tv Stephanie Ruhle Reports MSNBC October 1, 2021 6:00am-7:00am PDT
hi there, i'm chris jansing in for stephanie. it's friday, october 1st. we're going to start with the breaking news from overnight. a major setback for the biden agenda. no vote on infrastructure, at least not yet. after pushing the target date from monday to thursday, speaker pelosi chose not to bring the bill to the floor yesterday. here's what she said as she left the capitol just after mid-fight
fpz. >> how do you bridge this gap? >> there will be a vote today. >> now we wait. the house getting back into session half an hour from now. this first battle clearly goes to the progressives who held their ground and forced pelosi to delay the vote. but they have a big problem now in the senate where joe manchin said last night he would not go over $1.5 trillion for the proposed human infrastructure bim bill. so if there's going to be a deal on these bills, it looks like it's going to take some time. i want to bring in peter alexander. i'm sure none of you got where
do things stand on the hill. do we know even for sure if there is going to be a vote today. >> speaker pelosi continues to express a lot of optimism. she's saying she can get it done, but there's yet to be determined if it's going to happen today. this could be just another setback, but it's not failure just quite yet. house democrats are meeting as a family at 10:30 this morning. and there should be a lot of discussion about how to move forward. but what became clear after a lot of the meetings among different groups of house democrats last night is speaker pelosi just did not have the votes. there's someone to wait on the infrastructure bill until there's a lot more detail at least on this human multitrillion dollar human infrastructure bill. it was just extraordinary.
there were more votes on waiting than people had anticipated. that was evident in a meeting for the congressional black caucus last night. and a meeting of the congressional progressive caucus. it was overwhelming support i'm told by my sources. they stay strong. what is actually happening in these negotiations between democratic leadership, house leadership, the white house, senators manchin and cinema as they are trying to create some sort of framework on the reconciliation bill. somewhere between the $1.5 trillion demand and the progressives $3.5 trillion demand. if they can meet in the middle we'll see. >> let me police what he said last night.
>> we need more time. we're getting that time. we're going to come to an agreement. i'm traying to make sure they understand. it does exactly the things we need to do. >> so how is that going over at the white house, peter? >> there are two ways to frame this. the white house is doing it optimistically. it's being covered as a the setback, but they view this as progress insisting they are it closer than ever to get something done here. even if it's not that $3.5 trillion number floated for so long and floats much lower than that. here's what we heard. she posted a statement as it became clear there wouldn't be a vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill. we'll let you read along. progress has been made and we are closer to an agreement so we'll need time to finish the work starting tomorrow morning. it's going to continue to make calls and being involved in
meetings as necessary. but as it relates to joe manchin, there's been some frustration because they are trying to get that number, a sense of where manchin could go with all of this. as we have heard from top allies, even if you something shy of $2 trillion, that would be viewed as big and bold. they are tallying up the successes from the rescue plan, which was nearly $2 trillion in the infrastructure plan. and if they are able to get this social policy and climate plan passed, this could be a significant success. all that said f it doesn't happen, it's a major failure. that's why the stakes are so high in these hours. >> it was kind of a little bit extraordinary to watch progressives. i'm talking particularly about those who are brand new or quite new to capitol hill. somebody who knows congressional politics pretty darn well. has that congressional world
where the new kids on the block are supposed to be seen and not heard, gone is this a whole new world when it comes to their influence and strength? >> it's testifily definitely a new chapter -- can you hear me? it's 2021 so you have to check. this is definitely a new phase. when you think about the fact that nancy pelosi, she is someone that democrats have said over and over again they would never bet against. she was someone that could pull off votes with the american rescue plan or going back to the affordable care act. she's been able to push big legislation through the congress. she now northeasts how to whip votes. they say this shows that progressives have some muscle. this also shows that progressives are trying to send a message to senator manchin and senator sinema they can have their sort of red line in the sand. they can influence the way
