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to relieve occasional nerve aches, weakness and discomfort. try nervivenerve relief. if it is thursday, the president's bipartisan infrastructure deal clears a major hurdle in the senate. moderates show some muscle with biden's help. what comes next, why some big name progressive democrats are not happy about it. plus, mitigation and mandates as the delta variant surges, the white house prepares new vaccination requirements for all workers. will it push more people to get the shot as more businesses implement similar requirements.
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later, with two days to go until the federal moratorium on evictions end, president biden is calling on congress to extend it. as millions of americans fear they could be kicked out of their homes in the coming days. welcome to "mtp daily." if there's a will, there's a way. last night, the infrastructure deal cleared a big hurdle in the senate thanks to big bipartisan agreement with a big push from the white house, which democrats tied to scratch that, $3.5 trillion human infrastructure bill, gargantuan. the devil is in the details. a lot of political bridges yet to be built, especially between progressive and moderate democrats. the fact that an actual
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bipartisan framework was reached is a big deal for joe biden because in many ways this capitol kumbaya, when they joined with democrats to advance the agreement, represents the moment and presidency that joe biden campaigned on. >> you know, the word in this town and all across this country from nay sayers is that bipartisanship is dead, it doesn't work any more, that government is broken. we are here to say no, it works. it causes susan not to sleep, but we get it done. you do look great though, susan. >> we've shown america tonight that we can work together, that we can put aside ideological differences and work together to find common ground. >> washington hasn't been able to get it done. this time we're going to get it done. >> it is a matter of building a
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relationship, having trust. i trust each one of them with my political life. i really do. >> to be sure this deal could be derailed from a number of things, from the right, the fact that donald trump is trying to whip the base into a frenzy to oppose it, a bit late if you will, as he rails against rinos, ruining america. donald trump discovered this infrastructure deal was about to be cut. he has been too busy chasing other mythological unicorns. from the progressive left, members of the squad, including kasich kasich are singling out kyrsten sinema because she wants a smaller package. in a congress as divided as this one, there are a lot of lawmakers that can tank. president biden, leadership, decided to empower moderates who see the political benefits in
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making a deal. begs the question, how much power does the middle have in washington. is it their power or power that joe biden and mitch mcconnell gave to them because when it comes to spending money, it is actually easy politics. monica, i want to start with you. i keep coming back to a simple washington axiom, you can get a deal if everybody wants a deal. it is clear one person wanted this deal worse than anybody, joe biden, and because of that, we have a deal. is that a fair statement? >> reporter: absolutely. the president bet big on bipartisanship and was bullish the hole time, even when everybody said this thing is falling apart, no way, we remember months ago talks with the initial group of republican lawmakers that didn't pan out. so many people thought there's
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not going to be a road ahead for this. it was the president that came out and said my preference is still bipartisanship and really didn't want to give up on that. white house officials tell me that is exactly what he is going to be touting, saying look, when we come together exactly as you say and people want a deal can get a deal, this is what happens. but there's an asterisk that we heard from pete buttigieg earlier, this is not a done deal. yes, it cleared a major hurdle, they're encouraged by that, but there's also trepidation going forward, they know until this is fully done, it won't be completely set. if it was to become law, this would be the first real achievement of bipartisanship on a major scale for this president who did campaign on it for years and who many people mocked for saying it was going to be possible. you can absolutely describe it that way, chuck. the other very important thing here, though, in terms of the outreach, the president in the last few weeks to try to
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preserve the deal was not as out front on it, he was talking about it, wasn't hosting republicans at the white house or doing those kind of things, said the door is always open, the only person here the last couple days was arizona senator kyrsten sinema, critical voice in all this. we understand why, given comments on the reconciliation bill that doesn't require republicans. the president is sitting back, saying i wanted this to go forward on a two track plan. that's what's happening now. he is quite pleased. >> monica, i am curious. what is this to do list now? is he going to spend a lot more time with progressives to try to soothe feelings there? you talked about one on one with kyrsten sinema, i wonder if pete defazio or alexandria ocasio-cortez think what about my one on one. >> reporter: i think so, chuck. something we saw in illinois is a pretty good sign of what's to come. there was all this pressure, why
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isn't there enough climate change infrastructure when you talk about the human infrastructure plan. the president came out, in a speech sort of rebranded priorities after pressure from progressives. you can absolutely expect to have some of that happening behind the scenes and having the president's own language reflect where the priorities are going and he is we are told by white house officials still traveling, touting this. i think he is going to make the headline still, the bipartisan framework, be most proud of that, and say that's not all, we need to get the human infrastructure piece of this done. the question is still the price tag, $3.5 trillion some of the democrats are pursuing, where others are saying there should be less to spend. it will be a tougher argument to sell. look what happened with the first bipartisan bill. it came down significantly from where the white house had it, and even the hand shake agreement a couple weeks ago, chuck. >> all right.
