for thousands of old
school buses, diesel buses and city buses, we'll change them to electric buses. there's roughly half a million of these iconic yellow school buses on the road. 95% of them run on diesel, for example, and diesel pollutes the air and is linked to asthma and other health problems and hurts our communities and causes our students to miss school. i'll put americans to work capping tens of thousands of abandoned oil and gas wells that are leaking methane. it's devastating. and the way to fill these, cap these walls are the same ways that it took to dig the wells, making people earn a prevailing wage and there's thousands of them. we need to go further. i'm going to provide tax cuts for businesses and consumers who invest in clean energy technologies, like renewables, battery storage, next generation aviation fuels, electric vehicles. i want to set a clean electric standard that most of the us to
a fully clone and reliable grid. these steps are going to create good-paying union jobs and spur demand for domestic manufacturing and accelerating clean energy and cars and grow the technology on factory floors with union workers here in the united states, and we create a new generation of jobs and clean energy manufacturing. i also want to enlist a new generation of climate conservation and reliance workers -- excuse me, resilience workers, like fdr did when the american work plan for preserving our landscape of the civilian conservation corps. it's a similar thing. we can put americans to work strengthening public lands and waters and making our communities rural and urban more resilient against extreme weather. and we can take on the long overdue work of advancing the environmental justice by addressing pollution. my plan is also going to give grants to spur an innovative policies and land projects --
local projects like installing community, solar and storage and disadvantaged communities, replacing streetlights that are made in america with l.e.d. bulbs that cost a whole lost less and last a whole lot longer and boosting efficiency in schools and cutting electric bills. folks, i've laid out a lot of plans here but that's because it's time we have to think bigger, act bolder and build back better. when we passed the american rescue plan, the nay sayers and doubters said it wouldn't work. well, we created over 3 million jobs since i took office, more jobs in the first month of a presidential administration than any time in american history. and last week the congressional budget office doubled their projections of the '20-'21 economic growth from 3.2% to 7.4%, and the ocde thinks it could be higher. that puts our plan and work to
move forward a lot of things, including we're close to defeating the virus. the last time energy -- the economy grew at this rate was in 1984 and ronald reagan was telling us it was an american morning. well, this is going to be an american century. [ applause ] with my american families plan and the other elements of the build back better agenda experts on wall street, analysts have said that we'll create millions of good-paying jobs for years and decades to come. not just in the near term, so i'm going to be making the case to the american people until the job is done, until we bring this bipartisan deal home, until we meet the needs of families of today and the economy of tomorrow, and we can pay for it. let me give you a rough example. this isn't -- you know, by the way, the american -- the plan
for infrastructure is paid for. it's paid for, and this plan that i'm talking about, which is really expensive if you add it all up, well, guess what, the fact is that it's paid for as well, and -- and let me tell you how we're requesting to pay for it. some of the ways to pay for it, the last couple of years, for example, 55 of the fortune 500 companies making billions of dollars did not pay a single penny in taxes, not one single cent. well, i don't want to punish anybody, but everybody -- and i hope some day my grandchildren grow up to be billionaires, that would be wonderful, especially for a guy for 36 years was listed as the poorest man in the united states congress. but having said that, all kidding aside, everybody has to pay their fair share. i'm not trying to gouge anybody. everybody has to get in the game. if we put in place a minimum 15% tax on the profits of
corporations, the ones who didn't pay any tax, that would raise a quarter of a trillion dollars, $240 billion. there's a loophole in the system called stepped-up basis that. loophole goes if i made a capital gains and i was a wealthy person and i was going to cash in may stock and i was going to have to pay a tax and make, you know, $400,000 and i was going to pay "x" amount in taxes, if on the way to cash it if i get hit by a truck god forbid and died and i was throat my daughter there would be no tax paid. it's not an inheritance tax, it's a tax due ten seconds earlier. we close that loophole and that saves $400 billion a year, not a year, $400 billion over this period which is enough to pay for the child -- child care tax credit. if we end tax breaks for fossil
fuels and make pleuraters pay to clean up the messes they have made that would raise $90 billion. i'm not asking them to do anything that is unfair. just not going to subsidize them anymore. they are doing well, thank you, and the messes they made they should clean up. well, if we ask the top 1%, and i hope many of you are in the top 1%, maybe. you know that tax cut that -- that was passed in 2017 was all -- all raised the deficit by over $2 trillion, not a penny paid for, and it didn't come back with anything. that -- that in fact, that entire $2 trillion, the vast majority went to the top tenth of 1% of the american people. 1% -- you know, if -- 1% -- the folks in the top 1%, if they just paid their personal income
