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behalf of the american people, on behalf of people like him, like his family, like his mother and like his -- and on policies, for example, like decide prevention. all those things, he felt that it was his duty to use his power to move things forward. >> jose and adam, thank you so much for being with me this morning. that wraps up the hour for me. i'm jose diaz-balart. thank you for the privilege of your time. we have more coverage right now. >> good morning, everyone. a day the capitol will pay tribute to a senate titan. former nevada senator harry reid will lie in state beneath the capitol rotunda. we'll hear leaders and former colleagues pay tribute to his life and his lasting legacy.
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a child of search light, nevada. he was born into poverty and worked his way up to the highest seat of senate power. serving a decade as this top senate democrat that includes a hugely consequential stint as senate majority leader. in moments we'll hear from people who worked closely with reid at some of the most consequential moments of his career. plus how his legacy is living on today. in an ongoing fight over the filibuster. leigh ann caldwell is joining me from the capitol. also with us, former communications director for senator reid. he had a front row seat to the 2009 affordable care act negotiations and the 2010 midterms. and a former reid staffer, now the national political director of invisible, indivisible, i should say, and former vice president of politics and campaigns for voto latino.
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they are awaiting former senate majority leader reid's remains to be -- to walked into the rotunda. as we await that, i want to talk about what we're expecting to see today as we await his casket to arrive. in the beginning of te ceremony. >> good morning. i am told that all 31 members of his family, he has five children, spouses, 19 grandchildren, and one great grandchild, are all here for the ceremony in addition to, of course, people he has served with for many years including his successor, senate majority leader chuck schumer as well as nancy pelosi. speaker pelosi and senator reid were in the trenches together as leaders of their respective bodies in their respective houses. especially during the obama presidency. people credit senator reid for being able to get this through the senate. of course, being able to keep
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control and keep his 60 democrats together in order to pass the affordable care act which is signature legislation for not only president obama but senator reid as well. we'll also hear a lot about how -- as you mentioned, he went from humble beginnings to the most powerful senator. he grew up in searchlight, a small mining town where he had no running water as a kid. he had to hitchhike to high school because there was no high school in his town. he had to go to henderson, nevada 40 miles away. this will be a very emotional tribute today for someone that many of these people in this room knew personally and worked with. >> and his remains being walked into the rotunda now. let's listen.
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we're going to be hearing from senator schumer along with house speaker nancy pelosi. you worked so closely with the late senator. we know his legacy that he has left on the senate. what are you thinking right now? not only of his legally -- legacy, but who he was as a man? >> i'm just looking at where his casket is right now. it's sitting on the same spot where abraham lincoln was laying in state, and it's just such a
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fitting tribute to a man who has left such a mark on not only the state of nevada, but the entire country. he was such a fighter for the little guy. standing up against bullies, whether it was those on capitol hill or those in school he couldn't stand getting picked on. that drove him as a member of the united states senate and as a leader of the senate. he was able to do so much for this country. people talk a lot about the affordable care act. it's important. wall street. the country is better off because senator harry reid was on this earth, and leading the united states senate. it just warms my heart to see him being honored in this way. >> they're leading the invocation prayer right now. let's listen. >> found its way to our nation's
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capitol. that he would be given the opportunity to exercise his drive and passion and to go the distance. bless as we honor his legacy that has touched countless policies. now as he rests for the joy of the work he's done, having spoken plainly and listened well. may he hear your own well done for his faithful and devoted service to this legislative body and to this nation. inspire in all who yet serve, the same willingness to favor pragmatism, even if it risks unpopularity, and to choose a life of integrity as befits this institution. it is in your eternal name we pray. amen.