democrats are being focused on and what their efforts are. this is a momentous time, an inflection point in the presidency of president biden. he's someone who is the leader of his party. there's a lot of democrats around the country who are banking on democrats getting something done in congress to make the case they can get more seats in congress to have even bigger majorities so things like what happened yesterday with nancy pelosi really not even being able to lose four votes doesn't happen in the future. i'm hearing what peter is hearing from other democrats. this is not a catastrophic failure yet, but when i'm talking to sources and officials, they say the failure will be if they never come together. they say this is a short-term failure, but long there could still be success and still pass trillions of dollars. i'm hearing the number is closer to $2 trillion at this point for the goal for democrats on the
hill. >> we know now that this $1.5 trillion is the number joe manchin was talking about a couple months ago. it always seems, ask you certainly can argue with this premise that the intense negotiations don't happen until everybody's back is against the wall. that's what frustrates a lot of folks. >> deadlines focus the mind. deadlines focus the mind on capitol hill and at the white house. democrats set this deadline for themselves saying thursday there was going to be this infrastructure vote even earlier in the day. nancy pelosi was exuding confidence saying that she was in it to win it. she was going to be able to have this vote. so in some ways, they wanted to put something on the calendar so everyone can say this is when the negotiations have to come to ahead. this is when we have to be on the same page. i'm hearing frustration from some democrats who are looking at president biden and saying,
look, this is your legacy, this is your agenda, this is jr. job. you ran as this statesman that could get thing it is done and bring not just democrats and republicans together, but also your own party together to have transformational change and now you have to deliver that. and last night the president couldn't do it. the democrats couldn't do it. thatten doesn't mean they can't do it in the long-term. this is a new phase. because progressives are definitely looking at the moderates and saying we have some muscle too. >> let's talk about the moderates. what's their strategy now? how do they keep negotiations from dragging out to the end of of the year or producing nothing tangible at all? >> moderates have a lot at stake. they demanded this deadline for the bipartisan infrastructure bill. that's why we are in this place that we're in now. so they need this to be successful. not only the bipartisan bill, but people like representative josh wants the reconciliation
bill too, but he wants the bipartisan bill now. knowing they underestimates the progressives and the determination and the motivation of progressives and the willingness to buck leadership and we'll see if she can bring the party together. >> gatorade and red bull seems to be the order of the day for all you folks. we appreciate it. come back it youer hear anything.
we'll get you on the air right away. thank you all. we appreciate you. joining me now is peter welsh. it's good to see you, congressman. the leaders of that caucus say they will not vote. you know this. they will not vote for infrastructure without a deal on the larger bill. but you have said if there's a vote right now, you'd vote yes. do you think your strategy is right and they are wrong, where do you stand right now? >> the reality is that democrats are very unified on wanting and knowing we have to get both bills. the question in the house is whether what we do here has an impact done for senators manchin. >> that's not it. you have to get it through the house first. i know that a lot of the members of congress on the democratic side that i have talked to over the last 24 hours or so say it's all about the senate. you guys have to get your job done first and it's the
progressives and the moderates distance from each other that are holding it out. why nancy pelosi couldn't do a vote last night. how do you move this forward. >> we're going to see this today. we have a republican party that's fighting for failure. even on the infrastructure bill where some republicans support it, kevin mccarthy is whipping against it. number two, the democrats progressives and moderates are in favor of both bills. there's a discussion about the order of how we proceed. and house speaker pelosi is trying. >> that's not insignificant. that's why we are are where we are this morning. >> it's not insignificant, but it's resolvable. when you have democrats that are united on build back better agenda and want an infrastructure bill and want to get both of those and speak pelosi said from the outset we will have both, the tactic of how we do it is a debate. we're having that now. but the pledge from the moderates and from the progressives is at the end of