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monica, thank you. sahil, i want to play the sound that we got from chuck schumer and mitch mcconnell on the floor of the senate. they seem to have set the tone at least where the senate is these days. take a listen. >> i want to commend the group of senators that worked with president biden to reach a deal. the agreement will ultimately dedicate over a trillion dollars to strengthening virtually every major category of our country's physical infrastructure. >> guaranteed to be the kind of legislation that no member on either side of the aisle will think is perfect, but it is an important basic duty of government. i'm glad to see these discussions making progress. i was happy to vote to begin moving the senate toward what all the to be a robust bipartisan floor process. >> so the senate looks like it is now on, i hesitate to use
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glide path, but feels like a glide path. i think the derailment possibilities here are all in the house. where are we with house democrats, particularly progressives? >> reporter: chuck, it is extraordinary to see what you played, chuck schumer and mcdonnell. it will be felt by americans coast to coast. to your question, the bill appears to be in good shape. 60 senators voted to move forward, including republicans that made start willingness to move forward is contingent on belief the deal is there. the senate is likely to pass this, barring major surprises, but this will face a steep uphill climb in the house of representatives, specifically because house democrats are not particularly fond of the product the senators have negotiated, including committee chairs. you mentioned peter defazio, working on this a long time, he has his own ideas how to do
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this, and is not interested in rubber stamping the senate approach. there are also house progressives that say surface transportation is great, but the reality is the safety net expansion that includes expansion of medicare benefits, includes climate change provisions, elder care, child care, that's the stuff the progressive caucus is interested in, and they're not going to support this bipartisan infrastructure deal. they made very clear. unless the senate sends over the separate $3.5 trillion bill. there was a bit of a kerr if you can he will when the senator said the price tag is too much for her. important to know she said she will vote to move forward on a party line bill, something short of 3.5 trillion, even if it is a little short of that, is potentially possible to win her vote, chuck. >> that's the sense we've gotten too. she said 3.5, didn't say no to
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3.4. let's talk about what politics is when successful, the art of the possible. joining me, virginia democratic senator tim kaine. let's talk about the art of the possible. what is possible on reconciliation that doesn't blow up the fragile infrastructure deal. there's a lot of politics popping up on social media between the progressive left and trump right, but what's going on with the action in the middle here? >> well, chuck, advice i would have to everybody is don't bruise until you get hit. don't think it will be bad, let us do something good. i'm really excited about the bipartisan deal. we have to get through an amendment process this weekend. it will produce a great outcome for our country. everyone knows in the senate we are then moving to use reconciliation to focus on education, health care, immigration, and climate priorities. all the republicans are aware of that. that fact has not caused the
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bipartisan deal to come off the rails. i have been working very much on the reconciliation deal as member of the budget and health educational pension committees. we'll get to the vote on the bipartisan deal. i think it will be a great win for the country. it will go over to the house and immediately in the senate we'll start crafting the instruction to set up the senate committees writing a reconciliation bill up to $3.5 trillion. we'll vote on that instruction. then during the august recess, we will work with all our colleagues, every last one of them because we need their votes to fill in the details so we can come back and actually hopefully pass that budget in september. >> let's talk about what this portends. there's part of me that's impressed with the bipartisan deal, part of me that says you know what, getting a bunch of people to agree to spend money is easy. show me a bipartisan deal on immigration, show me a
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bipartisan deal on voting rights, then i'll be impressed. does this open the door or is this a one off because you know what, you can get people to agree to spend money, even mitch mcconnell wants a bridge between northern kentucky and rob portman's hometown of cincinnati. >> you should be impressed, chuck, because it was infrastructure week every week for the last four years in the trump administration and didn't get a deal. frankly, the reason we didn't, most of the senators were the same, we didn't have the president and his team weighing in so heavily and at the table, trying to figure out the details to make it work. you're right, we have big to dos on the plate, working hard with my colleagues on the voting rights issue. but this bill is a big deal, and the reconciliation bill. i have been saying in pieces i work on, i think the reconciliation bill can do for children what social security did for seniors in the 1930s. it could be that impactful.