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ladies and gentlemen, the honorable charles e schumer, majority leader of the united states senate. good morning. it is such an honor to speak today about my dear friend and mentor, harry reid of searchlight, nevada, as he would proudly refer to himself. let me first say to harry's family and particularly to landra, the love of harry's life for 62 years who he called his rock, the only time i ever saw harry cry was when he told me landra had an awful car accident and had broken so many bones. he said over and over again, as
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tiers streamed down his cheeks, my poor little landra, my poor little landra. the couple months ago i lost my father, abe. but i still feel his spirit is with me every single day. just as i know that harry is still with you, landra, and your family, and with all of us today and for many of us forever more. to celebrate the life of harry reid under the dome of the capitol is to partake in an exercise of contradictions. on the one hand, anyone who knew harry could count on a few things. he rarely said good-bye on the phone. and it almost became a ritual in the first three months of any new session that each freshman would call me up and say why is harry mad at me? i said no, no, i didn't even have to -- they didn't have to explain why. he doesn't say good-bye, just hung up. he's not mad at you. and certainly harry would have
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been deeply embarrassed and probably a little annoyed at our holding not one but multiple ceremonies in his honor. i can hear him now. you guys organized an entire ceremony in nevada, invited former and current presidents and senators, and you even had the frontman from the killers sing, and still that wasn't enough for all of you? on the other hand, even though harry might not want this pomp and circumstance, i know part of him would enjoy it. he was sort of like sid caesar when he gave a good line. no more applause, please. my friends, we celebrate harry mason reid's final return to the capitol because we must. few have shaped the workings of this building like our dear friend from nevada. few have dedicated their lives to the work of the people quite like harry did. and today our feelings of both
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loss and gratitude are immense. i got to know harry when i came to the senate in 1999. we couldn't have been more different. there was me, a brash jewish kid out of brooklyn, and there was harry, a soft spoken mormon from searchlight. we were a match made in heaven. i quickly learned that even though harry talked softly, what he said carried the force of thunder. he was honest. he was direct. and he was original. i love the story back in 2012. during the democratic national convention in charlotte, harry summoned me to his hotel room late one night. i rushed over and saw landra in the room, but before i could say anything, harry pulled me aside into the small little bathroom. we were right on top of each other.
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he lowered his voice. he said chuck, i want to take care of something very important, he said. and he pulled out a wad of cash from his pocket, and he peeled off $400. he had been working hard and doing the right things to become leader, he said, but you need to dress the part. go buy some better shoes, for goodness sakes. later on, i asked why he pulled me into the bathroom for that conversation. his answer? so he couldn't embarrass me in front of landra. that was harry reid to a t. if you were lucky enough to be someone harry cared about and called his friend, he cared with you in every fiber in his being. and his generosity extended beyond things sartorial. a few years ago he called up my wife and said i've sent you and chuck a special gift. it's the greatest thing. you're going to love it.
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it's a month's subscription to netflix. i didn't have -- iris didn't have the heart to tell him we had subscribed for four years already. clearly harry wasn't big on new technology. he didn't text. he didn't mail. and as you know, whenever he called you, he'd hang up the phone so quickly, you'd think he was allergic to telecommunications. but what harry was allergic to was the artifice of politics. he considered it a distraction from his true passion, getting good things done in this capitol. harry never forgot where he came from, nor did he forget the people. his childhood friends and neighbors who just like harry early on, struggled to get by, and he kept up with so many of them. we remember hearing all the stories. in harry's view, the government had a moral obligation to see to it that these people had every opportunity to secure a better life for themselves and their
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families. harry was tough as nails, a fighter to his core, but one of the most compassionate individuals you could ever imagine. in short, he was one of the most incredible and generous individuals i've ever met. the sort of person you come across only a handful of times in your life. when you lose someone as special as harry, they're never gone. they're always with you. for those of us in the senate democratic caucus, i think that was especially true last week as we observed the anniversary of the violent insurrection against our u.s. capitol. that day we saw so many acts of selflessness and heroism by our u.s. capitol police who once counted among their esteemed ranks a young harry who served as an officer while studying at g.w. law school. in so many ways, so many ways, harry was a guardian and a
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steward of the senate. literally and figuratively. he took great care of the senate as an institution, but he also knew that the senate had to adapt to changing times. as we confront the challenges of the coming weeks and months, i take comfort knowing that harry is with us in spirit, walking alongside us as we continue the work he dedicated himself to for so many years. may god rest his immortal soul, and may his memory be a blessing to us all. ladies and gentlemen, the honorable nancy pelosi.
