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follow the show online@jdballart on nbc. craig melvin picks up with more news right now. a good friday morning to you. craig melvin here. today is the day house democrats have been waiting for for months. >> the build back better bill is passed. >> there it is. the house finally passing the long-debated build back better bill by a final vote of 220 to 213. cheers breaking out on the democratic side of the house floor when they crossed the magic number of 2018. just one democrat voted no. it is a critical step. a critical step in passing the bill that includes billions of dollars for clean energy, free pre-k, an extension of the child
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tax credit. here's the speaker right after the final house vote. >> this is legislation that creates millions of good paying jobs, gets tax cuts to the middle class, lowers cost, especially health care costs and child care costs for middle class. and it's paid for 100%. >> now that bill heads to the senate. key monarch democrats joe manchin, kyrsten sinema. they will have a say in what happens next. we're going to get into how they could still dramatically alter the final text. also the fda just green lit the pfizer and moderna shots. the cdc gearing up for a critical meeting. we'll dig into what the crucial decision could mean for your holiday plans. also this morning, we are on day four now of the verdict watch in the kyle rittenhouse
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homicide trial. we'll go live to kenosha, wisconsin in moments. is not one but two requests for a mistrial now hang over this case. but we're going to start with our team covering the major vote on the build back better bill. our capitol hill correspondent leigh ann caldwell, and also shannon petty piece is with us. leigh ann, a major victory for democrats, but the bill still needs to pass the upper chamber. first, what made the final cut in this bill? >> this is a massive piece of legislation. these are, the makeup of this bill is what democrats have been wanting to do for years. and individual pieces of legislation, but it was compiled into one bill. it's more than $550 billion for climate change initiatives including a lot of tax credits for consumers like you and me on
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electric vehicles, solar panels, that sort of stuff. also tax credits for companies as well. there's a lot of family care provisions including free preschool. people are not supposed to pay more than 7% of their income on child care. there's an extension of the child tax cut. and what's interesting about this is that the child tax cut, it used to -- the poorest people usually were not able to access it because they did not pay taxes. well, in this extension, the poorest people will still be able to benefit from the child tax credit, and so this is something that is going to be a big boost democrats say for many poor families and even middle class families. this is a bill, there were some last-minute changes over the past couple weeks including the addition of two weeks of paid family leave. there was also an addition of immigration provisions. legalization for millions of undocumented immigrants.
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and so this bill is likely to change when it goes to the senate. especially because of the last two provisions. the paid family leave, something senator manchin does not want in this bill, and also the immigration provisions that might not comply with senate rules. we'll wait to see how that shakes out. but democratic leaders took a huge victory lap today with their press conference. speaker pelosi saying this was a major victory. democrats were jumping up and down on the house floor, cheering and chanting, bbb, build back better. chanting nancy, nancy, nancy. once there was 218 votes to show that this bill is passed, it has been months and months of very difficult negotiations, but finally the party was able to come together and they were able to pass this piece of legislation. while it still has the tough road ahead in the senate, craig. >> any idea in terms of timetable how soon the senate
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might start debate? >> the senate is out of town for the thanksgiving holiday. the house just left. they're not back until monday after thanksgiving. so they are already on legislation on the annual defense bill that they have to dispose of first. so it's going to be into december before they take this up. the senate democratic leaders hope they are able to pass it before christmas, but it's going to be tough for them to be able to do it. so this might be dragging out until the new year. >> shannon, this has also been a moment that's a long-time coming for president biden. what's the mood in the white house this morning? what does this victory mean for the president? >> well, i think as leigh ann indicated, they have won the battle but not the war necessarily. certainly a very significant milestone here for the white house and the president, getting through this bill that not only includes a lot of priorities of democrats in congress, but a lot of things that have been a
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priority for the president for decades that he has been pushing for as a senator and vice president and now president in fact. the senate is still a tough road ahead. as leigh ann was mentioning, we've seen the president through several of these legislative rounds being the one hacking it out between all the members, bringing the parties together to the white house, trying to find some compromise. it was something he indicated in this infrastructure bill when he talked about signing that. in the end, everybody's not going to get what they want, but something is better than nothing. we have to work together and come together. expect that messaging to come from the white house as well. another thing on the messaging front, i would note the white house now has a specific bill they can go out and sell to the public. there had been so much back and forth about what was going to be in this bill, what wasn't going to be in. it made it a little bit of a tough sales job, and the focus was on the numbers and the process and whether it was going to be able to get through. they have a big hurdle and