the day however we get there, we want that child care. you're on the inside of the progressive caucus. could it move in that direction to get this it done? >> the likelihood is it's going to be less than what i want, what bernie sanders wants. but the focus for us i think should be less on the number than on what those policies are. that's what is popular with people. in west virginia, there would be and in arizona, there would be $400 million going to families with kids and reduced taxes. when you have pre-k you have paid family leave. things that are really good for you whether you voted for trump
or biden. that's the strength of what the build back better bill is. it's about middle class and lower income folks getting an opportunity to have the kids in day care, having a chance to take care of spb they love if they get sick. and that's where there's enormous unity between the progressives and the moderates on the democratic side. it's in the face of a fierce, determined effort on the republicans to make everything go down. regardless of the benefits to the people they represent. >> but right now, you have zero dollars. and a dollar amount has to be assigned to those ideas about what you're going to prioritize in terms of what gets done. do you worry at all that by holding out democrats are leading a massively popular bipartisan infrastructure bill go by the wayside in hopes of some perfect deal that's simply might not be attainable. >> i do have a concern about
that. i think all of us do. at the end of the day, we have to be successful. because if we fail on either or both, that is going to be very damaging to "morning joe"'s presidency and to our prospects for maintaining our majority in the house. so every single democrat is mindful of what you just said. it's why we're so engaged to try to work this out. my view we have to go step by step, bill by bill and build trust. and increased trust, especially within the house between the progressives and the moderates. we're getting there. you heard josh maing it very clear that the moderates who want to proceed first on infrastructure are all in on the build back better agenda. so it gives me confidence that we're going to get to the end of the day with putting a vote on the floor that's going to win on both bills. >> time will tell. we're going to be watching closely. we appreciate your time this
morning. thank you. we want to get to that other breaking news. we just learned minutes ago that supreme court justice brett kavanaugh tested positive for covid-19. the news comes just three day bfrs the supreme court's next term is set to begin. pete williams joins pet now on the phone. what more can you tell us? >> the justices were to be in the courtroom for the first time today since the covid pandemic shut the supreme court down in march of last year for the formal ceremony of amy coney barrett. she's been on the supreme court since last year, but this was the formal ceremony, the welcoming ceremony that the court does for all new justices. he was tested monday before the justices met in the closed door conference and that test was negative. he's fully vaccinated, as all the justices are. but then there was another test yesterday and that one was positive. the supreme court says so he won't be here today. he has no symptoms and he
presumably will not be in the courtroom when the court begins its new fall term on monday. we'll have to wait and see how long he has to basically stay at home. he will be able to listen to the argument as everybody will be because the supreme court will have live audio of the courtroom argument. that's a first. that will also begin on monday. so we'll see when he gets to come back. >> so he could literally participate, is what you're saying, and be a part of the deliberations and maybe even opinion writing, but you'd definitely not be inside the supreme court. >> absolutely. can't be in the courtroom, bebut he will be able to listen. this will be the same thing. >> pete will yaims, thank you. coming up, more breaking news in the fight against covid. there's a new drug that helps
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vccinated. 77% of american adults have gotten at least one dose of the covid-19 vaccine, but that also means nearly 23% remain completely unvccinated. i want to bring in the infectious disease physician. good to see you as always. so let's start with merck's antiviral pill. they say data shows a 50% reduction in hospitalizations and deaths after five days of treatment. how big a deal could this be? we do already have other treatment options for mild and moderate cases. what's your thinking? >> if the ata holds up, this is promising enough so a monthen monitoring board have the trial. so that's promising because of the effectiveness that's promising because it's a pill you can take by mouth.