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speaker of the united states house of representatives. >> good morning. madame vice president, distinguished congressional leaders, and our special guests, the family of harry reid. today as speaker of the house, it is my solemn and official honor to welcome back to the united states capitol a legendary leader of great integrity, a pioneer and patriot, and our dear friend, harry mason reid. on behalf of the congress, i extend a special welcome to his loving wife, his rock, landra with whom he shared a beautiful love and happiness. their happiness was a source of joy to all of us who loved them.
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to their children, all of whom -- and his grandchildren, all of whom he was very, very proud. on saturday we gathered in nevada for a celebration of harry's life. listening to the leadership of his church, and the adoring comments of his children, it is clear that harry's strength sprang from his faith and his family. and his patriotism springs from his love of our country and his commitment to its future. it is fitting that we pay final tribute to harry here in the united states capitol. it is here he stood as -- he worked his way through law
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school. it is here where he served for more than three decades representing his beloved home state of nevada, including two terms in the house of representatives. chuck always says he's -- decades in the senate, and you're talking about -- and it's here where his portrait hangs in these halls offering a source of strength and inspiration to us all. from his humble roots in searchlight, to the spotlight of capitol hill his entire life was defined by defying odds. the 12 years he served together allowed me the privilege of watching him defy those odds every day. indeed, to see him lead and legislate was to see a master at work. with a brilliant strategic mind, command of the roles, and respect for his senators.
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and despite long odds with his leadership in the congress, working together with president obama and then vice president biden, we fornged great progress for american families, the american recovery act, the dodd frank reforms and the affordable care act, to name a few. and as we all know, harry truly loved his home state of nevada. over his entire career, he fought tirelessly for nevada in every possible way for its working families whether preserving the natural environment or protecting its political environment including its coveted role in the presidential selection process. as one who served for more than 12 years, there's much more i want to say about harry. but as you all know, he was a man of a few words, and he would want us all to be of a few
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words. as has been referenced by leader schumer, and others who knew him, when we spoke on the -- we spoke on the phone nearly every day, legislative day, and sometimes more than once a day. so i probably hold the record for being hung up on more than anybody. many times i would call him back and say harry, i was only beginning to thank you and praise you for what you had done. i don't want to hear it. i don't want to hear it. he was so modest. as he came and referenced his retirement, i said harry, we're going to have a big dinner, with all your friends from around the country and certainly from nevada starting with your family to pay tribute to you. i don't want you to spend the money. spend it on feeding the poor. i don't want to hear any praise. that's how he was. needless to say, his humility
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made him some would say unique in the political arena. it also made him truly beloved by so many who work in these halls, whether his colleagues, whether his friends in the house and senate, whether maintenance people, capitol police, those who uphold the institution of the congress of the united states. everyone loved harry. chuck talked about gifts. i had the -- at the end of his term, he came over to my office and said, i have something for you i want you to remember me by. i thought it might be a note or a photo or something. right? instead, he brought in and unwrapped a bald eagle. an american symbol. bald eagle. stuffed.
