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MECHAM UPDATE
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A CLOSE CALL THIS MORNING AS A SCHOOL BUS COLLIDES WITH ANOTHER CAR. NO KIDS WERE INJURED, BUT THE DRIVER OF THE CAR WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL WITH SERIOUS INJURIES.
US Floods 2 - Severe floods hit several cities across Arizona
NAME: US FLOOD 2 130205N TAPE: EF05/0139 IN_TIME: 10:09:38:14 DURATION: 00:02:16:14 SOURCES: ABC DATELINE: Arizona - 12 Feb 2005 RESTRICTIONS: No Internet SHOTLIST Wickenburg, Arizona 1. Various aerial shots of house and streets flooded Cottonwood, Arizona 2. Various shots of house under water 3. Street under water 4. Various shots of homes under water Glendale, Arizona 5. Various aerial shots of truck stuck in water 6. Truck stuck in water 7. Pan truck to rescue lines and people pulling them on shore 8. People pulling lines 9. Helicopter, pan along rescue line to water 10. Rescuers pulling ropes 11. Man stuck in truck, pan to rescuers in raft 12. Man in truck 13. Man in truck and rescuers in raft 14. Raft and water 15. Raft reaching truck and man jumping into raft 16. Rescuers pulling ropes with raft in background 17. Rescuers and man in raft STORYLINE: Strong floodwaters rushed through several cities across Arizona on Saturday, after a powerful Pacific storm dumped heavy rain over the state. Evacuations were ordered in parts of Wickenburg and at least three houses were threatened with destruction. Several homes along the Hassayampa (haas-ee-ampuh) river have been damaged. Floodwater has taken soil from underneath the buildings which could result in the homes falling into the river. About 16 homes in a rural area near Cottonwood, north of Phoenix, were damaged by floodwater gushing from the Verde River. Residents there were forced to find shelter on higher ground as floodwater submerged homes and cars. And in Glendale, rescue workers freed a man from his truck after he attempted to drive across a flooded roadway and got stuck. A team of rescuers used a raft and several rope lines to pull the man to safety. In Arizona, drivers who cross flooded roadways could be forced to pay for the cost of their rescue. No injuries have been reported from the flooding.
KIDNAPPERS GRAB WRONG MAN (12/22/2001)
A PHOENIX MAN TELLS THE STORY OF BEING KIDNAPPED AS HE DROVE WITH HIS FAMILY, AND THEN LEARNING HE WAS THE WRONG VICTIM.
WHITE HOUSE - BIDEN AND HARRIS VIRTUAL VACCINE SITE TOUR - ARIZONA
ED17 WH VIRTUAL VACCINATION TOUR LIVE 1430 LIVESTREAM President Joe Biden, and the Vice President Kamala Harris virtually tour the State Farm Stadium vaccination site in Glendale, Arizona 143905 ZIENTS (?)>> Good afternoon, Mr. President and Madam Vice President. On your second day in office, you announced a comprehensive national strategy to fight the pandemic. Importantly, you called for a whole of government approach. Central to that strategy, you directed your team to activate the full resources of the federal government to get more shots in arms. We immediately got to work. First, to increase vaccine supply. Second, to get more vaccinators in the field. And third, to create more places where Americans can get vaccinated. 143940 We're putting equity front and center, partnering with states to increase vaccinations in the hardest hit and hard to reach communities. We're building new community vaccination centers from the ground up in stadiums, community centers, parking lots, and mobile units in states ranging from California to Ohio to New York. And we've expedited financial support to increase capacity at existing community vaccination centers nationwide, with over $2.2 billion in funding across 32 states, tribes, and territories. 144015 Today, we want to show you what it looks like on the ground in Glendale, Arizona. We're going to do a tour of State Farm Stadium, which started giving its first shots on January 11th. The state of Arizona is one of the first states to reach out to ask for federal help from your administration. On January 21st, we decided to deploy 25 FEMA staff, including logistics staff, traffic managers and runner, and administrative support, helping enable the site to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. [14:40:50] And we're funding the Arizona National Guard on site at zero cost to the state. Since opening the site as administrator over 160,000 doses. Now averaging 8000 vaccinations a day, this stadium is a model for other communities across the country, and how they can operate in partnership with the federal government to vaccinate more people, our support to the state goes beyond State Farm Stadium, we've deployed almost 300 federal personnel from FEMA and three other federal partners to support vaccination operations across the state. [14:41:26] That includes over 100 vaccinators from HHS that we sent just this weekend. At the request of state and local leaders across the country we've made the cost to build these sites, fully reimbursable through FEMA. Just yesterday FEMA awarded 20 million to the state of Arizona to support the COVID-19 response, including vaccination operations. These funds can help support building new community vaccination centers, just like this one. [14:41:54] Here's a look at the site, you're going to see today. There's a great team on the ground is going to walk you through it so loud. Let me introduce you to Dr. Chris, the director of the Arizona Department of Health Services. Dr. Chris, over to you. [14:42:10] CHRIST>> Good afternoon, and we are so honored