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let's not demean either of these. i am going to celebrate good accomplishments. but you're right, it is not the same maybe as getting a voting rights bill done. that is a crying need out there, hard to see a path right now to 60 votes on that. my colleagues and i are working diligently on it, i think we're going to make a voting rights bill happen sometime this year. it is just going to be challenging with a lot of twists and turns to get there. >> your philosophy on the reconciliation bill, of the 3.5 trillion, how much of it do you want to see paid for, how much do you think is acceptable deficit spending, how much of it needs to be paid for. >> so chuck, my philosophy, and on the budget committee we have mark warner, bernie sanders, and i'm kind of in the middle of them. my pitch is go big but pay for as much as we can. and i think what you'll see in the reconciliation bill is three kinds of pay fors.
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you will see adjustments on taxes, probably in the corporate tax which was dropped from 35 to 21. you'll see it go back up to somewhere in between. and you'll see other tax adjustments. that's one kind of pay for. second pay for is this. we'll find some massive cost savings, for example, if we negotiate for prescription drug prices in medicare and apply those savings to pay for other health care items in the reconciliation bill, and then the third pay for is this. i said to bipartisan negotiators, if you use dynamic scoring and try to take into account the effect one of the moves may have on economic growth and use that as a pay for in the bipartisan bill, then you know what, we ought to be able to use it as pay for in the reconciliation bill. so economic growth is the third pay for. we'll try to be reasonable and conservative in those estimates. >> well, dynamic scoring, that's the unicorn of budgeters. you don't have to prove whether
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you're right until after you've left. senator, you have a vote to get to. thank you for coming on. >> you bet, chuck. glad to be with you. >> you got it. coming up, how federal employees are reacting to president biden's vaccine requirement announcement. postal service workers in particular, not ready for this one. it is expected in a few hours. going to speak with top former member of the covid response team next. later, with border crossings still at a record high, the biden administration speeds up asylum claims. up so asylum claims. that rewards rashida where her spending is trending. just ask overly confident diy rashida rashida: wait, was this the right wall? or last minute gift shopping rashida rashida: i'm putting a bow on it! wow. even sneaking away for a vacay rashida. rashida: shhh! i've earned this? from home improvement, drugstores, select travel and more earn 5% cash back that automatically
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welcome back. washington, d.c. mayor muriel bowser became the latest official to reinstate a mask mandate, amid arise in coronavirus cases requiring everyone indoors mask up regardless of vaccination status, anybody age 2 or up. in a few hours, president biden will announce a new vaccine
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requirement for all federal employ ees. notice requirement, not mandate. they're going to try to dance around that a bit. it means more than 2 million civilian workers will have to be vaccinated or submit to regular testing and other restrictions. nbc had reaction from some federal workers headed to the office this morning. >> it is public health, it is not political to me, so it is for safety reasons, to make sure veterans don't get sick, we don't need that. i don't know why everybody can't get the vaccine. >> i think it is a long time coming, should have happened sooner. >> best for me, because when i did it, i felt terrible. and i don't think that this vaccine is ready to use. >> of course, d.c. is one place where fighting covid has sort of one perspective. federal workers living outside d.c. could be another story. whether because of new requirements or fears as cases
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increase, data shows that the vaccination rate is finally ticking up after plateauing. it increased 18% nationwide this week, after plateauing half a million doses a day. for context, 3.3 million people getting jabbed every day at our peak vaccination in april. daily doses administered in hot spot states like arkansas and alabama doubled. those two states have been hit hard by the variant and leaders have been blunt about the problems the unvaccinated caused. in arkansas, vaccination rate is outpacing new cases. i am joined by andy slavic, former adviser on the covid response team, and infectious disease specialist and contributor. feels like the don't call it a mandate mandate mind-set we're headed towards is perhaps the last weapon we have left if we're getting a vaccination rate