we have seen antibodies that can be given early to reduce hospitalizations, one of the challenges that that's required to be given by intravenous. so it doesn't require a trip to the the clinic. it could be more easily given to patients. that means more people may reduce hospitalization rates and make a huge impact in areas undervaccinated. and if people take it early enough, they are contagious less. so wo things i want to point out is that we have to make sure this is linked to good testing. you need to be diagnosed with covid. and we want to make sure tests are available. and even if it's effective, it's not a replacement for vaccines because it's always better to not get sick. >> and to that point, talking to non-vaccinated folks across the country as i have over the last year plus, some of those who aren't deniers, they don't say that covid doesn't exist or vaccines are all bad, get a lot of fuel from i'm healthy, so if
i get it, it won't be that bad. so i don't really see a need to put something in my body. are you worried this could fuel the unvaccinated because they say i'm fine. there's a pill that can treat me if i get covid. >> i think we have to stress these are two different products. one, the vaccine is helping us keep people healthy. and not getting the infection in the first place and a pill like this which will help in areas that are undervaccinated because people do take it. it keeps them from getting into hospitals as we're seeing in many rural areas of the country and hospitals are getting overwhelmed where vaccination rates are low. they serve a different function. and i think that's what we have to stress. my concern is that we saw even if this becomes a highly effective treatment, we have seen what politicization has done. my concern is further what if
this treatment gets politicized. we need to talk about how this is a layered mitt gauge strategy where the treatment is what happens if there's breakthrough infections or you live in an area that's undervaccinated. >> it's really tragic that some of the treatments aren't treatments at all have cutting on. whereas some of the things people are skeptical of because the cdc or the fda give their support to it. when we looked at the numbers and saw there's a two-week drop in cases, where do you see us? >> deaths are lagging. they always lag behind the cases and so those are still pretty high. with the colder weather and the holiday travels, with areas of the country, there's still undervaccinated and less than 50%. you could still see an increase
in cases in those areas. and then there's the concern and the fact that there are other respiratory viruses. so cases of covid go up. there's still a chance that in the winter months, you might see that. that's something we want that for. and we need to continue getting the vaccination rates up. the good news is that the data shows areas that are hard hit by delta are seeing greater uptick. that's a trend i'm hoping continues. >> good. always good to see you. thank you. coming up, one of the biggest challenges to the restrictive texas abortion law in court today, what that means for the fate of millions of women in texas and beyond. and we're going back to capitol hill. in just minutes, the house is set to gavel back in. we'll see a vote on infrastructure and if so, when. infrastructure and if so, when (vo) singing, or speaking.
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to the breaking news. brett kavanaugh tested positive for covid-19. justice kavanaugh is not showing any symptoms and has been fully vaccinated since january. he was tested ahead of today's ceremonial swearing in forjames comey, which was delayed last year by the pandemic. justice barrett was confirmed by the senate just days before the 2020 election. replacing the late ruth bader
ginsburg. but this is all ceremonial. her impact is already being felt on the court. she was part of the majority that refused to block the texas abortion law when it came on its emergency docket. and later this morning, that very law is in court again. when a federal judge in texas will take up the justice department's request to block its enforcement. now as a reminder, the law bans abortions as early as six weeks, no exceptions for rape or incest. it's considered the harshest abortion law in the country and a road map for republican governors looking to block abortion in their states. all of this and the threat of limited abortion access is galvanizing democrats who testified during an emotional hearing on capitol hill yesterday. >> today i sit before you as that nurse, a as that pastor, as that pastor, as that activist, that survivor, that single mom to testify in the summer of 1994 i was raped, i became pregnant
and i chose to have an abortion. >> remember, i just turned 16. i was one of the lucky ones. a lot of girls and women in my generation didn't make it. they died from unsafe abortions. >> whether there are traumatic situations or not, none of that should be the issue. it's simply nobody's business what choices we as pregnant people make about our own bodies. >> joining me now julian ansly and senior staff attorney for the aclu of texas. thank you for being here. what are we expecting today from this hearing? is there a timeline for when the court could decide? >> they are going before the judge in the western district of texas. he was a 2014 obama appointee. and that could mean the things for the justice department here. but we could expect this to keep playing out, this legal battle. even if the justice department
is successful in temporarily blocking this law, the district level, we can expect it to be appealed to the fifth circuit in texas which is one of the most conservative in the country. the lawsuit against the span is one of many. we know there are also lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of this incredibly stringent law. there's a lot of legal challenges as well as legal challenges based on the law that's allowed individuals to sue doctors who performed abortions in texas. but right now, it looks like the justice department had the best chance because they don't have the sovereignty law meaning that the state is protected from a lawsuit. the justice department being part of the federal government surpassed that. so this could be the kans where we see this overturned, but it won't be the end here. as far as the timeline, that's anyone's guess. >> talk about the real impact