to have you here at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, I want to take you into the command tent where we manage the day to day operations of the states, only and 24 seven state operated vaccination site so come on in. So, State Farm stadium is the first 24 seven vaccination site in Arizona. We have a dashboard that we monitor all of our data that we look at it and so we are averaging between 1009 8009 1000 vaccines per day, that currently is both first and second doses. [14:42:49] It's about 350 to 400 vaccines per hour. And like was said it's we've vaccinated almost 170,000 times out here at State Farm Stadium, this one site is responsible for over 18% of all of the vaccines delivered in Arizona since we started our full capacity though here is 12,000 vaccines per day. Let me take you over to the sitemap. [14:43:15] So we have an electronic registration system that people can either log in online and sign up, or they can call a call center if they're not comfortable working on the web, but they will come in they will have an appointment, they will get checked in and we will make sure that they are registered at the data verification it's all done electronically, they will come around to our vaccination tent where they receive their vaccine, and then are asked to stay on for about 15 to 30 minutes. [14:43:45] This is all done in the comfort of their own car which is really important potentially as we head into the warmer months here in Arizona. And that allows for our vulnerable residents to stay socially distance. During their 15 to 30 minutes that they are spending with us to make sure that they're safe we are registering them for their second dose appointment, as well as getting them on their vaccine card. We also have a really strong partner in Walgreens, they are set up and they manage a 24 seven pharmacy on site in State Farm Stadium. [14:44:18] And the main goal of the of this site was to really accelerate getting vaccine into their arms of Arizona's. This has accelerated our efforts here in Arizona. And we weren't sure what a 24 seven site would look like we aren't sure that we would have the demand that we that we needed, however are our sites, an appointment booked up very quickly and our flow through the night is just the same as it is during the day so we're running about 350 to 400 people per hour. 144450 What that has helped with is our -- the 24/7 nature of this operation allows us to ensure that no dose expires or goes unused. So, we've also got plans with our other pods in the valley that they can transfer a vaccine to us, to make sure that they're not going to expire doses as well. [14:45:08] We are still in our phase one, a and prioritized one bee populations here in Arizona. And there's an eligibility whether you call in or you sign up here,but we're still doing health care workers, long term care residents Protective Services, our educators and child care, as well as adults over the age of 65. 144530 One of the other things that we've found really helps us keep up with our vaccine supply is to offer plus-ones. So that is a clinical decision that is offered to somebody else who may have accompanied that individual in the car, whether it's a caretaker, a family member. We -- we're trying to get as many vaccines into the arms of Arizonans. So we want to make sure that all of those around some of our vulnerable residents are protected. 144555 The other thing: we have a very large influx of winter visitors and migrant agricultural workers to Arizona this time of year. So Arizona has made the decision not to restrict vaccination to residents. You can be from anywhere in the United States, and we will still vaccinate you if you are able to get a partnership. [14:46:15] And the final thing I want to touch on is this could not have been possible without the partnerships from FEMA from our state emergency management, but also the private public partnerships that we've established. Without the Arizona Cardinals Walgreens, Arizona State University at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, we wouldn't be able to function as effectively as we have. And this site was developed to be replicable, so we can scale it up, and we can send it to other sites . In fact, last week we just opened our second state operated site at Phoenix municipal Stadium, we're running about two to 3000, but it has the same capacity as State Farm stadium does at 12,000. [14:46:57] And in the next couple of weeks we will be opening up our third pod down in Pima County which is Tucson. Our second most populous county here in Arizona. I'm happy to take any questions that you may have not. Q&A 144712 BIDEN>> Doctor, let me ask you. This is Joe Biden. Let me ask you a question: were you able to do this -- would you be able to do this without federal help? The reason I ask it is a lot of states originally said "we're fine, we don't need any help. Just get us the vaccine, and we'll be fine." Talk to me practically about what it took to get it to this stage. 144737 CHRIST>> So without the federal funding and without the federal partnership, this would be a huge logistical lift (?). And so, the fact that we've got such great partnership with our federal partners -- whether it's FEMA, whether it's HHS -- that has been just, that's been the crux. And so, without that funding and the vaccine, and the vaccinators that have come out here along with all of the logistical support that we've gotten, it is a huge lift to put something like this together. 