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trillion dollar package. chairman bernie sanders will be getting through the budget committee. it includes, a medicare expansion for dental, vision, this is really, these numbers are extraordinarily amazing. the details of this legislation, include things that people have fought for decades. literally decades. they never saw the opportunity though. here we are on the democrats only build tonight, budget community, unanimous agreement, it's gonna make it out of the committee. a represents what would be the mansion wing of the budget community. they're all in agreement. >> lawrence, on a scale of zero
to nothing is happening, to 100, joe biden is signing the legislation, where does that put us on the number line in terms of how close are we to the end? >> this is way up there for this package. the bipartisan package is its own track. it's holding together remarkably well. president biden is going to do something truly extraordinary tomorrow. he's actually going to go to the senate, democrats, luncheon in the capital tomorrow. something he went two for 36 years as a senator, i know he went a few times as vice president -- i never saw the president do that in either party when i was working in the senate. it is really where thing. i can almost feel joe biden's eagerness to get up there. really lock in the deal in the full senate -- the full democratic side of the
senate tomorrow after what they have accomplished in the budget committee tonight. >> so you think that this gets us closer to the end than the beginning? there has been so much news about every procedural step here, and i sort of field gun-shy about which one of these new steps matters. on this one since democrats only, you think this is a close to the end hurdle? >> the only suspense, if it is that, but your rating to here is what does joe manchin think? he's not a member of the budget committee, but mark warner and joe manchin are together on that bipartisan version of the bill. they're very close together. i doubt that the budget committee would have ignored would joe manchin thinks in coming to this agreement. even if they did, even if joe manchin, as this proceeds, wants to in some ways reduce the number, that is still possible within the way this
moves, but i have to believe that joe manchin's interests were strongly represented by mark warner. which you want to do is come out of the budget committee with the shape of what it is really going to be. that information is available to you -- bernie sanders is in the meeting every week. a brilliant construction by chuck schumer. he's in the meeting every week, bernie sanders, with joe manchin, and chuck schumer's leadership team which at that table has joe manchin, elizabeth warren, bernie sanders, it has ten senators who need to be in a room together for chuck schumer to understand exactly what is possible with all 50 members. it's a good representative group of what you need to have on the senate floor. i really have to believe with all that communication that bernie sanders and joe manchin have every week that chairman
sanders knew what he had to do to get all -- not just the unanimous vote of his committee, but all 50 senate votes on the senate floor. >> a, thank you for explaining that, i did not understand that before you explained it. be, thank you for letting me interview you about this on your program. >> it is my favorite thing, you know i would come in early to do that. thank you, rachel. >> thank you, lawrence. >> thank you. john pew sea and his wife molly didn't want to bring their 17 month old daughter bradley on an airport. bradley is too young to be vaccinated for coronavirus into tiny to wear a mask. so they decided to drive. the washington post reports, they got the call sunday afternoon after grabbing for hours of sleep, scores of
texans had testified against the voting bill but it past against party lines. he and his wife loaded their jobs and were on the road, they spent 23 hours driving straight through to washington alternating driving and baby duties. texas representative john bucy wife, molly is 27 weeks pregnant they did not want to have to make that drive. none of the texas democrats who left the state to deny the texas house representative quorum want to be in washington tonight, but they have made the trip to washington to resist would president joe biden today called " an assault on democracy ". when vice president kamala harris met with them today she gave them a standing ovation and then said this. >> the courage and the commitment and the patriotism
that you all have evidenced by your action, in addition to your work and your words. i know what you have done comes with great sacrifice. both personal and political. and you are doing this in support and in defense of some of our nation's highest ideals. >> this afternoon texas democrats met with chuck schumer who said, everything is on the day both, that was his line, when it comes to passing voting rights legislation in the senate. which means a change in the senate's 60 vote threshold must also be on the table. here is what's senator schumer said today to reporters before his meeting with the texas democrats. hi>> these votes are going to be remembered on the right side of history. the governor and the republican legislators will be remembered on the dark and wrong side of history. >> texas republicans in the
house representatives voted to direct their sergeant in arms to arrest the democrats, but texas has no authorities to do that outside of the state of texas. naacp derek derek johnson who will join accreditation tonight has offered to cover bail cost for the texas legislature's facing arrest saying quote, we are fully invested in good trouble. today president biden went to the birthplace of american democracy where he delivered a speech on voting rights in philadelphia's national constitution center. >> just think about the past election, 102 year old woman in arkansas who voted for the first time, on the very spot she ones picked cotton. 94-year-old woman in michigan voted early and in person in her 72nd consecutive election. you know what she said?