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things could change in the senate. there are specific tan yibl things the white house can point to, and things they can connect to the issues that are going on right now in people's lives, like the child care struggles people have. the struggles people are having with paying for their housing or medical bills. all things they can start now to make tangible as they look to ramp up the pressure and push this through in the senate. >> meanwhile, we are also seeing something quite historic at the white house this morning. for the first time al bee it briefly, a woman will be running the country. this morning president biden is going to be under anesthesia for a routine colonoscopycolonoscop. all this means that power will briefly transfer to vice president kamala harris. what more can you tell us about this? >> yeah. and this is an unusual moment,
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but not unprecedented. we have seen presidents do this in the past. like president george w. bush most recently. when the president is incapacity tated in one tomorrow form or another, they can temporarily transfer power to the vice president under the amendment and the constitution. that's what we're seeing go on is a transfer of power from the president to the vice president while president biden undergoes this colonoscopy where he's under anesthesia as part of this routine physical going on right now. we do expect the president to be back in the white house this afternoon. he has a turkey pardon to attend. we anticipate seeing him there and potentially hearing some remarks from him following really a milestone day and quite a split screen between this vote in the house and the president having to go his routine physical. >> yeah. we certainly have to get him back to the white house in time for the turkey pardon. any insight on the turkeys?
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>> peanut butter and jelly. they had luxury accommodations in washington d.c. they'll be coming to the white house. something sort of instilled in the white house tradition that the president will carry out again today. >> peanut butter and jelly getting spared. breaking news in the white house, and leigh ann on the hill for us on this friday. thank you both. we are more than an hour into day four of deliberations in the kyle rittenhouse homicide trial. and it comes as two requests for a mistrial hang over this closely-watched case. gabe gutierrez is in kenosha, wisconsin. he's been following the trial since day one. gabe, what's happened so far this morning? and what happens if these deliberations stretch into the weekend? >> hi there, craig, good morning. deliberations right now are at about 24 hours total stretched
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over several days. as you mentioned, this is day four of jury deliberations. and in truth, not a whole lot has happened today. we just received a note from the pool reporter saying that the judge's clerk has not heard anything about jurors declining to order lunch. interpret that as you will. but at this point, last we heard from the jurors was last night when they were sent home for the day. one of the jurors asking to take a copy of jury instructions home with her, but right now, craig, we have no indication whether these jurors might be any closer to reaching a decision or, perhaps, whether we might be heading toward a hung jury, perhaps. and there has been no word from the court about whether these deliberations could stretch into the weekend or whether the judge could have them come back on monday. we just don't know at this point. >> all right. gabe gutierrez there in kenosha once again. we'll check in with you throughout the afternoon. thank you, gabe.
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this morning we just got a huge announcement a lot of americans have been waiting to hear, especially with the holidays upon us. the fda approving both pfizer and moderna booster shoots for all adults. the news couldn't come at a more crucial time. the holiday season ramping up. cases starting to rise steadily in many states. and hospitalizations are rising among the fully vaccinated. nbc's cal perry is at a vaccination site at the mall of america in minneapolis where they're seeing a rise in breakthrough cases. and i also want to bring in doctor ashby, a cardiologist in miami, florida. doctor, let's start with the increase in hospitalizations among the vaccinated.
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these breakthrough cases sending folks to the hospital. to what can we attribute that? >> good morning. it's a pleasure to be here. so the increase that we see in minnesota is multi-factored. putting the vaccinations aside for a minute, the delta variant was fundamentally a game-changer. it changed how we view this pandemic and particularly the coronavirus. what we see is that there's more breakthrough cases that carry it. and as we see with the israel data, it indicates that once you're triple vaccinated, meaning you got a booster, you're much more protected from hospital dagss, particularly if you're elderly. minnesota is unique in the fact that they did not have the same type of surge that we did in the south during the delta surge. and now they're seeing that. this is a worry i have for most of the midwest in particular who have patches of unvaccinated pockets, and now that they're dealing with the delta variant
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in the dead of the winter that's fast-approaching. >> the expectation here, of course, is roughly an hour from now the cdc will sign off on booster shots for all adults in this country. how much of a difference will that make? >> so it's incredibly important that we understand what -- what's the public health priority. number one is getting the unvaccinated vaccinated. that is priority number one. and we do know that once boosters are given on a large scale, again, as we see it in israel, they will give us a further wall around the spread of the virus. so again, i'm concerned about the midwest. given their patchy vaccination rates in states like minnesota, ohio, michigan, and now we're dealing with the delta variant and the flu virus which hasn't made an appearance since march of 2020 due to mitigation measures. >> let's talk about minneapolis.
