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believes what is being attributed to her. the wta and the rest of the world need independent and verifiable proof that she is safe. this is a strange and disturbing story that's only gotten stranger. >> certainly. ivan watson, thank you. i'm pamela brown in for jake tapper. our coverage continues next. happening now, breaking news. a divided house casts an historic vote to censure republican congressman paul gosar and expel him from committees. partisan tensions exploding over gosar's posting of a cartoon video depicting violence against president biden and representative alexandria ocasio-cortez. also breaking, jurors in the kyle rittenhouse homicide trial are reviewing key video evidence. how might it influence their potential verdict. we're following all the new
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developments on day two of deliberations. we're also standing by to hear momentarily from president biden on the road in detroit selling his new infrastructure law, making the case for congress to pass the rest of his very ambitious agenda. we want to welcome our viewers here in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." this is cnn breaking news. >> let's get straight to the breaking news. first on capitol hill, our chief congressional correspondent manu raju is working the story for us. manu, a rather rare and very dramatic move by the house of representatives. >> yeah, very rare indeed. not common that a member of congress gets censured. this is the first time in 11 years. and also very rare for the house to actually move to strip someone of their committee assignments. just the second time a house majority has done that to a minority member. second time this year. this happening to paul gosar in
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the aftermath of him tweeting that violent video depicting him in animated form murdering alexandria ocasio-cortez, the democrat from new york, and threatening violence against the president of the united states. democrats said it was a bridge too far that he must be reprimanded, removed from his two committees and censured by the house. that's exactly what happened. the vote in the house 223 to 207 to 1. just two republicans joined with the democrats. adam kinzinger and liz cheney who have sparred with the former president, donald trump. those two voted with the democrats. only one republican voted present because of his role on the house ethics committee telling me this issue will be looked at further by the house ethics committee. that congressman david joyce but this debate on the floor broke down along sharp party lines and the speaker of the house said the house must act. >> as a woman, speaker of the house, i want to be clear, these threats specifically target a
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woman. a woman of color, which is part as the resolution states of a global phenomenon meant to silence women for seeking positions of authority and participating in public life. again, this is about workplace harassment and violence against women. one member of leadership said, unfortunately in this world we're in right now, we all get death threats no matter what the issue is. death threats from our colleagues? death threats from members of congress? >> it's an old definition of abuse of power. rules for thee, but not for me. that's exactly what's happening here today. house democrats preparing once again to break another precedent of the united states house of representatives. let me be clear, i do not condone violence and representative gosar had echoed that sentiment.
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>> it is sad. it is a sad day in which a member who leads a political party in the united states of america cannot bring themselves to say that issuing a depiction of murdering a member of congress is wrong. what is so hard? what is so hard about saying that this is wrong? this is not about me. this is not about representative gosar. but this is about what we are willing to accept. it's pretty cut and dry. do you find -- does anyone in this chamber find this behavior acceptable? would you allow detictions of violence against women, against colleagues? would you allow that in your home? >> i rise today to address and
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reject the mischaracterization, accusations from many in this body that the cartoon from my office is dangerous or threatening. it was not. and i reject the false narrative categorically. i do not espouse violence towards anyone. i never have. it was not my purpose to make anyone upset. i voluntarily took the cartoon down not because it was itself a threat but because some thought it was. if i must join alexander hamilton, the first person attempted to be sensored by this house, so be it. >> gosar never apologized. he did address his difference behind closed doors yesterday. took it down. claimed he didn't see the video that had been tweeted until afterwards and he did sake to the republican leader after that. but even talking to a number of republicans, wolf, very few were defending what he did. his tweet. one congressman, tom rice who voted to impeach trump duvoted against this censure resolution
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said the video was idiotic, immature and stupid but i don't think it was a threat. >> manu, tell us about that moment when congressman gosar was actually censured by the house of representatives. >> very rare, having both to censure a member of congress. when it does happen here in the house, a member has to go to the well of the house and listen to the charges being read aloud by the speaker of the house. that happened in 2010 when charlie rangel of new york faced a similar situation, similar reprimand by the house and the speaker at the time was also nancy pelosi reading aloud and she did just that moments ago. >> the house will be in order. will representative gosar present himself in the well. by its adoption of house resolution 789, the house has resolved that representative paul gosar of arizona be censured. that representative paul gosar forthwith present himself in the