tax the same as the ones under president george bush, george w. bush, that would generate $13 billion a year. it would raise the tax from what it is now from 35% to 39%. it's not like this idea of -- listen to the guy who used to have this job and somehow we're gouging people. the fact of the matter is if you're a plumber and a teach ir, you're probably paying 25%, 26%. some of you will be paying higher, but, here, look, it's enough to provide for that one change, enough to provide for two years free community college for every student in america. [ applause ] people say that one of the purposes of taxes is to also generate growth along with
making sure that we can pay for our basic needs. let me ask you. what is more than likely to growth economy and enhance us? continuing the tax cut at 37% or spending -- having to pay 39.5% generating economic growth because now you have a tax system that will allow millions of students to go to community college. when i was with barack as vice president he asked me to do a study, and i spent and i -- your sister penny pritzker was part of my effort to taking care of it, and the effort was simple. we came along and said okay -- we did 300, i don't know the exact number of the fortune 500 companies. we said what do you need a more? almost to a better they said i
need a better-educated work force. they are not prepared to pay for it. imagine if we present the world, the nation with a better educated work force. it helps everybody. the point is we pay for our entire plan to make the taxes fair for all americans. it's about time. there's a lot of work ahead of us to finish the job and we're going to get it done. we're going to reimagine what our economy and our future could be and show the world, just as importantly, we'll show ourselves that democracy, democracy can deliver, the people of illinois and america and the world can lead again. [ applause ] . thank you, ladies and gentlemen. i know that's a boring speech but it's an important speech. god bless you all and may god protect our troops. thank you, thank you, thank you. appreciate it. k you, thank you,. appreciate it. excuse my back, i apologize, i apologize. thank you.
>> good afternoon, everyone. i'm amman mohyeldin in new york. you were listening to president biden speaking in crystal lake, illinois, making the case for his infrastructure plan and talking about the need to make america better, making it more competitive with some of the items that he wants to see move forward, including child care, free college tuition and a whole lot more, all to make america more competitive. part of his build back better program. we have an expert team of reporters and analysts to break it all down for us. joining us nbc news white house correspondent monica alba in illinois, the white house correspondent for the pbs "newshour" and mid rater of "washington week" and ana the founder of punch bowl news. monica, we'll start with you. the president talking about the human infrastructure portion of his plan which will likely be
included in a bill that will probably have to be passed through budget rec sill rules that require only 51 votes in the senate. unlikely to get that bipartisan threshold of 60 votes. i want to play for you and others what senate republican leader mitch mcconnell had to say about this yesterday. watch. >> this is going to be a hell a fight over what this country ought to look like in the future, and it's all going to unfold here in the next few weeks. i don't think we've got a bigger difference of opinion between the two parties over the best thing to do for america than we have right now, and there are a few democrats left in rural america and some others who would like to be more in the political center who may find this offensive. >> so monica, just before he made another pitch for that
portion of his plan, the president also responded to senator mcconnell's comment. walk us through what he had to say about them. >> he was asked about this exactly, amman. he was posed a question if minority leader mitch mcconnell is saying this is not going to happen. what are you prepared to do in response and the president said jokingly what do you mean? mitch mcconnell loves our programs hemp's touting them in kentucky. remember, we're talking about two very distinct things here. the initial bipartisan framework which deals with the more traditional infrastructure, your roads, bridges, waterway and broadband, this is something that we've seen mcconnell get on board with and say that if that's something we're going to put his stamp of approval on many of the members will get in line but when it comes to the human infrastructure elements, the child care and education components, many of which, by the way, if we remember were originally in that american jobs plan before they were stripped out in order to get an agreement with both republicans and
democrats in terms what have we saw just a couple of weeks ago. the president came here and was very deliberate about the strategy. he said i want the other thing to proceed on a two-track plan and he even talked about the reconciliation process that's something that's a little bit wonky, and they don't usually detail it outside of washington. here in illinois he did explain it, and that's all part of a strategy the white house says to have him be the explainer in chief, to come to places like michigan, wisconsin and today other in illinois and in counties that are actually a little more red-leaning. this one was narrowly won by president trump in 2020. the american people believe that that will be effective. they believe they could see a repeat what have happened with the american rescue plan and covid relief in that if it has a boost in public polling it helps them make an argument. both of these things are going down very different paths which
