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that he saw laundry near the appalachian trial, a weird guy in a white pickup asking how to get to california. we also learned from the sister that brian laundrie fly back from the big road trip for four or five days to close out a storage looker to meet with gabby in the white van. >> sandra: thanks. i'm sandra smith in new york. >> martha: good afternoon. i'm martha maccallum in new york, this is "the story." this is getting a lot of attention and for good reason. facebook getting its cage rattled on capitol hill by this whistle-blower. >> i'm here today because i believe facebook stokes division and weakens our democracy and hurts children. they know how to make facebook and instagram favor but won't make the necessary changes because they put profits before
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people. >> martha: so is this a moment? is this a turning point in the dominance of big tech in our lives? many comparisons being made to this moment in 1994 which was the beginning of a major change a clamp down on big tobacco. watch this. >> i think each of you believe nicotine is not addictive but would like to have this for the record. >> i don't believe that nicotine and our products are addictive. >> i believe nicotine is not addictive. >> i believe that nicotine is not addictive. >> i believe that nicotine is not addictive. >> martha: something, right? now the question is, does congress have the wherewithal, the guts, the votes to do what they have been promising the country that they would do for years and place new regulation on they can tech companies, facebook is the one front and center right now. emily compagno and the co host
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of "outnumbered." you can see her on "crimes that changed america." great to have you with us today. i want to take a look. i find this comparison intriguing. something that i've been thinking about and writing about a long time, the comparison with smoking and social media, the destructive nature of it. this was this weekend on "60 minutes." this time it came from jeffery why wygan. he said to mike wallace, we are in the nicotine delivery business. he was a researcher nor the tobacco companies. that's what cigarettes are for? he said yes, it's a delivery device for nicotine. different addiction butter with are we now on this? >> a great comparison. what is striking as well in the commonalities of the analogy is that prior testimony to be relied upon. part of what the whistle-blower
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mentioned is that facebook had a safety testifying in the past. senators brought it up too. she first explained that children are an issue on facebook because they're not allowed on the platform to which the whistle-blower said we removed 600,000 accounts that we knew about. let's talk about what we didn't know about. she mentioned problematic behavior. she said with the rest of us, probably what refer to as addiction. 3 to 5% of the young children of these minors were self-identifying, that they had lost their control to extricate themselves from the platform and also had identified material negative impact on their lives. so that's just the beginning. you're point dovetails as well with what she suggested needs to be done, which includes a nongovernment panel that can help identify the harmful effects and drive home the fact that this addiction is alive and well. >> it's so clear that these mechanisms have changed the lives of kids and adults across
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the country over the last ten years. here's frances haugen speaking about what emily referred to. watch this. >> i would be sincerely surprised if they don't work on instagram kids. one of the documents that we sent in examines the problematic use by age and peaked with 14-year-olds. it's just like cigarettes. teens done have self-regulation. they say i feel bad when i use instagram and yet i can't stop. >> so we've been hearing from congress for a long time about the understanding and acknowledging this problem. but i feel like we've been waiting for them to do some regulation for so long. is it because these technology companies are so deeply in the pockets of election cycles? what is holding them back from this? there's bipartisan buy-in on this issue that there needs to be some regulation on these algorithms. >> i think partly it's yes, they're in the back pocket. i think also part hoff it is that this is a novel problem,
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analogy not withstanding to be tobacco. elected officials don't know what to do with it. even today, what are the proposals we're seeing in the national conversation? so one is to chip away at section 230. one is to bolster privacy. one is to remove the algorithms, the remove the fact that the platform is linear and didn't have this human quality aspect. that's why in part zuckerberg can say it's not my responsibility. so we have a lot of chefs in the kitchen in terms of what they're proposing would be helpful. parents tall interest is huge as well. the independent government body is huge here. >> nor zuckerberg to suggest that it's a frankenstein that he built and he doesn't have any say over what it does. it's not my fault. i made it in the lab when you're running the company. she said this today, frances haugen, he's the person that has the final ability to say, you know what?