she said this election was the most important vote that we have her hat. >> president biden had a message for the loser of the last presidential election. >> in america, if you lose, you accept the results. you follow the constitution. you try again. you don't call facts fake, and then try to bring down the american experiment just because you're unhappy. that is not statesmanship. that's not statesmanship, that is selfishness. audits, recounts that were conducted in arizona, wisconsin, georgia it was recounted three times. it is clear, for those who challenge the results and
questioned the integrity of the election, no other election has ever been held under such scrutiny, such high standards. the big lie is just that, a big lie. [applause] >> >> the president repeatedly focus on what he called elections subversion. the most dangerous threat to the integrity of our elections in our history. >> it's not about who gets to vote, or making it easier for voters to vote. it's about who gets to count the vote. who gets to count whether or not your vote counted at all. it is about moving from independent election administrators, who work for the people, to polarize state legislatures and partisan
actors who work for political parties. to me, this is simple. this is election subversion. it is the most dangerous threat to voting in the integrity of free and fair elections in our history. >> leading off our discussion tonight are texas state legislature alex dominguez and julie johnson, both attended the meeting with vice president harris. representative julie johnson, let me thank you, last night i know you are operating the lights on the bus, the camera light for representative gina in a host so who was -- there you are holding up that like for her as she is doing appearance here on this program. i have to tell you, the shot looked great. hollywood cinematographers could not have done better on that bus. how are you feeling today after this trip and after the encouragement you got from vice
president harris? >> our meeting with vice president harris was really meaningful for all of us. it was important that we be able to communicate to her what is happening on the ground in texas. how moms whiz kids, working full-time, need to be able to just drive-through and vote, not have to drag five children to uphold for them to vote. all of the other issues that are happening in our state. it was really empowering for us to meet with her, to hear her words of encouragement, but really for her to hear our pain, to hear the pain of our constituents and we're going through. lawrence, one thing, office girls stick together, we're all here to be there for each other. it was my pleasure to hold the light for her. >> representative dominguez, republicans saying that you are on a road trip having fun, going to washington for fun and games. >> that couldn't be further
from the truth. more importantly we are here to fight for our constituents, not just in austin, but at the capitol here as well. we are hopeful that we can move with enough people that we can push forward and get success -- successful legislation. that is why we're here. four here and we're working for them and we will always keep working for them. >> representative johnson, senator joe manchin has said that he is eager to meet with you or some of you at least, a reasonably sized sample. what would you like to discuss with senator manchin? >> we just want senator manchin to understand what is happening in our state. what's the impact of this bill and the legislation that were fighting so hard to be on our voters. and how hard it would be for hardworking folks to vote, for people who have families, kids.
who are disabled. that would subject our voters to intimidation by poll watchers. lawrence, we want him to understand that the legislation being offered would allow people like the extraction us of january six want to be poll watchers to stand within inches of voters as they cast their ballot and intimidate them with our ally election judges to have no power to kick them out of the polls. that is intimidation in its worst form. we are determined to stop it. >> representative dominguez, you succeeded by your first walk out and changing the legislation, including removing the kind of provision that president biden today said that is the worst thing that is being considered by republican state legislatures and actually did pass in georgia. that is changing the way votes are counted and giving
republicans more control over the way votes are counted and more control over changing the actual vote count. >> you know, lawrence, as our former government would say, you can put lipstick on a pig but it is still a pig. this is still a terrible piece of legislation. i don't think we had something like this in a number of decades. the reason is because we heard the supreme court justice several years ago say that discrimination is over, racism is over. i would like to say that that is a dog whistle for legislation, to try to pass this type of legislation. we are here to put a stop to it. >> texas state representatives alex dominguez and julie johnson, thank you both for starting our discussion tonight. we really appreciate it. >> thank you for having us. >> joining us now is derek johnson presidency out of the naacp. thank you very much for joining us. you stepped forward and said
you are prepared to support these legislatures in any legal battle they might find themselves in including being arrested. >> absolutely. we are prepared to help pay hotel bills for them to stay out of texas. whatever needs to take place, this is the type of fight that we must be in this moment. we have a short window. we don't have six months to get this right, we have till the middle of september, with the census data is released, it starts re-district during. this will be the first redistricting process without the full potential of the voting rights act. that is something that we have not gone through. can you imagine all of the games of the last 60 years could be eroded? whether it is being elected to city council, state legislative body, everything is on the table. it is great that they're coming to terms on the infrastructure bill but there is nothing more important than ensuring that we
protect the rights of voters in this country. >> let's listen to something the president had to say today about republicans and he actually asked them directly, have you no shame? >> i'm asking my republican friends in congress, to stand up for god sakes and help prevent this concerted effort to undermine our election and the sacred right to vote. have you no shame? have you no shame? >> derek johnson, do you have an answer for that? >> they have no shame. i've been beating just drum for a while. the subverting of democracy started with platforms like facebook to allow the big lie to get rolling. the big lie, all of the auditing of elections. at this moment in time in our democracy, the republican have declared war.