the president was quite clear about here's and he drew on his own personal experience, those five years he spent as a single father after his first wife died saying it was very difficult for him to secure things like child care while he was working so he came to a community college, to this campus specifically where students who ren rolled can enroll their kids in child care, and he touted things like that as saying this is why we need the american families plan. that's his argument, and he wanted to come and make it outside of the beltway, but what kind of a path it faces on capitol hill is another matter as, again, democrats are the only ones likely to pursue it through the reconciliation process which does not require republican votes. >> anna, let's talk about the path back through the beltway as monica was talking about for this. could the fight over the reconciliation portion of the infrastructure package affect the main bipartisan bill, and the more moderate members of the senate democratic caucus, folks like joe manchin and senator
sinema on board with this reconciliation package. >> absolutely. you basically hit the nail on the head there in terms of the tricky basically dynamics that the president and the senate -- and the democratic leader chuck schumer is having to deal with when it comes to this package. i think you're going to see a lot of climate activists and others on the left happy that joe biden really details those, you know, where he sees climate and being so important because there's been a lot of frustration among the left that the president hasn't been putting enough pressure on this human infrastructure package, the climate to be a part of it and then on the other side of things, you have joe manchin and kyrstyn sinema who have not signed on this infrastructure package saying we're working on the hard infrastructure package, deal that the senate has negotiated. we still don't have all of the details there which is going to be very tricky in the first place, much less trying to do this second track of the reconciliation package. that's how much of a process,
and i think one of the things that i continue to say it's not as if all of the democrats agree on what should actually be in that reconciliation package that's going to be very difficult for them to get it done. >> yeah, not to mention, yamiche, that depending on who you asked, the messaging mix-up when the president first announced this and all kinds of people were saying this was the president fumbling the messaging on this thing and he wouldn't sign it until, you know, the bipartisan one -- he wouldn't sign the bipartisan one unless the other one makes its way through. what do we know about what the white house, yamiche, intends to do to get p.w. botha bills across the finish line? >> what the white house is going to do is to push and remind congress that they want to see both of these bills on the president's desk. the president wants to see them in tandem. he has walked back the idea that there's an ultimatum that he would veto one without the other. let's be clear, as anna and others have reported, democrats
have been very clear that these two bills need to move at the same time. nancy pelosi saying that the house will not pass one without the other, and what you heard from president biden today was really him pitching this idea that republicans and others should be on board with the idea that americans need the help and need the investment in children and education and communities especially in the middle of the pandemic and what you saw was the president talking about among progressive democrats who at the time were pushing back saying they weren't doing enough on climate change and here you have the president today explaining, yes, climate change is absolutely a priority. there's a lot of agenda items with voting rights and pligts, and infrastructure continues to be top on that list. president biden wants to see the two bills passed, and what you heard i think when you hear president biden joking at senate minority leader mitch mcconnell that he's bragging about the american recovery act saying
that republicans may be against the big bills moving through congress but once people get the money in their pockets and once communities start to see the investments and seeing the jobs being created, republicans will want to take credit for that -- for that help and that economy being boosted, so there's the president underscoring that, and one thing that monica mentioned and we have to underscore here is he is in a district that republicans are trying to target to flip with representative lauren underwood's district and there is, of course, the politics and the mid-term elections around the corner and on top of mind with the president as he's explaining what's going on in this bill. there is an idea that democrats want to hold on to the house. >> absolutely. politics always casting a large shadow in washington, even beyond the beltway. thanks to all of you for starting us off this hour. and we're continuing to monitor the very latest out of surfside, florida, where the search for survivors in the deadly condo collapse is now in day 14. earlier today the mayor announced the death toll has
risen by ten bringing the number of lives lost so far to 46. joining me now is father juan sosa, a pastor at st. joseph catholic church in miami beach. father sosa, it's great to have you with us. thank you, sir, for your time. i know that you delivered the homily at the funeral for the guerra family, the 4-year-old and 10-year-old sister and both of their parents who died in the collapse, the two sisters being buried together in the same coffin. what was your message to their loved ones? >> it was a combination of not making them think that, you know, this is god's will. god doesn't will the death. it's the imperfections of human beings and the practicality of things and actually our own sinfulness and selfishness but actually a message of hope that came out of the book of lamentation where we lament on