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we need to tweak things. make it safer for kids. thanks, emily. also here, steve hilton, great to have you with us. you're a person that -- do you have a cell phone? a smart phone these days? >> i do not. i haven't fore ten years, martha. >> which is why i wanted to talk to you today. one of the many reasons. also because you're great at looking at the big picture. when i was growing up, there was this huge push against smoking. i see a lot of similarities. people used to light up when they didn't know what to do with their hands or wanted to look cool. now people do the same thing. the awkward moment, they pull out their cell phone and scan through and look at pictures of other people. the things that started to combat it in the culture were psas that showed the horrific impact of cigarettes on your lungs and smoking and celebrities, the marlboro man dying of cancer. these things permeated society. then you had parents, right?
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kids telling parents, please don't smoke anymore, mom and dad. you had the surgeon general talking about the dangers of smoking. where is the surgeon general? here's a role for goal in here somewhere, isn't there? >> exactly right. you put your finger on it. look, i've been one of the biggest critics of big tech. i've argued for these giant companies to be broken up so there's more competition and they don't have dominance over political discourse. or what is allowed to be said and so on. i'm no fan of them. i think that something a little bit unseemly and unintelligent against the pile-on, just to facebook. if it's just facebook. fix facebook, these problems would go away. they wouldn't. underlying this is the addiction to the screen and the phone. particularly in relation to kids. that's why i've argued for many years now, this is a very clear role for the public authorities,
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to ban smart phones for un-16s. people say you can't do that. >> totally agree with you. >> it's outrageous. hold on. we ban alcohol consumption for children, we ban smoking. what is the -- you could argue in many ways, smart phone usage is more dangerous to children. people say well, how are you going to enforce it? you're not -- just as with alcohol. you're not going to guarantee that no child ever drinks it. you help parents because parents know that it's bad for their children. there's not a single parent that wants their kid to be a ducted to a smart phone. you do it because of the social pressure. all the friends have it. if parents can say, you know what? that's the law. we're not allowed to give it to you, it's a huge help to parent. >> i totally agree. you need community, parents, schools say no cells phones under 16. we won't allow them. if people feel like this is a safety hazard, bring in a flip phone that doesn't have access
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to anything else. suicide has increased from 2007 to 2018. those are pivot toll years here. nearly 60% among those age 10-to 24, i don't know how much more data that you need. there's a lot more data that could be involved. parents need to stiffen their spines. parents need to say, you cannot have a phone until you're 16. if you don't start drinking or smoking or using social media until you get to a certain age, it makes it easier to manage it. we know from the studies at facebook that 14 is sort of like -- that's the sweet spot and the opposite of that. it's the worst spot for a teenager. they can't handle it at age 14 and detrimental things. steve, i thank you so much. you've been speaking out about this for a long time. i think it needed to be this sort of national crusade that we saw with seat belts and drunk driving and smoking and all of it. thank you. >> exactly right thank you.
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>> martha: thank you. steve hilton. another story coming up. the doj is going to crack down on moms and dads that take their anger to school boards too far. calling these disturbance ago form of domestic terrorism. so is that really a job for the fbi? former education secretary betsy devos has thoughts on what she thinks this is all really about and she's here exclusively next along with senator tom cotton. stick around. "the story" comes right back. ♪♪ this is iowa. we just haven't been properly introduced. say hello to the place where rolling hills meets low bills. where our fields, inside and out, are always growing. and where the fun is just getting started. this is iowa. so, when are you coming to see us?