and aa cpp or nonpartisan, we were in the same place 420 years, all citizens should have the right to fully engage and vote. our franchise is our currency. we must, in this moment, standup like we never stood up before. the president had set a tone, now let's get some outcome. at the end of today, speeches won't do it, public policy will. we must get the type of public policy in place to protect the rights of voters from georgia to texas, to arizona back to michigan. anything less than that will be unconstitutional, and in my opinion, even though we have a supreme court who's also position to undermine the rights of voters across the country. our democracy is under attack. >> congressman delivered the most powerful presidential campaign endorsement i have ever seen, and the biden presidency might not exist
without his endorsement in that campaign. tonight, congressman was on the show with rachel maddow, saying that he wants a joe manchin to agree to a change in senate procedures to illuminate the 60 vote threshold for voting rights legislation. that is all he is asking for now is just do it for voting rights legislation. he has asked president biden to ask joe manchin to do that, there is no one more influential in this mix then james cloud burn. he says that he has his own private communication with joe manchin and so far it is going well. >> would i heard him say is get it done, however you need to get it done, get it done. i don't want to be in the destruction of our procedural quest around the filibuster. the filibuster is being used to segregate. we shouldn't have that discussion.
the only discussion i want to have is get it done. the rights of voters should be protected at all cost, we cannot live up to the mandates of our constitution if we are not willing to ensure the protection of our votes. >> derrick johnson president of the double acp, honor to have you be here with us tonight. >> thank you. >> coming up. another texan, crusading for voting rights, beto o'rourke will join us next. us next. oh! are you using liberty mutual's coverage customizer tool? sorry? well, since you asked. it finds discounts and policy recommendations, so you only pay for what you need. limu, you're an animal! who's got the bird legs now? only pay for what you need. ♪ liberty. liberty. liberty. liberty. ♪ washed your hands a lot today? probably like 40 times.
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vote. they want to make it so hard and inconvenient that they hope people don't vote at all. that is with this is about. >> joining us now battle of work former democratic congressman representing el paso texas. helping democrats in texas. thank you very much for joining us again tonight. i want to get your reaction to president biden's speech today and his specifics about texas. >> i thought it was so powerful. he laid out in the starkest terms the attack that we're seeing right now on our democracy. he connected all the dots. the big lie. the insurrection on the 6th of january. all of these attempts indifferent state legislatures to make it harder for people to vote, and he singled out texas in that speech, i think in part because this is already the toughest state in which to register, to cast a ballot. the republican-controlled state
legislatures are trying to make it harder, especially on those with disabilities, black and brown voters, voters who live in big cities. the speech was wonderful. it was a speech that the country needed to hear. the only thing missing though, lawrence, was a call to make an exception to the filibuster for voting rights legislation. he diagnosed the problem perfectly. he laid it all out for us so that we understand just how perilously close we are to losing our democracy. but then he did not provide the prescription that we have been waiting for, and we must summon the political courage to change the rules of the senate, where a pro democracy democratic majority has the votes to get voting rights legislation like the for the people act passed. that is what is missing. i hope this is just the first of many speeches the president is going to give, and in the next one he will make the case for changing the filibuster. that is an imperative of we're going to save democracy. >> let's listen to more about
with the president said today, especially in terms of the last election, where at least last time around, he, as he puts it, democracy held. >> because of the extraordinary courage of elected officials, many of them republicans, our court system those brave capitol police officers, because of them, democracy held. >> one of the fascinating things about that is that one of the republicans who help the system hold as he puts it was the georgia secretary of state who has since than joint this change in georgia which he approves of in their new election law which actually gives the secretary of state a less authority than before. as good as he was in the last election the georgia secretary of state is not on the helping side of this issue now.