our losses and the important thing is the amount of people that came to the mass, to the funeral mass and the idea of -- they had to use 24 pallbearers, the father, the mother and two girls in one casket, so i felt that we were all together as one. the other message i think has a lot to do with this is the importance of the quality of life and how much we must keep it, the quality of family life especially, the quality of love for one another. more than the quantity which is what this society, like any other first world society, moves through, to accumulate treasures and to be able to feel better
than anybody else so i think that despite the fact that we here not perfect families in this world of hours, it's important. >> very powerful words there, father. i know we heard from local officials earlier today that the number of the dead is now hat 46. 94 people remain unaccounted for. what do you tell those who are still waiting to hear news of their missing family members? >> to keep hoping. i don't think we stop hoping because of what we find: we need to enable the peace of the lord to assist them, the shock, the anxiety, the pain, the hurts, the aches, to rely on the lord very much so and to keep hoping. and even if we're realistic about the situation and we know that they may have lost their family members, the fact is that they are not alone and that god
is with them. >> thank you so much for your time and your words. greatly appreciate it. >> thank you for having me. and coming up, another big story that we're following today. hate's president assassinated overnight in what president biden is calling a heinous act. we're going to talk to haiti's ambassador to the united states about who is in power in that country at this moment and the effect this assassination will have on the country going forward. you're watching ""ayman mohyeldn reports." ing am""ayman mohyeldi reports. with just 2 medicines in 1 pill, dovato is as effective as a 3-drug regimen... to help you reach and stay undetectable. research shows people who take hiv treatment as prescribed and get to and stay undetectable can no longer transmit hiv through sex. don't take dovato if you're allergic to its ingredients
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seeing stark regional differences in covid cases and deaths. while new jersey and coastal areas may be faring well, states like missouri are seeing case numbers skyrocket with low vaccination rates and the delta variant spreading fast. southwestern missouri is now among the latest virus hot spots in the country, and the state's mercy springfield hospital actually ran out of ventilators over the holiday weekend as the number of covid patients being treated there jumped by 27%. joining me now is the chief administrative officer at the hospital. thanks for your time. on monday you wrote something that caught our attention, running almost 50 vents and expanding to a second covid icu and second step down. physicians, nurses and therapists are tired, heck, everyone is tired. you guys are still living
through this, something a lot of us haven't seen for a long time. tell us how things are looking like today. >> thanks for the opportunity to tell the story. we actually started the beginning of june and up until this prior weekend we continue to respond to the pretty rapid escalation in the suitization of our ventilators as we recognize we were using more and more on hand and we started to utilize our health care system and knowing that we were going to need them with what we had on hand and we had the resources on the ground pretty readily and we were able to broaden that there and as we do today we have an on hand inventory thanks to the system. >> when we think about where we've come as a country collectively, the doctors and nurses and front line workers in
all of this, how are the doctors and nurses holding up in all of this? >> the entire team is tired as i noted in my earlier communication. we get yourself out of the woods and then you find yourself back into the woods. in the fall it could be more challenging in the fall in that the flu could return. didn't expect this to happen in the summer and we have. the frustration level comes through and we're just not there as a community. >> you talked about some. resources that you currently have. can you talk about what you still need from the state or even the federal level. what more could be done to help hospitals like yours in your state? >> i think the good news is part of the mercy health care system. there's personnel within multiple states, multiple hospitals andy with continue to
look at our multiple health departments and the continued encouragement for vaccination is the key. we have low vaccination acceptance rates in this part of the state and country and that's really correlated to the number of hospitals that we have right now so what we need from every level of government, the federal and state and local is that push for vaccinations, it's got to be direct and constant and we can see them easily available and free. we've taken away every execute not to get that and we need to work with them to get them vaccinations. >> why aren't they getting it if if in fact everything is being done to make them acceptable, the fact that they are getting it for free and getting it out to places like.has said he wants to do. >> why is that happened even though numbers are so low in many other states? >> i think there's a couple of factors. information from a survey earlier and our hospital
