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wisconsin last year. jury deliberation in the case is going to start tomorrow morning. at 9:00 a.m. central. ahead of a potential verdict in the case, wisconsin governor already put several hundred wisconsin national guard troops on standby. to respond to any potential community unrest that could result from the verdict. we do not know how long the jury is expected to deliberate. let alone what they are going to conclude. just be aware. we could have a verdict in the case as soon as tomorrow. all right. that's going to do it for us. see you again tomorrow night. now it's time for the last word. >> we'll be joined by white house chief of staff. and later in the hour by -- and we now know that when congressman appears on the rachel ma dow show. joe biden watches and he calls her and tells her how great she
was. talking to rachel. that has been reported that's one of the phone calls she's gotten from president biden. >> that's very unsettling. i mean. that makes me feel self-conscious. >> yeah. he's watching. >> yeah. don't -- i have to bleach my brain and forget this ever happened and never think of it again. >> president of the united states. is watching. he stopped watching now. it's 10:00 p.m. he was watching. no wait tonight he's busy with the china summit. don't be offended if he missed some of the show tonight. >> you are trying to undo me. you know how to do it. you have figured it out. you are putting it into action. >> whatever you do, tomorrow night don't think about it. okay? just don't -- when chris hays says good evening rachel. just do not think joe biden is watching. just don't.
>> lawrence. you can never unsay these things. good-bye. >> thank you, rachel. thank you. joe biden is the first president in history to pass trillion dollar legislation in his first year as president. prior to covid-19 pandemic, the united states congress never legislated at the trillion dollar level. prior to emergency legislation passed during the pandemic. the word trillion the number trillion all the zeros never appeared in legislation. president biden first big bill was the $1.9 trillion american rescue plan. which funded america's covid-19 vaccination program. and helped people facing loss of income. during the pandemic. he signed that into law on march 11. of this year. and today president biden signed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that was passed with
bipartisan support. a point president biden stressed today. >> i want to thank minority leader for voting for the bill and talking about how useful and important it is. >> the leader of the republican party, donald trump. called mitch mcconnell an old crow. and a socialist. for voting for the biden infrastructure bill. i'll ask white house chief of staff about the trump comments in a moment. we have all grown quickly used to reporting on multi-trillion dollar legislation. but it's worth noting, the last major infrastructure legislation was in 1991. it was passed when both houses of congress were controlled by democrats. and it was signed into law by republican president george hw bush. the total cost of the huge bill. which was considered just massive at the time.
was $155 billion. the legislation carried the technically precise name the surface transportation efficiency act. since everything in washington needs shorthand. the shorthand of that bill was istea. which we pronounced as ice tea. senator joe biden voted for it. never dreaming that he would be signing the next big infrastructure bill into law. as president. and the word billion would be replaced by the word trillion. >> here in washington, we have heard countless speeches and promises. today, we're finally getting this done. so my message to the american people is this, america is moving again. and your life will change for the better. >> with that, as of tonight, the biden presidency has delivered
more policy benefits to the american people on a much larger scale than the first year of any other presidency in history. that is not the way the american news media is framing the first year of the biden presidency. and according to to polls it doesn't appear to be what most voters see in the first year of the presidency. new york governor announced today the transit fares will not increase in new york city. thanks to the funding the system will receive from the biden infrastructure bill. vice president kamala harris reminded members of congress today's bill signing that their work is not done. >> now this bill as significant as it is, as historic as it is, is part one of two. to lower cost and cut taxes for
working families. to tackle the climate crisis. at its core. congress must also pass the build back better act. the work of building a more perfect union. did not end with the railroad or the interstate. it will not end now. so on this historic day, let us all continue to believe in our people. believe in our country. and believe in what we can do when we work together. >> tonight house speaker nancy pelosi said that the other part of the bill will be passed before thanksgiving. and she said today at the white house that it could be passed this week. she did of course use the word hopefully. >> so happy that hopefully this week we will be passing the build back better.
to get tax cuts to america's working families. to create millions more jobs. to lower healthcare costs. and all of it paid for by making everyone pay his or her own fair share. >> joining us now. white house chief of staff. thank you for joining us on this important night. we appreciate it. >> thanks for having me, lawrence. >> you already have in the biden white house, one of the biggest first year accomplishment lists that we have seen since the roosevelt presidency probably. the public doesn't seem to be counting it that way. do you have a communication strategy at this point for getting across to the american voters what actually happened at the white house today in this bill signing? >> i think we're going to take our case to the people directly. starting with the president tomorrow morning. going to new hampshire to talk about a bridge there.