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over 70 or 75%. is that fair to say? >> i think we'll see two hopefully events to increase vaccinations, and one is i think the notion that if you show up to workplace, interact with the public, want to be sure you're not spreading the infection. you can do it two ways, show you have a negative test or opt out of the negative test by being vaccinated. that's big. then we can anticipate that when the food and drug administration gives its final approval to the vaccines, i think there will be more americans on the fence of contemplating things that will move forward. hopefully those two actions we'll see movement now. >> what's your sense of what's taking the fda so long? you go on their website, and the case they make for the vaccines is extraordinary but it is like in fine print, it is still in emergency authorization. i mean, what more information
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does the fda need here because it does seem as if this is a remaining roadblock for some people and some entities that would like to create a mandate. >> first of all, people need to know emergency use authorization does not equal experimentation. there's quite a standard, even for emergency use authorization. look, i think the most important question to me is not whether it takes a week or two or a month longer, but whether or not people will have faith that the fda was able to act without political interference and without pressure and that's indeed the case. the good news is they have more data on the vaccines than anything they ever had to approve. bad news, more data to look at than anything else, they have to look at things like cold storage and everything else. i, for one, hope when the day comes, it makes a big difference, but it becomes very clear that public trust was not undermined. that's why the fda takes its time. i think the professionals there should take the time they need.
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>> doctor, we're seeing arise of mask mandates, looks like we're going to have, if we thought we had a red, blue divide before, pretty clear we'll have one again. are some mask mandates, is it at this point, is it worth doing it or are you better off saying look, the cdc is saying you should do it, we recommend you do it, we'll stop short of mandate and instead focus all of the energy on getting vaccination rates up. >> chuck, i actually want to start by thanking andy for his service. i know getting vaccination rates up in the last six months has been a big part getting us where we are, particularly because of that, it is disappointing to see us at that standstill which is what got us in this place. the mask mandates we're talking about. a couple of things changed. when cdc dropped the mask mandate indoor and outdoor, the concerned was unvaccinated will
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also drop their mask with the vaccinated, and that's what happened in the setting of more transmissible variant. i think the advantage of the mandates in areas with high transmission is clear. i think you'll see this additional measure, particularly indoors, seeing increased transmission bringing cases down. are they active in places where transmissions are over 100 for over 100,000 area, which they call high transmission areas, that's the greatest benefit. added to that, that's the area that cdc thinks even though rates, chances of a person vaccinated transmitting onward is low, in a community where there's a lot of virus, vaccinated and unvaccinated, you come across someone that may have the infection, slight break through cases which could potentially lead to increase in transmissions. it is another step. i think in areas with low
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transmission and areas in high transmission, best thing we can do is get more people vaccinated so we can get to the other side of it, not have rolling mandates and masks. >> doctor, i want to ask you about the issue of the vaccinated being spreaders at this point. do you feel as if the cdc released enough science on this, do you feel the research is pointing that basically the vaccinated, we may be asymptomatic spreaders, if you will, and is that really what this is about and should we be leaning heavier on that being the reason why we're here? >> start by saying it would be good to see. everybody is looking for that data, right? when we heard for the unvaccinated, when you look at people that got the delta variant and heard a thousand times more viral load than people that got the infection
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when first diagnosed, the concern was okay. in that case, what happens in those cases and cases of those vaccinated. dr. walensky when they released new guidance that they have data, shows in areas people are vaccinated, you may see high amounts of viral load. we haven't seen that data. i think we don't know if it is similar in people symptomatic or asymptomatic, that could help us figure things out, and i think that it would be helpful to know if that's leading to second degree transmission. however, we're in a public health emergency. i rather have a public health agency take that step until we figure that out in areas of high transmission. less at steak in areas of low transmission, more at stake in places seeing hospitalizations and deaths go up. >> i want to talk about the potential for a booster shot. andy, you talked to the pfizer ceo yesterday about their data, what they're showing with a