this law is having. and that the judge rendered an order and enforcement of sba. and that's because every day texans are being stripped of their constitutional right to an abortion. this law since it's gone into effect has virtually eliminated abortion in the state of texas. 85 to 90% of abortions in texas occur after the six-week mark. so what we're seeing is texans unable to access abortion care. if you have means, you can travel out of state, but that is costly. it takes more time to travel out of state. you have to take time out of work, arrange for child care if you have children. and that's if you have means. if you don't, this is what we know about sb and e, it's going
to impact our communities of color the hardest. people who are struggling to make ends meet and people who live in rural texas who cannot leave the state of texas to access the abortion care they need. so the situation is dire, constitutional rights are being violated every day. texas its deserve a constitutional right that is meaningful. so we're hopeful the court will issue and order stopping the law from being enforced. >> a lot of these laws on the state level were written with the supreme court in mind. given what we know. given the justices on the court, what will you be looking for in the weeks and months to come? >> we are hopeful that the
supreme court. >> we're hopeful the supreme court will uphold that protects a person's right to an abortion. it's necessary not only because there's a constitutional right, it's also the right thing to do. and what we're seeing across the state are other states getting ready to mimic texas. florida has a copy cat law being filed. so it's important that the federal courts protect the constitution as is its obligation. >> thank you both. coming up, the race for governor of virginia is getting
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this morning there are growing concerns among democrats that a loss in the race for virginia governor is a real possibility and that could set up a a cascade of election troubles. "the washington post" fighting party insiders who say they fear could spark broader electoral problems in the coming year. at the moment, democratic nominee holds a slim lead over his republican opponent. but a just released report says one key to vikt could be the sung the act of writing a letter. actually, a lot of them. the nonprofit group vote forward works to empower grandson roots volunteers to get out the vote in underrepresented communities.
a new study shows the group's massive 2020 get out of the vote letter wriing campaign is among the highest impact programs ever measured in a prlt election. joining us now is scott toreman, executive director and founder of vote forward. so good to see you. let's dig into some of the numbers from your just released report. more than 200,000 volunteers wrote and sent more than 17.6 million letters to voters in 20 states in 2020. that translates, you say, to approximately 126,000 additional votes from vote forward letters in the general. it might seem basic, but why is letter writing turning out to be so effective do you think? >> thanks for having me on. it's a pleasure to be here. i'm happy to talk about our program last year. my theory is that there's something about the very genuine and very human and personal act
of writing a handwritten letter that cuts through all of the noise of the other communications that voters received. and it just feels like something that catches people's attention and they find it pretty motivating. so as you mentioned, what we announced today is that we were a able to demonstrate that our test of the program in the 2020 general election had a massive impact and does seem to be one of the most effective ways of encouraging voter turnout. >> let's talk about the effectiveness. 126,000 votes could be decisive because in 2020, a couple examples, arizona was decided by a margin of 10,000 votes. georgia, just over 12,000. wisconsin, under 21,000. so we see these numbers from 2020. talk about how that informs what you're doing now. what's your plan in virginia and what kind of impact do you hope to have there as well as in 2022? >> well for sure. one of the lessons from the last
few years is that sometimes very important races are decided by only very small margins. and what we have been able to show is vote forward letters can pretty consistently cause increases in turnout anywhere from a few tenths of a percentage point up to more than that. and so what we're doing this year in virginia is another version of this program where we're trying to reach more than a million voters. we actually have tens of thousands of volunteers already writing these letters. my hope is they will have meaningful impact in this race that matters really quite a lot. as you henced, it's quite close and there are big issues at stake from abortion rights to gun control to health care and climate change. it's also the first real electoral test for both parties post trump. so it's really important for everybody in virginia to exercise that right to vote and
our goal is to make it as easy as possible for volunteers over the country to encourage them to do just that. the big news from today is that we have yet another bit of evidence that it really does work quite well. and as our volunteers can attest, it's also incredibly easy. all it takes is a few minutes and a step and you can have a meaningful impact on the likelihood one of your fellow citizens cast that ballot. >> they say necessity is the mother of invention. i follow a lot of grass roots groups. they were telling me when the pandemic started the frustration that a lot of volunteers felt. you couldn't go door to door. you couldn't get together in a room and stuff envelopes. so they could hunker down, though, with pen and paper and in political terms pretty cost effectively, you computed a cost of $14. that's likely less than what democrats spent overall for joe biden. there's mike bloomberg, a about