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but still with the breeze fluttering his wings. i said harry, what happened? did you go hunting and accidentally shoot a bald eagle, an endangered species? he said no. he flew in to a live wire, so i call him sparky. i said okay, well, except it's then sparky. but with his permission, and appropriately, we have named him harry. sparky flew from the leader's office to the speaker's office, now harry. as we know, before harry entered the political arena, he could hold his own in the boxing ring. so it is fitting to close, i think, by quoting mohammed allie. he said, impossible is not a
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declaration. it is a dare. harry would be the first to admit that he wasn't the biggest, the loudest, or the strongest. but he was tough and relentless. he conquered the impossible. and he made the world a better place. harry reid made the world a better place. history will remember him as one of the most consequential senate majority leaders of all time. but those of us fortunate enough to know him and love him will remember also his character and compassion, his goodness. his goodness. to his many loved ones, thank you for sharing harry reid for the country and with the congress. may it be a comfort to you, landra, to your beloved children and grandchildren, and great grandchild, and the great state
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of nevada, the grateful nation mourns your loss that so many people are praying for you at this sad time. god truly blessed america with the life and leadership of harry reid. leader harry reid. may he rest in piece. may he rest in peace. thank you. ladies and gentlemen, the u.s. army chorus. ♪ call him home ♪
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♪ morning star nights await ♪ ♪ restless dream all done ♪ ♪ broke of day ♪ ♪ real life just begun ♪ ♪♪ ♪♪
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♪♪ ♪♪ ♪ it's not far just close by ♪ ♪ through an open door ♪ ♪ i'm just going home ♪
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♪ god be with you until we meet again ♪ . ♪ loving counsels guide uphold you ♪ ♪ may the shepherd's care enfold you ♪ ♪ god with you till we meet again ♪ ♪♪ god be with you till we meet again ♪ ♪ when life's perils thick
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confound you ♪ ♪ pull unfailing arms around you ♪ ♪ god be with you till we meet again ♪ ♪ till we meet ♪ ♪ till we meet ♪ ♪♪ till we meet at jesus' feet ♪ ♪ till we meet ♪ ♪ till we meet ♪ ♪ god be with you till we meet again ♪
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ladies and gentlemen, please rise for the benediction delivered by senate chaplain barryc. black. >> let us play. good, be with us until we meet again. with harry reid. in that land beyond sun, moon and stars where the days know neither dawn nor darkness. we leave him to your care as we remember that not even death can separate us from your love. we pray for the love of his life
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and the wind beneath his wings. precious landra. comfort her with the balm of your grace and may she feel your palpable embrace. lord, we pray for the children, grandchildren, and great grand. sustain them in all of their tomorrows. now unto him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we can ask or imagine according to his power, working in us, to him be glory, majesty
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and might, dominion and power, forever and ever, amen. ladies and gentlemen, please remain at your seats until escorted to pay your respects by the sergeants at arms staff. and that concludes this ceremony portion of the memorial today. the late senator will lie in state for the remainder of the day. his remains, then, to be carried out later on in the day around 4:45 p.m. down the east center steps from the rotunda escorted by the sergeant at arms. quite an incredible ceremony. a beautiful ceremony, honoring the legacy of the late senator.
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his wife paying her final respects to his remains in the rotunda there. i want to bring back my panel, democratic strategist and former communications director for senator reid, and a former reid staffer, now the national political staffer of indivisible. maria, i want to start with you. i think one of the overarching themes we've heard throughout this ceremony and over the weekend as well as his memorial services in nevada, is his humble beginnings. the former senator growing up in abject poverty, essentially, without health care. many telling stories of that. speaker pelosi saying, and i quote, over the weekend, he never forgot his north star, fighting for working families like his own, and to fight for nevada. and that played out not just in his community in nevada but also in the latino community and when it came to immigration as well.
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can you talk to us about that? >> that's right. senator reid was a leader who never forgot about nevada. he was a leader who always encouraged all of us to remember our roots. and that's something that to this day i carry with me and admire so deeply about him. you know, in nevada, i was able to support and be on his campaign in 2010. and i got to see up close how beloved he was by immigrant communities, latino communities, aapi communities. they knew his work. they knew he was championing them in the senate. and he was so clear any time immigrants were being used as scapegoats in the dealings of the senate, and it was for me as a young latina growing up in nevada who looked up to him before i worked for him, it was an honor to serve on his staff and see this beautiful tribute to him and his legacy today. >> zac, we've heard a lot of anecdote stories about the late senator hanging up on people.