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third booster shot. first of all, how likely that this is the next recommendation, and if so, how quickly do we need to start implementing this? >> when i talked on the podcast in the bubble, part two is monday, what he said, important to start with this, this is something the fda decides and cdc will recommend. he is seeing data from countries that are ahead of us like israel, vaccines are effective, maintain effectiveness against hospitalization and they start to drop after the second month and after the six month. after the six month, he believes that's what the data he is seeing warrants recommending potentially a second booster. what i think will happen if i had to guess, again, this is all in the fda's hands, that boosters will be recommended first for people over 65, and people with immuno compromised
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conditions. data on the third booster appears to show it creates 10 x increase in level of antibodies, which would be good news, and for people on the edge, that will be important. whether or not other people get to that point and recommend boosters is less clear. either way, good news, they procured enough vaccines, and boosters would look exactly like the first two shots. so they're already distributed, already have a network in place to implement them if that becomes the case. >> all right. so doctor, say you're somebody over the age of 65, you got the jab in january or february, did early 65 plus then. your six month is about to be here. whether they're recommended or not, is there a down side getting a booster on your own? >> well, i think the fda
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guidance, cdc guidance is those are not available. once they're approved, they're be available through the doctor's office and at vaccination sites. that's another reason if you are somebody that's 65, i can tell you, i am more careful. stopped wearing the mask indoors, i am careful now as cases are going up. particularly over 65, another reason potentially in high transmission area for you to wear the masks so you can potentially keep yourself being exposed to that as we might see slight decrease in efficacy. every time i want to say that, i want to add the point to this. people hear about decreasing efficacy, they think why get vaccinated, because it is a parachute saving you from getting severely ill and potentially dying from the disease, decreasing virus in your immunity, so it remains important more of us get vaccinated. that means that 65-year-old is less likely to come across someone infected and potentially
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may get sick. >> if you want to avoid ventilators and death, get vaccinated. thank you for coming on. despite rising covid concerns, gates have opened at lollapalooza, now under way. chicago has a couple big events, particularly if you're a sports card player. you need more than a ticket to get into lollapalooza. more on that next. get into lollapalooza. more on that next. their only friend? the open road. i have friends. [ chuckles ] well, he may have friends, but he rides alone. that's jeremy, right there! we're literally riding together. he gets touchy when you talk about his lack of friends. can you help me out here? no matter why you ride, progressive has you covered with protection starting at $79 a year. well, we're new friends. to be fair. eh, still.
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welcome back. the outdoor music festival, lollapalooza, kicks off today in chicago. last year they had to cancel the festival. today, miley cyrus set to perform. 100,000 people, a number that was unthinkable months ago. covid cases are on the rise. though they didn't force thefess restrictions. shaquille brewster has more. there's a vaccine passport requirement. i am curious, how well is it being executed and how safe do you feel? >> reporter: yeah, i tell you, being strictly enforced, chuck. you see the group walking in behind me, first barricade, you hold up your arm, show a wrist band, show you have a ticket to the event. second is a health screening.
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that's where you need to come with proof of vaccination or negative covid test taken in the past 72 hours. if you present that test, you then have to wear a mask once inside. anyone not vaccinated should be wearing a mask on the inside. those are the protocols that were agreed to in agreement between the city and event organizers. that's why you have people like the governor, the mayor of chicago, excited that people are coming back, that they're able to have the festival. that's not a universally held opinion in chicago. there's an alderman said the event should be cancelled. i talked to people headed in. listen to what they told me. >> makes me feel a lot better honestly. i would be the only thing i was hesitant about was covid. knowing everyone is tested, wearing a mask, or has the vaccine makes me more comfortable. >> same either way to be honest.