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covid rates in minnesota have climbed tot highest they've been this year. there's a concerning rate in breakthrough cases. you're at a vaccination site at the mall of america. what are you hearing from folks there in minnesota? >> it's a deteriorating situation. we are where we were a year ago, craig, what we're sort of advising people to stay out of crowded indoor areas. some of the schools in the minneapolis area are being called out. they're going to extend that thanksgiving break to quote, unquote, clean the schools. it's an indication of how the cases are quickly spiking and getting out of control, and the conversation about breakthrough cases is certainly apt here in the state of minnesota. it has to be said, they did a good job of getting folks early on. that has one drawback. this immunity is likely waning over six to eight months. i had a chance to speak to the state's health commissioner. listen to what she said. >> it's hitting us at a time when our large part of our population may be seeing some waning immunity, and we're
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urging boosters. we're -- we've got a lot of virus in the state at the very time we're coming indoors and beginning to do more interacting with each other. so it's sort of kind of the perfect storm in a bad way. >> now, the pressure and the stress is once again falling on the health care workers here in the state of minnesota. so bad that the governor is talking to the department of defense and they will be sending two teams of 22 people each to start working in the hospitals. the staffs of the hospitals are overwhelmed, and the fatigue of being through this now for two years is hitting hard. that is why you will see the department of defense again deploying these teams. one team in particular will be working in nursing homes. of course, it is the elderly that are still at the most risk. this is all the more reason why people are pushing for the boosters here. both in minnesota and michigan as well, seeing both covid and flu outbreak in ann arbor. that's putting pressure on medical systems across the midwest. >> yeah.
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cal perry in minneapolis. doctor, this waning immunity that cal just mentioned there, i think a lot of folks are probably under the impression that their initial vaccine shot, if they got the j&j or the pfizer, then the second shot should last them for a while. now it seems as if folks are discovering that's not the case. >> well, craig, i want to push back a little bit on the narrative of waning immunity. i just want to focus on that -- the fact that the delta variant is a game-changer. and so what we expected and what we planned for with the initial distribution of the vaccines is very different than our situation and dynamics now. particularly related to the delta variant which is now the dominant strain, now and in the foreseeable future. we have to understand as the public, the science changes and things change and we have to make different calculations. the delta variant is an incredible example of that.
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what we're seeing is now our government, the cdc and fda who i have been critical to at times, are adjusting to the science. that's important for the public to realize. >> cal perry, dr. bernard ashby, thank you both. enjoy your weekend. we are tracking so many big trials this friday, including the civil rights -- excuse me. the civil trial against the organizers of the deadly 2017 unite the right charlottesville rally. we're going to dig into the evidence the jury is set to see in that case, including messages about cracking skulls at the rally. plus we'll look at what to expect from closing arguments in the trial of the three men accused of killing amaude arbery. we'll talk to a former prosecutor about the key moments of testimony this week. next. moments of testimony this week next
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we're waiting on a verdict in the kyle rittenhouse trial. all eyes in georgia on the ahmaud arbery case as well, and also we're keeping our eyes on a civil trial in charlottesville over a unite the -- jury
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deliberations started this. nine plaintiffs have sued rally organizers alleging that white nationalists, neo nazis and white strem cyst organizations all conspired to commit violence during that rally. nbc intelligence and national security correspondent is following this rally. ken, what have we seen play out in court this morning, and what specific charges will the jury be weighing? >> this morning the judge handed the case to the jury. the question is whether the two dozen defendants conspired to -- we remember the horrific scenes from the rally in 2017 including the moment when james field drove a car into a crowd, killing one and injuring dozens of others. only a handful of others were charged criminally. this is targeting a broader group of people who organized the protests.