144807 BIDEN>> Why did you decide on this site for the drive thru? CHRIST>> So that is a great question, Mr. President. I -- one of the things is our partnership with the Arizona Cardinals. So Michael Bidwell and the Cardinals have been strong partners throughout the COVID -- COVID response. We actually had a testing site, in partnership, here at -- with ASU, Arizona State University, as well as the Arizona Cardinals. So we had some of the infrastructure and the plans in place to then build it into a vaccination site, but it's also got great freeway access. 144842 Everybody knows where it is. We can do freeway signs, so that people can easily navigate into the parking lot. And with the NFL season in Arizona being over, it was -- it was the perfect partnership. 144854 BIDEN>> I got a call during the Superbowl from the Commissioner of Football, and -- offering us, the federal government, the 30 major stadiums. So I think they're going to be coming to you, to look at how you did it, because you're doing such a great job. One last question: do you -- I was pleased and a little surprised to hear that, if a caretaker drove somebody or if, I assume, a family member drove someone who qualifies to get the shot, they would also qualify as well. Is that correct? 144930 CHRIST>> Yes, it's a clinical decision made on site, at the time. It depends on our vaccine supply and the capacity that we have at the site to be able to register that additional person, but we really try. We know that people are in constant contact with family members and loved ones And the more we can do to surround them with vaccinated people, like their caretaker, it just keeps people safer. 144953 BIDEN>> Well, one of the things you may recall, the Vice President I announced about 15 days ago that we're gonna try to get 100 million shots in 100 days into people's arms. We found out we didn't quite have the supply of vaccine we thought initially. We're all set now, but we're exceeding that number. And so -- because of folks like you who are dedicated -- and I just want to, before I turn it over to the Vice President, she may have some questions -- I just want to thank you for your dedication. 145024 You're saving people's lives, short term and long term. So thank you, thank you, thank you. I'm looking forward to meeting you one day. 145032 HARRIS>> Hi, Doctor. I join the president. Thank you, thank you. This is an incredible model. How are you reaching out to your hardest hit communities, and those who may have a difficult time with transportation or just, proportionally, are some of the hardest hit but maybe not receiving the vaccine at the greatest numbers? What kind of outreach are you doing? 145100 BIDEN>> We lost you, Doc. HARRIS>> Uh oh, you're muted. CHRIST>> Am I good? BIDEN>> You're good! [laughs] HARRIS>> [inaud] Yep! Okay, perfect. CHRIST>> Okay, perfect. Okay, sorry, the technical. 145110 So that is a really great question, Madam Vice President, and something that here, in Arizona, we feel strongly about. So this is just one portion of our state vaccination plan. So we are looking to partner with community leaders to put community based pods in some of those hard to reach and targeted zip codes. We have contracted with communications groups that specialize in reaching our Hispanic-Latino or our hard to reach populations to do intense communication about the importance of vaccine. 145143 We're also working with our state's Medicaid program to ensure that we've got non-medical transport available that they can use if they want to come out here to one of these sites or any other sites, and we're also taking advantage of the CDC's retail pharmacy partnership to make sure that we're getting those vaccines into pharmacies in hard to hit areas, as well as our community health centers. And so, that's just a little bit about the plan, but we definitely are trying to target those populations because we know at -- how at risk they are. 145212 HARRIS>> And my other question is: the -- what's the proportion, do you have a sense of, the folks that are getting the first vaccine versus the second vaccine? CHRIST>> So we, here, are very surprised at how willing people are to get that second dose vaccine. So we've been -- that was one of our lessons learned, here at State Farm Stadium. We register people for their second dose before they actually leave this site, and prior we had been just telling them we would email them. That has been great. 145242 We have high demand for second dose, and we actually take people who are looking to get their second dose but can't find it somewhere else, here at State Farm, as walk-ins. HARRIS>> That's great. Thank you for your work and, to your whole team, thank them. BIDEN>> You're doing a great job, Doc. CHRIST>> Thank you. HARRIS>> Thank you. CHRIST>> All right. Well, now, I am going to hand it over to Brittany who is our lead clinical supervisor. She is out at the vaccination tests, and I know she is looking forward to talking with you. BIDEN>> Thank you. 145313 HAYES>> Hi, I'm Brittany Hayes. I'm with Arizona State University. I'm the head Charge Nurse here at the vaccination pod at State Farm Stadium. So I was just gonna walk you guys through the process. The -- I have 10 lanes here at the vaccination pod. I have 3 people in charge of each lane. I have a data verification person. They are in charge of entering and charting in the vaccine -- vaccine management system. 