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tv   Craig Melvin Reports  MSNBC  July 14, 2021 8:00am-9:00am PDT

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>> good wednesday morning to you. we f we have an action packed hour ahead with new developments. first on the hill, $3.5 trillion. that is the price tag on the new spending deal that the new democrats finally reached. two big priorities? medicare expansion and climate change. they want to has this alongside an infrastructure plan. president biden going to talk it over. he will be joining the senate democrats lunch in the next hour. also a new urgency this morning. 13,000 miles apart on voting rights. texas democrats are in dc on day two
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and right now those protests in cuba are expanding. u.s. officials are warning cubans not to try to make that treacherous journey to the united states. we're going talk to the mayor where they have taken to the streets in sol darety. nbc garrett haake is at his host on the hill. garrett, i will start with you. spending and infrastructure negotiations seem to really splinter off. we're hearing about so many different plans. make it plain for us. what plan is this and what is in it? >> there is two bills. the bipartisan one. roads, bridges, set that aside now. what we're talking about now is a bill that costs $3.5 trillion
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that includes all of these other priorities. this new reconciliation bill that is not a bill yet, just a top line number, will include numbers for early childhood education. it will address climate change, it will expand medicare benefits, and it is a huge investment all of these other priorities that democrats ran on and they will need to do it with only democratic votes. that's the way that is the system is set up. elizabeth warn is very happy with this plan. wants the president to come in today and rally the democrats around it. they know it will be a big fight to keep their party focused and in lock step on this bill. >> what are republicans saying about the plan? oh, they're not fans.
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i spoke to john cornan of ked. they don't like the side of the package and they don't want to see the tax increase that will be included to pay for it. but if democrats hang together, they can snipe at them from the outside of this. that is the beauty of trying to do something through reconciliation. it will require norm unity in both chambers. >> is president biden going over to the hill in the next hour to have lunch with his friends. a couple hours after that he will meet with a bipartisan group of governors and mayors to talk about that bipartisan infrastructure plan. what does the president actually support? >> for 36 years biden attended
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many of these luncheons. he knows how important this opportunity is to convene this caucus and talk through some of the elements of what is in the plan. there is a lot that we don't know just yet that is being put on paper as we speak. but there is a high level of coordination. we know that bernie sanders was here just a few days ago. so the fact that last night he came out celebrating a 3.5 trillion frame work when he had been pushing for six trillion speaks to the degree to which all sides are on the same page here. but when you talk about what is on the president's schedule, the meeting on the hill pushing that dual track strategy, we're also seeing a dual strategy here because as the white house is making that inside play, the president going to talk to senators, he is working on that
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outside pressure campaign bringing in republican mayors, a republican governor, and democrat that's will be meeting about that bipartisan infrastructure package. they have encouraged them to port that, so you see the outside pressure campaign, and making sure there is total unity on the other side. the bones is what the president campaigned on. that is the build back better proposal and now he will make that argtt to democrats. now it is hour chance to deliver to voters. >> hey, garrett, the bipartisan infrastructure plan that mike just mentioned as well, is it to get a vote on that as early as next week? >> as early as is the operative part of that sentence, they're still trying to write this thing. the hope among the senators is
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they could have most of their proposal done, perhaps all of it, and that would set the table for next week, but you're talking about hundreds of billions in spending. and it is hard to do that for legislation that you think it is going to do. >> a big thanks to both of you for helping us trying to make sense of all of it. meanwhile about an hour from now texas lawmakers are set to reconvene in austin, they will do it once again with a huge group missing. you will recall they left the state for plans to add id requirements for voting. they want to ban some early voting options in texas as well. they're there to pass voting protections at the federal level.