association that kind of identified groups of people that are less likely to seek out the advantages own and we work with those groups and continue to educated them and identify where they are and make sure they have access to the situation. there's a group that feels that this is a personal choice and they are going to make that decision regardless of the outcome and that's what we need to continue to press upon the overall impact and people think that covid is not something that affects them and even though you may not get covered and someone you may know doesn't get code of and it helps the regular care we do in a hospital and we need to keep telling that story and doing it. it's been politicize and we all know that. we can tell people of all backgrounds and affiliations have taken the vaccine and you look at the older generation with the higher vaccination rate, they are not the ones showing up in the hospital. it's a younger demographic and we need to keep telling that
story and getting in front of that. >> is there a silver lining in this current moment that we're seeing that this surge in numbers may break through to people and motivate more people in missouri to go ahead and get that vaccination shot. >> the last surge we didn't have vaccinations in hand and people continue to hear the stories and people are still dying and younger people are in the icus and the faster we can get people vaccinated we can slow things down. our organization took that step today by mandating vaccines for all co-workers and taking that lead step forward in our community and hoping that other health care systems will follow suit and we'll show the community that collectively stands by the approach and we say the vaccine is the way to get out of this and move forward. >> thank you so much for your
time and insights. greatly appreciate it. >> still ahead, much more on the assassination of haiti's president. you're watching ayman mohyeldin reports. watching ayman mohyeld rertpos. there's interest you accrue, and interests you pursue. plans for the long term, and plans for a long weekend. assets you allocate, and ones you hold tight. at thrivent, we believe money is a tool, not a goal. and with the right guidance, you can get the financial clarity you need, and live a life rich in meaning, and gratitude. to learn more, text thrive to 444555, or visit thrivent.com. (upbeat pop music in background throughout)
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haiti's first lady who is now hospitalized. it was called a highly coordinated attack by a highly trained and heavily-armed group and president biden was asked about the murder earlier. take a listen. >> what's your reaction, mr. president, to the haitian president being assassinated? >> we need a lot more information. it's very worrisome. >> joining me now is the "new york times" bureau chief for the caribbean and i do want to start with -- with you and ask you about the reporting about the -- the acting prime minister saying that the assailants spoke spanish. what do we know about who may have carried out the assassination in the early stages? >> well, we know very little, and that's kind of the crux of what's the problem with haiti is that it's a place -- a failed
state is a very insulting term so i won't go there, but it's a place where international aid has propped up a state that's barely functioning and kind of allowed it to continue to barely function. you know, the fact that we know very little and there's very little transparency over what happened, what unfolded last night, the fact that reporters haven't really been able to go into the scene and the fact that these kidnappers are at large and the fact that the state seems to know very little about them, not these kidnappers but these assassins, but all of this kind of comes to the boiling point which is that haiti is barely surviving at this point and new solutions need to -- need a to be brought forth to fix the country. >> talk to us about the last couple of months that led us up to this moment. moise took office in 2017. we saw protests against the president in the months leading up to his death. why were there protests, and what will his legacy as a leader
be today? >> well, his legacy will be a president that was deeply unpopular. he won the vote with 600,000 votes which was barely 18% of the actual -- those who were eligible to vote. he continued to rule. he increasingly ruled by decree. when parliament expired last year he didn't call for elections. he only called for elections this year and wanted to hold those elections in september which was going to be in tandem with a constitutional referendum which would have done things like increase the military's role in -- in the country and allow presidents to run for two consecutive terms because at this point those terms are capped. however, many people within civil society, not necessarily his political op significance, people who are apolitical and are sick of everybody at this point, said even the constitution was written without
their consent and their input which is normally the normal process in most countries is that you seek input from civil society rather than appointing a council to just create, you know, a new document so his -- on his watch, haiti became a more violent and non-stable place and that's, unfortunately, how he'll be remembered. >> yeah, and we should note that the state department is denying dea agents were involved in this. obviously that's based on some local reporting that those who carried out this assassination were identifying themselves as dea agents, some speaking spanish and english saying this is a dea operation. do we know, maria, just generally from the culture in haiti, are there the presence of security contractors, you know, rogue elements, gangs, because the way that this is being described from haitian officials is that it was a pretty