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we actually heard it from even the former president over the weekend. we heard it from the current president. we also heard it yet again here from leader schumer and speaker pelosi. it seemed like he had a penchant to want to move on. it wasn't necessarily personal, but it was certainly something that was very harry reid. i guess my first question to you is were you ever on the other end of that receiver, and is that something you remember about the late senator? >> everybody who has talked to him has been on the other end of that, and you know, i think the reason is that he was there to do a job. and he was there to get things done. he wasn't there for the baloney or the -- or the trappings of the office. he could pick up a phone and anybody would answer, but he was -- he was picking up the phone because he wanted to get something done, and it wasn't just about policy. i mean, he used to call me years
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after i worked for him, just to check up on me. the conversations were two or three minutes. he would always end it the same way. he said i wanted to hear your voice, click. and he was so sweet and meaningful to me to know that he wanted to make sure that i was doing okay. and i'm -- and it's not just me. it's everybody who has worked for him. he cared so deeply. not just about his staff. but also about the whole of this country. and it's just incredible. what an incredible man. >> you really got that sense if you didn't know him personally from the speeches that were made not only today but over the weekend as well. speaker pelosi also said that senator reid's entire life was defined by dying long odds. you were on as we mentioned, the senator's team during some of his most influential years. do you still see his influence playing out in the political arena today? what kind of legacy does the
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senator leave behind that still makes an impact on the institutions we have in place today? >> sure. i mean, the thing that is -- you know, that people are talking about over and over again and for the reason is the affordable care act. there are millions of americans who have a affordable, good, quality health care because of harry reid. there are people who were not getting beaten up by insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies because harry reid believes that you need to stand up to bullies. that's what the affordable care act was, about standing up to bullies to get this done. it was also about -- i also think the judiciary looks very different because of harry reid. he was able to confirm an enormous number of obama judges during his time. because he realized that the rules of the senate were being abused. and we needed to make sure that
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republicans weren't able to block every single judge the obama administration put up. so the judiciary has a lot more obama judges today as a direct result of harry reid's leadership. and between that and the affordable care act and the way he made the judicial system, it will last for generations. >> by the way, we just saw vice president harris leaving the rotunda after paying her respects there. also seeing speaker pelosi and leader schumer paying their respects. you speak about the affordable care act. there was a moment, a story the former president told where he said he was sitting around a dinner table with the late senator along with then senator schumer, and they were speaking about what the work, the work that had been done while obama was president. and the late senator looked to the former president and said, we have done good work. and he gave him a kiss on his forehead which was quite shocking to the former
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president. the former president then recounted, trying to give the late senator a hug in which he kind of recoiled and said enough is enough. it's time to wrap up the evening. that was an anecdote and speaks to the legacy he leaves. maria, i want to talk about the political moment we're in now as we watch this. we just saw yesterday the president putting pressure on the senate to change the filibuster rule. a carveout, we should say for voting rights. you noted this was one of the last things that you spoke about with senator reid. what did he have to say about that? >> that's right. exactly a year ago we called him our co-founders at indivisible and i called him to seek out his counsel and the best way to engage senate democrats on the issue of the filibuster, on the issue of changing our democracy so that it works for all people. and he was really clear. he said to us, we had to be
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tenacious about our constituent pressure. that senators are movable with time and steadfast pressure from the people who support them locally, and for us, you know, as grass roots people who organize across the country, it was just so -- it was inspiring to hear from him, someone who grappled with this very issue, which is the senate, a place he loved, a place he knew so well and excelled at was changing and it was changing for the worst because republicans were using it for extremist views. in his time he was challenged. and zach said, to allow obama to govern meant that he needed to allow those nominees to go through. not just the nominees to go through, but he made the bench more diverse in nevada alone. he had women who were immigrants. he had the first cuban, the first latino. so it's just -- it's not just what he did for the country, but also the way that he did it as our state and communities have