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>> martha: you've seen scenes like that across the country. now the attorney general says the feds are looking to combat threats against school board members and teachers and can use the same tools for domestic terrorists like the patriot act. betsy devos and tom cotton are standing by. >> hi. this all starts with a letter isn't to president biden from the school board association. they wanted assistance from the fbi and secret service due to threats. the classification of these heinous actions could be a farm of domestic terrorism. last night the justice department agreed. their memo reads in part, while
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the spirited debate is under the constitution, that does not extend to threats of violence or intim individuals based on views. critics find a lot of gray area. is intimidation including parents that they were going to unseat a school board member or anything of the sort? the department was pressed today. >> it's the job to address it. >> you're attempting to intimidate them. you're attempting to silence them. >> this comes as parents are struggling to find where they have a say in their child's education. >> they do get to hold their school board members accountable and what we're seeing out of the federal government is frightening and people should stand up for their rights. >> school board members have always had the right to file charges if they felt they were victim to threats or criminal intimidation. those that oppose this move are
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questioning why the federal government has to get involved at all. martha? >> thank you. betsy devos, former education secretary under president trump joins me now. secretary devos, good to have you with us. thanks for joining us. big picture thought here. when you heard about this story that they were considering using the patriot act for individuals who they think are out of line in pushing back or harassing school boards or teacher. >> it's a massive overreach on the federal government and an escalation where there shouldn't be. a totally disproportionate response. there's no place for physical violence anywhere for anyone.but there's also no place for intimidating parents from speaking their mind and caring about their kids' education and their futures. >> there's been a lot of pressure on school board and a lot of people running for school boards that are trying to sort of make sure that their voices are heard on those school boards
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as well. do you see that as an element in the push back here? >> absolutely. absolutely. you know, for many years, a lot of school boards and education establishments have sort of carried on with their activities without a lot of scrutiny on the part of parents. this last year parents have been able to see what is going on. they're not happy in many cases and they need to be heard. they're the ones that know their children best and love them. they're the ones that have to advocate for their futures. >> yeah. covid has been so tragic across this country. but one of the outgrowths of it is that people got a close look looking over their kids shoulders at what they were being taught on zoom. it sparked a movement with people doing home schooling and craft their own education. that has sort of irritated you or the person that took over your job, miguel cardona as
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secretary of education. also i want to play if we can do these back to back, this is miguel cardona, the secretary of education and the virginia governor candidate terry mcauliffe wanting to put parents in their place when it comes to schooling. watch this. >> do you think parents should be in charge of their child's education as the primary stakeholder? >> i believe parents are important stakeholders, but -- >> primary. >> i believe educators have a role in determining education programming. >> i'm not going to let parents come in to schools and take books out and make their own decisions. >> you vetoes it. >> yeah. >> i don't think the schools should be telling parents what to catch. >> martha: what do you think about that? >> evidence that this administration continues to side with the teacher's union and their demands and their desire to control everything at the expense of families and parents
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who want to be involved in their children's education and need to be involved. again, these intimidation tactics are abhorrent. i hope that parents will continue to speak up and will continue to voice their questions and concerns and continue to advocate for their kids and let's give them alternatives and choices when status quo refuse to do so. >> "saturday night live" did a skit where they represent add couple parents. the first representation was, you know, just a person that appeared to be nuts. this one is someone that just appears to be dumb. i want to play this. you know, get your reaction to it before we let you go. >> forget covid? the real threat is critical race theory being taught in our schools. my question is, what is it? why am i mad about it?
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>> martha: what do you think? >> well, again, total disrespect and disregard for parents and families. think about the connecticut mom that asked for -- to see the curriculum for her new ingoing kindergartener. the school board turned around and sued her for doing so. i mean, this is just unbelievable. once again, i think this move by the doj is a total overreach. it's a total disproportionate response. and again, i hope parents will continue to speak up and i hope that the biden administration will rethink their tactics and respect parents and respect kids. they're the ones that we should be focused on here, not status quo and the kids that are our future. >> martha: we see a remarkable number of people moving away from the school systems and moving towards choice, which i know you've been a big proponent
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of. betsy devos, thank you. thanks for coming. joining me now, senator tom cotton from arkansas. there's laws on the books from harassment, innovating someone's property or physically harming then. when i think about harassment, i think about senator sinema and wonder if the fbi or the doj are investigating what they're doing if they're worried about what these folks are doing to the school board members. >> yeah, that's right. every state has laws on the books for criminalizing vial wrens or criminal threats, this is a dangerous overreach by if biden administration. as you point out, krysten sinema had crazy liberals follow her into the bathroom. joe biden laughed at it and said it's a part of the process.