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an alt right leader represented himself in court. these defendants have argued they might be racist, but they never planned or condoned violence. lots of evidence in this trial has refuted that, including a text exchange between spencer and christopher cantwell. cantwell said he was willing to risk a lot. spencer said it's worth it, at least for me. the judge said that exchange alone was evidence of an illegal conspiracy. if the jury decides the defendants are liable, they have to decide how much to award in damages. the defendants have asked for an unspecified amount of punitive dow joness. nobody expects the defendants to be able to pay tens of millions of dollars, but the point is to bankrupt them and show that
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white supremacist movements need to think about before they condone violence. >> ken, keep us posted on this trial. that is this case that's going to the jury there in charlottesville. ken, thank you. meanwhile, closing arguments set to get underway monday in the trial for the three men accused of kill ahmaud arbery. mcmichael is accused of firing the fatal shot that killed arbery. nbc's katie beck is outside the courthouse in brunswick, georgia. also joining me a former prosecutor, civil rights attorney and now an msnbc legal analyst. katie, i'll start with you. court adjourned until monday morning. what can we expect from closing arguments and how soon do we expect the jury to get this case? >> yeah, i think the climax of the case so far really happened yesterday when travis mcmichael
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was facing cross examination on the stand, facing enough questions from prosecutors, asking him to timeline the final moments leading up to the final shooting. what he was thinking and to assess the threat that ahmaud arbery posed to him. mcmichael's defense has been this was in self-defense. he felt threatened there might be criminal activity going on and he had a duty to protect his neighborhood and make a citizen's arrest. once he and arbery were face to face, there was a tussle over the gun and he shot him in self-defense. prosecutors yesterday were trying to establish exactly what threat he felt that led him to take that action, asking specific yes or no questions of him on the stand. did he speak to you? did he have a weapon? did he try and get away from you? mcmichael answered those questions by saying yeah, he did try and confront arbery and ask him what he was doing there, possibly what his intentions were. arbery on several encounters did not speak, did not say a word
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back to mcmichael. also asked if presented a weapon, no, he never saw a knife. he never saw a gun. did he ever threaten him physically and try to run toward him? no, he was running away from him. they were trying to get the yes or no questions on the record to try and establish if you're going to use it as a defense that you felt threated, let's lay out exactly what that threat looked like. that was done for several hours on the stand yesterday as i said. certainly the most climactic moments of the trial so far. we are told on monday they are expected to start opening -- closing statements. if they will wrap those up monday and the jury could have the case monday night is yet to be seen. they are currently in court today without the jury trying to hash out exactly what the charges will look like, and we're expecting to get some kind of timeline then on how next week will go. it is a holiday week. giving the jury the case on a tuesday when they have thursday, a day or two away, that's yet to be seen how that will be
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handled. >> all right. katie beck for us in georgia. thank you. christen, the prosecution and defense rested their cases. i want to play this key part of travis mcmichael's testimony. this is an exchange with the prosecutor about the precise moment that he pulled up beside arbery before the shooting. >> you startled him? >> no. >> are you a mind reader? >> i'm not, but i could see his actions. the way that he was -- he didn't veer. he didn't run off. i came up to him slowly. just like i would anybody else. >> how many times had you pulled up on strangers that you don't know next to them with a pickup truck to ask hem what they're doing in your neighborhood? >> i don't think i have in that situation, but i have pulled up on people that are running behind, coming up behind them. >> christen, how do they make the self-defense claim now?
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>> it's going to be hard for them to make that self-defense. not only from the footage that you showed but also what katie was talking about earlier. ahmaud arbery posed no real threat. i think what their best argument is, and we saw this from the number of witnesses that they put on the stand, was that these three individuals were citizen's heros. they were seeking to merely stop ahmaud arbery. and when they tried to engage in that citizen's arrest, which you know now, that statute is now repealed. it was in place at the time. so it is a defense they can use. when they attempted to engage in that citizen's arrest, believing that mr. arbery had committed some type of a burglarly, things kind of went ugly, and then they had the turn to the citizen's arrest into self-defense which is when ahmaud arbery had grabbed the gun allegedly. that's why you heard travis testify. that narrative had to come out.
