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tv   Craig Melvin Reports  MSNBC  October 28, 2021 8:00am-9:00am PDT

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>> every second i think, of course, the homeland. it is really not -- everything you left everything behind when you're as a civil society or women's right activist, working for -- for long time. you fight for long time. we lost everything. all achievements gone, and we left behind the families, the country, their colleagues, the office. all achievements that committed everything. but the -- it gave me feeling heart because my colleagues and especially women which really they are suffering from this insecurity. they are in a situation, they are just counting the minutes that -- what would happen in the future, because they are still
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willing and expected for the international community. at least they should have some chance for safe evacuation and a faster process of the visa. >> thank you for being with me this morning. i so appreciate your voice. >> thank you. that wraps up the hour for me. thank you for the privilege of your time. more news right now. >> a good morning to you. if you wanted to find out what democrats' final plan will look like, how it will affect you ar your family, if you want to find out whether the house is actually going to finally vote on that bipartisan infrastructure plan, this is the day it seems like things are coming into focus. things are moving fast. here's where they stand right now. in 15 minutes president biden will speak to the nation. the white house says that the speech will be about the path
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forward on his economic agenda and the next steps to get it done. after weeks of negotiations, the white house spokesman says the administration and this is the keyword here, the administration expects this plan will win the support of all democrats. biden delayed his foreign trip for this speech. roughly an hour ago, he wrapped up a meeting with house democrats to shore up support there, and in just the last ten minutes or so, we got a big update to house speaker nancy pelosi's schedule. we initially expected to hear from the speaker a few moments ago. she was going to address reporters at that podium at 10:45. that time has changed. we just learned that speaker pelosi has pushed her news conference back to 2:00 p.m. president biden 15 minutes from now. speaker pelosi about two and a half hours from now. monica alba is at her post at the white house. i also want to bring in
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stephanie ruhle and david drucker as well. monica, let's start with you at the white house. the meeting between president biden and the caucus there in the house. what do we know about what came from that meeting? >> reporter: the meeting lasted about an hour, craig, and we're getting our first sense of what the president did say to his own party in there. he said he wanted to speak from the heart. he used a phrase that he often does, talking about the significance and the urgency saying his administration really is at an inflection point right now. and essentially, he laid it all out on the line and said i don't think it would be hyperbole, these are the president's words, to say that whatever happens with these two critical votes will define not just what happens in next year's midterms but perhaps the entirety of his presidency. the president speaking in the clearest, most personal, most intense terms here about what he
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would like to see accomplished today. and the fact that the white house is getting out in front of this, they argue, to say here's the framework. we believe people can get behind without knowing that those lawmakers are actually fully behind it, is the biggest risk and gamble we've seen this president take. but he felt it was important enough, because he wants to have some kind of an agreement before he leaves on this foreign trip. so notably, they even earlied up his remarks nmpl they were going to be at 11:30. they want the president to speak as quickly as possible so he can be wheels up to italy and scotland. they feel the president has done everything he can at this moment to try to make this convincing pitch. the question will be whether lawmakers agree with him, and we still don't know whether key holdouts like senators sinema and manchin have agreed to what they've put forward in this 1.75 trillion framework. progressives have their concerns and they were in the meeting. the question is if there is
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going to be any kind of a vote today which is what we need to hear from in terms of the path forward and speaker pelosi, what that might mean for both of these pieces of legislation. but the president essentially saying to his own party, get behind me now. i need you. >> yeah. and i think we've got some sound from the president after that meeting with house democrats. let's hear that sound. >>. >> reporter: mr. president, what's your message to progressives that don't trust manchin and sinema? >> it's a good day. >> reporter: do you think you have enough of a framework to get progressives to support the bill? >> yes. >> we saw congressman jim clyburn there with him as well after that meeting. leighann is with us. we'll get to perhaps why speaker pelosi postponed that meeting in a moment. we have heard from
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congresswoman. let's talk about that on the other side of hearing it. >> he, he said he's confident he can get the votes. it wasn't, i think -- it wasn't clear whether the two senators have committed to vote for it. i think it's a bit of a leap of faith in the president. the first step is we have to lee the legislation. >> the congresswoman, of course, the chairwoman of the progressive caucus. do we know if president biden is going to be talking about a bill he doesn't have the votes for yet? >> he's trying to get the votes.