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apparently parents going to a school board meeting to complain about what their kids are learning or that they have to wear masks and getting accosted by fellow parents makes them domestic terrorists. so we should sick the feds on them. it's a dangerous overreach. >> martha: everyone is against anyone who is being physically harassed, anyone in a dangerous situation. so anyone is that is doing that, any parent that does that is against the law. there's laws on the books. local law enforcement can make an arrest, do an investigation. all of that is very much in place for these situations. but i also want to remind -- it does sort of -- the threat of that is going to make some people nervous about speaking out at their school board. i want to remind people that -- let's watch this. they're interesting examples. >> forcing five, six, seven,
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eight and nine-year-old children to cover their noses and mouths where they breath seven hours a day for the last month for a virus that you know doesn't affect them, that is not in their best interests. >> this is indeed the american version of the chinese culture. the critical race theory has its roads and cultural marxism. should have no place in hour schools. >> sounds like concerned parents to me, not domestic terrorists. now we'll all have concerns and going to school boards. that's as american as anything. going to your local elected leaders and voicing concerns especially when it comes to educating your kids. >> martha: we hope it's not intimidating to people. they have a right to stand up. not everybody will agree with them, but in american you have a freedom of speech and a freedom
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to speak in the public forum. thanks, senator. great to see you. so we have breaking news coming in. it's an update in the case of lieutenant colonel stu sheller. stick around for that. >> left many american citizens behind. still some left today. and pretty much all of our afghan partners will face execution. based on your long-term experience, how would you rate this evacuation?
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>> martha: we can report to you that this u.s. marine that speak out against the leadership in the military when it came to the deadly exit that we witnessed from afghanistan is out of the military prison sometimes called the brigg. he's out. lieutenant colonel stewart scheller was released as part of an agreement between his attorney and the commanding general. no other details as of yet. we spoke with corr -- colonel scheller's parents. >> he served 17 years in the sands, leading his money, taking out people that made the ieds. he risked his life for his service people. he's now risking his livelihood for them. >> strong words from his mom and dad.
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lieutenant scheller was supposed to have a pretrial hearing today. we'll keep you posted on his situation. a lot of folks have been following this closely. happening now, lawmakers again probing the exit of the united states from afghanistan. it led to the deaths of these 13 u.s. service members being americaned by their families and by their country. in a moment, the top republican on the committee holding the hearing today, michael mccaul. first, lucas tomlinson that joins us live. hi, lucas. >> hi, martha. former president trump's national security adviser blaming the trump administration for what he called surrendering to the taliban. >> it was an agreement based on concession after concession that not only served our overall purpose, which was the priority, withdrawing from afghanistan but had the effect of strengthening the taliban. >> h.r. mcmaster said the biden
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administration could have reversed course but chose course. he slammed biden's over the horizon course which he called a pipe dream. he said without partners on the ground, it's impossible to conduct counter terrorism missions. >> very modest force, 2,500 was too low. bump that up to 4,000 to 5,000 plus our nato partners, i think we could have managed the security problem indefinitely. >> the chairman of the foreign affairs committee asked the following question. >> how was it focused on al-quaida turn into a nation building exercise? >> one of the worst foreign affairs disasters in american history. the taliban are in charge.
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women are living in slavery. afghanistan is a haven for terrorists and the terrorists now have our weapons to use against us. >> lawmakers say dozens of americans are still stuck in afghanistan after being left behind. martha? >> martha: thanks, lucas. let's bring in the top reason on the house foreign affairs committee, michael mccaul. good to have you here today. >> thanks, martha. >> martha: everybody watched as our top brass took tough questions. why is it so important that we continue to investigate? >> well, this is a graded an f in terms of an evacuation by all the witnesses, a strategic failure in general milley's terms. i think it's ironic that this marine, facing charges for speaking the truth about his government that they let him
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down, failed the american people and the afghan people in this evacuation. nobody is held accountable in this administration. i have launched an investigation into what happened. how did in get so bad and so wrong? we have an active investigation going on. i hope the chairman will work with me on that we have a procedural privilege used for 150 years basically calling for -- it's a resolution of inquiry to start an active investigation bipartisan. we'll see if nancy pelosi and the chairman agree to do this. but you know, the fact is, people need to be held accountable. the american people want the truth in terms of what happened. we have hundreds of americans left behind. our partners left behind. thousands of green holders left behind. our afghan partners that are now -- that risk their lives are now probably going to be executed. >> martha: that's the problem. you have a fast-moving situation
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evolving on the ground now as a result of these actions. so you have to understand what we did in order to, you know, put something in place that would protect these individuals, get the ones out that are still there. the president assured everybody that he wasn't going to turn his back on the women of afghanistan on the americans that were stuck there. he said we will bring you home. is that happen something. >> yeah, we're still to this day trying to get americans out. the state department is not helping us. to your point, 13 service members died, you know, and the idea when we shut down bagram as well. the best answer is to general h.r. mcmaster saying over the horizon. that means your intelligence ability to she a threat and response to it. this over the horizon response is a pipe dream. it doesn't work. it's not going to work. that's a long-term threat. >> martha: i have to go because we're going to michigan.