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well of the house for the pronouncement of censure. that representative paul gosar be censured with the public reading of this resolution by the speaker. and that representative paul gosar be and is hereby removed from the committee on natural resources and the committee on oversight and reform. >> standing at the well with paul gosar along with like-minded allies, conservatives part of the house freedom caucus. after that gavel was banged down, congresswoman marjorie taylor greene yelled out, quote, what about eric swalwell, referring to the democrat on the house intelligence committee who -- that republicans are threatening to kick off that committee if they take back the ma majority next year. the larger issue among republicans, they say they'll secret ribution against democrats if they do take back the majority when they view any action untoward by their members. even though we saw here just the beginning of what we can see between the two sides in the
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months and years to come. >> probably just the beginning. m manu, thank you. let's get more on all of this. our chief political analyst gloria borger and cnn senior political analyst ron brownstein as well. why was it so hard for virtually every republican to simply condemn gosar's behavior, hold him accountable? >> because this was about a lot of other things in addition to gosar's reprehensible behavior. i think they feel as mccarthy laid out that if they take control of the house that there's going to be an eye for an eye. and they wanted to use this as an opportunity to say to democrats, just wait. and as mccarthy said memorably, i believe, he said the speaker is burning down the house on her way out the door. and that was a warning that if you do this to gosar, we're going to do this to you. we're going to strip your members from committee.
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we're going to censure your members if we believe they have behaved badly. so be careful what you do. so they were trying to make -- it should have been an easy vote. it seemed to be for cheney and kinzinger. but they were making a larger political point which is that you, democrats, you're going to get it and by the way, you're a bunch of hypocrites because you've had a bunch of members who have behaved badly and have never censured them. so they were more concerned with making a larger point than they were about gosar. >> it's interesting, ron, the house minority leader kevin mccarthy gave a rambling statement complaining about gas prices, democrats holding republicans to what he called a double standard. do you think that was all about pleasing in effect the former president, trump? >> yeah, not only donald trump but i think the forces that have -- are kind of revolving around donald trump. i look at this differently. i think what we saw today was, as i wrote last winter, the
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extremist wing in the gop has become too big to fail. i think that kevin mccarthy and other republicans were simply unwilling to directly confront the kind of extremism that gosar represents. and the late patrick moynihan used to talk about it. we are watching a process like that in terms of more tolerance and acquiescence to anti-democratic and even violent behavior. walk it up the pyramid from more threats to public health officials and school board officials and local government officials to what we're watching in the red states in terms of laws making it harder to vote. and easier to subvert election results to what we're seeing in congress with the opposition to this and the lockstep republican resistance to the january 6th commission, with the exception of kinzinger and cheney and the willingness to turn away from the mounting evidence that trump tried to subvert the election which is coming out every day. all of this points in the same direction. it's harder and harder for the
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party to stand up against these extremist forces. >> you had people in the party, wolf, who were talking about pulling committee assignments from people who voted for the infrastructure bill. you know, donald trump wants to primary all of them. but these are people who voted the way they think their constituents would want them to vote. they are moderates. they're in endangered districts and voted one way on policy and they are talking about stripping them of committee assignments in the republican party because they voted a different way? this is a real turn to darkness when it comes to, you know, the politics of our country. >> and gloria, we also heard multiple members draw parallels to what happened back on january 6th. are we seeing some sort of normalization of political violence? >> you know, as ron was saying, i think people are accepting more. you have january 6th
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republicans, including gosar himself talking about what occurred on january 6th, the insurrection, as being a walk in the park. a bunch of tourists. nothing out of the ordinary. so they are rewriting history here. and what's more and more acceptable is that and the politics of pure grievance that we are seeing over and over again. and that is what you are seeing play out in the house and also in the future. i think we can sadly predict that you're going to see more of it and not less of it if the congress changes hands and there's going to be an eye for an eye. there's going to be retribution here, no doubt about it. >> how worried are you about that? >> well, look, i think those who erase history are determined to repeat it. what we're seeing on the january 6th front in terms of republicans trying to normalize, whitewash what happened, but also the intense determination of not only republicans, elected
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officials but the entire republican conservative commentary class to ignore the mounting evidence of what trump was trying to do in subverting the election. all of this points toward increasing risk that this sort of thing will happen again. and one of the questions will be, if the republicans win control of the house or senate, will they certify a democratic win in 2024 regardless of the circumstances and the kind of vote you see today gives you more reason to worry about whether that would occur. >> guys, stand by. we're also awaiting the president of the united states. he's about to deliver an important speech in detroit on infrastructure, other issues. we'll go there live right after a quick break. if you don't have insurance, it's free. plus everyone saves 20% on their treatment plan with flexible payment solutions for every budget.