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we don't know if he has them yet. that sound bite is really telling. that's what the progressives needed to hear from the president. absent legislative text. they needed to hear president biden say he got a firm commitment written in cement by manchin and sinema in order for them to even consider voting for the separate bipartisan infrastructure bill today. they are not willing yet to give up their votes. and that is something that the president was unable to do today. and until they get legislative text, that's going to be what they're asking for. the congressional progressive caucus is going to meet in a matter of moments to discuss how they're going to move forward. but the initial reading from speaking to them and speaking to aides is they're not yet satisfied. and it's not that they don't support this $1.75 trillion bill. it -- they do support it even though they've made some major
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concessions in order to get there by dropping things like paid family leave, free community college, and their programs have gotten much smaller. but it's about giving their support to a bill that senators sinema and manchin and other moderates are really want, the bipartisan bill while theirs isn't yet done. so it gets back to the trust issue. it gets back to trusting leadership. trusting the senate. and the progressives aren't there yet. but we do know that speaker pelosi wants to hold this vote today on this bipartisan bill. she said behind closed doors according to her source, while the president was there, that the president and the country needs this win to go overseas and tell the rest of the world that american democracy is not, in fact, broken. that it is still working. and so that is really what she's pushing for today. and we just learned in the matter last half an hour or so, that her leadership team is
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starting to whip votes on this bipartisan bill. so there's a lot at stake here. and a lot of different convoluted paths that really ultimately lead to pelosi and biden needing some sort of win today. >> we've just popped up the picture there on the left side of your screen of the podium with the presidential seal, again, because we expect the president to address the nation here roughly six minutes from now. let's remind our listeners on satellite radio what we're talking about, what's in this bill, and there have been a number of things taken out of the bill. we'll put it on the screen right now. this is that almost 2 trillion bill that we're talking about. the build back better plan as it's been dubbed by the administration. universal pre-k, elder care, child tax care credit, clean energy/tax credits, expanding health care coverage.
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you see on the right side of your screen, no mention of paid family leave. no mention of free community college as well. and stephanie ruhle here, our senior business correspondent with me. this is over a ten-year period. there is this billionaire tax that was tossed around a bit on wednesday. that seemed to fizzle out. what do we know about how democrats say they're going to pay for it? >> we can talk about the billionaire's tax in a moment. that's one there's still a lot of debate over. but it's this corporate minimum tax that according to ron wyden's office could bring in as much as $1 billion a here. right now there's all this debate over should corporations be paying 21% or 25%? here's the dirty secret. scores of big companies pay zero. last year alone over 50 major corporations paid nothing. companies you know, nike, salesforce, fedex.
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>> no federal tax. >> zero. what did we do last year? we paid taxes. whether you're talking democrats or republicans, people across the board don't think this is fair. and in the last month we've seen janet yellen work with 136 countries. i'm including china and ireland, to create a global corporate minimum tax. all these countries signed on it. the reason this is important. what companies do is play geography hopscotch to move their head quarters to the lowest tax domicile. now 136 countries have said we're 15% or bust. and yellen has pushed to put this in the reconciliation bill to ensure the united states does that as well. as it stands, we've got loopholes where people pay nothing. texas has cheaper taxes than the state of california does.
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but the billionaire tax in here, this is about taxing the richest. one part of it was tax people who make over $100 million a year. here's the dirty secret. very few people pay themselves that much. this would tax people billionaires based on their assets. based on their wealth. those who are worth more than a billion dollars over the course of three years because as it stands, they don't get taxed on their assets, what they own. they just own things year after year. they don't get taxed on it. when you the valuable assets, guess what you can do. borrow money from banks. when you borrow money, you buy more stuff. then the rich get richer. this is a way to close the loophole. >> you always make it so understandable. it does seem like some of the biggest catch phrases, selling points the democrats ran on whether it's free community college or paid family leave, they've been tossed by the wayside here. how do democrats argue that they did what they say they were going to do for voters?