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i would imagine that your committee has jurisdiction of oversight over the state department that the secretary of state tony blinken promised that he would bring the rest of the people home. that's his job. would you be investigating that? staying on that? >> we're actively investigating that. whistle-blowers have come to the committee. we requested documents. so we will be conducting as a primary jurisdiction this investigation. >> he made that promise to those people and as i said, it's under his purview. so we'll be watching closely to see when and if that happens. thanks very much, congressman mccaul. >> thank you, martha. >> martha: so president biden is in michigan right now after d.c. basically froze out his giant spending bill. so he's trying to raise some momentum outside the beltway. we'll take you there next. lots more to come on "the story" after this. or psoriatic arthritis, are rethinking the choices they make like the splash they create the way they exaggerate the surprises they initiate.
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outside the beltway push for trillions in spending. let's listen in. >> we built this country from the top down. andy said you have good blood, kid. thanks for stepping in. thanks for the great job you do. michigan, i also have -- also fortunate to have an outstanding united states senators who are doing what they're supposed to be doing. they're in washington. debbie and gary are in washington now to cast really important votes to keep things moving. of course, it's great to be here with my friend. we've become friends. annout standing governor, one of the best in america. and her lieutenant governor, who covers her in every way. both in terms of physically and mentally and every other way. thank you for all you dead to help me get elected.
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thank you. there's a lot of noise in washington. always is. seems to me a little more than usual now. a whole lot of hyperbole. a lot of heat and i'm here today to try to set some things straight if i can. i want to talk about what is fundamentally at stake for or country at this moment. it's an overused phrase but i've been using it a lot. we're at an inflection point. we have to choose which direction year going to go. who are yes going to be? not democrat or republican. for a long time, america set the pace across the globe. the better part of the 20th century, we led the world by a significant margin in investments in ourselves, in our people, in our country. we invested in our infrastructure and roads, highways, bridges, parts, airports and the arteries of the nation that allow commerce to
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flow and allow us to generate income. we've invested in our people and opportunity. we're among the first to provide access, for examples to free education. the reason why we we again to take off. in the late 1890s, we decided that we would be the first nation to have every single american regardless of background based on income, would have free 12 years of education. we invested to win the space race. we led the world in research and development. led to the creation of the internet. you know, then something happened. we slowed up. we stopped investing in ourselves. america is still the largest economy in this world. the most productive workers and the innovative minds in the world. but we're risk losing our edge as a nation. our infrastructure was the best in the world. today according to the world economic forum we rank 13th.