>> that was a very important passage in that speech where he talked about who will be able to count your vote on whether your votes will count at all. one republican controlled legislatures can take control of the local elections, as they are doing in georgia right now. the victory he enjoyed in november 2020 election, first democratic nominee to win the electoral college in that state, i don't know how many decades. i don't know, lawrence, if that's possible in 2024 when those republican control boards can overturn the count of the vote. they will have the power to do that, and as you know that was a provision that was in the bill in the regular session. we may see it's reappearance in the current version of it but it will allow the state of texas to override statewide elections going forward. so the president said that we must organize band together, and do this as americans before republicans and democrats, i agree with all of that, but it
is insufficient to the challenge at hand. that organizing will not stop the overturning of elections in georgia, texas -- will we need is voting rights legislation. we need the for the people act, specifically. we need the president to make the case to the country, to the whole country, that we need to make an exception in the filibuster rule for voting rights legislation. we made exceptions for supreme court justices, federal judges, budget reconciliation issues that can pass on a simple majority, let us make an exception for democracy. that's all we're asking. we're not for democrats, not for republicans, for americans and it's 245 year experiment. that is what is at stake. >> there is also a little notice exception in the senate as i'm sure you know that fast-tracks international trade agreements. they can get fast-tracked through the senate in a way that voting rights cannot at this point. but it seems, what you're
saying about this rule, that 60 vote threshold and joe manchin's position on it. it does seem like president biden knows well, and he has been privately, with james clyde burn been working on senator manchin on this very issue. as you know, those are the kinds of things that they do in private as long as they possibly can and tried to get to some agreement in private and we're going to find out whether they get their privately or not at some point the focus of them is on joe manchin. >> yeah those texas legislators are more leverage that this debate needed. and i'm so grateful for those heroism and the courage. coming up to washington d.c. to leave their homes, their jobs and facing arrest when they return to the state. putting it all on the line for
democracy or america. and it's hard to see that example and not be inspired. it's hard to see their courage and not look at yourself in the mirror and say hey when am i doing for my country right now? that's all of us across the country asking that question. especially, i hope those democrats who are in the political majority of the senate. this is their moment of truth because it is our moment of truth. and they have the power to deliver right now. so i hope that those democrats from texas will stay there for as long as it takes to get this done. the special session in texas lasts through the beginning of august. that seems to fit nicely with the u.s. senate voting schedule. i hope that they can bring the for the people act back for a vote and then make -- take a vote amending the filibuster to make that exception for voting rights. and if they do, i think we will have a lot of gratitude owed to those texas state house and texas senate democrats who made
the trip to washington. >> how is the democrats trip to washington playing in texas? >> you know what? we are behind them 100%. yesterday, we put the call out. asking folks to pitch in whatever they could to support those texas democrats so that they have the resources that they need, while they wage this fight in d.c.. as of this moment, i think that we're over $450,000 raised. five books, 25 bucks, 50 bucks at a time. 100% of which, by the way, is going to them. those who have the courage and their convictions. we're gonna make sure we have their back. so those people of texas putting their money where their mouth is. saying we support you, we know you're taking the fight to where it needs to be one, in the united states capitol. and you stay as long as you need to to get the job done. because if we don't have voting rights, if we don't have democracy, than anything else we care about, an economy that
works for everyone, health care for all, reporting climate change before it's too late, nothing is possible before we vote. so they're fighting that good fight up in d.c. right now. >> beto o'rourke, thank you for joining us tonight. always appreciate it. >> thank you. >> coming up, in a federal court in michigan yesterday, the lying trump election lawyers all have their own defense lawyers trying to save them from being punished by a federal judge for lying in court. michigan secretary of state jocelyn benson will join us next. next one that's been paved and one that's forever wild. but freedom means you don't have to choose just one adventure. you get both. introducing the wildly civilized all-new 3-row jeep grand cherokee l
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are of the city of detroit told federal judge linda parker yesterday in michigan. the lying lawyers he was talking about are the nine lawyers who put their names on an utterly fraudulent lawsuit asking the state of michigan to overturn the presidential election and the war the states electoral votes to donald trump. the city of detroit and the state of michigan are now asking the federal court to punish the trump lawyers for the lies that they told in court in that case. david fink ask the court to impose, quote, the strongest possible sanctions against the trump lawyers. he said, quote these attorneys should never again be allowed to appear in a court in our jurisdiction, or frankly anywhere else. rudy giuliani who has already been barred from practicing law and the state of new york and washington d.c. because of the lies he told and other courts is not one of the lawyers who put his name on the michigan case, and so is not subject to
sanctions in this case. david fink knew how dangerous lying about the election was even before the january 6th attack on the capitol. david fink filed the request for sanctions against the lying trump lawyers one day before the attack on the capitol. the day before. and in that filing, the day before the attack on the capitol, david david fink wrote, the extent of the factual and legal errors in this complaint would warrant sanctions under any circumstances, but here at the courts processes are being perverted to undermine our democracy and to upset the peaceful transition of power. and the very next day in washington rudy giuliani, the leader of trump's lying lawyers told the trump mob on january 6th to go down to the capitol
and, quote, have trial by combat. joining us now is michigan secretary of state, jocelyn benson. thank you very much for joining us tonight. i have to say, i watched that hearing. it was on zoom available for all of us to see, with other fascination that the details of what these lawyers had actually done and actually said in court, and the documents they actually brought into court that turned out to be fraudulent. >> chilling. i used to be the dean of a law school here in detroit, and we train our students to be lawyers who will uphold the law, who will respect our constitution, and who won't used a lot to sow seeds of doubt falsely. with frivolous complaints about the integrity of our elections. that's precisely what happened here. and there needs to be consequences for that. not just for our democracy and the foundation of our entire rule of law but to send a message to future attorneys.