145343 Once the cars are all checked in, then they come through to the tent where I have a vaccinator and I have a clinical assist. My clinical assist is in charge of safety. They'll ensure that the car comes in, puts the car in park, all the windows are down, the car is turned off. And then, they'll write the time of their windshield, of when they entered that pod. And then, my vaccinator -- my vaccinator is the first clinical person that a patron sees as they come through. And they are in charge of an assessment, pretty much looking for if they're [inaud] ill, if they have allergies, anything that we need to know so that we can know if they need to stay from 15 to 30 minutes, if they're eligible for the vaccine. 145422 And then, they're -- they are [inaud] to give the vaccine using the proper technique and safety. So I -- safety is a big, big part of what I'm in charge of here, ensuring [inaud] containers are used properly, PPE equipment is used properly as well, infection control risk -- ensuring that we are giving the vaccine through the car door windows if we can, and then, in charge of contracting (?) patients to the vaccine. 145453 So, some of the challenges that I have endured here, as you know, this was a big operation. We have a mix of volunteers and staff. So, just making the process as simple as possible so somebody can come in not knowing anything about what we're doing and then, training them as easily as possible and getting them to work an eight hour shift, safely and effectively. 145519 And I think we have really narrowed it down here at my vaccination station to where we do a huddle. They are given their pertinent information and then, they are trained by the previous staff. And then, as far as other challenges, we are a 24/7 site. So the no (?) production has been a challenge for me. So we have to implement things on the fly, and how we communicate that with 50 people that are working your site. 145548 So I have dedicated leadership staff that are here, and help me with anything I need. And they are wonderful and their dedication is greatly, greatly appreciated. And then as far as some of the successes, I mean you're vaccinating one vaccine for 10 seconds, so I feel like that is very impressive. And we are giving people hope, giving volunteers and staff purpose. 145618 And then, feeling united. This has been a long year and I'm just thrilled that we could give that unity back. Thank you. BIDEN>> Well, we're really proud of you. HAYES>> Thank you, sir. BIDEN>> No, I really mean it. Tell me about the number of volunteers. Are these pure volunteers? Do they get per diem or are they pure volunteers? 145639 HAYES>> [inaud] I'm not exactly sure everything that they're [inaud] in that process but I'd say 50 percent of probably what is on my vaccination pods here are volunteers. All of our data certification (?) people are volunteers. BIDEN>> And when someone comes through in a vehicle, do they have to demonstrate proof of eligibility or have they also been cleared before they get to that tent? HAYES>> That's what I'm for. The charters (?) I have dedicated that to them, to make that decision. 145718 If they have allergies or something along those lines of immunocompromised, if they had COVID and had the convalescent plasma, that's my job to dig a little deeper than what the assessment of the vaccinator is, and to really see that they are eligible 'cause I want to give the vaccine to everybody possible. 145738 BIDEN>> Now, in Arizona, what is the age eligibility for coming through that, that tent? HAYES>> So we're -- since, we're doing the Pfizer vaccine, it is 16 and over, but the 16 and over has to be -- the appointment needs to be made online. If they're a walk-in, it does have to be 18 or older due to them just being minors. BIDEN>> Gotcha. And what -- what do you hear from the folks coming through, that get the vaccine, that actually get a shot in their arm? What are the kind of things you most often hear from them? Or your volunteers? 145814 HAYES>> They're amazed -- no, yeah. I'm sorry. They're amazed by the process, the smoothness. I hear that a lot. I hear a lot of other touching stories, you know, that people have gone through during (?) COVID and they're here and really we're distilling hope -- a dose of hope is what I've been calling it. I've heard -- yeah, but the smoothness of the process is what I hear most. 145842 BIDEN>> And the last question I have: how -- how can we best support you and other frontline workers? HAYES>> That's a great question. So, the collaboration that I have with FEMA, SEMA, all the other state -- everybody that I've partnered with here, I get nothing but the utmost support. And it's been amazing to collaborate with everybody. They check in. If I need something, it's done. They know that I'm trying to do everything to make this safe and efficient, so -- 145922 BIDEN>> Well -- HAYES>> Support, yeah. BIDEN>> Are you freshman at the university? [laughing] HAYES>> No, no. [laughing] BIDEN>> You look like a freshman! [laughing] HAYES>> Well, thank you. BIDEN>> No, thank you for what you're doing. It really matters. As I said to Doc the last -- a few moments ago, Dr. Christ, we -- we committed when we got in that -- we were short on vaccines and short on organization -- and when we got sworn in and we committed to do 100 million vaccinations in the first 100 days. 145959 And we're, we're exceeding that. With the grace of God, the goodwill of neighbors, and the help of people like you, we're gonna end up doing more than that. So, thank you for what you're doing. You're saving people's lives. HAYES>> [inaud] And I'm more than happy to be here. (?) BIDEN>> I'm going to turn it over to the vice president. She's got the tough questions. 