sophisticated operation in terms of who might have been on the ground with that tactical ability to carry out this type of attack. >> well, there have been some accusations as recently as june actually that -- that the very wealthy who live in kind of their own enclave in the hills above port-au-prince had actually hired foreign mercenaries. at this point many people don't trust the police or other elements of the security services, and many people are starting to take, you know, matters in their own hands by hiring foreign mercenaries. we cannot prove that at this point. i mean, this is what eyewitnesses have said, but at this point i think that it would be fair to say that -- that the suspicion of armed mercenaries is -- is very, very high and, i mean, we don't know yet whether it led to the assassination. however, i can tell you that the -- that the -- the way that they stormed the compound that the president lived in was very
sophisticated. they basically just rocked up brazenly many, many, you know, trucks and several people on the ground. they had, you know, it was -- it was clear that they had been -- that they had had some pretty sophisticated training. maybe they were part of the military and maybe they had been trained by former military people, but this was not some sort of ragtag gang. i mean, this was a very sophisticated force from the footage that's coming out. >> as i mentioned, we were supposed to be interviewing the haitian ambassador to the u.s. for answers to some of those questions. we'll try to bring him on the patrol tomorrow. maria, thank you so much. greatly appreciate your time this afternoon. >> thank you. and still ahead, new reporting on kevin mccarthy's plans for the january 6th select commit. coming up, we're going to talk to one of speaky pelosi's picks, democratic congresswoman sheila murphy where things stand and how safe she feels in the capitol six months after the insurrection. you're watching "ayman mohyeldin reports." watching "ayman mohyen reports. business was steady, until...
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house minority leader kevin mccarthy plans to appoint republicans to the newly created house committee on the january 6 attack on the capitol where there are currently five unfilled seats. some republicans like congressman rodney davis of iowa have publicly volunteered to join the committee. joining me is a member, democratic congresswoman from florida stephanie murphy. thank you so much for your time. i want to first get your reaction to this new reporting that minority leader kevin mccarthy is now in discussions with his fellow republicans about joining the house select committee. >> i'm certainly glad the house minority leader is willing to appoint members to this committee. i certainly hope, though, he appoints members who are willing to approach this issue from an apolitical perspective. >> as i mentioned davis has shown interest but it's possible
mccarthy would instead select hard-line supporters of the former president. what concerns do you have that republicans could try to derail the committee's investigations? do you think the selections would be made in good faith to try to get to the bottom of the unanswered questions surrounding that day? >> on january 6 the capitol was attacked by an angry mob of people who hurt law enforcement, sought to capture the republican vice president or hundreding down lawmakers in addition to folks who had put pipe bombs around the building. one would hope such a dangerous environment would have a unifying effect on the congress and that we would have serious numbers who are patriots, not partisans, participate in a select committee that would get to the bottom of what happened and how we can prevent it from ever happening again. >> i want to ask you a personal
question how safe you feel. yesterday on the six-month anniversary the police chief talked about more training, more resources for the officers there. how do you feel when you go to work in congress every day? do you feel safer than you did back on january 6th? >> well, obviously i think there's a heightened personal responsibility to be a bit more aware of your surroundings and to be more attuned to the social media threats and other reporting that's out there. but i think there's so much more that we can do together to keep the capitol safe not just for lawmakers but also for the media that calls the capitol their work place and the law enforcement officers who are there trying to do their best to protect the capitol as well as the tourist who is will, one day, i hope be able to return and witness democracy in progress. so we have to get the data, the facts, and appropriately make recommendations and resource them. >> congresswoman, allow me to
pivot to another coppic if you don't mind. yesterday military leaders completed 90% of its drawl from afghanistan. we are seeing the taliban is quickly taking american weapons that were in the hands of the afghan military. what do you make of these startling developments, how fast things are moving? should the u.s. consider its withdrawal? >> i recognize this withdrawal is what the public wants. a war-weary public. and it's the reason why this withdrawal was initiated under the trump administration and is currently being carried out by the biden administration. what i am concerned about is the taliban will be able to overtake afghan government and re-establish a terrorist stronghold for which they can attack americans. i'm also concerned about the
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