that's needed repairs for decades. they're finally going to get it. the next day he'll be in detroit. and helping open a new plant to build electric vehicles. and the infrastructure to become part of the transportation system. thanks to the bill. not just that of course but the vice president will be on the road. the cabinet will be on the road. we'll have spokes people on the road. i think what the american people want to see is the results in their community. at how the bill affects them kind of up close and personal. we'll spend a lot of time over the months ahead bringing that case directly to peoples hometowns. >> as you know, the leader of the republican party donald trump tried to whip republican votes by in the senate and the house against this bill. he said after the bill was passed he said that old crow mitch mcconnell voted for a terrible democrat socialist infrastructure bill.
first of all, do you want to dispute whether mitch mcconnell is an old crow or whether this is a socialist bill? >> i'll dispute both. senator mcconnell was indeed quite helpful in getting this bill passed. because he saw what a number of his republican colleagues saw. this bill wasn't liberal or conservative. democrat or republican. it was common sense. it's what the american people wanted. president trump's comments, two words. sour grapes. he spent four years promising action on infrastructure. he was the great deal maker and knew tow how to get things done. in four years he never passed an infrastructure bill. never updated roads or bridges or bring the kinds of investments we needed to make sustained economic growth. president biden did. he brought democrats and republicans together. he had over 100 meetings in the oval office over the past few months with democrats and republicans. to put this bill together and build the support to pass this
bill. it took hard work. it took patience. it took diligence. it took compromise. those are the qualities joe biden brought to the presidency. obviously not the qualities donald trump brought to the presidency. as a result we have the result we have tonight. >> the going forward with the as speaker referred to in her remarks there's a second part of the legislative agenda. that is the one you intend to pass with only democratic votes. she said with a score coming out at the end of the week there might be able to have a vote in the house this week. what is the timetable for that? >> i think the speaker try is going to intends to bring the bill to the floor this week. once they have the data they need from cbo to validate the bill is fully paid for. once it passes the house we're off to the senator. we're working close with senator schumer to pass it there.
this bill only democrats have supported. i don't think that will change. it's unfortunate. the bill addresses another set of vital needs for the american people. costs are too high. it's time to bring them down. it will reduce the cost of prescription drugs and someone who pays $1,000 a month for insulin. will pay $35. it reduces the cost of child care. nobody will spend more than 7% of their income on child care. it reduces the cost of elder care. cuts taxes for middle class families with children. again i think this is the kind of agenda that everyone should be behind. it should unite the country. we'll press forward. we'll pass it on the basis. i don't know why republicans won't join us in lowering costs for middle class families. >> senator portman republican senator today said that he believes that the infrastructure bill the president signed today actually has an antiinflationary
component. and dynamic. built in to it. as you know the inflationary curve does not recognize that bill was signed today and will have little impact on it immediately. the united states of america of course still has the lowest gasoline prices of any developed country. european gas prices, france, germany. usually double as they are now. almost double the american prices. what can you do if anything about the price at the pump which is the every day most visible version of inflation. >> we're looking at our options. the president has been very focussed on this. he's already asked previously the federal trade commission to look at whether or not there's price gouging. i notice that the price of oil on the world market has fallen over the past few weeks. the price of gas hasn't. we want to know why there's the gap. ore options to try to bring down the price of gasoline. it's something people really
notice. something that really pinches people. in the long run we do have a plan. to bring down inflation. as you noted this infrastructure bill is a big part of that. one part of inflation is the inability to move goods to stores quickly. we need better roads and improve the supply chain. the first investment under the bill is to ports. to speed up the processing of goods and ports to bring down costs there. we're looking at short term measures to address it and long term measures to address inflation. we have to solve the problem by making the economy work better. and bring down prices. >> where's the president trying to accomplish in his summit with president xi jinping tonight? is there a fundamental reset going on in the relationship with china? by that i mean a reset from the obama biden administration posture on china. >> i don't know about that. the president had a number of conversations with president xi.
