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this one thing. we still have a lot of people not vaccinated. the pandemic we have now is a pandemic of the unvaccinated. so please, please, please, please, if you're not vaccinated, protect yourself and the children out there. it's important. carlo, i haven't been a significant consumer of health
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care myself and my family, i've often said this and i mean it from the bottom of my heart. thank your daughter for me. if there are any angels in 11, they're male and female nurses. that's the god's honest truth. doctors let you live. they make you want to live. i've spent a lot of time in icu, my son on the table. tell her thank you, thank you, thank you. i really mean it. and i want to thank congresswoman wild for the passport into her district. where are you? thank you. as they say up in scranton, she's bragging on y'all. they don't say y'all up there. they say that in delaware. you do because you've got family from alabama. you've been a tireless champion for the working men and women of the lehigh valley. helping us pass the tax cut for
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families with children that people are seeing now in their bank accounts, showing up in their bank accounts every month. and working with our administration to expand home care for seniors. we've got a generation, the sandwich generation between the child and a mom or dad needing help. and they need help. provide better pay for caregivers. i want to particularly thank bobby casey, a great friend of mine, who champions this cause in the united states senate for elder care. you know, john mack started this iconic american company in 1890, but things really didn't get off the ground until four years later when he brought his brother, william, down from scranton. so it goes to show you, you want to get things moving, bring a guy from scranton to get it going. mind if i take my coat off? i'm going to take my coat off.
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you know, folks, we're getting things moving. we really are. you are. when i started my campaign for president, and the gov -- gov, i didn't introduce you, i apologize. no, you're the governor of the state and one of the best governors in the country. thank you. and you're a good friend. when i was i said running, when i announced my campaign, and not many people took it seriously, i said i was running for three reasons. one, to restore the soul of this country, a sense of decency and honor. but secondly, to rebuild the backbone of the country. hard working middle class folks who built this country. and i want to point out unions built the middle class.
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that's not a joke. unions built the middle class. and by the way, in case you regret anything, i just want you guys and women in the union to know that if it weren't for the uaw in 1972, i never would have won. you think i'm kidding. we have the largest percentage of any union workers in the nation including michigan because we're a small state and had big plans. so before you get upset, remember, you're to blame. look, folks, i think a lot of us come from similar backgrounds. moms, dads, brothers, sisters, family. people who get up every day, work hard, raise their families, pay their taxes, serve their communities and serve their country. and that's why i moved so quickly to pass the american
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rescue plan shortly after i got elected. because we needed to act quickly and boldly to save jobs, save businesses and save lives. and we did. we had more than 600,000 jobs per month since i've taken office. that's over 3 million jobs all told. it's the fastest growth at this point in any administration on record because of y'all. we brought this economy back from the brink. checks in people's pockets, shots in people's arms, tax cuts for working families with children. we designed our strategy not only to provide a temporary boost, but to lay the foundation for a long-term boom that brings everyone along. because when i arrived in office, we had a long time -- it's been a long time since the federal government had worked
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hard for working people. things have been great for big corporations, great for the very wealthy, folks at the top. those 55 major corporations for the past three years paid zero in federal taxes, making over $40 billion. they had no complaints. when i put my hand on that bible on january 20th, took the oath of office, i made a commitment to the american people. we're going to change the paradigm so working people could have a fighting chance again to get a good education, to get a good job and a raise, to take care of that elderly parent and afford to take care of their children. and stop spending hours of their lives on roads because they are
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crumbling and waiting for slow spotty internet. that's what the economy we're build is all about. given half a chance, ordinary americans, the american people have never, ever, ever, ever let their country down. just given half a chance. i mean it. you may have heard that in washington now just on the phone, it looks like they reached a bipartisan agreement on infrastructure. fancy word for bridges, roads, transit system, high-speed internet, clean drinking water, cleaning up and capping the orphan wells. over thousands of them abandoned and abandoned mines and a modern, resilient electric grid to build. guess what, a lot of those abandoned wells are leaking methane. and guess what, the same union