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>> how do democrats on the hill do the same? sometimes these things don't go together. the president campaigned as somebody who was going to bring the country together, and he rather quickly was able to attract almost 20 republican votes in the senate for a bipartisan infrastructure bill, something that president trump was never able to do, and then he buried it under this reconciliation package, this broader package that is very important to democrats. and that's fine if you can get it done. but he has had a very tough time, because they don't have the margins to meet their ambition. they did not win an election with margins to meet their ambitions. that doesn't mean the policies aren't worthwhile. it means the politics do not reflect what they want to do. here's the other thing even though we're focussed on the president leaving for his overseas trip. there's an election in virginia on tuesday. democrats are very sensitive about this, because there's a good chance the republican wins
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that election in what has become a rather reliably democratic state. if that happens, it's going to be a lot hard tore bring democrats, centrists and liberals together behind a big spending bill regardless of the merits of the components of that bill, because if their nominee loses in virginia, you're going to have centrists looking over their shoulder in a bigger way headed into 2022 kwlrks and all bets are going to be off. the best thing they could do is to try and get this wrapped up before tuesday, and i think that's why the president brought stronger leadership to bear here. and i think that whether he was being patient or whether he thought it was politically more effective to let congress, let democrats in congress work their will, i think that he has stopped seeding ground here. i think he has a better chance of accomplishing something if he starts to define the reduced parameters. then it's up to democrats if they get it done, to sell it as a win. if all they do is complain about what they didn't get, that's what voters will hear.
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if they play up the accomplishments they did get, particularly this infrastructure bill that everybody wants, the public may look at it differently. >> i'm glad you -- >> you can't forget that. a trillion dollar hard infrastructure bill has been agreed upon, and it's collecting dust for the last couple months while we've got failing infrastructure in this country. that's a giant win sitting in joe biden's pocket that he hasn't cashed in. >> you're right. the infrastructure, hard infrastructure bill hanging in the balance because of the build back better bill. what do we know, stephanie, about the kind of jolt that that could have for the economy. i apologize in advance if we have to interrupt you for the president. >> you saw the business round table get hugely behind the hard infrastructure bill. remember what that is. these are roads, bridges. this is the infrastructure we need. and businesses understand when you have a functioning city, a functioning rural area, the economy can rise and thrive
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beyond it, not to say that the human infrastructure won't be helpful, but the longer we wait to get that hard infrastructure package done, the longer we're taking to break ground to do something. >> high speed internet as well. something a lot of rural lawmakers are especially excited about. david, you raised an interesting point, one i had not considered. the role mcauliffe could be playing in all of this down in virginia. as you point out, that heated gubernatorial race coming to a head on tuesday with the election. do we really believe that a mcauliffe loss makes centrist democrats more skittish than they already are? >> if you look at a state like virginia that hasn't elected a republican statewide. a state where president biden defeated trump by 11 points, you're going to see particularly a couple of suburban democrats from virginia at least say to themselves, the biden presidency isn't working for me.
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the biden agenda isn't working for me. and it doesn't mean they won't eventually get somewhere. but as stephanie just discussed, and as i raised, you have this broader bill that voters across the spectrum agree on that is sitting in a sense as a hostage. and i understand why progressives don't want to let it go. because it's good leverage for them to get this broader bill, but usually things work better when things work better. and if they're able to get something done on something very popular, i think it greases the wheels for the reconciliation package, and i think it puts biden in a stronger position. biden in a stronger position means democrats down ballot in a stronger position. it's no accident that the race in virginia is coming down to the wire, that the republican could win as the president's approval ratings have gone south over the past couple months. and i think that's why biden now, the president with more urgency and more leadership in defining the terms more is trying to shake things loose,
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because democrats on the hill have not been able to do it themselves. and it hasn't made things any better. in fact, politically across the country, it's put their party in a position that is less well off. again, it doesn't mean that the components of the bill aren't worthwhile or that individually voters don't like them. but if this thing was rolling smoothly, the bill would have already passed. >> i'll remind you in the state of virginia like across the country, what's the number one issue to voters right now? covid is obviously major. it's inflation. any person you talk to is talking about their gas prices, their grocery prices. the shortage is causing them issues. the biden administration hasn't solved for that yet, but it hunt help on their watch people are dealing with higher prices and you don't have any legislative wins on the infrastructure side yet. they need to have a win, because guess what. prices are not dropping between now and election day in virginia. >> and the supply chain issue as well. real world issues impacting
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folks all over. mike memoli is in italy. he is traveling ahead of the president. he's in rome. mike got to put the horse before the cart, but if that infrastructure is voted on and if it passes today, president biden will be in europe as a piece of his signature legislation. it gets through congress, you have the build back better plan and the infrastructure plan. is there a signing or rollout plan in the works there? >> reporter: it's interesting you ask that. a few weeks ago i asked the press secretary if there was a vote, just up to the moment when the president was scheduled to be in europe, would he ask congressional leadership to potentially delay that? would he cancel his trip even if it were to mean missing -- working the vote happening in washington or being able to sign that piece of legislation. she was insistent the president to going to rome and going to
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glasgow. it was significant as he expect to hear from the president, the case the president was making to democrats behind closed doors had everything to do with the argument he's going to be making to fellow world leaders here. >> i want to talk to you about that connection you made in a moment. let's go back to the capitol. senator bernie sanders is speaking. >> that's a major problem in the bill. the second lacking is i'm glad to see that hearing aids were included as part of an expansion of medicare. but i would very much like. and the american people would like to see eyeglasses and dental care as well. so i think what we have to do now is first of all, make sure that the -- before the vote takes place in the house, to make sure that there is a very explicit legislative language, and second of all, that we continue to do our best to make this good bill even stronger.