spent time with him before he was president. and given covid the summit takes the virtual take the place of in person. we have an agenda of shared interests with china. and some areas of competitive difference with china. we have some philosophical differences on many important issues. he'll press those issues with president xi and work together. and find areas to make the lines of competition clear. i think we'll make our vital national interest very clear. to president xi. i hope we'll have a productive summit tonight. >> quickly. steve bannon today outside the courtroom said that the president biden ordered the attorney general to have him charged with contempt of congress. >> the decision to bring the charges against mr. bannon was made by the justice department. the president had nothing to do with it. i won't comment further other than to say we have an
independent justice department that makes decisions about prosecution and specific case ons their own. >> thank you very much for joining us tonts on this busy night. appreciate it. >> thanks for having me. coming up. connecticut judge today ruled against alex jones. and for the families of the children and educators murdered at sandy hook elementary school. who in their grief have been tortured repeatedly by alex jones. and his lies. about what happened there. connecticut senator chris murphy joins us next. hy joins us next. ♪♪ (calls dog) buttercup... (whines) ♪♪ ♪ ohh ohh ♪ are you one of the millions of americans who experience occasional bloating, ♪♪ gas or abdominal discomfort? taking align every day can help. align contains a quality probiotic developed by gastroenterologists.
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hook elementary school. the judge found alex jones fully liable for financial damages to the families of the victims. of the sandy hook massacre. alex jones invented the lie that the sandy hook massacre never happened. "new york times" reports quote people who believed those false claims acostaed the families on the street and at events honoring their slain loved ones. abused them online. contacted them at their homes. and threatened their lives. donald trump accepted his endorsement for president after alex jones told those lies. about murdered children. the next stage of the case is to have a trial about how much money alex jones now owes the families of the victims. that will be decided by a jury. in a connecticut courtroom next year. joining us now democratic senator chris murphy. of connecticut.
senator, thank you for joining us tonight. this has been a very important cause for you. since that horrible day. in connecticut. what was your reaction to the judges finding today? >> i'm thrilled for the families. i was in touch with one of the lead plaintiffs. whose mother was of the principal. this evening. and i'm glad that alex jones and his movement is finally being brought to justice. it's really hard to explain how crippling this conspiracy theory movement led by alex jones and many others has been to the families. he dropped his three kids off that day and never saw one of them again. he died he was the first funeral we attended days after. he lives in hiding today. because he is targeted viciously
and violently. by the conspiracy theorists. people that alex jones whipped up into a furry and sent after the families. the families have been victimized over and over again. first by losing loved ones and second by having to deal with the terror of a conspiracy theory movement. that thinks they are all actors. thinks they are politically motivated. as a stage act to try to promote a political agenda. it's sick. at least today i'm glad several families from sandy hook had their day in court and reach some justice. >> let's listen to a bit of a pbs front line documentary about how alex jones did this. how he did this kind of work. here they are interviewing one of the editors working for alex jones. >> jones had no evidence whatsoever to prove that that
didn't happen. and he said it many times. because that's just what fit into his world view. on some level that's what he wanted it to be. >> one of his employees long time editor rob jacobson brought concerns to jones. >> i stopped him and i was like alex, they're going to come after you for sandy hook. look, man, this is crazy. and he just stopped and looked at me with no reaction. he had nothing to say to me. he just stopped like a deer in headlights. >> senator, the fact he was warned is part of the evaluation of how much damages he should be paying here. >> yeah. i don't know that there's any number that makes these families whole for what they have experienced. because of this conspiracy theory movement. around sandy hook denial. what i know is that alex jones was doing this because it fit
into his world view. also because it got him ratings. because there is unfortunately a people out there removed from reality and willing to believe all of these wild concoctions. whether it be about the true story behind the sandy hook shooting. or the election of president trump. and the reason this judgment was handed down today is because alex jones wouldn't produce any of the information that would have been excup toir. the judge wanted to see and deserved to see the record of his ratings. when he went after the sandy hook families. what we'd find is it drove rates. that's why he continued to perpetuate the lies. it made him money. >> a similar case in texas. where there has been a similar finding. it seems now that this case started years ago. it seems now there's more at
stake in the post january 6 world. where the notion of just telling any lie you want at any time on one side of the politics has just become so wild. to see alex jones actually financially wiped out possibly. by his lying. might be the kind of lesson that some of other people need. >> so i think this is a really important point. we need to start thinking of our legal system as a way to provide some check. some ability to control the worst most disgusting most abusive of the lies and conspiracies. obviously there are first amendment protections. but they are not complete. and in this case he knew he was telling a lie. he knew it was going to cause harm. to the families. he did it anyway. in order to make money. and i think it is important that
especially when these per are doing it for profit and knowing it's false. the legal system has to hold them into act. and people sprying to spread future lies. the stakes are that high right now. our legal system can't be the complete check, it can be a big part of it. this was a good day today towards that end. >> i don't want to leave this subject without asking about the victims of families. who are suffering through this to this day. and what can you tell us about how they are doing at this point? >> there's no one story. when it comes to the victims of the kids at sandy hook. there's not a week that goes by that i'm not talking to several family members. many moved out of sandy hook and started new lives other places.