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live pictures from detroit right now. the president of the united states getting ready to deliver remarks on the bipartisan infrastructure law. that was yolanda of the local union speaking. i think she's the last speaker before the president will get to the microphone and deliver his speech. kaitlan collins is joining us right now. the president just visited the gm plant in detroit. he is speaking about infrastructure plans, investments in electric vehicles. a very important issue. he's walking to the microphone right now. we'll listen to what he has to say and then we'll assess what we just heard. but this is part of his effort to generate support, right? >> yes, it is. what he's speaking at is this retooled gm factory. you see those electric vehicles behind him. it only makes electric vehicles.
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that plays into his infrastructure bill. so we'll listen to what the president has to say about it. >> here he is, the president of the united states. >> great to be back. before i begin, i just want to mention three pieces of good news today. first, two of the leading rating agencies on wall street confirmed today, not a liberal think tank, two wall street outfits that the economic proposals we put forward for the nation, the infrastructure law we just signed and the build back better plan are being considered this week in consider will not add to inflationary pressures in the economy. one of the agencies said, the bills do not add inflation pressures. let me repeat that. do not add inflation pressures. the reason? because the policies i proposed, quote, help lift long-term economic growth by stronger
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productivity, labor force growth, as well as taking the edge off inflation. the second point i want to make, we've learned today the job growth in the nation has been even stronger than previously reported. every month since i've been president, the bureau of labor statistics reports the number of jobs created or lost in the country that month. then they go back and look at more information and check the estimates against what actually happened. and give us an updated final number. we found out today was when they look back for the last four months, we actually created 710,000 more jobs in the country than previously reported. on top of the 5.6 million we already had created and been counted. that we knew about. so it's good news that americans are working and wages are up as well. thirdly, with holidays coming,
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by the way, sit down, if you have a seat. i'm not used to being president. everybody is standing. i'm sorry. the walmart and target have made public today what they told me about a week ago. that they are stocked up for the holiday season. their inventories are up, and they'll have all the toys, food and other items that shoppers are looking for in the holiday season. that's going to happen. so now let me begin. god, it's good to be back in detroit. and that hummer is one hell of a vehicle, man. as you used to say in the senate, some of my colleagues will know like debbie, excuse the point of personal privilege. i came up in an automobile
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family. my dad ran the largest automobile dealership. he didn't own it, just ran it, for 30 years in delaware. and so i was raised on cars. and i have a 1967 corvette that i got as a wedding gift when my deceased wife and i got married. my dad could afford the payments. he couldn't afford to buy it, but the point was, i thought that was the hell's bells, man. 327, 350, 0 to 60 in 5.3 seconds. this truck, three times heavier, 0 to 60 in 3 seconds! whoa! and besides, there's a beautiful red corvette, maroon corvette i'm driving home over there. yolanda, thanks for the
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introduction. president ray curry, thank you. no one does more to look out for american auto workers than ray curry. great to be with you today, pal. and happy birthday. we want to thank the team here at gm, especially to your chairwoman, mary. mary, you are an incredible leader. you really are. thank you for hosting us, and the very same facility where you once served as a plant manager. i believe mary got a promotion or two since then. i know a lot about that as a son of a car guy. 30 years ago, 40 years ago, my dad managed those dealerships back home. i used to work in my dad's operation. drive up to manheim automobile auction and bring back automobiles and i guess i got a promotion, too. look, i got a chance to drive a pretty incredible machine back
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then. i thought -- but i never could have imagined vehicles like the one i just took for a spin. the first ever all-electric hummer, which i first got to check out back in august, when gm brought one of the white house -- one to the white house lawn, the south lawn. along with the electric ford 150 and the electric jeep wagoneer. masterpieces of modern manufacturing. built by union workers and proof -- and proof that america has what it takes to win the competition in the 21st century. i want to thank lieutenant governor gilchrist who has become a friend as well as i want to thank representative -- where is representative talib? i want to thank her for the passport into the city and your district. thank you. i appreciate very much. i want to thank my secretary of labor marty walsh for joining me here today as well. let me tell you, the