others who may be trying to explore these shenanigans in future elections, that there is no place for that here in michigan or anywhere else. and that's where this sanctions hearing is primarily designed to do. to hold those who misused their powers of attorneys and hold them accountable. >> now, the federal court cannot disbar them because they don't actually have jurisdiction over their law licenses but the judge could recommend it to the authorities that control that. one of the defenses that we heard yesterday, which stunned me was that lawyers have a first amendment right to lie in court. they were actually claiming a first amendment right to do this. the judge asked for a single case, could they give her a single case saying that lawyers have a first amendment right to lie in court, and of course they couldn't do that. >> no. i mean lawyers have a
responsibility to uphold the law, to seek justice on behalf of their clients. not to lie and file frivolous, merit-less complaints, all of which were dismissed. they were designed as a pr strategy to undermine the public's faith in our elections. that is not what the courts are for. there is no room for lies and misinformation in a court of law. frankly, a federal court of law that is designed to uphold the principles of our federal constitution. so the sanctions hearing is really what's been established in federal court to protect the sanctity of the courts as a place where justice can be sought and served, not as a place where people can sow seeds of doubt and spread lies and deceive people about the truth and the integrity of our democracy. >> rudy giuliani is already temporarily disbarred upending full permanent disbarment which surely is coming in both new york and washington. is that enough to scare off lawyers from doing this in the future? >> perhaps. but remember, there is a lot of
things happening here. we're also seeing attorneys benefit financially through fund-raising efforts and others in arizona and michigan by spreading this misinformation. it's become a challenging election results you don't agree with. we came in the 2020 election cycle. a strategy for undermining the public's faith in our democracy but also a industry of those trying to gain fame and influence, maybe political power, and raise money and build wealth off of lying to people. so there's a lot of accountability that needs to happen. this is one of those pieces, particularly for those attorneys. but political accountability is important as well and voters have the ability to hold leaders accountable who lied to them about their democracy at the ballot boxes. so we need to seek accountability in every way we can, because this cannot become the norm in our democracy. we have to respect the will of the voters, not trying to overturn it if we disagree with the results. >> let's listen to what president biden said today about what the trump lawyers were up to.
>> more than 80 judges, including those appointed by my predecessor, heard the arguments. in every case, neither cause nor evidence was found to undermine the national achievement of administering this historic election in the face of such extraordinary challenges. >> it just makes you wonder, secretary benson, how much do they have to lose to believe they've lost in court? >> well, as long as it becomes profitable to spread the big lie, as long as they can get attention and win elections even by spreading false information, and that remains to be seen as we approach the midterms next year, but there's a lot of ways i think the people will still try to profit and gain power off of lying. but it's going to take leaders on both sides of the aisle, as many have, to consistently stand up and save democracy as an issue of our time. i'm grateful that the president
and vice president have prioritize this issue. but we need even more actions than ever before, really also in recognition of folks like those democrats in texas who put their jobs and careers and so much on the line just to wear to raise awareness for the need to protect democracy against those who try to change the rules of the game or light to voters in away -- with a goal of trying to undermine the will of the people and overturn it in future elections. >> michigan secretary of state jocelyn benson, thank you very much for joining us tonight. >> thank you, always a pleasure. >> thank you. and coming up, the biden infrastructure plan is very much on track. tonight it's on both tracks tonight. the bipartisan got a big endorsement today. and tonight, the much bigger democrats only bill got the unanimous agreement of all of these senate budget committee democrats led by chairman bernie sanders. that is next.