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they met with kamala harris on tuesday night. and pricilla thomas remains on duty. he met with president biden to talk about voting rights. ly start with you on the ground there. what do we expect from texas republicans today about to try to convene the special session again less than an hour from now? >> yeah, graig, we're going into day two without a quorum. they're going to continue to hold meetings and work on legislation even though they will not be able to take a vote or pass that legislation without that quorum. and it is not just affecting the house chamber. so the senate members are about to -- republican members of the senate are about to hold a press
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conference about that because yesterday they went ahead and moved forward and passed their version of this voting bill. if the house side does not regain that kwoer quorum, their bill will die. it will come up again, but it that happens they will have to start this process all over again filing the bills, holding the hearings as we remember over the week were very long lasting, 24 hours, and they will have to do it again. of course we heard from the house speaker last night saying that yes, the governor's agenda has been delayed, but it will not be denied and ultimately these bills will get a vote at some point. and one other thing they want to note here that i think will become more important in the story is when democrats walked out in may, as a reminder, he
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veto'd part of the budget that funds staffers and agencies. if the special session ends with democrats not returning to the state until after, that means some of the folks may not be getting paychecks by september 1st. democrats are so concerned they fled the state for the first time in years. while all of the republicans i have talked to say they're open to hearing the amendments that democrats would like to propose, but that needs to happen on the floor and we saw in the public hearings that none of the amendments that they proposed were septembered. so while republicans are saying they're open to having the conversations, no one is giving
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me specifics on concessioning they're willing to make to find common ground or vice versa. >> yeah, it is a bizarre shootout in texas to be sure. you have to wonder when folks stop getting paid in november if that will nudge the process along. you had companies like apple and macys with the voting rights act. how will that kind of corporate pressure make a dirchsz? or will it? >> we're starting to understand where our freedom to vote and
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choose the officials of our choice is under sinister attacks all because of an election that didn't go the way that many of them wanted. it is sour grapes on steroids. when you connect it to january 6th, it is immediate. we need the john lewis bill and we need the "for the people act." they are two bills that go together that would thwart by setting standards and protections in over 40 states. places like georgia and texas. but this is a nationwide effort in state after state after state to make it more difficult for people, to make it more difficult for people of color, to make it more difficult for
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disabled americans, young americans, and many to be able to participate in the franchise. and it is unacceptable. i think the president weighed in, the suspect weighed in, and i think is the beginning of a fight and a battle for american democracy. >> the president gave a speech and he called this weave of new bills 51st century jim brow. help prevent this concerted effort to under mine our election and the sacred right to vote. have you no shape?
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here is the thing, mark. the president did not call for the end of the phil buster on this issue. we heard from congressman jim lye burn. he essentially called a carveout if you will, the two bills, the jon lewis bill and the other bill, is that a viability option? >> i support, and i think the civil rights community supports passing what we need by whatever means are necessary. by whatever peaceful means are necessary. so if it is assembling 60 votes or carving out a filibuster, whatever pathway is required. here is what is important for the public to recognize. there are multiple existing
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exceptions. the press is widely reporting budget reconciliation. there is trade authority, there is a congressional review act. mitch mcconnell amended the filibuster rule. it is not in the constitution. it's not a federal statute. it should not be elevated like it is a commandment of democracy. it is an internal senate rule for which there has been exceptions. and it has been historically utilized to block legislation time and time ghen. so if it requires a carve out, so be it. it is not an easy path way to suggest that if the president
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says he will av out what happened. i don't think we haertt the last of the discussion. i think it is the beginning of a public debate that we ought to have in this country about the phil buster and it's abuse and it's utilization if is being abused because it is being used as a permanent block on legislation, minimum wage, george floyd justice and policing act. you could go down the police and identify things passed by the house of representatives that don't even have that have not even been debated on the floor let's have a conversation. i'm confident that most americans do not support the filibuster in the way that it has been used in the last several years.