some have had children after sandy hook. have begun to restart their lives. many are working to try to change the laws of this nation. to make sure that other madmen don't get their hands on military style assault weapons. what unifies them is the recognition there are far too many families that nobody knows about. a hundred people die from gun violence every day. there's dozens of people murdered by guns every day. many of the sandy hook families appreciate the attention that their kids have gotten. but believe every single kid who loses their life should get the same amount of attention. that's a struggle we have to fight to make sure folks know even when there's not a day with a mass shooting, with 20 or 30 people dying, there's still an ongoing tragedy of daily repeptive gun violence in the country that is robbing us of too many young lives. >> senator, thank you for helping keep our attention on this. we really appreciate it.
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the last time steve bannon was accuse ds of federal crimes. donald trump was spending his final days in the white house and pardoned him. today facing two charges of criminal contempt of congress. and with president biden now in the white house, steve bannon surrendered to federal authorities. his next court appearance it scheduled for thursday 11:00 a.m. former trump white house chief of staff also refused to comply with subpoenas from the house select committee investigating the capitol attack. yesterday on meet the press, committee member congressman
adam schiff asked if mark meadows will also be referred for criminal contempt prosecution. >> we have been moving quickly to make the decisions. i'm confident we'll move quickly with respect to mr. meadows. we want to make sure we have the strongest possible case to present to the justice department and for the justice department to present to a grand jury. and that means making sure we bend over backwards to reach any agreement we can. with witnesses that are showing any willingness to engage. but when ultimately witnesses decide as meadows has that they're not even going to bother showing up. they have thatch contempt for the law. it forces our hand. we'll move quickly. >> joining us now a member of the house judiciary committee and a impeachment manager in the second trial of donald trump. thank you very much for joining us. i appreciate it. we saw steve bannon make the most of his public moment today.
he'll be doing more of that on wednesday. no doubt. one of the people who knows steve pan bannon well who appeared on the program said weeks ago that this indictment is everything he needs for his business, for his fund raising. this is everything steve bannon wanted. >> surely this is a side show. good to be with you. i apologize i have a sore throat. surely mr. bannon might enjoy the side show. that he is offering himself. it's a show for one. maybe for two. today. but what i think we should celebrate is the rule of law. last friday when the federal grand jury indicted mr. bannon in contempt of congress and needed to surrender himself today. to the court. to the rule of law. we celebrate a good day for the rule of law. we also celebrate today you were just talking with senator
murphy. we celebrate the rule of law today. when that huckster attempted to put out and continue to put out and profit from gree vous, scandalous. i don't know what you call them. conspiracy lies. around one of the greatest tragedies in the country history for our children. the rule of law prevailed. today and last week. and it will prevail some more. >> that is an interesting take. joining though two stories that way. what do you see going forward with the january 6th committee, the mark meadows defiance of the subpoena. we're going to have to see more strengthening of the rule of law. in order for that committee to continue to do its work. >> it is doing its work. it's doing it with good speed. and fortunately now we have a department of justice that actually understands that it a department of justice. and represents all of us. not a party of one like mr.
trump and the previous department of justice. so i look forward to the continued work of the committee. what i saw for example today, with mr. bannon coming forward is mr. meadows prepare yourself. you know this. you were a former member of congress. you are not the same clown show i think that mr. bannon has proven himself to be. mr. meadows is a deep place. we know that in the days leading up to the insurrection, he spent a tremendous amount of time around the president. and it will be important to understand exactly what advice and counsel he was giving him. what add visz and counsel did he give the president as the insurrection took place. not leading up to it. as it took place. the reporting from jonathan karl. the ub surd statements from the president. he said when asked what about your vice president?