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infrastructure law i signed on monday would not be possible without the michigan congressional delegation. that's not hyperbole. debbie stabenow, once again, debbie delivered for michigan auto workers. she was the driving force to make sure this all included a national network of electric vehicle charging stations. gary peters, senator peters, instrumental in secure a mere $65 billion for high-speed internet in this law. so families in rural michigan will finally have broadband infrastructure they need to get connected and expand the possibilities for them and their children. and elissa slotkin. she knows that the competitive edge around the world depends on the strength of our industrial base here at home. and the people who run that base. and dan kilde, who continued to be the leading voice for investing in infrastructure in small towns and communities so folks in every part of the state can compete. dan and debbie are responsible for the additional tax credit of
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$4,500 for union-made vehicles. and hallie stevens, she ran to fix michigan's roads and bridges. you're delivering, kid. you are delivering. and andy leven, former union organizer. andy fought like hell to make sure this law allowed us to start replacing lead pipes in michigan and all across america. and brenda lawrence was a fighter in clean drinking water as well. we're lucky to have her leading the democratic women's conference and serving in the leadership of the congressional black conference. and debbie dingell. a great friend who whenever i'm in trouble i call her for advice first. now when i screw up, it doesn't mean i followed her advice. it means i may not have followed it. thanks for being such a good friend for so long. debbie helped drive us across the finish line with this
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legislation. folks, it's not hyperbole to say this delegation is laser focused on your needs and needs of the people of michigan and the american people. your concerns the, the kind of conversations that take place around your kitchen table. conversation as profound as they are ordinary. how am i going to get to work on time if i-75 is flooded again? how can i be sure my job at the auto plant is still going to be here a few years down the line. how can i afford to get my child a degree beyond high school? if they don't start with the same opportunity. and more broadly, how do we emerge from this pandemic not just with a little breathing room but with real fighting chance to get ahead. there are things that take place at the kitchen tables i grew up in. for most of the 21st century we led the world by significant margin because we invested in our people. we invested in ourselves. but something went wrong along the way.
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we stopped. we risk losing our edge as a nation. in china and the rest of the world, they're catching up. well, we're about to turn that around in a big, big way. we're going to be building again. we're going to be moving again. and, folks, when you see these projects starting in your hometowns, i want you to feel the way i feel. pride in what we can do when we're together as the united states of america. and it starts here in detroit. and the auto industry, detroit is leading the world in electric vehicles. you know how critical it is. i can remember, mary, talking to you in january about the need for america to lead in electric vehicles. and i can remember your dramatic announcement that by 2035, gm would be 100% electric. you changed the whole story, mary, wherever you are. there you are. you did, mary.
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you electrified the entire automobile industry. i'm serious. you led, and it matters. and drastically improving the climate by reducing hundreds of millions of barrels of oil that will not be used when we're all electric. you know, up until now, china has been leading this race. that's about to change because this law -- because of this law, next year, for the first time in 20 years, american infrastructure investment will be far greater than china's. the first time in 20 years. we're going to put ibw members and other union members to work installing the national network of charging stations along our roads and highways and our communities. over 500,000. and governor widmer has already announced to expand charging stations along key travel routes across the state. a few weeks ago, gm announced it's going to install 40,000
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public charging stations as we're going to unleash a lot more than that. look, we're going to make sure that the jobs of the future end up here in michigan, not halfway around the world. you know, that means here in detroit, you're going to set a new pace for electric vehicles. this is a fact. but this infrastructure law, along with my build back better plan, we're going to kickstart new batteries, materials and parts production and recycling. boosting the manufacturing of clean vehicles with new loans and new tax credits, creating new purchase incentives for consumers to buy american made, union-made clean vehicles, like the electric hummer. folks, or the silverado or any of the other 20 or more vehicles that gm is going to come out with in the near term that are electric. and spurring demand by covering federal government's enormous fleet of vehicles is what i'm going to do. i pledged when i ran, we have