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i'm going to do my best to make a good bill even stronger. so i can't answer that question. >> are you going to try to add more medicare? >> yeah. there are a number of concerns. paid family medical leave is also a grave concern. but i'm glad that we were able to get a hearing aids which would be -- have a real impact on millions of older people in america. but i think we've got to move forward to dental as well as eyeglasses as well. and the cost of prescription drugs. it is really outrageous that year after year members of congress talk about the high cost of prescription drugs, and yet, year after year we are not able to do anything about it. that's the other issue. >> what kind of assurances do you need from senators manchin and sinema? >> i don't need anything. the members of the house in my view are going to have to have assurance. we've said as all of you know from day one, both of the bills are linked. i support the infrastructure
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bill. but i want to see a strong build back better bill as well. and they're linked together. so what you don't want to see is the infrastructure bill passed and then not have the kind of build back better bill that we need. that's why you need 50 members on board before there should be a vote, in my view in the house. >> speaker pelosi wants to hold that vote tonight. >> reporter: you're not on board with the framework has it's drafted? >> i want to see it improved. and again, i think it -- you know, it's important to state that if you look at what's in this bill, we're doing in this bill what has not been done in many decades in protecting the needs of working families, children, our environment, climate change. it is really quite consequence shl. but i think it needs to be improved. i'm going to do my best to improve it.
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thank you very much. all right. senator bernie sanders there. a voice of the progressive wing of the democratic party talking about the framework that we've been talking about here. and you heard the senator talk about being somewhat disappointed that the build back better plan, the framework, at least, does not include a number of things that he thought should be in that bill, including paid family medical leave, including medicare benefits that would extend to dental care and eyeglasses as well. i'm told we also have a statement here, and i'll read it aloud from senator kyrsten sinema as well. someone else who has been a hold out, if you will. i'll just read it verbatim. after months of productive good think negotiations with president biden and the white
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house, we have made significant progress on the proposed budget reconciliation package. i look forward to getting this done, expanding economic opportunities, and helping everyday families get ahead. again, we just heard there from senator sanders, and we're hearing a statement now from the arizona senator sinema, the senior senator from sinema. mr. memoli is still with me. traveling ahead of president biden there in rome. mike, let me come back to you and get your reaction from what we just heard from senator sinema especially. it seems as if they've made a great deal of progress. what's not in that email from senator sinema, at least, is we're on board. we're all in. we support the framework. >> and that sort of hesitation there speaks to what we also heard a moment earlier from senator sanders. he's pleased with what is in the framework so far, but he made it clear he's not done fighting to
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get it improved. that is exactly why this situation in washington is still far from clear, because the progressives in the house, we understand from the meeting that the president had with the speaker, with the white house democratic caucus, there was cheers of vote, vote, vote, but it was likely not from the progressives who still want a greater assurance that they're not going to pass this infrastructure bill and then see the broader priorities that are included in that reconciliation measure languish with ongoing negotiations. what i didn't hear was a definitive threat as it were, to vote against whatever legislation were to come if the bipartisan infrastructure bill -- were to pass the house, whether the reconciliation measure meets his standards, whether he would vote against that if it's not. that's i think the real question at this point. it's clear that what president biden is trying to do here, he's been patient. he knows that the cost politically his party has been paying and he's heard it. he's gotten an earful like people from terry mcauliffe and
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others that these ongoing sausage making discussions in washington are dragging the president nationally. and the president wanted to come to rome with a little more to show for himself than the possibility of a deal or the lack of progress before he left. and that's why the president is going to come out and try to will this forward. it's not clear that the votes are there yet on either side in the house or among progressives in the senate. but he is doing everything he can at this point to try to bring this process to a resolution and speaker pelosi clearly doing everything she can to do the same with the house. having an infrastructure vote in the house, if it were to happen, would allow the president to deliver the same message to his fellow world leaders that redelivered to the house democratic caucus this morning. that democrats can deliver. that despite what world leaders watch with great concern happening in the u.s. around january 6th with the former president still looming as a factor here, is what's in america's rear-view mirror, not what's in the future, that they