don't you worry about him. after all they were chanting hang mike pence. in the capitol where i was doing my job. and the president he didn't say i checked in on mike pence. i checked in on my vice president. he's my governing partner. he said i thought he was okay. i heard he was in good shape. and then pivoted immediately as the narcissistic former president does. to it was a fraud. but of course common sense tells you of course there would be an attack. on his own vice president. we have to reject this insane antidemocratic authoritarian narcissistic movement. of the former president. that sadly has infected so many others. >> in that passage of the interview that you were quoting, it sounded like donald trump was saying it was perfectly okay that they were threatening to hang mike pence. let's actually listen to the tape of that.
>> were you worried about him during that siege? >> i thought he was protected. i heard he was in good shape. very good shape. but -- >> you heard the chants. that was terrible. >> he could have -- the people are angry. >> hang mike pence. >> it's common sense. it's common sense that you are supposed to protect -- how can you -- if you know a vote is fraudulent, right? how can you pass on a fraudulent vote. to congress? >> so, after karl says they were saying hang mike pence. he says it's common sense. meaning it's common sense for those people ton angry that mike pence didn't do what they wanted him to do. of course hang mike pence. >> it's madness. it's absolute madness. we're talking about the president speaking after he knew
of the desecration. the destruction. the harm. that people died. people were maimed. police officers were attacked. in a midevil kind of way. guess what the president did nothing for hours. can you imagine any other president with that kind of attack on our capitol? of course we can't imagine it. not moving for four hours? not doing a single thing. let alone not checking in on his own vice president. he was desperate. we know in the reporting in the final days leading up to january 6 he was desperate. he wanted mike pence to do whatever he could to over throw the certification of the election. that we were there to to do our constitutional duty. and you remember what the president in his most vulgar way said. you can be a patriot or you can be something else. that i will not repeat. this president that former president never had any regard
for the oath. for the rule of law. for our constitution. he wanted to claim power. and e would bully anyone this his way including his own vice president. who they threatened to hang. >> congresswoman, thank you for joining us tonight. we always appreciate it. >> thank you very having me. coming up. nancy pelosi said tonight that the house will pass the second part of the biden infrastructure package before thanksgiving. the leader of the congressional progressive caucus will join us next. it's another day. and anything could happen. it could be the day you welcome 1,200 guests and all their devices. or it could be the day there's a cyberthreat. only comcast business' secure network solutions give you the power of sd-wan and advanced security integrated on our activecore platform so you can control your network from anywhere, anytime. it's network management redefined.
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some house members said there could be a saturday vote. if they get a congressional budget office score on the bill by friday night. the vote could come sooner if the cbo information is delivered sooner. tomorrow morning the house democrats will gather once again for their weekly caucus meeting and joining us now. democratic congresswoman of the state of washington. she is the chair of the congressional progressive caucus. thank you for joining us tonight. we always appreciate it. >> lawrence, it's great to see you. >> you began this hour in my little chat with rachel. where we talked about recent revelation after an appearance you made on rachel's show. you got a call from the president of the united states. i believe you checked your voice mail. and there he was. with his review of how thing ts went with rachel. >> well, that's right. that is the case.
it was september 21. i had a great interview with rachel. and i went down to my little birthday party and came back up and found the voice mail from the president. and i'll tell you, this is all about the president's agenda. the build back better act is the president's agenda. the progressive awe kus has been fighting so hard for months to make sure that we get that agenda across the finish line. and that is what we are going to do this week. in the house. we will pass the build back better act as agreed to by our colleagues that were waiting for some fiscal information. in the agreement that we have, it says no later no event later than the week of november 15. so i'm fully expecting we'll pass it through and of course it will go to the senate. where the president has said she's confident he can get 51 votes in the senate to pass the build back better act. >> i want to get into more detail about what you said.