150017 HARRIS>> Hi, Brittney. HAYES>> Oh, okay. [laughs]Hi. HARRIS>> Hi. Thank you for everything you're doing. You are a role model of how this kind of approach can work. And thank you for that, 'cause it's not easy being a role model and being one of the first, but -- but that being said, you're a leader, really, in the country around what you're experiencing right now and how that can help others that -- that start to pop up and we intend on doing this around -- in many places around the country. 150045 So what would your advice be to others who are setting up an operation like yours? What -- what did you learn what worked and what didn't work, so we can learn from -- from whatever you have experienced? HAYES>> I think, like I said, one of my biggest challenges was staffing and just how to incorporate. I feel like I had Incorporated things that I had worked, you know, as a bedside nurse -- getting a huddle together, getting a process together. 150115 I have made a actual charge binder, is what I've been calling it, that has everything my charge nurse would need to know to be able to run the site efficiently. And then, I'm always available for questions and support. I think that's the biggest thing is to let them know they're not alone in making decisions and being able to keep our patrons and staff safe. HARRIS>> That's great. Thank you so very much. You're doing it and you're making a huge difference. And you are inspiring all of us, so thank you for everything you are doing. It really does matter in such a big way. Thank you. HAYES>> Thank you. BIDEN>> And are you a nurse? 150200 HAYES>> I am, I'm a nurse. I'm an RN. I've been an RN for about nine years now. BIDEN>> Well, I know, having been a significant consumer of healthcare, I can tell -- I know the Vice President knows this, when I say it. Doctors let you live, nurses make you want to live. If there's any angels of heaven, they're all nurses, male and female. And that's not an exaggeration. HARRIS>> That's right. BIDEN>> That's the God's truth. Thank you for all you do. HAYES>> Thank you very much. BIDEN>> Thank you. Okay. Keep it going. HAYES>> I'm gonna turn it back to Dr. Christ. BIDEN>> Okay. HARRIS>> Okay. 150233 CHRIST>> Thank you so much, Brittany. She is one of our most dedicated nurses out there but we have such a great team. Behind us you can see -- this is the site behind us. It takes about 30 minutes to go, from the time you pull on to the time you leave, but with me, I have our acting Regional Administrator for FEMA, Tammy Littrell, and the head of the Arizona National Guard, Major General Michael Maguire, so I'm going to turn it over to Tammy. 150301 LITTRELL>> Good afternoon, Mr. President and Madam Vice President. It is such an honor today to be a part of this state's initiative to stand up, what I call, one of the most efficient and effective vaccination center. To just be able to see the -- all levels of government and the private sector, as well as all the volunteers, come together to help the American people get vaccinated is going to help us, as a FEMA team, be able to go back to California and be able to set up our vaccination centers in Oakland and in Los Angeles next week. [15:03:46] The one thing that I would add to the number of FEMA employees that we have deployed across the nation we have now a total of 991 FEMA employees deployed to help with these efforts. The one thing that we're doing is working very closely with CDC and our public health professionals on how can we reach those in underserved communities. So what we're going to take back when we operate and we open those two sites in Oakland and Los Angeles is we are going to provide mobile teams, [15:04:22] And these mobile teams are going to be able to reach those who are not able to drive or get to a vaccination center. We also just want to emphasize that FEMA is providing 100% reimbursable financial support to our states to our tribes to our territories and it's really important. We're also supplemental providing food support also Mills up, similar to like what we normally know is Meals on Wheels but to be able to get food to those who are not also able to get out. [15:05:03] Of course we cannot do this big lift of standing up by scratch as you can see we're showing you today, and efficient and effective operation. In order for us to replicate this and to be able to open timely so that we can reach your 100 day goal, we are partnering with the Department of Defense. Also, the United States Department of Agriculture and Health and Human Services to be able for us to replicate what we see and what we have learned here today. [15:05:40] With that, sir, I believe. Another, I'd like to just take a moment just to share two examples that we have heard of. And that is the Navajo Nation. So as we support the Navajo Nation. We are going to stand up for vaccination senators. This will help increase their access to the vaccination, as well as take the burden off of their tribal members from having to drive in these Astaire winter conditions that they are experiencing right now. [15:06:15] And then we also have our FEMA fourteens, who are helping us in the state of Kentucky, and they are also very mobile and they are helping those seniors and those 65 or plus, to be able to register, and to be able to help them also enroll or do whatever it takes to be able to get back to the native. We also want to help open schools safely. So, bottom line, we want to help those at risk, and we want to get back to where people can move around it around, and and be educated as well. [15:06:53] With that, I just want to close with expressing my deep appreciation for those of you working here at this stadium, the State Farm stadium all of you. I had an opportunity to come to both the day shift and the night shift, just can't thank you enough. The positive attitudes of those performing jobs that they traditionally don't do that it's all about the willingness, the attitude and the heart condition that we have all come together in order to make this happen. [15:07:25] So with that, I also want to just close with thanking you Mr. President. And Madam Vice President for your leadership, and leading the way. Thank you. I will now turn it back over to you Mr. President. 