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our infrastructure, 12 nations have a better infrastructure than we do, which means that they can move product, do so many things better than we can do it. we're among the first in the world to guarantee access to universal education. now we're ranked 35th out of 37 major countries when it comes to investing in early childhood education as a percent of gdp. think of that. of all the industry nations in the world, the instinct americas would say, we're number 1. we're not. only two industrial nations that are lower than us. all of those investments, we've taken our foot off the gas. i don't know what happened. the world has taken notice, by the way. including our adversaries. now they're closing the gap in a
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big way. it's essential to regain momentum that we lost. work of our time seems to me, those of us that hold public office, prepare ourselves to be more competitive and to win the fact changing 21st century in a global economy. things are changing incredibly quickly. that's why i propose two critical pieceses of legislation being debated in washington right now. the first, a build to invest on physical structure. the second is a bill on human infrastructure. i'll talk about both bills in just a moment. first, i want to set one thing straight. these bills are not about left versus right. moderate versus progressive or anything that pits americans against one another. they're about competitiveness versus complacency. they're about opportunity versus decay. they're about leading the world or continuing to led the world pass us by, which is literally
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happening. to support these investments is to create a rising america, a america that is moving. to oppose them is to be complicit in america's decline. to support these bills is to pursue a broader vision of our nation and oppose them is to accept a very cramped view of our future. this isn't about two pieces of legislation. it's about inflection point that i mentioned earlier where we are in our history, the world history. so here's what i'm proposing. first, the infrastructure bill. it's about rebuilding our roads, highways, bridges, parts, airports, broad band. all the things that need repair. our arteries of our economy have always been fueled by the economic might and dynamism of americans, a cross the country right now, 45,000 bridges and 173,000 miles of roads according
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to engineers are in poor condition. right now. including more than 1,200 bridges. 7,300 miles of roads here in michigan. i'll bet everyone in this room can tell me what the most dangerous intersection in this town or any town they live in and where it is. that you hold your breath trying to cross the street. it's not a joke. working with the governor, members of the congress here, we're going to put hard working americans like the operating engineers here in howell on the job to bring back our infrastructure and bring it up to speed. good union jobs. not 12, 15, $18. prevailing wage jobs. wages that give you dignity that you can raise a family on, that you can hold your head up. this is a blue collar, blueprint for how we restore america's
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pride. the jobs -- these are jobs that can't be outsourced. we're going to put plumbers and pipe fitters to work replacing lead pipes in america so families and children can drink clean water. 400,000 schools. it's not just our homes. it's across the country. we're going to put line workers and electricians laying thousands of transmission lines and build a modern energy grid. high speed internet affordable to everybody. we talked about it on the way over that how short the number of people that have access to the internet here because of the lack of investment. we're going to make the largest investment in public transit in the american history. we're going to make the most important investment in our rail system since the creation of amtrak. our competitors are not hanging around and waiting to see what we're going to do. they have been pouring billions of dollars in infrastructure and
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training our people for years now. take china, for example. i've been clear that china used unfair practices to get aheld. they invest in themselves. in present years, china has spent around three times as much on infrastructure as a chair of their economy as we have. three times. they're not slowing down. yesterday my u.s. trade representative delivered an important speech on our competition with china. china made a major investment in steel plants 20 years ago. the last 20 years, half of america's steel companies have been shuttered. we went from 100 u.s. steal companies to 51. employment in america steel industry has dropped 40% since the year 2000. china now produces more steel in one month than america does in an entire year. you can see it in the sector
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after sector. other countries are speeding up and american is falling behind. we have to reset the pace again. have to set a different pace. for example, here in michigan, we need to make sure that american auto workers lead the world in electric vehicles. some of you came to the white house when i had the chairman of the board of general motors, chrysler and g.m. -- general motors, chrysler and ford. what have they decided to do? they decided they're going to lead the world and build more of the electric vehicles than any other country. guess what? china is not waiting around. they manufacture more than twice as many electric vehicles than we have the last decade. they control more than 75% of the battery market. they're poised to invest another $14 billion this charging capacity now in their country.
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back in may, i had a chance to tour ford's state of the art facility in dearborn where union members are building the ford f-150. it's quick. 0-60 in 4 seconds. it's a big boy. it's a big one. months later, i hosted the big three automakers at the white house for the ford 150 was joined by the gmc hummer and the jeep wagoneer all going electric. the future is electric. we need to make sure america builds that future instead of falling behind. we should build those vehicles and the batteries and get them here in the united states of america. that's what we should build, here in the state of michigan. i want those jobs and i mean it. i want the jobs here in michigan, not halfway around the globe. that's what my plan will do. the infrastructure bill will put
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in motion union workers on the job installing hundreds of thousands of charging stations along the highways and communities. 500,000 of them. when you build a charging station, it's like back in the day when my grand pop worked at american oil company in the turn -- in the 1920s. wait from state to state to convince people to allow them to put 20,000 gallons of gas under the ground. they didn't want them around. guess what happens? everything builds up athem. put the charging stations, you'll see economic development go well beyond the charging station. the build back better plan will boost manufacturing capacity investing new facilities and ploy american workers with good wages. families will be incentivized to
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buy clean union made vehicles like the ones championed by debbie and dan in the senate and the house. loans and tax credit to boost clean vehicle manufacturing. these are the kind of investments to get america back in the game and get our worker as chance. my plan makes historic investments in clean energy, tax creditses to help people do things like weatherize their homes, install solar panels, develop clean energy products. all told, this project will save literally hundreds of millions of barrels of oil on a yearly basis. it's not a joke. these credits, those credits could cost the cost of installing rooftop solar by 30%. helping families cut the utility bills and helping the country cut emissions. my infrastructure bill will put americans to work in long overdue national and environmental cleanups. i want a job corps just like roosevelt. an environmental job corps.