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guys that dug those wells can make the same union wage capping those wells. i'm working with democrats and republicans to get this done because while there's a lot we don't agree on, i believe that we should be able to work together on the few things we do agree on. i think it's important. this is the physical infrastructure. i also put forward a thing called the build back better plan with investments that are going to really -- if i said to you you could have the following. we're going to build you a lot of new roads and bridges, or i can make sure we're going to educate your kids so we're the best educated population in the world, what do you think would have the most impact on the growth on america? to be the most educated nation in the world. i'm insisting on
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prekindergarten. two years of community college. all the studies show no matter what background a kid comes from, whether a single mom or single dad who is on what we used to call welfare or in trouble, or come from a middle class household, a kid that comes from a background that is deprived will hear by the time they get to first grade a million fewer words spoken. a million fewer spoken. what that means is they're behind the eight ball from the start and a lot more. but we found out you put kids in school at age 3, 4 and 5, it increases by 58% the chance, no matter what their background, they'll make it through high school and qualify to go on to community college. folks, we need more affordable child care. there are a lot of women not
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working today because they can't go back to their jobs because they have no one to take care of their children. they can't afford it. i was a single dad for five years when my wife and daughter were killed in an automobile accident. my two little boys were badly banged up. i commuted back and forth to washington because i couldn't dare leave and move to washington because i didn't have my family to help me take care of my kids. i was making a good salary, $42,000 a year then. i couldn't afford care, day care for my children. elder care. how many of you know somebody that has a mom or dad that needs help just because they're getting older and maybe still has their home. would rather stay in their home, increase their mental state, put them in a position where it's
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better for their health, but you can't figure out how to keep mom home alone, how to do it, or dad. elder care is a big piece of this. paid leave. we're one of the only industrial countries in the world that you don't get paid leave if you have a sick son, daughter, mother, father, wife, husband, to have some time to take care of that. bring more people into the workforce, enhance our productivity, raise wages, and bring down the costs for working families. you know, i was born up in scranton and my dad worked up in scranton. he was actually from baltimore, but he worked in scranton and met my mom when dad moved there. and when coal died, everything died in the valley, so we had to leave and look for a new job. my dad used to have an
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expression when we got down to wilmington. the first thing he did, he got a job scrubbing the inside of boilers for the kyle corporation. we finally got to the place where after five years we could afford to buy a small house, actually six years. my dad used to say, remember, joey, a job is about a lot more than a paycheck. it's about your dignity. it's about respect. it's about your place in the community. i give my word that's what he said and it's about looking your kid in the eye and say, honey, it's going to be okay and mean it. because we know the trickle-down economics has never worked. when working families do well, everybody does well, including the wealthy. everybody. today i'm here to talk about a
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commitment that's sacred to me and central to our efforts to keep things moving. it's a straightforward solution. support and grow more american-based companies. put more americans to work in union jobs. strengthen american manufacturing, and secure critical supply chains. confront the climate crisis, which is all about jobs. i can sum it up in two words. buy american. buy american. most people don't know no matter
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how informed they are that for almost a century there's been a law on the books in america called the buy america act. it's supposed to make sure that when your government spends your tax dollars in buying goods, that they have to be goods that were built, purchased in america. but the previous administration didn't take it so seriously and previous ones, not just the last one. they were quick to say, you know, we have a lot of money to spend. we've got to buy -- the government is going to buy everything from buildings to aircraft carriers to trucks to whatever it is. but we can't find an american company that can do it all so we're going to have to issue a waiver. we'll hire the american company, but that american company is going to have a subsidiary overseas where americans don't