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>>. >> thank you, we will have to have it there. the conversation will continue. right now we're seeing major hurdles when it comes to vaccinating young folks. one top health official says she was fired because of her focus on vaccinating teenagers. what her story says about the politics of this pandemic. also the biden administration fating a new pressure point. protests against the dictatorship in cuba. i will talk to miami's mayor whose father and mother came to the united states as children. why he is raising the prospect of a u.s. military response. >> the american west, drying up before our eyes. make mead in nevada, the biggest reservoir in the nation, just hit an all-time record low
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this morning the extreme heat is not letting up out west and it is exacerbating another dire crisis in the rejobs with a severe drought. many states facing major threats to their water supply.
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the great salt lake just hit a historic low, and right now the largest reservoir is drying up. right now thehooder dam that lake just hit an all-time low. cal perry is at the nevada and arizona state line, and it is expected to reach about 108 degrees where you are today. what kind of impact is it halved? >> you can see it. i would be waste deep in wanter about 20 years ago. we are sort of all a
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archaeologists at this point. arizona, california, and nevada are moving into a state of alert. part of the problem is it is a fly and demand issue. we're using too much water in the desert. we spoke to the state climate coordinator, take a listen. >> as it warms it holds more water. we're getting less water going into the river because all of the plants and soil want to drink it up before they threat go into the river and on the demand side, the same natural landcapes are sucking up more water but we need more for our crops and in our homes. >> you have farmers that need it and for their cattle. a lot of people are selling their cattle because it is too expensive to get them water. the hooder dam provides water
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for some eight million people. that is concerning because look, these are cascading effects. >> cal, the real live consequences of climb change, thank you. brand new this morning, a bold announcement from the biden administration. it's a future where we rely more on solar and wind, but there is a big problem getting there. you can't get solar at night and you can't get wind when it is not windy. josh letterman has more on the new goal that the biden administration is laying out to try to solve this problem. >> they set some really ambitious goals to zer row out some emissions.
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from our economy entirely by 2050, but there is a reality here that some of the technology doesn't exist yet or on the deal that we're going to need it to. for example as we rely more on wind and solar there is a problem of the fact that it doesn't produce reliable power 24 hours a day. some of that is going to need new transmission lines. but a big part of that is energy storage. while we have been able to reduce the costs of wind starms and solar farms, the cost of grid scale energy storage has been very expensive and cost prohibitive. that is where the cost department is setting in. they want to lower the cost of massive scale energy storage by the end of this decade.
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so they will have laboratories and technological experts working to rapidly develop and scale up the technology you need to have batteries that store power for days at a time from wind and solar at the time they generate it and then be able to release it back on to the grid especially at peak hours and not have to go to dirtier backup options like natural gas or coal. >> josh, letterman, fascinating, thank you for taking that complicated issue and helping us understand it. right now we also have our eyes on cuba this morning. in florida protestors are showing their solidarity and boxed a miami-dade expressway on tuesday. i will talk to the mayor and ask him about his big claim that
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military interif he thinks may be needed in cuba. needed in cu.
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haitian and cuban family members to come to the united states without wading through the visa process. and on the ground the government reportedly cracking down on the use of messaging services like telegram and whatsapp. ed, what are you seeing now on the streets there? >> well, i have just come back from a morning tour around havana and it is calm, but it is tense. the dogs, the army, the red and the black have been deployed. places that on sunday these mass demonstrated were concentrated
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on. a tense calm for now in the capital. >> i understand that has been at least one death, is that still the case or is there other that's have lost their lives? >> for the moment we have one confirmed death and we know because the cuban state published it in it's own website. this is someone that died in a confrontation on monday, a day after the major demonstrations. there is a lot of videos circulating now on social media. most have been cut but some have access and it is very hard to verify exactly what is going on. there is a lot of misinformation and fake news. it is possible that there was more deaths. there was a huge amount of repressions. the united states spends about $20 million a year in federal
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funds financing news websites, and many of the websites are running videos and making claims about deaths. some of which have been falsified so far. i think in cuba we have to get used to lots of information that might be real, might be disfpgs, but we're getting climatetized to lots of claims about deaths. >> ed in hhavana, stay safe, we will check in with you periodically. i want to bring in my next guest. major -- mayor suarez you said
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the u.s. should consider military strikes on cuba. >> what i said was there was instances where they considered military options in different theaters across the world. i referred to an air strike during the clinton administration, and the one where president obama took out osama bin laden. i think the people in miami are extremely frustrated and they want to make the biden administration is looking at all options. there seems to be a sentiment that there is a helplessness here in terms of what we can do to help our brothers and sisters in cuba. the united states has been in in a variety of things throughout the world and it is hard to see
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something happening without a real u.s. intervention at this point. >> mayor, to your point about military options being on the table, being one of the potential tools in the tool box of this administration, what would be a potential target of an air strike or targets? >> again, to be clear, i'm not advocating for a particular strategy. i don't have the intelligence of our military. our military would make those kinds of decisions and i'm sure whether or not it is public those are being had right now. but i think publicly there should be a discussion of a variety of different options. i know that we're all here in yam trying to provide a service.