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are making progress and getting things done. it's why for as many times as we asked the white house was the president's travel to europe something of an unofficial deadline for them to make progress, they consistently said that was not the timeline they were working under. it's clear by the president's actions today, by the fact we'll hear from him shortly, by the effort he's showing today to try to bring this to a conclusion that it was something of a deadline he had in mind and wanted to get this at least to a better place if not a final place. >> yeah. you raise a good point. president biden delaying that overseas trip to head to the hill to meet with house democrats there. we spend so much time talking about the machinations on the hill surrounding the two bills. i want to remind folks with regard to the build back better plan what's in the bill. what we are, in fact, talking about. we'll put it back on the screen. and we'll tick through a few of the items that are in. a few of the items that have
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been taken out to try and appease primarily senators sinema and manchin. universal pre-k. elder care, in. free school meals, in. expanded health care coverage that would include -- excuse me, not include dental and eyeglasses but would include hearing aids. expanded medicare for the hearing services. those are the things that are in. out, and we heard senator sanders talk about this. no mention of paid family leave. no free community college. and again, that expanded medicare coverage for dental and vision and prescription drug reform also out of the bill now. we caught the sort of tail end of what senator sanders was saying. we caught some of the criticisms he had of the bill, but did it sound like he supported the framework of the legislation at least? >> i'm not so sure yet, craig. i think that he's just going to
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keep fighting until the ink is dry on this. and the ink is far from dry, because there's really no legislative ink. and that's one thing that senator sanders said that really stood out to me. said that he needs explicit legislative language on this framework. and that is something they don't have yet. this is a framework. this is a talking point. these are bullet points. this is similar to what chuck schumer said a month ago. made a big announcement they had a framework. we weren't really sure what he was talking about. he kind of was out over his skis there, but now they finally have this framework. and there's a lot to work to be done. senator manchin, our colleagues just got him off camera, and he wouldn't really comment except for to say that it is up to the house now. so he didn't say that he supported the framework either. so everyone is looking at two senators on if they're on board, manchin and sinema, but also
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where senator bernie sanders and where is the rest of them? are they going to be okay with it? one thing that we also haven't talked a lot about is that in what president biden framework is immigration. he has $100 billion in here for immigration reform. and the senate democrats have tried now twice, and they plan on trying a third time by going to the senate parliamentarian, the rule keeper of the senate, to see if they can get some legalization for undocumented immigrants in this legislation, and twice she has said no. so senate democrats have a decision to make. how they're going to get that in there, and what they're going to do, because there's not a clear path forward for them to do that. >> all right. lee ann, stand by. everyone stand by. we're going to take a quick break as we wait for president biden's remarks here on the build back better framework that we've been discussing. quick break and we'll be right back. l be right back ♪♪
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keeping a close eye on the white house where president biden is expected to start speaking any moment now. and when he does, there is a reasonable expectation that the president is going to be announcing a new social spending friemwork for his build back better agenda when the president starts we will bring it to you live. as soon as he does begin, and we should point out that the president, the administration, announcing that he was going to be speaking at 1:30. they moved it up to 11:15. now this delay. we don't know what's behind the delay, but we do know the president has to hop on air force one in just a bit and head overseas to europe. again, his trip overseas being delayed so the president could meet with house democrats. that happening over roughly an
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hour and a half ago. the president meeting with them on the hill to try to get the bill across the finish line. joining me now, someone in the meeting. congressman, you just got out of the meeting with president bidenen. what did the president have to say? and what did your house colleagues have to say to him? >> look, the president laid out the framework that he has, i believe, worked out the senate. he's asked us to trust him on this, and he'll deliver on this. our colleagues, i think, were clear that we trust president biden. the problem is we don't have trust in the senate. the program is not everything that we wanted. it's not the money. it's actually the program how we're going to help families get child tax credit. all these kind of things that are looking good right now. but it is short of what we want. i think we're going to look at this seriously. we want to deliver for the american people. we want to deliver for the president before he lands in -- well, today i think it's rome.