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work, where it's much cheaper, they can make more money and they're going to say we have to have that as part of the chain of building the product. the result has been tens of billions of dollars didn't go to jobs and businesses in communities like this one. in recent years buy america has become a hollow promise. my administration is going to make buy american a reality, and i'm putting the weight of the federal government behind that commitment. in the white house itself, we put in a made in america office to oversee -- not an agency, in the white house itself to oversee these efforts. in my first cabinet meeting i told all of the cabinet members, if their agency wants to issue a waiver, the forest department is buying trucks or hoses or
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whatever they need, okay, they have got to buy something that all of it has been made in america. and you can't give exceptions. you say we can't find one that does. they get their nozzles overseas because they don't have anybody here that can make it here. i said if you're going to give an exception, you've got to tell the white house why the exception. if they still want a waiver, they have to post the request on publicly, so american manufactures all over the united states and businesses have a chance to look up now in a new facility and say, hey, they're looking for companies that make nozzles. they're looking for companies that make the following whatever. we make that. we make that. and contact us. then they can't take the job overseas. and today we're going to go further. we're going to make the biggest enforcement changes to the buy
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america act in 70 years. right now if you manufacture a vehicle, i expect you guys know about that, that gets purchased by the federal government, the law says and there's about 600,000 vehicles the federal government owns, by the way, and replaces and buys. that substantially all the vehicle, substantially all should be made in america. because of loopholes over time, you know what substantially all means today? if 55% of it was made in america, then go ahead and get all the rest of it purchased other places. to me 55% is not substantially all. this is actually a double whammy. first, 55% is not high enough and, second, contractors don't have to tell us the total domestic content of their
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products, they just have to tell us that they hit the threshold, nobody checking. well, they got a new sheriff in town. we're going to be checking. no, i'm serious. i am deadly earnest. today i'm directing the budget office to i sssue the amount of domestic content required to be made in america from 55% to 75%. [ applause ] substantially all is going to mean substantially all. starting with critical products. instead of taking contractors at their word that they have hit the threshold, we're going to start making them give us the details so we can do more to support american manufacturing. we want to be the ones making the innovative parts of every product, the ones that will support more jobs and more small businesses. for example, i had a tour today.
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a lovely lady showing me and the parts in the second stop we made. she said but we're having a little problem. we're finding we don't have the computer chips that we need to go into the engine, et cetera. we basically don't make them anymore in america. so i got together with a group of 20 republicans and democrats. we passed a new piece of legislation providing that south korea and taiwan open up plants here in the united states hiring american employees to make those computer chips so we're not held hostage. in case you haven't noticed, not only you but ford said they're going to have to stop producing certain vehicles because they can't get the chip. so i'm directing my budget
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office to create new rules for critical products where we know we need stronger, more resilient supply chains. we're talking about semi conductors, pharmaceutical ingre ingredients, advanced batteries among other things. we saw during the early days of the pandemic that the supply chain disruptions can put americans' lives and livelihoods at risk. when we need it the most we were short on protective equipment, we were short on ventilators and other essential health equipment. we couldn't get the job done. we couldn't take care of people. we were short on basic equipment. i know a lot of you in this factory stepped up to make ppe at the time. that was a noble service. but it's not a long-term solution. yes, we'll keep trading with our allies, but we need to have a resilient supply chain of our own so that we're never again at the mercy of countries for critical goods ever again. ever. you know exactly what i'm talking about.
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right here you've seen production slow down. you've had your hours cut because of the shortage of computer chips and semiconductors. these chips are more than just vehicles. they enable so much of our modern lives, our smartphones, our televisions, our medical equipment. that's why we're investing $50 billion to have the best chip manufacturing in the world come and build factories in the united states of america. [ applause ] it's passed the senate. it's part of my build back better plan and it is bipartisan, as many republicans are concerned about it as democrats. it's not just semi conductors. with this rule we can buy medical products from companies that are like a company up the road in bethlehem.