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hundreds -- we have thousands and thousands of vehicles in the federal fleet. they're going to all go electric, all of them, down the road. supporting the electric transit systems, electric school buses. and, of course, that's not all the law will achieve. this law is going to start to replace 100% of the nation's lead pipes and service lines. as i stated earlier, every child in michigan and across the america can turn on the faucet and drink clean water. 10 million homes have those lead pipes going into them. 4,000 schools. tens of thousands of plumbers and pipe fitters are going to get to work in good-paying jobs and help make the nation healthier. folks -- there's an additional $10 billion nationwide to eliminate the dangerous forever chemical pfas which is incredibly dangerous. look, this law is going to make high-speed internet affordable
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and available everywhere in america. create jobs, laying down that broadband line. today 14% of michigan households don't have an internet subscription. nearly 400,000 people in the state. a lot of places there's no broadband infrastructure at all. this law will make high-speed internet affordable and available everywhere in michigan. urban, suburban and rural, create jobs laying down broadband lines. and the 21st century in america, no parent should have to do what a lot of you did and they did in my state and all over america. should ever have to sit in a parking lot of a fast food restaurant again just so their child can use the internet coming from that fast food restaurant. this is the united states of america, for god's sake. this law makes the most significant investment in roads and bridges in 70 years. fixing so many of those 1,200 bridges. 7,300 miles of roads here in michigan in poor condition. so when a family drives the car
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you built right here, they'll be a whole lot safer. and they'll get there a hell of a lot faster. the law includes the most significant investment in passenger rail and the past 50 years. and again, public transit ever. i remember mayor duggan who is not here. he's on a honeymoon. he's a good guy. love duggan. he helped pull this city out of a real tough spot. and he used to talk about -- i found out, i didn't know about beforehand, that we didn't have most of the jobs were outside the city. significant 60% of the people had those jobs outside of the city didn't have vehicles to get out there. didn't have cars to get outside the city. so we provided buses, transit. and guess what? things began to change. now we're going to change that again. here in michigan, that means replacing nearly one-fifth of the transit vehicles that are past their useful life. that means jobs for folks making the upgrades. good-paying union jobs. jobs you can raise a family on.
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jobs you can't outsource. folks, this law will modernize their airports, freight rail, ports along the great lakes. making it easy for companies to get goods to market, reducing supply chain boltnecks and lowering costs for families. this will also build up our resilience against extreme weather events. here in michigan you know the cost of extreme weather. you remember the flooding this summer that shut down parts of i-75 and i-95. the power outerages and tornado warnings. they are costing this state billions of dollars. nationally, last year, listen to this, nationally last year, the extreme weather cost the united states of america $99 billion. $99 billion from hurricanes in louisiana to 20 inches of rain in the northeast, to fires in the west that literally consume more land than the entire state
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of new jersey from cape may to new york. that's how much has burned to the ground. this law builds back our bridges, water systems, power lines, electric grid better and stronger. so fewer americans will be flooded out of their homes or lose power for days and weeks at a time when a storm hits. this bill rewards companies for paying a decent wage, for buying american, sourcing their products right here in america, not abroad. this will help the united states export clean energy technology, including electric vehicles made here in michigan. to the entire world. there is so much more in this law. but most of all, this law does something truly historic. this law is going to help rebuild the backbone of this nation. when i ran for office, i said there were three reasons. one to restore the soul of this country, decency. two, to restore the backbone of this country. working class and middle class folks. they are the ones that built america. and three, to unite the country.
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to rebuild the economy from the middle up and the way out. this is a blue collar blueprint to rebuild america. it leaves no one behind. the same goes for my build back better plan. it's for our people. if you are paying $14,000 or $15,000 a year for child care so you can work, a lot of families in america are doing that. my build back better plan is going to make it a gigantic difference in life because child care costs will be limited to 7% of your income. 7%. look, my build back better will provide access to better education. one of the reasons we went ahead with the rest of the world at the turn of the 20th century is we were the first nation to have universal education for 12 years, not based on any background or income. that pushed us ahead of the rest of the world has caught up and in many cases passed us. we're sitting down for the first time today and saying we want universal education in america.