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and so that we can continue to see the and the violence and the inability for cubans to seem what we have in this country which is freedom and liberty which is all they're asking for by the way. we have been calling for a regime change for 16 years. i think cubans are calling for a change in a way that has never been seen before in a way that putting them at risk. we have never seen anything like this, not in 1994, not in 1980, it has never happened like this and finally i think the whole international community is seeing the level of desperation and the failure and the
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inability to protect and feed their people and give them the basics. they told people in cuba not to try to come to the united states. marco rubio they say if it done will be considered an act of war. what's your assessment of how they're handling the situation so far? >> i would love to see them from west zer man to a peaceful democracy in germany.
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i think it is a rallying of the international community that has not been involved in this issue. and i think there is an opportunity to articulate why this is important for america. it is a narco trafficking country that traffics in drugs, and is exporting drugs. so i think there is an opportunity for the president to make the case that this is in the case of the united states and it should not matter throughout the country. i will tell you when you see the images they're not going out and come determining the united states. they're saying we want freedom and liberty.
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with secret, outlast anything. no sweat. secret. all strength. no sweat. . this morning a stubbing new sign of just how splelly charged the issue of vaccines is getting in some parts of this country. tennessee's top vaccination official says she was fired for trying to make sure that teenagers got their covid shot. this is what she told my colleague chris hayes. >> this toxic politicalization where the most he has assistant population is rural male conservative whites that hang their hat on a political ideology that covid-19 is not real, is not a threat --
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>> and now a tennessee newpaper reports that the state department of health in tennessee is abandoned it's vaccine outreach to minors not just for covid-19 but for all vaccines. they reportedly have come amid pressure from state lawmakers. they said the agency had no comment. right now 38% of the population is vaccinated. i'm joined now by dr. peter hotez. and doctor, how alarming is it to you that we're now seeing top health officials chargted for releasing information connected to vaccines? >> yeah, craig, this is a trend that started last year. so at the end of last year the associated press and kaiser health reported waves of defections and resignations
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because health officials have been under enormous pressures by politicized governors and governments in order to fix health information and ignore public health recommendations. what is really concerning now is it moved into the vaccine space. so people advocating for vaccines are being told they can't, and that this is part of the reason we had this often decline, awful rate of vaccination among young people where 20% of the adolescence are vaccinated. we're going to see waives of people becoming infected and it's all preventable. >> doctor, of the 25 million
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children hold enough to get the vaccine, roughly a third of them have gotten the shot and here we are, five, six weeks away from schools reopening and what are the risks for children in fiermts where there are low vaccination rates? >> well the risks are, unless you have all of the adults and adolescence vaccinated, it is twice as contagious. so we can expect a lot of them to get covid. now what the conservative lobby says is the death rates among young people is quite low. what they omit telling you is that long hauf covid is quite common. they will have gray matter brain degeneration leading to cognitive declines, memory loss, and these are young people that
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should be doing things like staking s.a.t.s and applying to colleges or graduating from college. it should be among the most productive time in their lives and now it will be squashed. >> we will have to leave it there, thank you as always. . coming up next, red, white, and green? roughly 30 minutes or so from now senate democrats will roll out their plan to try to legalize marijuana a the federal level. can it pass? why democrats say they feel like now is the time. >> there is an urgency to this because there are people all over the country seeing their lives destroyed or hurt. royed o.