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the covid-19 tests being made right here. we're developing a homegrown capacity to respond to this pandemic and help prepare for the next one. and by the way, when i say buy in america, i mean all america. we're going to include communities that have historically been left out of government procurement. when more contracts are going to black and brown communities, native americans, every state and territory, every industry that manufactures and also agriculture. part of the problem is that a lot of companies don't even know these opportunities exist to be part of this. we've got -- we've got to know -- i used to have a great friend who used to play for providence college back in the days when they had great teams. his name was pete mclaughlin. he used to have an expression. god love him, he passed away. but anyway, the point is that what pete used to say and
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academics weren't his thing. he said, joe, you've got to know how to know. you've got to know how to know. you can walk into the library of congress, one of the greatest libraries in the world. if you don't know how to use the card catalog, figuratively speaking, it's just all happenstance. you have to know how to know. so we started a new manufacturing contracting office in the small business administration to help small and medium-size businesses bid on these contracts. my department of commerce is working to have government agencies connect with new domestic suppliers in every state. that's how we're going to build a future that's made in america. one more reason this is going to make a big difference. each year, the federal government purchases more than $600 billion in goods and services. congress passes laws for purchasing things and as president, i get to decide where
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we spend them, what we purchase -- i mean purchase what was called for. but i get to -- and i'm the one who makes the decision, the administration makes the decision of how to spend that $600 billion. if american companies know that we're going to be buying from them, they're going to be more inclined to hire and make key investments in the future in their companies, like you're doing here. my build back better plan has incentives for electric vehicle adaptation, for increasing the amount of clean energy our government buys, and these buy american rules can help guarantee a reliable market. i just saw the work you're doing in the heavy duty electric vehicles, like electric garbage trucks. you know, there are more than 600,000 vehicles in the federal fleet, including the majority -- the largest portion of which are at the post office.
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as we work to electrify them, as they run out, electrify them, we're going to be making a market for vehicles, supporting both good jobs being created as well as innovation we need to electrify our transportation sector and clean up our environment at the same time. we'll be expanding by made in america initiative to help cities, towns and tribes get a better deal when they buy a made in america product. it helps the towns, the taxpayers, as well as all of you on the floor of this significant place. it really does. there are a lot of folks out there who look at how fast and how dramatically the world is changing and world economies are changing. who would have thought 20 years ago you'd be making electric garbage trucks here. seriously, think about it. but they accept it as gospel that working folks are going to get left behind and not be able to keep up. just the opposite.
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it's the opposite. hard working americans are the ones who are going to make it happen. we've got to invest in you. we have the most productive workforce in the world here. give it half a chance. there's not a single thing you can't do. so i reject out of hand, i've been criticized for this for some time, but i reject out of hand this defeatist view that the forces of automation and globalization, we can't have good-paying union jobs in america. right here on this factory floor, you're making a product that are fighting climate change. that's why when i hear climate change, i think jobs. our manufacturing future, our economic future, our solutions to the climate crisis are all going to be made in america. creating good jobs. that's what it means to build back better. we came out of this economic crisis, the worst since the
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depression, stronger than when we went in. america is one of the few countries in the world that we get smacked and knocked down, we get up, we come back, and we come back better than we were before we got knocked down. i'm not joking, think about the course of history in america. and that's why in the american rescue plan, we passed shortly after i took office, we're investing considerable sums that will go to cities and towns looking to build back stronger. for example, towns in the southwestern part of this state can now apply for funds to cap those wells that are leaking methane, clean up abandoned coal mines, investing, bringing new employers into abandoned factories, and get help attracting them. let me close with this. back in 2009 during the so-called great recession, the president asked me to be in charge of managing that piece, then president trump -- excuse me, freudian slip, that was the
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last president. he caused -- anyway, president obama when i was vice president. the american auto industry, you remember, was on the rocks. and a lot of people, including a lot of democrats, thought it wasn't worth investing in them. that the american worker wasn't that good and blah, blah, blah. i remember the heat that i took, some of you may remember as well, when i stood up and stepped into the rescue of the american automobile industry. my name was often taken in vein on television shows, why is biden so committed to the automobile industry. because the fundamental mistakes that were made weren't made by the workers, they were made by management. today a lot of the folks who said we shouldn't rescue the american auto industry are the same folks who are saying we don't need to buy american. but those people never realized that if you give an american