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i think if there is covid in there, you can't stop it. >> yeah. kind of like being anywhere else, like going to a concert, going to work or school or wherever you're at, it is really no different. >> what did you think of the new rule? >> i was fine, i am vaccinated. >> i think it is a smart idea. >> would you be here without the requirements? >> no. >> that simple? >> yeah. >> reporter: i did speak to a physician with the county. one thing she pointed out is vaccination rates in chicago are a little higher, she's less concerned about the spread. the concern is when you have people coming in from other areas, from other states, for example, to here, the concern is that while there's not a surge you see in place like missouri or arkansas, there could be that surge that would happen because of what's happening here. the perk or the hope is that that won't happen because of the strict protocols being enforced at lollapalooza. chuck? >> shaq, i don't mean to put you
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on the spot here, i am a dorky sports card collector myself. there's another big event chicago over this weekend, the biggest sports card collecting convention there is. it is all indoor. did the city make them do covid protocols or is this something lollapalooza had to do for an outdoor festival. curious how the city is handling other big gatherings taking place in chicago including the one i just described. >> reporter: you know, i heard you mention that conference happening in the tease to the segment. i am not sure of the requirements. we talked about the outdoor requirements here. one thing organizers said they had to work through the city with, they had to install more ventilation in some indoor areas. the scale is a little different, 100,000 coming each day for four days. not sure how many people are going to that. you can tell the city, they knew this was high profile, something
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that was cancelled last year. they wanted to be sure they had it back this time around, they were prioritizing it, making sure people felt comfortable coming back to the music festival. chuck? >> i have to tell you, shaq, if i were 20 years younger, this would be the ultimate weekend. music festival, card show. shaquille brewster. enjoy what i hope is a virus free day at lollapalooza. coming up, the cdc eviction moratorium that kept millions of struggling americans from being kicked out of their homes. it is about to end, or is it? more in a second. more in a secod
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welcome back. millions of american families are praising for the possibility they will be kicked out of their homes as the u.s. pandemic inspired eviction moratorium comes to an end saturday, or will it? this morning, president joe biden called on congress to
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extend the moratorium. extension cannot come from the cdc or perhaps anyone from the executive branch. he asked hud and va to expand theirs until end of september. states are stressing there's millions of dollars available in rent relief, which begs the question, why is that, why haven't we gotten that money correctly. anyway. but as our own morgan radford reports, there's a gap between money available and what struggling tenants have been able to receive. >> reporter: for this woman and her family, days ahead are uncertain. >> it is stressful. hard. >> reporter: single mom in mississippi, forced to quit her job to care for her three kids when the pandemic hit. now she's two months behind on rent. >> what happens to you and your three kids if you do not get this assistance? >> i don't know. shelter until we find something.
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>> reporter: she's one of the millions of americans that face possible eviction once the emergency cdc moratorium on housing evictions expires this weekend. congressional oh indicated $46 billion to help renters in need. but they say getting the money is hard. >> how difficult is the application process? aed for a lot of information, state id, birth certificate, 2020 tax returns. >> do you have a computer? >> i was doing it all off my phone. >> i want to give information. >> now she's attending community info sessions like this one, getting help to submit her application successfully. nbc news requested data from all 50 states. of 41 responding, our analysis found 26 states have distributed less than 10% of rental assistance money from the first federal allocation. according to the u.s. census bureau, here in mississippi, 79%
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of adults behind on rent face likely eviction within the next two months. that's the highest rate in the nation. scott spivey is responsible for distributing the $186 million of federal assistance. >> how much have you given away? >> $10 million is approved for payment or out the door. >> what are the biggest challenges in distributing that money to people that need it? >> awareness of the program, access to technology, and getting the word out. i have plenty of money to give qualifying tenants in mississippi. what i need is applications and time. >> i can't afford child care. >> she praise help will come soon. >> do you have hope? >> faith. i know if i just do my part, he'll do the rest. >> morgan radford joins me now. morgan, i guess that's the frustration here meaning we know there are folks in need and
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available money, there seems to be something missing. >> that's what's crazy, chuck. you talk to people in charge of doling the money out, say i've never seen this before, we actually have the money but it is difficult to get it out. bottom line is for many, that protective moratorium made the difference between having a home or being on the street. the thing is, chuck, most people don't know that federal assistance that is available is meant for renters and landlords. to cover both rent and utilities. what's most striking about our reporting, chuck, of the $46 billion we mentioned that congress allocated, almost everyone we spoke to said it is almost impossible to get money on in their hands. whether it is red tape or backlogs. for anyone that needs it watching now, that consumer financial protection bureau launched a new website this week, just days before the moratorium expires. tenants and landlords can go there to find out which rental
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assistance program to apply for. www.consumerfinance.org. >> unused covid relief money is how they want to pay for the infrastructure bill. you're seeing this and you hope congress takes -- you can just extend this until you run out of money. that might be the easiest answer to this. >> and that's what you're saying, effecting people like demia, trying to pay rent, and landlords trying to receive it. >> right. morgan radford with a terrific story. appreciate it. thank you. as the biden administration rolls out two new immigration plans, going to talk to a texas democrat not afraid to tell the white house what he really thinks about how they're handling the border. the border.