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however, as you pointed out through that footage, that citizen's arrest or citizen's hero type ideal, i did not think came across strongly. i do not think. i think the prosecution did a phenomenal job with their cross examination, teasing out how this is not self-defense. teasing out how mr. arbery did not pose any type of threat. and why these guys should just have let him run. let him do his thing. jogging through the neighborhood. because there was no real crime that was suspected here. i think another thing that mr. mcmichaels did was he tried to garner some sympathy with the jury by saying hey, you know, when i pointed the gun and i felt like he was trying to grab the trigger, i had to shoot. i only thought of my son. he was trying to garner sympathy. i think that was undermined by the cross examination of the prosecution. notwithstanding those very graphic photos, and the number of bullets that were shot at mr. arbery from the medical
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examiner's testimony. i don't think they did an effective job with their defendant on the stand. >> also the prosecutor getting mcmichael to admit that he did not tell investigators there at the scene after the alleged crime that he was conducting a citizen's arrest. it would seem as if the citizen's arrest defense sort of arose in the weeks after the actual incident. >> absolutely, craig. and i think that was a key powerful point for the prosecution. but not only that, craig, but that also shows the inconsistencies. and when you're able to show inconsistencies in an individual's testimony, the jury is not likely going to find that person credible. and when you're talking about putting your client on the stand to really testify as to their mind set, were they really scared? were they really reasonably believing they were under threat of death or imminent bodily injury?
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it really becomes ineffective in that standpoint. but those inconsistencies i think was powerful for the prosecution. absolutely. >> christens gibens, thank you so much. enjoy your weekend. thank you. as we mentioned at the top of this hour, we are also waiting for a verdict in the homicide trial of kyle rittenhouse in kenosha, wisconsin. as soon as we hear anything from that courtroom, we will get you that information live. meanwhile, with just hours left to spare, the governor of oklahoma commuted the death sentence of julius jones. jones convicted of killing businessman paul howell was facing death by lethal injection. jones has always said he was framed by the real killer who was an acquaintance at the time. thanks to a story receiving national attention and two parol board recommendations, the governor granted him clemency. his sister talked to us about it
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last night. >> my parents were elated. my mom, she yelled, thank you jesus. you know? alleluia. i felt the same way, but i also understand we still have a fight on our hands. >> jones now faces life in prison without the possibility of parole. this morning a huge victory for president biden and house democrats. the house passing that massive spending bill with hundreds of billions of dollars for free pre-k, clean energy, child tax credits. california congresswoman jackie speier is standing by and is going to talk to us about what it means for families and how different it could look after it gets to the senate. first, though, something else big on capitol hill this morning. the u.s. capitol christmas free. it arrived at the capitol's west lawn. this is a live look at the tree has it gets zhuszhed up for the holiday season.
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morning? >> i can't begin to tell you how thrilling it is to be able to report to the american people that we are really doing something transformational for children in this country. 20 million kids in america are going to get child care now. families are going to be able to know that their children are taken care of. they're going to be able to go back to work. 1.7 million women have left the work force because of the child care issues as a result of covid. so you've got universal pre-k. 6 million kids who haven't been receiving pre-k, three and four-year-olds are now going to be receiving free universal pre-k. we're just about to catch up with our european country friends who have been doing most of this since the beginning of time, really. since the early 1900s for parental leave, and for child care back to the 1960s. >> as you know, the scoring came back on the bill from the
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nonpartisan congressional budget office. and they concluded that it will, in fact, add to the deficit. what do you say to that? >> so, actually, it does not add to the deficit. they had undervalued the benefits that it will generate from the irs tax auditors going out and auditing people who cheat on their taxes. so it's not going to increase the deficit. and when it goes to the senate, parental leave is frankly on the chopping block, because joe manchin, senator manchin has already said he doesn't support it. in our bill it represents about $250 billion. so this is truly paid for. and it's paid for by having a 15% minimum tax for corporations in this country when we know some of the big e corporations don't pay any taxes. 15% tax globally, and for those
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making over $10 million a year, they're going to see a surcharge tax. now, beyond all that, we are -- we're doing something through the kids this this country that is going to be a benefit to them for the rest of their lives. so the democratic woman's caucus, 91 strong. this was our line in the sand. we weren't going to support the build back better unless it had those components. and thank goodness for president biden recognizing the importance of this that we have that bill now past the house and into the senate. >> to your point, though, paid parental leave, as you just noted there. it faces a steep climb in the upper chamber. is that a red line if the senate decides to gut this thing, and they do end up chopping, for instance, the paid leave there. is that something that you can stomach? >> well, family and medical
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leave has to be a component in the future. really, when we think about that, it is the only industrialized country in the world that doesn't have it. and we need to build on it. most people that use family and medical leave, use it for personal health care concerns. only about 25% is used for taking care of a newborn or adopted child. so is that a red line to me? no, but it is certainly something that i feel strongly about, that i want to see us move forward in the next year in making sure that we provide that benefit. it's about 100 million young mothers that do not have this parental or family and medical leave. but again, it's mostly used by a universe of people in this country who are probably much older than women and families of childbearing age.