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worker a chance, just a fighting chance, there's nothing they won't do. if you give american companies and communities a chance, there's nothing they can't build. just look around. from the steel that raised our cities to the trucks behind me that are going to carry the economy forward, to the workers who are the heart and soul and spine of this nation, american strength is here. it's in this region. it's you. it's not hyperbole, it's you. that's why i've told every foreign leader. i just got back from europe meeting with heads of state. one said to me -- i said america is back. and he said for how long? a head of state. i said, you know, i want to tell you something. it's never, ever, ever been a good bet to bet against america. we never fail when we decide we're going to do something. so today i'm placing my bet on america. i know you all are going to make sure it pays off, because it will pay off with good jobs,
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long-term employment, the ability for america to once again reassert its role as the most powerful economy in the world. and that is as important as the size of our military and as anything else we do. if we think we're not in a race, guess what, take a look at china. take a look at china. i spent an awful lot of time with xi jinping, president of china, more i'm told than any other world leader has. he's made it really clear. he doesn't think democracies can compete in the 21st century. and i spent over 25 hours alone with him over the period of the last five years, seven years. and guess what, just come back from a conference with putin. he thinks the same thing. i've got news for them. autocracies will not succeed if
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we do what we can do as a democracy. democracies. and if you notice, not a joke, a lot of the rest of the world is hedging their bets whether to move toward autocracy or stay with democracies. we have it all, folks. we have everything that we need in this country. so not only today but for my grandchildren to be in a situation where we're still the most powerful physically and most powerful economic nation in the world that treats other nations decently and maintains the peace. that's who we are. that's america. we're the most unique nation in the history of the world, not a joke. by that i mean every other nation was put together based on ethnicity or religion, geography, but not america. america is the most unique
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nation in the world and literally we are based on an idea. an idea is what formed america. and the idea was, and it sounds corny but it is absolutely true, no other nation has this as an organizing principle. we hold these truths to be self-evident that all men and women are created equal, endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness. we believe it. we never accomplished it, but every generation has moved us closer and closer and closer to inclusion. that's why america's real power is not in the exercise of our military power but people follow us because of our example. that's why the rest of the world follows us. it's about time we get back up and reassert who we are. this is the united states of america. thank you and god bless you all. thank you, thank you, thank you.
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♪ that was president biden outside of allentown, pennsylvania, talking about new rules that go into effect now to promote boosting the federal spending on american-made goods. buy american we heard from the president among other themes that we've heard from the president consistently. let's go now to phil mattingly. phil, to you. the president now talking about spending the u.s. federal dollar and supporting the unions, of course. we know members there at the mack truck facility there in pennsylvania. the highlights for you? >> reporter: you know, look, i think from a top line
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perspective obviously the president wanting to talk about strengthening those buy america requirements in terms of the amount of content that has to come from u.s. manufactures and anything that's purchased by taxpayer dollars. it's a rule his administration released today. they feel like it does very well, particularly in this part of the country, pennsylvania, michigan, ohio. but i also think the broader context of what the president laid out there, it lines up with a lot of what the president has spoken about in remarks like this during his domestic travel over the last several weeks. here's what's different. at this moment the president is on the verge of a major agreement on a key, you could even argue, linchpin piece of his overall $4 trillion agenda. he mentioned it, saying he had just gotten off the phone, it sounds like there's a deal between republicans and democrats on a $550 billion infrastructure proposal. that's huge. the president walks through the top lines of that infrastructure proposal. made clear he doesn't agree with republicans on a lot but where there is areas of agreement, he
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wants to work with them. that's something his team also feels is received very well by the broader public and he moved on to the next piece of that proposal and that's where the real fight is coming next. that's why you'll see the president out more and more talking about what now is a $3.5 trillion proposal in its nascent stages. education, paid family leave and home care as well. this is a key moment for a president who has seen his agenda, which is transformative on several levels, stalled for the better part of the last six to eight weeks, maybe even a little longer. today was a break-through, one that could have huge repercussions going forward. the president wanted to highlight that and underscore from his perspective his team is negotiating, democrats and republicans are negotiating. that's not going to stop any time soon. he views his role as selling those proposals and searve as a hype man the next several weeks as he tried to get them across the finish line. also with us, manu raju.