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but we're going to have to look closely. again, more assurances from the senate specifically from senator manchin i think would help push this further. >> are you going to vote for this new spending bill as it was laid out by the president this morning in that meeting? >> i'm looking at the spending bill deeply right now. i finally got the just about one minute before we started talking, everything on paper. but i also need to hear from senator manchin and sinema that they're in agreement with the framework. i'm flexible. i don't need to be it on paper, but i need to hear at least some assurances that we're not going to get stabbed in the back which has happened between what they've done in the past. >> help people understand who are listening, this concern that your colleagues in the upper chamber might betray you. >> look, they've done it before. they moved the ball -- i mean, the goal post all over the place. we want to deliver for this country. we know that families are hurting. we know families want to prosper
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in this country, and every time we've moved the ball forward, we've seen them move it back. and have also been opaque about what their goals and intentions are. if they believe this framework is proper framework, then i think you're going to have a very united caucus. but they need to clearly state that, and to stop playing around with their messaging. >> the congressman, punch bowl news reporting that the speaker of the house, nancy pelosi, told house democrats this that meeting that she wanted a vote on the $550 billion bipartisan infrastructure bill. passed by the time the president landed in rome. is that going to happen? >> i would never bet against speaker pelosi. she is a master of legislation and vote counts. i think it will happen, but only if you have manchin and sinema clearly state where they are when it comes to the framework. we need to close the loop here.
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they need to build trust and help the american public, the american family, and give some level of validation to this president on foreign soil to fight for american interest. >>. >> you explained about what president biden said to you and your colleagues. what did your colleagues have to say to president biden in that meeting? >> look, a lot of our colleagues were enthused by what the president was saying. they asked to continue a couple times the president asked if he should allow the -- give the podium back, but people were interested in seeing what the rest of the framework was. the question that was after is can we trust the senate to follow through with the president? we trust the president. we trust our house colleagues. we trust 98% of the senate democrats. it's two senate democrats that have caused the hiccup and slowed down the legislation and broken trust between the
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democratic caucus, house democratic caucus, the house -- even the senate democratic caucus, and us. and we want to make sure that we follow through, because a bill that only takes care of the infrastructure side, not of the human infrastructure side, is not going to be beneficial to most americans. >> as you have been speaking here, it would seem as if president biden is just a few moments ago from taking to the podium there. presumably those are the remarks being placed on the podium that the president is going to be reading any moment from now. congressman, when you asked the president or when your colleagues ask the president whether you could trust those two senators specifically, manchin and sinema, what did he say? >> that was not a question that we asked directly to the president just to be clear. i don't want to put words in his mouth. it's a question that we have asked ourselves and asked our leadership. and i think it's a general symptom that's felt throughout the caucus. it's felt in the senate
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democratic caucus. there is a trust factor that we -- there's a trust gap right now. it's incumbent on them to close the gap with comments on where they are on the framework and then we move forward from that. >> congressman from arizona, thank you. we'll go back to the white house in a moment. we're following breaking news at the justice department. the justice department just reached a settlement with the families of some of the victims of the shooting in south carolina. our justice correspondent pete williams joins us. >> reporter: the justice department agreed to settle lawsuits filed by 14 people arising out of the shooting in 2015 at the church in charleston, south carolina. they sued the representing victims who were killed, the nine people killed in the shooting as well as survivors. and their claim was based on the fact that the fbi admitted that it made a mistake that allowed dylan troof buy the gun he used
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in the shooting two months before he carried it out. dylann roof was the 21-year-old white supremacist who did the shooting during bible study saying he wanted to start a race war. he was convicted in both federal court and state court. but the fbi failed to notice that he had pleaded guilty to a drug charge earlier, because the basically the fbi examiner didn't find the right police department record. and the fbi director at the time, james comey, said when he learned about this, we're all sick this happened. we wish we could turn back the time. so now the justice department has agreed to settle. the attorney general, merrick garland issued a statement saying the shooting was a horrific hate crime that caused immeasurable suffering for the victims and the survivors. we have sought to bring justice
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to the community today by settling civil claims. now, the fbi said after that it had changed the methods that's used in background investigations to make sure this sort of thing doesn't happen again. the failure to notice a conviction that would otherwise have disqualified him from purchasing it. we expect to hear shortly from the lawyers involving -- that were representing the families and were involved in this settlement. >> pete, thank you for the update on this settlement. president biden at the white house. let's listen in. today i'm pleased to announce that after monss of tough and thoughtful negotiations, we have an historic economic framework. it's a framework that will create millions of jobs, grow the economy, invest in our nation, and our people. turn the climate crisis into an opportunity and put us on a path not only to compete, but to win the economic competition from