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would anyone say we'd only make it 12 years to compete in the 21st century? i don't think so. we're going to make sure that every 3-year-old and 4-year-old has access to quality preschool. school, school, school. by the way, all the data shows that will increase by 56% the possibility of them going all the way through 12 years of school and on to after school, after high school. and young people graduating from high school will have access to education beyond high school. we're increasing pell grants for providing apprenticeship programs and we're going to make a huge difference for those 2 million women in america who can't get back into the workforce right now because they can't afford child care. look, my build back better plan will help solve that. if you are one of the millions of americans who is paying around $1,000 a month for your insulin, for example, my build back better plan will make sure that we change that, too, because it means that no one will pay more than $35 a month
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for the insulin. and under my plan we're going to lower costs for prescription drugs across the board, allowing them to negotiate prices. lowering the cost of day care, elder care, health care, prescription drugs. that's what the plan does. my plan meets the moment of climate change as well. and one more thing, it's fully paid for. fully, fully paid for. it does not increase the deficit one single cent. it's a matter of fact, it reduced the deaf sficit accordio the experts. and again, no one in america earning less than $400,000 will pay a single penny more in federal taxes. no one. you say, how are you doing that, joe? well, i tell you what, real
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simple. i come from the corporate capital of the world. more corporations incorporated in my state of delaware than all states combined. and guess what? they ain't paying enough. sorry, mary. here's the deal. look, i'm a capitalist. if you want, if you're able to mick a million or billion dollars, have at it. that's good for everybody. but pay your fair share. we have 55 corporations -- 55 of the largest corporations in america, the most successful pay not a single penny in federal taxes last several years. and guess what? they made $40 billion. i want them to make money. that's good. but pay a little. pay a little. and that's how we pay for it, for real.
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it doesn't cost a cent. we all talk about $1.75 billion. guess what? it's paid for paid for. and folks, from now on, they're going to have to pay their fair share. not exorbitant number, just their fair share. throughout our history, we have emerged from previous crises, stronger than we were before the crisis. one of the few nations in the world that's done that. every major crisis that's occurred in american history, every one, we've come out stronger after it than before it happened. because we invested in ourselves. during and after the civil war, we built the transcontinental railroad. uniting us. east and west. creating jobs and opening up america in a way it never occurred before. during the cold war, we built the interstate highway systems,
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transforming how americans live their lives allowing us to spread out across the nation. and now there's work to put the covid-19 pandemic behind us. we will build an economy of the 21st century. it matters. on monday, i held a virtual meeting for 3 1/2 hours almost with president xi jinping of china. years ago, when i was vice president, i was in china with him. we were near the tibetan plateau. and we had over 25 hours of private meetings. me and an interpreter and he and an interpreter. we got to know one another. well, guess what. he turned to me, one day, this is the god's truth. my word as a biden and said, said, can you define america for me? and i said, absolutely. in one word, possibilities. possibilities. we're the only nation in the
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world that believes everything was -- there's nothing impossible once we set our mind to it. it's never been a good bet, as more world leaders have heard me say. it's never been a good bet to bet against america. never. there's no limit to what the american people can do. no limit to what our nation can do. because folks, this is just not a political speech. it's a fact of history. no limit. given half a chance, just half a chance, the american people have never, ever, ever, ever let the nation down. never. because of this, this michigan delegation, this new law gives our people a chance. more than half a chance. we're at an inflection point in world history. things are changing. not just here. across the world. and the question is, how do we
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respond to it? what do we do? i truly believe, i've given my word as a biden, i truly believe that 50 years from now, historians are going to look back at this moment, the last two years, the next four or five years, and they're going to determine whether or not that moment did america win the competition for the 21st century or did we lose it? because that's where we are. all the pieces on the globe are changing. we've got to get back in the game, folks. we don't have to hurt any other nation. we got to get back in the game now. because, by the way, if we don't get back in the game and are able to do it, who else is going to deal with the crises in the middle east? who else is going to deal with the israeli/palestinian issue? who else is going to deal with all those issues that affects -- who else is going to be the nation that decides that decides that we have to have a plan to
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deal with the next pandemic and lead the world so we're not where we are now? because there will be others. folks, i'm betting on america. i'm betting on the american people. we've got to focus on what made the nation great. i have no problem with people on the wall street bankers and others, fine. but they didn't build america. the middle class built america. and unions built the middle class. god bless you all. may god protect our troops. thank you, thank you, thank you. >> all right. the president of the united states speaking in detroit making the case for the new infrastructure law that just passed the house earlier passed the senate. also making the case for the still-pending build back better, $1.75 trillion piece of legislation. it's expected to be voted on in the house in the coming days. very much still up in the air what's going to happen in the senate.