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manu, what is the latest on this bipartisan infrastructure deal? >> both sides, senate democrats and senate republicans each had their own private briefing just moments ago. i spoke to a number of them about this deal that has been reached between ten members of both parties, senators along with the white house. $1.2 trillion over eight years, under $600 billion in new spending. fully paid for. but there's still no details. there's no legislative text released. we do expect that to happen later tonight. there is some support for at least that first procedural vote to open debate. that could occur as soon as tonight. they need 60 votes to open debate. 50 democrats if they join hands and 10 republicans if they join hands but that doesn't necessarily mean that the bill will pass. senator bernie sanders told me the bipartisan deal is a work in progress. that's also what tom carper told me it's incomplete. now at the same time there's a question about the united states
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house led by democrats, many of whom are skeptical about this bipartisan deal. earlier today i asked nancy pelosi if she would commit to approving whatever is passed by the senate and not change that in any way. she would not commit. >> ask me something that none of us has seen. we are rooting for it. we are hoping for the best. that's good news, just as we came in, that it broke that they thought they were even closer. we've heard that before. but, no. we very much want it to pass. >> reporter: so the other big thing that she made clear, again, is that she would not approve this bipartisan deal, put it on the floor until the senate approves a larger $3.5 trillion that the democrats want to move on straight party lines but they don't have the votes for that yet in the senate so still an uncertain future. despite the optimism that a
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bipartisan deal has been reached. can it get to biden's desk? an open question. >> okay, phil mattingly, ma manu raju, thank you very much. with us now is democratic congresswoman from washington state, pramila jayapal. you just heard that this could get the next vote, this infrastructure deal, sometime this evening. what do you know about this bill? >> very little. you know, none of the details are out, as manu said, so we're waiting to see what it is. i'm with the speaker here. we said three months ago at the congressional progressive caucus that we would not move a bipartisan infrastructure bill without the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package that has all of the important issues that we have put forward from the care economy, getting women back to work, addressing health care, immigration, housing, a critical issue across the country, and of course climate change.
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so we are waiting to see what the bipartisan bill has, but nothing has changed in terms of for us, there are not going to be the votes in the house for a bipartisan bill without the reconciliation bill at $3.5 trillion because that's what we need in order to deliver on these promises. so i'm looking forward to what they came up with, but the two have to move together. >> but congresswoman, wouldn't it be a shame after all of the blood, sweat and tears that apparently have gone into this bipartisan deal, ten republicans, ten democrats. they have worked, we are told, they have worked hours and hours late into the evening for that not to go anywhere? the fact that you're tying these two together, don't you want to take a win where you can get it in terms of bipartisanship on infrastructure? >> i want the american people, alisyn, to get a win. the american people are not going to get a win if we simply invest in roads and bridges and don't take on climate change. if we simply say we're going to
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create good jobs but don't let women get back into the workforce. if we don't do anything about health care at a time when the pandemic cases are rising again. yes, we want to win desperately. there is an urgency to people across this country who are struggling to make it. the bipartisan bill is fine. it's a small piece of everything that we have to get done. but we've been clear from the beginning. we believe this should have been one big bill. some people wanted to do a smaller bipartisan bill. but let me make it clear, 20 senators is not the united states congress. every one of us is going to have to buy into the bipartisan bill and to the reconciliation bill, i get that. as you know, i was pushing for $6 trillion. we're down to $3.5 trillion, so let's be very clear this is about delivering for the urgent needs people across the country have. that's who we have to get a win for. >> listen to another topic and it's the testimony that we heard from four members of law enforcement there yesterday in front of the select committee.