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the 21st century against china and every other major country in the world. it's fiscally responsible. it's fully paid for. 17 nobel prize winners in economics have said it will lower the inflationary pressures on the economy. over the next ten years, it will not add to the deficit at all. it will reduce the deficit, according to economists. i want to thank my colleagues and the congress for their leadership. we spent hours and hours and hours over months and months working on this. no one got everything they wanted including me. but that's what compromise is. that's consensus. and that's what i ran on. i've long said compromise and consensus are the only way to get big things done in a democracy. important things done for the country. i know it's hard. i know how deeply people feel about the things they fight for. but this framework includes
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historic investments in our nation and in our people. any single element of this framework would fundamentally be viewed as a fundamental change in america. taken together, they're truly consequential. i'll have more to say after i return from a critical meeting in europe this week. but for now, let me lay out a few points. first, we face -- and i apologize for saying this again. we face an inflection point as a nation. for most of the 20 th century, we led the world by a significant margin because we invested in our people. not only our roads and highways and bridges, but in our people. and our families. we didn't just build an interstate highway system. we built a highway to the sky. we invested to win the space race, and we won. we're also among the first to provide access to free education for all americans, beginning back in the late 18 00s.
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that decision alone to invest in our children and their families was a major part of why we were able to lead the world for much of the 20th century. somewhere along the way, we stopped investing in ourselves, in our people. america's still the largest economy in the world. we still have the most productive workers and most innovative minds in the world. what we risk losing our edge as a nation. our infrastructure used to be rated the best in the world. today according to the world economic forum, we ranked 13th in the world. we used to lead the world in educational achievement. now the organization for economic corporation and development ranks america 35th out of the 37 major countries when it comes to investing in early childhood education and start. we know how children start impacts significantly in how they'll finish.
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we can't be competitive in the 21st century global economy if you continue this slide. that's why i've said all along we need to build america from the bottom up and the middle out. not from the top down with the trickle down economics that's always failed us. i can't think of a single time when the middle class hasn't done well that the wealthy hasn't done very well. that's why i propose the investments congress is now considering. in two critical pieces of legislation. positions i ran on as president, positions i announced when i laid out in a joint session of congress what my economic agenda was. these are not about left versus right. or moderate versus progressive or anything else that pits americans against one another. this is about competitiveness versus complacency. it's about expanding
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opportunity, not opportunity to deny. it's about leading the world or letting the world pass us by. today with my democratic colleagues, we have a framework for my build back better initiative. and here's how it will fundamentally change the lives of millions of people for the better. millions of you are in so-called sandwich generation. you feel financially squeezed by raising a child and caring for an aging parent. about 820,000 seniors in america, and people with disabilities have applied for medicaid but they're on a waiting list right now, to get home care. they need some help. they don't have to be kicked out of their home. but they need a little help getting around. having their meals made occasionally for them. they don't want to put them in nursing homes not because of the cost, but because it's a matter
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of dignity. they want to stay in their homes. but it's hard. you're just looking for an answer. so your parents can keep living independently with dignity. for millions of families in america, this issue is the most important issue they're facing. it's personal. so here's what we're going to do. we're going to expand services for seniors so families can get help from well-trained, well-paid professionals to help them take care of their parents at home. to cook meals for them. to get their groceries for them. to help them get around. to help them live in their own home with the dignity they deserve to be afforded. quite frankly, what we found is that this is more popular, or as popular as anything else we're proposing, because the american people understand the need. it's a matter of dignity and pride for our parents. 30 years ago we ranked number 7
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among the advanced economies in the world as a share of women working. now wrote we are today? we're ranked 23 rd. 23rd. 7 to. 7 to 23. once again our competitors are investing and we're standing still. today there are nearly two million women in america not working today simply because they can't afford childcare. a typical family spends about $11,000 families on childcare. we're going to make sure that families will pay no more than 7% of their income to childcare. for a family making $100,000 a year, that will save them more than $5,000 a year in childcare.