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the president is there. our chief white house correspondent kaitlan collins is following this for us. also chief national affairs correspondent jeff zeleny. kaitlan, what jumped out at you? >> what the president said off the bat. he's speaking in a retooled facility in detroit, michigan. this is a factory that's only going to be making electric vehicles. the president was tying that to that infrastructure plan that he just passed. that's why he's there today. but what he came out and said right away really stood out to me. he wanted to make three points before he actually got into his sales pitch on that bill. the future of his agenda that is now trying to get passed through congress. the build back better agenda you were talking about which we know deals with child care to climate change. and the president came out and was citing private studies saying that's not going to make inflation worse. that's been a concern for some key moderate democrats. namely joe manchin. we've heard from him on capitol hill this week when it comes to the agenda. and the president was citing these private studies ahead of that expected score this week from the congressional budget
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office that we know some lawmakers say they'd like to see that score, the financial impact of this bill, before they vote on it. the president does not believe it's going to make inflation worse. talking about making it better in the long term. secondly, wolf, the president also wanted to highlight how the federal government has come out and said they sharply underestimated job growth over the summer. it was much higher than what they said at the time. the president made sure to point that out there in detroit. and then third, wolf, he also talked about stores saying they will be well stocked ahead of the holidays. that's been a major concern for people, not just when it comes to groceries but the supply chain gridlock when it comes to gifts ahead of the holiday season. he was trying to drive those three points home before getting into the sales pitch of his speech for the larger piece of his economic agenda that he's trying to pass on capitol hill. >> that's still up in the air. jeff zeleny, there's been a lot of criticism of the white house. the biden administration for the messaging, the failure to really
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generate a lot of support from what the president is proposing. it seems today we heard a little bit of a different message coming from the president. >> the president is trying to make this case. one he's actually traveling. this is his second day in a row he's been out in the country. new hampshire yesterday. detroit today. so he's getting in front of this. but, wolf, what he's doing, the bottom line, trying to really affect the psychological impact of this economic moment we're in. people are spending, americans are spending more than ever. record numbers in the month of october. yet psychologically, americans think they are in a recessionary period. what he's trying to do is just really, you know, project a sense of optimism that he is in control of this situation. that his government is in control of the situation. and he's trying to flip the script if you will. this has been months and months and months of fighting in washington. during that period, his approval rating has fallen. people have not been focusing on what's inside this bill.
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they've been talking about the back and forth among democrats. he's trying to essentially get beyond that. but what he didn't necessarily say is what is specifically in this bill? he didn't talk that much about roads. talk that much about broadband. so the challenge here still is the implementation of this. i was in michigan last week talking to members of congress, talking to republican mayors, others. they are very much in need of this. they want this spending. but they also believe it's a huge test of the competence of this administration. can they administer this $1.2 trillion in infrastructure spending? that is an open question here. so this is very much the beginning of the road. s certainly not the end of the road for infrastructure. >> i'm sure the messaging will continue, jeff. thank you very much. kaitlan, thanks to you. we'll have a lot more coming up on this. we're also following another major story right now. a humanitarian crisis intensifying at the border of
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migrants are not finding relief in the brutal cold. many are remaining outdoors including children. cnn's matthew chance has a latest. >> reporter: these are the hundreds of migrants we fused to give up. now begging to be let through. >> reporter: guards showing little sign of backing down.
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>> help us. >> reporter: that's what they are shouting. >> the polish are not helping. >> yeah. >> reporter: before the plea there was anger. at time surging out of control, this young migrant desperate to enter europe. >> they're responding with water cannon. sometimes that water is quite accurate. it stings in your eyes a little bit. >> reporter: belaruse accused of illustrating the crisis appeared to be ra chytcheting the pressu
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down. >> families are given food and blank blankets here. >> reporter: life of migrants like shohan and her son, aziz. hello, how are you? we met them desperate to leave from germany. >> we came here because of my son. he needs an operation. >> reporter: he needs an operation? >> yeah, big operation. >> reporter: he's got this splint on his leg. >> he can't walk. >> we have food and we have bed for sleeping. >> reporter: they're giving you these blankets. are you still hopeful that you will get to germany?
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do you think it will still happen or will they send you back to iraq? >> i have big hopes to go to germany because i think germany has humanity. >> reporter: back at the border camp, there are growing anger, a passage to europe is raeeally i store. these desperate migrants may now see here hopes dashed. tonight we learn the first evacuation flight to iraq is expected to depart in belaruse tomorrow. officials are waiting for final decisions from eu country specifically germany or whether they'll take any of these migrants in. >> matthews chance, reporting for us. thank you. the jury in the kyle
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