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we know that republicans there in the house say that they are moving forward on an investigation. their goal, they say, is to support the capitol police because, they say, nancy pelosi, although it is not her job, did not secure the capitol. that's not her role. i want you to listen to some of the members of the caucus, the republican conference, i could say, who did not watch or listen to what happened yesterday. >> did you watch any of the hearing today? >> no, i didn't. >> why not? >> i was busy doing work. i serve in the senate. >> i'm asking did you watch the testimony of the capitol officers who defended our lives on january 6th or did you not? it's a yes or no question. >> it's irrelevant. it's absolutely irrelevant to this right here. >> i didn't watch it. i don't know what happened. >> do you believe their testimony at all? you've heard what they have said in the past, haven't you? >> it's difficult to have an opinion on whether you believe
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somebody when you haven't heard what they had to say. >> well, many of them said that they feared for their lives, sir. do you think that that was true? >> if they said that, i agree 100%. >> your reaction to those members who profess to have the interest of the capitol police and metro police but didn't even watch the hearing? >> it's disgraceful. we have to as a country come to terms with what happened on january 6th. and there is an incredibly big gulf between some people, who promote or continue to believe in the big lie, continue to believe that nothing happened on january 6th, have tried to whitewash it, and the people who know what the truth is either because we were there or we watched it or we watched that powerful testimony from the officers yesterday. this is fundamental if we are going to move forward. there has to be truth telling, there has to be accountability,
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and then perhaps there is some opportunity for us as a country to save our democracy and to be able to move forward. >> congresswoman, while we have you, tell bus this bill that you are reintroducing, the domestic workers bill of rights act. >> alisyn, i'm so excited about this national domestic workers bill of rights. we will be reintroducing it tomorrow. it is essentially a protection, civil rights protections for 2 million domestic workers, primarily women of color, that were left out of the protections of the civil rights act. and so what this bill does is it actually includes them into the civil rights act, allows them the protections of that act but also adds a few protections around things like safe scheduling and having a voice on the job in terms of being able to determine what the key things are for domestic workers to be able to work with dignity. so i'm so proud of this because
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this was a bill i introduced with senator kamala harris in the last congress. president joe biden on the campaign trail said he would sign this bill into law. we are now going to be introducing it tomorrow with just a phenomenal group of co-sponsors and giving hope to domestic workers who of course have been at the front lines of this pandemic with the care industry in so many ways. >> congresswoman pramila jayapal, thanks for being here and giving your insight into all of these issues. >> thank you. mask mandates are starting to return even as some people are actually burning them in protest. officials issue a new warning about the delta variant. dr. sanjay gupta is with us next.
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let's turn now to the pandemic and a first of its kind move from the federal government to slow the resurgence of covid cases and hospitalizations. a source says that tomorrow president biden will announce a requirement that all federal employees, not just medical workers, be fully vaccinated or be tested regularly. the president is expected to announce more incentives as well to get people vaccinated. the country's top doctors say that this map, mostly in red and orange, is because of the the unvaccinated. 49 states you see there have at least a 10% rise in cases. states with low vaccination rates are experiencing the worst of the surge. >> hospitals in florida, texas, arkansas and elsewhere, overwhelmed with covid patients. a missouri hospital network now expanding its morgue to accommodate the growing one of bodies. a louisiana hospital has stopped all elective surgeries. one doctor there says she now
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relates to the struggles of new york city hospitals in march of 2020. >> the e.r. physicians coming into the meeting look a little shell shocked. they're asking about things like i need some more oxygen tanks. there are people outside that we can't get to that we know are hypoxic. how are we going to get those people in tonight? what are we going to do in the morning? this is an every 12-hour decision for our hospitals now. we don't have a game plan for three days from now except that we know three days from now will be far worse. >> more than two-thirds of the u.s. population live in counties where people, including the fully vaccinated, should go back to wearing a mask indoors according to the new guidance from the cdc. they also forecast that by august 21st, the u.s. death toll could be 633,000, meaning 20,000 more americans will die in the next three weeks. >> let's bring in now dr. sanjay gupta, cnn chief medical correspondent. first on the delta variant, your reaction to what we heard from dr. walensky today about it