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citi launched the impact fund to invest in both women and entrepreneurs of color like me, so i can realize my vision and give everything i've got to my company, and my community. i got you. for the love of people. for the love of community. for the love of progress. citi. welcome back. the white house released a new migration strategy today and it is a 13-page plan that is safe, orderly and humane migration from north and central america for the crossing of the mexico/u.s. border with a high in june alone and with response to the surge, the biden administration is to speed up the asylum application, and joining us is henry quellar, and
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what do you say? >> can we do more? the answer is yes. chuck, we had 20,000 people coming through the rio grande valley in one week. and up to day it is more than 55,000 people not given a notice to appear before the immigration judge, and i don't see the seasonal period where it usually stops and goes from march to june, and that is not going to be seeming to slowing down. yesterday, we had in one group in morning in the valley of 509 people, one single group. so that the numbers, we have to do something to address it now. >> do we have a sense of is it still coming from central
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america? is it still, is it still primarily a migration crisis from that part of the world or is this, or is this a case where people are coming from all over the world, and deciding that the southern border is the place to come? >> well, you know, the single adults are mexicans mainly, single adults, and the family units with kids are from central america, but when you are looking at the top ten countries, it is central america and mexico, but you have people from romania, ecuador, cuba and other country, so there are other countries about 55 countries that are represented, but it is mainly from central america and the single adults from mexico. >> so, sped up asylums and sped up deportations, does it solve this problem or more of a band-aid? >> well, you know, it is a step forward, but, look, the bottom line is that if you don't show
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any repercussions, this is going to continue to happen, bottom line. look, look at the playbook that scretary jeh johnson did under obama and he deported people, and looking at the way he did it, and if you go back to google the way he did it, and i know because i was there, and showing the people that deported and have you seen one single photo of people deported? no, you see people coming in, and it is a message don't come, but you have to see the people deported. with due respect to the people who don't want to offend the left of immigration people being deported, but a lot of people are being deported. >> but you believe that the white house is making it intentionally that people are not seeing it, and in turn, it
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doesn't have the necessary impact on the whole don't come strategy. >> absolutely. i mean, i -- when i talk to the white house, i told them about that, it is not the first time, they said, well, we will take it under consideration. so yes, they are purposely, purposely not showing any people being deported. secretary johnson and i remember when i talked to him, and he did show people being deported, because you have to show the visual, the visual of people being deported, other wise, you just see the people streaming into the country, and you have to have the repercussions. look, i mean, tomorrow, i have a communication with border patrol, the chief border patrol here in d.c., and i have four counties public officials, and this is hispanic democrats that are saying is, hey, we have a problem down here at the border. >> speaking of the border and problems, two whistle-blowers
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are alleging that they have been told to downplay the covid outbreaks at the ft. bliss shelter, and how is this for how covid outbreaks are being handled at the shelters? >> we have to do a better job, because the border patrol does not do the checking, and the ngos and the vendors have to do the checking, and look at what is happening. at my district in la jolla, one of the sheriffs had them dropped out at the hotel, and they didn't find out until the sheriff found out, and we have to tell the local communities what is happening in the centers or anybody who is being released from one of the centers. >> i think that is a very fair point.
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congressman henry cuellar, thank you for being on and i am happy to have your perspective. >> thank you very much. tomorrow, we will be back with more "meet your press daily." and it may mean that max scherzer is not a national anymore, but we will miss you, and you can come back. we will be right back with geoff bennett. ett. your strategic advantage. when subway® opened they changed the fast food game. but sometimes you gotta refresh ...to be fresh. welcome to the eat fresh refresh. refresh where there is so much new, some say that it can't fit in one ad. i say... ...we're talking a new all-american club, deli-style oven-roasted turkey and... oh, that's the new steak & cheese. oh yeah, i knew that. that's the one with the new... ...seasoning.
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♪♪ it is great to be with you. i'm geoff bennett, and as we come on the air, president biden is set to say that all civilian employees are to be vaccinated or face repeated testing. it is an aggressive move that affects people far beyond washington, d.c., and it is coming as many of america's biggest companies are essentially telling the employees to get the shot or get out. there are also developments

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