150740 BIDEN>> Well, first of all, thank you. You're doing one heck of a job. One of the things that, when we started to try to figure out what we were going to do when we came into office because there wasn't much of a transition -- we didn't have -- We weren't given a lot of information. 150759 And some of the information we had turned out not to be accurate, in terms of vaccine supplies and -- and we met, virtually, with all the governors. And the governors basically said, "just send us the vaccine, we'll take care of it." And the fact is, I think, they and everyone else vastly underestimated the logistical needs that go with having the vaccine, assuming you have enough vaccine. 150826 And so, one of the first things we did was called in FEMA, and also contacted every Governor General, and told them that we'll pay for the National Guard. It won't be their expense because you guys are, and women, are badly needed. 150842 And in addition to that, the Defense Department has -- has allocated over 1000, they're gonna go up to 100,000 people, who are going to be helping along -- 10,000 people who are helping along the way. 150853 So I just want to thank you for the coordination. I mentioned this to Dr. Christ a little earlier, but the coordination, it really, really matters. And we've got people who know what they're doing, starting with the Doc and you two, both with FEMA, and, well, the National National Guard. That's your business. You know how to get it done. And so, and you are -- you are really doing it. I, I just think what you put together is amazing. 150920 Our hope is that we're going to be able to not only get -- keep the commitment to get 100 million shots in people's arms by the first 100 days, I think we'll get -- we'll exceed that considerably but also to, we've now been able to go out and talk with, personally, with the vaccine manufacturers. They've upped significantly the commitments to the amount of vaccine they will produce, and when it will be produced. And so, I -- and things are beginning to click. People are beginning to feel that they can find their way to get the vaccine. 151000 And lastly, one of the most important things for us -- and you mentioned what's happening on the Navajo Tribe, I've met with the leaders -- is that it really, really does matter that we have access to the people who are most in need, but are -- and most affected by the COVID crisis, dying at faster rates, getting sick of faster rates and, but not being available, not being able to get into the -- into the mix. And so, equity is a big thing and I want to thank you all, all three of you for -- for engaging in that. 151035 But I don't want -- we're gonna hear from -- I want to turn this over to the vice president but, General, I hope we're going to hear from you as well, after the Vice President says something to -- whatever she wants to say. Okay? HARRIS>> Thank you, Mr. president. Just a quick question, Miss Littrell. Can you talk a little bit about what you think will be the challenges, in terms of the mobile units, and what will be the strengths of that? Because again, we're going to be watching these first rollouts as a model for what we do in other places. 151109 So from the ground, what do you see as being the challenges and the strengths of that -- of that operation around mobile units? LITTRELL>> Sure, I would start with this strengths, only because I've talked to our CDC partners and the public health professionals where, at first I thought we were gonna have -- you know, be using or depending upon our just our mobile command vehicles, out of our detachment -- our MERS (?) detachments out of FEMA, which they are still going to assist and help us because they have the means to technology where we could take on the road and then, also be able to allow those who need to enroll be able to do so at ease. 151154 But after talking with CDC and the public health professionals, they educated us and let us know that there are mobile operations within the public health sector that are really good at mobile operations. So, we're going to maximize as much as we possibly can, and not just lean on our own understanding or our own FEMA resources in order to go mobile. So, a lot to learn still, but we're staying optimistic that we're going to once again be able to come together and be able to reach those who need us the most. 151231 HARRIS>> Thank you. Thank you. LITTRELL>> Thank you, ma'am. BIDEN>> General, how are you doing? McGUIRE>> I'm doing good, Mr. President. How are you today? BIDEN>> Better for seeing you, man. McGUIRE>> Well, we appreciate the partnership with FEMA and all -- the DoD -- and all our federal partners who have been out here -- IHS, HHS, all the things that have happened. In