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interpreter, translator, engineers and drivers and those who have helped the u.s. over the course of the last couple of decades to evacuate that country. we are told according to the white house that this effort will begin with these flights taking off in the last week of this month, july, specifically for those who are already as the white house describes it in the pipeline for what they call sivs, those special immigrant visas. those visas that can be applied for, refugee stat us that can be applied for by these afghan nationals among others. obviously, the president, president biden has faced a lot of criticism on this issue among real concerns that those afghan nationals who are left behind or who are not evacuated sooner will face reprisals and the potential for slaughter at the hands of taliban in that country right now. president biden within the last several weeks announcing that the u.s. withdrawal would be complete from afghanistan by the end of august, and now this new headline about their efforts to deal with one of the most outstanding issues that still
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remain in that area, those afghan nationals and their families, craig? >> peter alexander on that breaking news for us, from the white house, peter, thanks as always, sir. in the next hour, senate democrats will unveil a new proposal to federally legalize marijuana. it's a joint effort by senate majority leader chuck schumer, finance committee chair john wyden and cory booker. nbc news got an exclusive, early look at the plan and among other things it would remove marijuana from the controlled substances act. it would also expunge federal criminal records of nonviolent pot offenders. nbc news national political reporter sahel kapur is on capitol hill. the bill would need every democrat plus ten republicans there in the upper chamber to pass. does it have a chance at all? >> craig, in the next year and a half or so, this bill is unlikely to become law, and i
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say that not to be a buzz kill, but because the simple, mathematical reality is steep in terms of getting to that 60-vote threshold. democrats do not have unanimity amongst themselves and there are democrats that are not in favor of this. president joe biden has not come out for legalizing this either and it should be said that congress is lagging behind the american public on this issue. two-thirds of this country according to multiple polls now favors legalizing marijuana and support has risen about 30 points. it's roughly doubled from the year 2000. our colleague gabe gutierrez caught up with chuck schumer who is the first senate majority leader to come out for legalizing marijuana and let's take a listen to what he said going forward. >> is this one of the top priorities for democrats. >> it's one of the high priorities. we have a lot of priorities, obviously. >> at the same time, you haven't been able to have
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infrastructure, why bring this forward? >> do you have the votes? well, we're working on it. >> that's senate speak for saying it might not happen right away, but they want to get the ball rolling. these senators believe it's not only good policy, but it is good politics given the rising public support this and the fact that support cuts across ideological and in many cases generational lines and it is not only popular among young voters and it is a turnout motivator for young voters to show up at the ballot box, craig. >> a galvanizing issue for sure, for lots of voters, young and older. sahil kapur. sahil, thank you. and that is going to do it for me on this wednesday. i'll see you tomorrow morning on "today" and back here at 11:00. "andrea mitchell reports" starts next. so you're ready for the day with a fresh face for a fresh start. for a limited time get a 5th cartridge free.
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meet with a bipartisan group of governors and mayors to discuss the infrastructure push. i'll be talking to new jersey governor phil murphy this hour and there are a few coronavirus concerns across the country, as well with the delta variant causing cases to double in the past two weeks. millions of parents are wondering if it's safe to send children too young to be vaccinated back to school in the fall, and who is behind the disappearance of a ransomware cyber gang responsible for massive attacks on u.s. targets. is it the u.s. cyber command, the putin government or is the group simply going dark offline after feeling the heat? we'll have a live report from moscow, but let's begin with the action right now in washington with nbc capitol hill correspondent leigh ann caldwell and nbc correspondent peter alexander co-host of "weekend today." peter, let's talk about what the white house wants to get with the bipartisan infrastructure bill and theew

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