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of new york city and the republican mayor of oklahoma city have something they agree on, the biden infrastructure plan. today 369 mayors sent a letter to the democratic leaders and republican leaders of the house and senate asking them to take immediate action on the bipartisan infrastructure bill, the president biden has agreed to, the bipartisan group of mayors support the bills quote comprehensive investment in public transportation, road, bridges passengers and freight whales. drinking waters and waste water, clean energy and electrification. legacy pollution cleanup, cyber attack in extreme weather resiliency, and universal broadband access. here is senate majority leader chuck schumer speaking tonight about the breaking news that the democrats only 3.5 trillion
dollar infrastructure bill, that is now unanimously supported by every democrat on the senate budget committee and ready to go for a vote in that committee. >> every major program that president biden has asked us for is done in a robust way. this plan that affects american families in a show profound way, more than anything that has happened in generations, we are very proud of this plan, we know we have a long way to go, but we have to get this done. >> joining us now is the mayor of dayton ohio on the president of the u.s. conference of mayors. thank you very much for joining us tonight. your letter to the leadership about the bipartisan agreement which we already knew more about than the democrats only agreement that was reached tonight, and that is the
agreement that really will make a difference in the visible infrastructure that people see every day as they move through their lives, how important is it to ohio? >> it is super important, lawrence. not only is this about investing in our future making sure that our communities can move around and have safe clean drinking water, make sure that we can be connected but it's also creating good jobs that ohioans can use in half. the investment in infrastructure packages so important for the future of my community and communities all across the state of ohio. >> were you surprised that you are able to get such a large bipartisan group of mayors, you have bill de blasio new york city, you have the republican mayor of oklahoma city and a lot of others? >> not really, lawrence. the u.s. conference of mayors and the work that we do is all about bipartisan work, it's how we supported the american
rescue plan earlier this year. and look, we thrive on wanting to get it done, when you are a measure you don't have to luxury of debating very much. you just have to move and make sure these problems get solved. infrastructure has been something that we have been calling for four years. we see an opportunity with the bipartisan package, and mayors long and always work in a bipartisan manner in the conference. >> the american society of civil engine years gives your state of ohio, i'm sorry to say, ac minus grade on its infrastructure report card. it seems this is more important to ohio than it might be to several other states? >> absolutely. ohio is the heart of it all. all roads lead through it, and a lot of those roads and bridges are in bad shape. one bridge that the has been discussed a lot is the bridge that moves through ohio to
kentucky. again it can't move because we don't have an infrastructure package. this is about commerce and freight, but it's also making sure that every day ohioans can get to work, can make sure they have access to jobs and to make sure that we have broadband and all of the things that you need now to hold a job in this country. ohioans need that investment and we will not be able to afford it and do it without the federal government coming up in a partnership. the conference also made a point, as mayors, we know the best decisions are the one made locally. we want to make sure that this partnership is passed in washington d.c., but allows for local control in these discussions and decisions because mayors in the communities, they lead know best on what they need. every cities have different need, even in ohio. >> if you could have a word with the president tonight
about would you need in the infrastructure bill, over to be? >> i think the most important thing that mayor would say, what i would say, lawrence, is let's get this done. we have a unique opportunity right now where everyone is focused around infrastructure, and we need to make sure that we deliver to the people of dayton, to the people of ohio, and to the people of america. we can do this and mayors stand ready, democrats, republicans and independence, they stand ready to get this done. >> mayor nan whaley of dayton, ohio thank you very much for joining us tonight. >> it is a pleasure. >> thank you. we will be right back. l be right back. with cutting-edge tech, world-class interiors, and peerless design... their only competition is each other. the incomparable mercedes-benz suvs. extraordinary runs in the family.
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future. >> the 21st century, jim crow assault is real. it's unrelenting. and we're gonna challenge it vigorously. it's no longer just about who gets to vote, or making it easier for eligible voters to vote, it's about who gets to count the vote. who gets the count whether or not your vote counted at all. we are facing the most significant test of our democracy since the civil war. confederates back then never breached the capitol as insurrectionists did on january six. i'm not saying this to alarm you, i'm saying this because you should be alarmed. >> the president also made his most direct attack yet on the conspiracy theory hatched and promoted by his predecessor that the 2020 election was somehow rife with fraud. >> in 2020, democracy