Arizona, as you know, we have 15 counties and 22 tribes that have sovereign lands inside the borders of Arizona. [15:13:06] And those 37 entities work collaboratively with our agency and I have the unique and distinct privilege of not only commanding the Arizona National Guard, but functioning. Most analogous to Mr. Robert Fenton your acting FEMA Administrator here at 17 other states and territories doing emergency management, couldn't be prouder of the partnership we have not only with our federal partners, but obviously our local, county, hospitals, the incident command teams and then the guidance that we get from Dr. Chris and her team working together. [15:13:40] And when we were brought into this problem set once the vaccine rolled out from a military perspective we just felt that we had to increase volume. And so the governor's office and Dr. Chris proposed a partnership here at State Farm Stadium, we put a team of planners together with all of health services and brought in a whole lot of volunteers and as you can see over half of this is now stopped but staffed by volunteers. We feed them while they're here we provide them a work rest cycle. but literally the idea is to get this functioning with as little help from the guard as possible so we can replicate this and all fishing counties counties, all around the state, [15:14:18] and we couldn't do it without the federal partnership, especially the financial resources and obviously the delivery of the vaccine. So thanks for all you're doing there on the federal team and I look forward to continue to replicate this around Arizona and hope. Plagiarism is the highest form of flattery that's what we say so if everyone wants to copy what Arizona is doing. We think we've got to figure it out here. 151439 BIDEN>> Well, you sure have it figured out at that spot, General. And thank you for all you've done and thank you for what you do. You've probably been deployed, with your group, several times in the last 10 years. So thank you for that as well. McGUIRE>> Yes, sir. BIDEN>> Madam Vice President? 151455 HARRIS>> Thank you, General. Thank you very much for all -- and please thank all your troops for us. Thank you. McGUIRE>> Yes, ma'am. BIDEN>> And Dr. Christ, thank you for the -- for the tour, and the meeting some of your frontline workers. I, you know, I'm sorry that we weren't in a position that the governor could be with us today but -- 151518 He's been very, very cooperative, very helpful. He's stepped up, and this is the kind of partnership between the federal and state governments that I think -- and the private sector -- to help us vaccinate more people, more quickly, and to get ahead of this virus instead of behind it. And we're optimistic that we have enough -- we'll have enough of the vaccine in the pipeline to be able to provide shots for over, including double shots, for over 300 million people before we get through the summer. 151532 At least, that's our hope. And it includes getting vaccines to the pharmacies you pointed out to me earlier, Doc, and in vaccination centers like the one you have there. And we're gonna need -- if we need more vac--vaccinators, we'll send them. We'll find them for you. So, let us know. 151612 And again, I want to thank you very, very much for your leadership and look forward to -- I wish we were in a situation -- it sounds -- it's counterintuitive because of COVID, we can't see you, come and see you, which we ordinarily would be doing, getting on a plane and coming out and looking firsthand. But, but you know, the fact is that you're the reason why we're gonna beat this, this disease. And we will beat it. You know, big or small, we're gonna do whatever it takes to reach and surpass our goal of over 100 million in 100 days, and there's a lot to do. And it's gonna take time. 151650 We're gonna face some setbacks along the way, including the complication of the strains that we're seeing from South Africa and other places, but I know we can do it. 151701 We've never failed, as a country, we've done things together. Never ever, ever, ever failed when we're united. And you guys are the example of unity, so thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Madam Vice President? 151713 HARRIS>> Thank you all. As one of the first of this example of the partnership between the federal government, state, local, you all really are a model, and there are folks around the country who are going to benefit from the work you all are doing on the ground in Arizona, people who may not know your name, people you may not meet, but are going to be forever benefited because of your around-the-clock, hard work. You are taking this on as a personal mission on behalf of folks who need your help, and you are there to do what's necessary. So thank you. 151748 Together with Governor Ducey, Senators Sinema and Kelly and, and so many others, I think we're showing how, when we are unified, we can get a lot of good work done. So thank you all. BIDEN>> There's no such thing as a red state or a blue state when it comes to COVID. There's no such thing as Democrat or Republican -- HARRIS>> That's right. BIDEN>> -- when it comes to COVID. 151806 When we stand united, there's not a damn thing we've been unable to do, and you're the -- you're a perfect example of that. So thanks, again. Stay safe. Stay safe, and thank you. HARRIS>> Thank you. ######
Road Rage (05/26/1998)
Three teens were beaten with bats after crashing their car in a high-speed chase. One teen is dead in what is believed to be a gang-related incident.