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this is a fundamental game changer for families, and for our economy. more women can get back into the workforce. i'm looking at significant press people in front of me. a lot of them are working mothers. they know what is costs. i remember when i got to the senate i lost my wife and daughter in an accident. my two boys. i started commuting 250 miles a day. i was getting a serious salary, $42,000 a year. we also extended. >> for parent that's is the expanded childcare tax credit that we passed through the american rescue plan. what that means is for folks at home they are getting $300 month
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for children under six. that is not all it does, it changes the whole dynamic for working parents. in the past, if you paid taxes and had a good income you could deduct under the tax code $2,000 per child. from the taxes that you owed, but how many families do you know who never got the benefit of the full tax credit because they didn't have that much to deduct. and it wasn't refundable. so it either came off of your tax bill, or you didn't get full credit. why should somebody making $500,000 a year, or $150,000, or $200,000 get to write it off of their taxes.
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they don't have that much tax to pay. they don't get the benefit and they have the same cost of raising their children. 80% of those left out are working parents that didn't make enough money. that is why in the american rescue plan they didn't just expand the amount of the middle class tax cut, we also made it refundable. this framework will make it permanently refundable. we want to make sure every 3-year-old and 4-year-old child in america goes to high quality preschool. that's part of the legislation for congress. studies show when we put three and four-year-olds in school, not daycare, we increase up to 47% that child, no matter their background, will be able to earn a college degree.
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any country that out educates us will out eastern us. we are making investments in higher education by increasing pell grants to help students from lower income families attend community colleges and 4 year schools. and we invest in historically black universities, colleges, computers, pcus, minority serving institutions and tribal colleges to make sure every student has a shot as a good paying future. this extends tax credits to lower premiums for folks. from four million folks in the 12 states in medicaid, and they
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will now cover the cost of hearing aids and checkouts. behind any other advanced nation in the world, over a billion metric tons of reductions, more than any bill that ever passed before, and enough to position us for a 50% to 52%. a tax credit to help people do things like weatherize their homes so they lose less energy. install solar panels and install clean energy products and help businesses produce clean energy. and we will truly transform this
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nation. historic investments in passenger rail. everybody saying biden is the rail guy. that is true, but passenger rail and freight rail and public transit, it will take hundreds of thousands of vehicles off of the road. everybody knows, all of the studies show if you can get from point a to point b on electric rail, you won't drive your car, you'll take the rail service. we also learned that in most major cities in america minority populations, the jobs that they used to have in-town are now out of town. roughly 60% of the folks don't have vehicles. they need to have a means to get out of town to their jobs, to be on time. this will do that like it did for detroit. 95% of the 840,000 school buses in america run on diesel.
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every day more than 25 million children and thousands of bus drivers breathe polluted air on the way to and from school. and we're going to replace thousands of these with electric school buses. it is good for the climate. i went down to one of the manufacturing facilities, saw them, got them, they do not expend any -- they do not expend any pollution into the air. we'll bind out the first ever national network of 500,000 electric vehicle charges stations all across the country. when you buy an electric vehicle, you go all of the way across america on a single tank of gas, figuratively speaking, it's not gas, you plug it in. 500,000 of them. we're go to get off of the sidelines of manufacturing solar
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panels and wind farms and electric vehicles. you manufacture and you get a credit for doing it. these will help grow the supply chains in communities too off often left behind. we want them to source the materials from here and into the united states. that means tens of millions of panels and turbines. doubling the number of electric vehicles on the road in three years. we will be able to sell and export these products for the rest of the world and create thousands of more jobs because we will be the innovators. we'll make histoical investments. that means putting people to work, good paying jobs, capping hundreds of thousands of abandoned wells and -- oil and
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gas wells. they need to be capped because they're leaking things that hurt the air. protecting the health of the communities, it's a big deal, and it will build up our resilience for the next super storm, wildfire, drought, that represent a blinking code red for america and the world. last year alone, these types of extreme weather event that's we have been covering and caught in the middle of, they have cost 99 billion in damage in the last year. 99 billion dollars. we're not spending any money to deal with this? it is costing us significantly in pittsburgh i met a guy who
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climbs those things, his job is dangerous, and he says i don't want my kids in a world where the threat of climate change is over their heads. folks we all have that obligation to our children and grandchildren. across the country now there are 45,000 bridges and 173,000 miles of road that's are in poor condition. some you don't even risk


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