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being -- spreading among fully vaccinated people? >> well, you know, there's been some evidence that's sort of been accumulating around this for some time. the evidence that she was citing has not yet been published so we want to see that data when it comes out. but the idea that the vaccine does we've known that from the trials going back to the end of last year. but even then, they said 90%-plus effective at keeping you from getting sick. but could you still carry the virus, not know it, not have any symptoms? that's what she's alluding to. and when they dug into that d data, they found that people who are vaccinated and carrying it
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can same the amount of virus as people who are unvaccinated. so people can spread it to unvaccinated people. and that's what is, i think, driving this new change or update in mask guidance. i do want to be clear. the primary problem is unvaccinated people spreading the virus to unvaccinated people. the vaccinated people, they may be a portion of it, but it's very small, relatively speaking, to what you just showed on that map. >> there's all sorts of pushback about not wanting to go back to wearing masks, including governors of states. governor desantis of florida put out this statement, i want to bounce it off of you. the governor says, experts have
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raised legitimate concerns that the risks of masking outweigh the negative aspects for children. difficulty breathing while exercising, et cetera. we know that 400 children have died of covid in the past year. have there been a spate of infections in children from their masks? >> no. if you look at the bottom two points regarding infections or not getting enough air into the lungs, that's just not true. those myths have been circulating since the beginning of this pandemic, they've been addressed, debunked, the science has been provided. i'm in the operating room every week. i wear a mask for hours on end in the operating room.
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i've been doing it for the last two decades of my life. that's not an issue. nobody likes to wear masks. i have three kids who i told yesterday, they're going back to mask wearing this fall. they did not like hearing that. but those specific concerns are not real concerns. >> i want to ask you about the announcement from pifizer that third shot will provide more protection against the delta variant. should people now be going to get this third shot? how long will it take for that to happen? >> i'm not running out to get this shot. here's the thing. the good news in all this, the vaccines are really effective, right? we know that. we've seen that, the data has held up. there may be a concern that the effectiveness may wane over
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time. in which case, we'll start to see different numbers. 99% of people in hospitals who are sick with covid are unvaccinated. the flip side is, the vaccine are doing a good job of keeping people from going to the hospital. if you make them five times more effective, does that make a big difference? probably not. i think what people are really wanting to know is, is there evidence in the real world of people starting to develop infections that are serious among the vaccinated population? if that's the case, that would be an indication that the vaccine's duration is starting to go down. and that would be a bigger concern. i'm not so sure giving a lot of antibodies up front works well. and i just got back from tokyo. there are places around the world that need these vaccines. i understand the third shot discussion will take place, but
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for the time being, those shots would probably be well placed somewhere else. >> quick question. now that the cdc has the new guidance about masks, what about you? you're in atlanta, georgia, the map looks orange and red. maybe it's a high transmission area. where are you back to wearing a mask indoors, or are you? >> we are. we've kind of been doing it throughout. back in may, the guidance came out that, you know, if you're vaccinated, you don't need to wear it indoors. in part, i think, because i work at a hospital, i'm wearing a mask all day. but grocery stores, indoor public areas, we were sort of doing it. practically speaking, you get a lot of funny looks sometimes when you do that. and, you know, that can be uncomfortable. my girls and my wife have been doing it. if you go to a place, where
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everyone will be vaccinated, a friend's house, we won't wear masks in those situations. we won't wear masks outdoors. i think viral transmission outdoors has not been a big deal. but indoor public areas where transmission is high, and it is substantial in our area, that has caused us to keep wearing masks. >> sanjay, thank you. as we talk about the country divided on the question of the unvaccinated and the vaccinated, we'll talk a mother who has a 15-year-old daughter on a ventilator. her words of warning, straight ahead. [tv announcer] come on down to our appliance superstore
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