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over 160,000 -- 1.6 million people. that means good jobs and prevailing wages capping hundreds of thousands of abandoned oil wells. we have thousands of abandoned oil wells with methane leaks. guess what? the miners and the people that dug them, they'll get payment the same amount of money to cap them now. it's going to help us meet the moment of the crisis and create good jobs and make us more competitive. folks, here in michigan, you all know the cost of extreme weather. all you remember the flooding this summer that shut down parts of i-96. the power outages and the tornado warnings. costing your state billions of dollars. nationally last year the last year, because of extreme weather, cost america 99 billion
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dollars. 99 billion taxpayer's dollars. i went all over the country. i went out west to the fires. you know, more has burned down in the northwest than the entire state of new jersey. that's how much we've lost. you see what has happened with the drought. reservoirs that are down 30, 40, 50 feet. worried about whether we'll have -- what the colorado river will do. this is a big deal. it's gigantic. we're not going to ease up on any of this. we have to invest in resilience. resilience. you saw texas. their entire power grid went down. they had no resilience. the ability to build back and build things stronger. why? a lot of the fires in the far west? because guess what? it's a hell of a lot safer to
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have those wires underground. not being knocked down by high winds and tornadoes and the like causing fires. look, i haven't passed the major infrastructure bill for decades in this country. used to be a normal thing to do. used to be a bipartisan thing to do. if we get this done, we'd breathe new life into our economy and workers and breathe cleaner air. economists left, right and center agree. early this year, wall street, not some liberal think tank, wall street outfit called moody's projected the investments in these bills can help our economy create an trillion two million jobs per year. that's going to be transformative. here's the deal. the jobs or for people that feel left behind, left out.
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90% of the jobs in this bill, these bills, my infrastructure plan, don't require a four-year college degree. we need to get this done. i isn't enough just to invest in physical infrastructure. we're going to lead the world like we used to. if we're going to do that, you have to invest here in training, this training facility. that's why my second bill, the build back better plan, that's what it does. take education. when america said everyone is entitled to 12 years of free public education, universal, the century ago, gave us the best educated and best prepared work force in the world. that's why america began to grow so rapidly. a big part of why we lead the world this bulk of the 20th century? if we put together a committee today like in 1898 and invent a
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public education system, any chance that we say we thought 12 years is enough in the 21st century? just 12 years? i don't think so. study after study shows that the earlier our children begin to learn in school the better for themselves, their families no matter what background they come from. recent university studies point out that increased by 56% the chance to get all the way through 12 years of school without getting in trouble. it's a gigantic deal. doesn't matter whether mom or dad know how to read or write or the home is a home that is challenging. right now we're lagging behind. while other countries are investing in their children. in germany, france, the united
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kingdom, latvia, 90% of children 3 and 4-year-olds are in school. we're finding hurt and further behind. according to one study, we ranked 33 out of 44 advanced economies when it comes to the percentage of our young people who have attained a post high school degree. anything after high school. we're the bottom of the heap. i bet if that was on a quiz show they would ask you that, you'd say maybe two or three or four. it's ridiculous. my build back better plan gets us back on track. we'll make four additional years of public education available to every person in america. two years of high quality preschool at the front end and investments in community college so our students can gain skills they need to curve out a place for them in the 21st century and
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increase pell grants. helping folks -- helping them get through community college or a historically black colleges in order to get a shot so they can live, they can eat while they're going to school. reel invest in historic black colleges and universities which are a central asset to help support that people have a shot at good paying jobs. look, this bill also invests in our work force by providing so much needed breathing room for working families. after all, how can we compete in the world if millions of american parents, especially moms, can't join the work force because they can't afford the cost of child care, elder care? they have to stay home. for example, here in michigan, the average two-parent family spends $10,400 for one child


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