$100 per vote in his failed bid for the presidency. with this ability for grassroots volunteers to return and go back to more traditional door knocking, how and why do you think this fits in? >> well, we were able to show that it is quite effective even in the world where people were knocking on doors. as you pointed out, it's true that last year it was fortunate that we had this alternative tactic to encourage people to vote. we really think they dove tailed. so the traditional tactics, knocking on doors, when that becomes possible and safe again. we absolutely encourage people to do it all of those things too. the advantage of programs like ours is that it a allows people to start way far in advance of the election. so our programs last year actually started in january and people were stockpiling the letters they were going to send for many months. that's what's happened this year as well in virginia. so we really think that the
optimal strategy is to do something like this distance oriented voter contact in the months leading up to the election. we second all the letters a few weeks before and encourage people to go make phone calls and knock on doors. we really see them as complimentary. but the evidence that we're observing and that we reported today makes us pretty confident this should be part of the standard tool kit for getting out the vote. because it seems to be one of the most effective known methods. >> they can do it any time they want to. if you're a little insomniac and not going to go door to door at 3:00 in the morning, you can write those letters. >> that's exactly right. >> thank you so much. we appreciate it. coming up, we're going to go to california where the eviction moratorium just ended. what that means for the landlords that haven't been getting paid for months. and we just got sol breaking news. speaker pelosi arriing back on
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so just moments ago, speaker nancy pelosi arrived on capitol hill. you know, she had that late night of negotiations. she told reporters, quote, we are on a path to an infrastructure vote, although didn't give any specifics or say, it's absolutely going to happen. she was also asked if she's talking to members about a
second reconciliation bill next year. she said she doesn't know about that. there is, however, a democratic caucus meeting at 10:30, so we may get some more. and of course, we'll keep you posted. also this morning, time has run out for potentially millions of californians who face the threat of being kicked out of their homes, now that the state's eviction moratorium, which has been in place for the pandemic has expired. let's go live to jake ward in san francisco for us. jake, there's some help still out there for renters, but their situation has just gotten a lot more difficult. tell us where things stand this morning. >> reporter: chris, the dawn is breaking here in california on the first day without that protecti cocoon that had enshrouded renters all across this state. at this point, renters can no longer simply, you know, do away with the worry that they will be evicted. they have to take action. the good news, of course, is that there is still protection
available. there are billions in federal funding available to renters. but they can no longer simply get by without paying their full rent. they have to take action now. we spoke to a single mother of three about just how difficult it is to make ends meet in this a state that's affordable as this -- as unaffordable as this. have a listen. >> the rent where i'm currently staying is $4,300 a month, with a $75 late fee. when i first moved into this current place that i'm in now, seven years ago, i was paying $2,550 each month. so that has definitely put myself and my children in a situation to where we don't know where we're going to be after today. we have absolutely no idea. >> miss cheadle is one of what the census bureau suggests is a little more than a million
california renters that are behind on their rent. and as a result, they're under some sort of threat of eviction. now, it's easy to cast this as a renter's versus landlords thing, that somehow landlords will be, you know, sort of taking advantage of this. but one thing to keep in mind is that, in fact, landlords are in the same position as renters. they also owe money on their property. they are not getting that money from renters when those renters fall behind in the rent. and so the $5.2 billion currently available to californians also goes to landlords to help them make their mortgage payments. now, at the same time, governor newsom this week signed about $24 billion, billion with a "b," chris, you have to think of this place as a nation, really, instead of as a state. $24 billion in funding for all sorts of affordable housing. the possibility of fast tracking something like $84,000 units of housing here in california. it's a huge number. but at this point, chris, the
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a game changer. good morning. it's 10:00 a.m. eastern, 7:00 a.m. pacific. i'm jose diaz-balart. first day of october and a new day on capitol hill. and there's still no house vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill. even after lawmakers were negotiating late into the night. a major blow to house speaker nancy pelosi. but she now says they're on a path to getting to a vote today. in just a moment, we'll talk to congressman joaquin castro and asks if he thinks that vote is imminent. also this morning, a group of teachers from the nation's largest school system is asking the support to block new york's vaccine requirement. we'll talk to education secretary miguel cardona about that and other efforts to keep kids safe in the classroom. meanwhile, at the supreme court, just in the last hour, the supreme court justice brett kavanaugh released he has