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changed. senator reid wasn't afraid to move and do hard things. so i hope in these coming days, the senate democratic caucus is remembering his legacy and his foresight on how the senate is changing. and what it is that we need from them to do in this moment. >> and it seems many of them are. i'll leave you with this. an op ed written by the late senator in 2019 adds vo kating for an end to the filibuster. saying the senate is a living change, and to survive, it must change. the american people elect leaders to address the issues facing our country, not to cower behind arcane parliamentary procedure. i'll leave you with that. thank you all for sticking with me throughout this incredible ceremony we've witnessed at the capitol rotunda. thank you. as we honor harry reid. coming up, during the ceremony, we have been watching a briefing this hour from the white house covid response team. what we heard from the
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the biden administration provided schools $130 billion in american rescue. >> just moments ago the white house covid response team held a briefing and officials made two major announcements. one, the biden administration has just named the new head of covid testing, dr. tom inglesby. it is the latest step in the effort to keep classrooms open as of course omicron is surging and covid tests become even more hard to find. carol, as a mom of public school kids and a mom of pta, by the
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way, yes i'm on the pta, the main concern and conversation we're having is how do we get our kids tested more and how do we get them better masks sphit seems like the administration has an answer for that. what is it? >> how do you get better testing and better masks in school? and what the administration is saying today they're going to send these 10 million tests starting this month each month to schools. that's 5 million rapid tests and 5 million pcr tests and that's designed to help schools who say, hey, we want to keep our schools open but we need testing. it follows the administration's plan to send 500 million at-home covid tests to those who want them. they're trying to address the criticism of the other covid response plan. that's why they have this new person in charge of their testing plan. on masks they're announcing they're going -- they're looking at ways to make more high
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quality masks available to more americans. and the cdc director walensky said that the cdc is looking at updating its guidance in terms of what masks are better for people. they're still going to encourage people to wear any mask you can because a mask of any sort is better than no mask at all, but give people more information about the different types of masks out there and what might be the best quality for them. what you're seeing is the administration trying to get ahead of some of the criticism that's come their way as this omicron variant has swept through the country and people are looking for tests, looking for guidance. and so they're trying to take these two steps to address that. >> i tell you, i send my kids to school with a k95 mask each day. and they're expensive and it's not sustainable to spend this much money on masks because
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you've got to go through them every day. expand on the new head of covid testing. >> we know this is something they've been getting their footing for a few weeks now. and testing has become such an issue for this administration it's designed to put someone in charge of that, try to run things smoothly because they made a lot of promises here. you're talking 10 million tests going to school and 5 million tests and setting up a website. what they can't afford right now is anything a setback in terms of their response. if they're going to make promises and roll things out then they want that to go as smoothly as possible. >> and you certainly don't want those wait times we've been seeing with the pcr tests. if you got tested over the holiday you were waiting 7, 8, 9 hours to get those tests. thank you for an update on that.
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great to have you back. that does it for me this hour, but you can always catch me weekends 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. eastern right here on msnbc. and tomorrow craig melvin is going to sit down for an exclusive interview with vice president kamala harris on a new push to pass voting rights legislation. that is tomorrow on "today" and we'll have more on this hour here on msnbc. andrea mitchell reports starts next. c. andrea mitchell report looking to get back in your type 2 diabetes zone? once-weekly ozempic® can help. next ♪ oh, oh, oh, ozempic®! ♪ ♪ oh, oh, oh ♪ ozempic® is proven to lower a1c. most people who took ozempic® reached an a1c under 7 and maintained it. and you may lose weight. adults lost on average up to 12 pounds.
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everyone needs health insurance. covered california is making sure more people can get it. new federal funding of $3 billion is available to help more californians get covered. julie and bob are paying $700 less every month. dee now gets comprehensive coverage with no monthly premium. and the novarros are paying under $100 per month. check coveredca.com to see your new lower price. covered california. this way to health insurance. enrollment ends january 31st. i brought in ensure max protein, with thirty grams of protein. those who tried me felt more energy in just two weeks! (sighs wearily) here i'll take that! (excited yell) woo-hoo! ensure max protein. with thirty grams of protein, one gram of sugar, and nutrients to support immune health. there's so much new in the new chicken & bacon ranch, but the clock is ticking, so we gotta hurry! there's new rotisserie-style chicken, new peppercorn ranch,
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