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>> congresswoman jackie speier, i know that you are -- you decided not to run again, but hopefully before you take off, we can have a few more conversations here on msnbc. congratulations on your retirement, and we'll talk to you soon. enjoy your weekend. >> thanks, craig, very much. this morning instagram faces new scrutiny. attorneys general in eight states have now launched an investigation into the app's parent company, facebook, which is now called metaplatforms. the bipartisan group accuses the company of ignoring its own research about instagram's physical and mental health risks to young people. especially teenage girls. a spokesperson for metacall the accusations, quote, false and say they demonstrate a, quote, deep misunderstanding of the facts. it's tough work physically and emotionally, and you'll get paid less than you'd make at a
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a serious crisis in home health care. that's what the president of the national association of home care and hospice is warning this morning. home health workers take care of some of the most vulnerable loved ones. but like many aspects of our lives the pandemic has taken a toll on the industry leaving a major shortage in home health care aids. nbc's vicky nguyen is following the shortage and what needs to be done to fix it.
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walk us through this crisis. >> reporter: good to see you. they're calling -- silver tsunami why every day in this country 10,000 people turn 65. as they get older some will need help in the homes but the workforce to support them is shrinking. long hours. emotional work. can be physically taxing. often in-home caregivers are paid les than fast food worker just we'll look at the industry and some solutions to the shortage. >> felt better? >> reporter: lolly is part of an unseen workforce of home care givers providing help to 12 million to 14 million americans every day. today she drove 30 minutes to care for one of the clients, dina. lolly does laundry, bills and takes her to the doctor.
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she has parkinson's and dementia hurting her hand and face. >> we worry about her falling, accidentally taking the wrong medications. >> reporter: lolly works 50 hours a week caring for client just the family fills in the gaps where they can but finding additional care is almost impossible. >> we are in a serious crisis. we are short by at least a million workers today. >> reporter: why is it so hard to find people to fill the positions? >> it is multidimensional. one is because the job is extremely difficult. caring for evenings with disabilities or those of older age or with physical limitations that require lifting and transferring of the patient. part is compensation, too. this is a hard job with very, very low paid. >> reporter: lolly makes $12.50 an hour. some are paid less.
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in large part medicare and medicaid fund in-home care. average pay $13 an hour. 60% work more than 40 hours a week and 37% consider the job highly stressly. he says one solution is increasing rates and offer tax credits for people paying for private services. >> they are special and what they do affects the society at large. if someone has to take off of work to care for a parent that cripples the economy. >> reporter: despite this, lolly says her husband has a full-time job and because she cares. >> fast food places make 15 now which they deserve. that's not the job i want to do. it won't get better until we pay what people are worth. it's a human being's life, not a
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hamburger. >> reporter: according to the paraprofessional health care institute 86% of in-home caregivers are women. the build back better plan wept through the house. in it $150 billion, some of that money earmarked for home services and some to state medicaid programs to bump the salaries for the workers to attract more workers and retain them, what is needed. craig? >> home health care workers, having known a few and related to a few, they do god's work. it affects so many people. thank you. enjoy your weekend. incredit l, underdog story for a football team taking the field in california tonight. we'll have that for you up next.
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the first time in the school's 68-year history. the road to get here isn't easy as "the new york times" note just the program has suffered it share of humiliations and harassment over the years but not dimmed their determination. >> take a look at us as players. we are able to play football. don't look at us as people who are deaf. that we can't hear and look down on us because of that. we can do anything. only thing we can't do is hear. >> we'll be rooting for them. as another coach that famously coached an underdog team once said, gentlemen, clear eyes, full hearts. can't lose. that's going to do it for me this hour. "andrea mitchell reports" starts right now. ♪♪ good day. this is "andrea mitchell reports" in washington where democrats led by nancy pelosi have passed the presiden


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