especially the november 15 deadline. and how that will work. let me take a step back to where you were earlier today. at that bill signing for the infrastructure bill. your district and what it means to your district. seattle is a city of bridges. 124 according to to the official count. and dependent on the bridges, what is this bill that the president signed today going to mean for your district? >> well, it's just huge, lawrence. $8.6 billion is going to flow to washington state. we are going to have in my district sound transit. which is our light rail. our public transportation system. is going to get $380 million plus additional grant pools. we are going to have money for our port. it's going to be one of the first investments that is made into the port. and seattle port is a very important port along the west coast. we are going to get money for
electrify of the ferries and build up the net work. money for bridges. the west seattle bridge a priority of mine. i spoke with secretary buttigieg many times about the west seattle bridge. we have many more. in addition, restoration of the sound. the epa has money to really clean up our sound and restore our sound. that's very important. as well as removal of fish passage barriers that is also funded in this. there's just so much. it is really an important bill tonight. it is part one of two parts. as vice president harris said. it is a critically important bill that is going to deliver real results for people. and i just have to say, i have to shout out heather. who was of the seattle iron worker who spoke so beautifully today. at the ceremony. and of course this is the work
that we had done in the state senate. even earlier to fund apprenticeships that help get women, folks of color and people who are incarcerated into programs. she's the perfect example. and she was just fantastic today. really tremendous. >> she actually was very unfushl for a bill signing to see the president and the vice president walk out. and have someone coming with them. we had no idea who she was. until she made her own statement. as you described. so that was unusual. it was also unusual for a bill signing to have members of congress speak. it's usually on the big ones it's usually just the president. and you get down to business quickly. clearly, president biden is trying to share as much credit as he can in the hope that this will help the sharing of credit. and attention. and all of that. will help get all 50 votes that
he needs in the united states senate. for part two. >> that's right. i think we should be clear, the president is incredibly generous. with sharing leadership. but let's be clear here, this is president biden's massive win f. as the chief of staff was saying earlier on your show, he had numerous meetings with these legislators and the senate and the house, just as he has done on the build back better act. this is really, i think, the leadership that the president chose every day in trying to get people to the table. and, again, pushing on his agenda, the agenda he laid out to congress back in february now divided into two bills. but, listen, the whole build back better act is about lowering cost for american families, about giving people more opportunity, about providing universal child care, pre-k, so much more and the roads and bridges, clean water, everything that was in the bill
that he signed today. so as much as he is generous with sharing the credit, really the credit belongs to the president of the united states. >> so all of you house democrats are going to gather tomorrow morning, and you've made this point, that there is an agreement in place that says you would vote on build back better even without a cbo score as of a certain date. is that agreement holding, or are you waiting for the cbo score? >> well, look, i think we want to get that cbo information to the members. there has already been a tremendous amount of fiscal information provided by cbo. all of it has been consistent with what was provided by the white house and by the joint committee on taxation. but in our agreement, it does say in no event later than the week of the 15th. so that was regardless of whatever information came. we just didn't want this to be delayed again and again and
again. and those individuals, those democrats who signed that statement, and we agreed that that would be in that agreement. so i am very confident we're going to vote on this this week, and maybe it's the end of the week, but it will be this week, and hopefully it will be sooner than that because i think everybody wants to get this done, lawrence. we want to cut costs for families. we want to show people that we've got their back. we want to have the biggest investment in housing, plus, of course, we just came off of cop26. and the reality is this is the bill, lawrence, this build back better act, this is the bill that really takes on climate change. and we should just be very clear about that. the united states will not be able to lead on climate change or fulfill even the promises made at cop26 without the build back better act. so we've got to get it passed, we will get it passed through the house this week, and then on to the senate and hopefully done
and a great christmas present, if not sooner, for the country to see that america is moving forward and government has your back. >> and house democrats are prepared to deal with what the senate parliamentarian rules on what can and cannot be in a senate reconciliation bill? >> well, you're a senate expert, lawrence, so you know how this works. we're going to have the parliamentarian scrub, the privilege scrub. that will happen very soon, and, you know, anything that the parliamentarian says cannot be in there unless there is a decision to overrule the parliamentarian will have to be scrubbed out of there, and that's the problem with, you know, the parliamentarian pretzels we twist ourselves into because of the filibuster, this is the only way we can pass the bill with 50 democratic votes and the vice president to tie. >> congresswoman pramila jayapal, thank you very much for joining us again tonight. always appreciate it.
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