President Barack Obama Speech on Foreclosures - Stix
President Barack Obama remarks on home foreclosures in Mesa, Arizona - Stix X83/RS-20 Slugged: 1200 WH TRAVEL PATH 1 X83 DISK#:792 NYRS: 5114 AR: 4X3 12:24:37 Obama walks on stage 12:25:14 OBAMA: Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you. (APPLAUSE) Please, everybody have a seat. Thank you. (APPLAUSE) Well, it is good to be back in Arizona. (APPLAUSE) Thank you. Are you excited? (APPLAUSE) Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. And thank you for arranging for such a beautiful day. (APPLAUSE) I want to stick around, but I've got to go back to work. (APPLAUSE) But it is wonderful to be here. And to all of you, I know that attending these kinds of events, oftentimes you have to wait in line and there's all kinds of stuff going on and... (APPLAUSE) But I appreciate -- I appreciate you being here. I very much -- and to all the officials here, the school and the principal and the student body, everybody who helped make this possible, thank you so much to all of you. (APPLAUSE) 12:26:22 I'm here today to talk about a crisis unlike we've ever known - but one that you know very well here in Mesa and throughout the valley. In Phoenix and its surrounding suburbs, the American dream is being tested by a home mortgage crisis that not only threatens the stability of our economy, but also the stability of families and neighborhoods. It's a crisis that strikes at the heart of the middle class: the homes in which we invest our savings, build our lives, raise our families and plant roots in our communities. So many Americans have shared with me their personal experiences of this crisis. Many have written letters or e-mails or shared their stories with me at rallies and along rope lines. Their hardship and heartbreak are a reminder that while this crisis is vast, it begins just one house -- and one family -- at a time. 12:27:29 It begins with a young family, maybe in Mesa or Glendale or Tempe, or just as likely in suburban Las Vegas or Cleveland or Miami. They save up. They search. They choose a home that feels like the perfect place to start a life. They secure a fixed-rate mortgage at a reasonable rate, and they make a down payment, and they make their mortgage payments each month. They are as responsible as anyone could ask them to be. 12:27:50 But then they learn that acting responsibly often isn't enough to escape this crisis. Perhaps somebody loses a job in the latest round of layoffs, one of more than 3.5 million jobs lost since this recession began. Or maybe a child gets sick, or a spouse has his or her hours cut. 13:06:18 In the past, if you found yourself in a situation like this, you could have sold your home and bought a smaller one with more affordable payments. Or you could have refinanced your home at a lower rate. But today, home values have fallen so sharply that even if you make a large down payment, the current value of your mortgage may still be higher than the current value of your house. So no bank will return your calls, and no sale will return your investment. 12:28:43 You can't afford to leave; you can't afford to stay. So you cut back on luxuries. Then you start cutting back on necessities. You spend down your savings to keep up with your payments. And then you open the retirement fund. And then you use the credit cards. And when you've gone through everything you have, and done everything you can, you have no choice but to default on your loan. And so your home joins the nearly 6 million others in foreclosure or at risk of foreclosure across the country, including roughly 150,000 right here in Arizona. 12:29:19 But the foreclosures which are uprooting families and up-ending lives across America are only one part of the housing crisis. For, while there are millions of families who face foreclosure, there are millions more who are in no danger of losing their homes but who have still seen their dreams endangered. They're the families who see the "For Sale" signs lining the streets, who see neighbors leave and homes standing vacant and lawns slowly turning brown. They see their own homes, their single largest asset, plummeting in value. One study in Chicago found that a foreclosed home reduces the price of nearby homes by as much as 9 percent. Home prices in cities across the country have fallen by more than 25 percent since 2006. And in Phoenix, they've fallen by 43 percent. 12:30:13 Now, even if your neighbor hasn't been hit by foreclosures, you're likely feeling the effects of this crisis in other ways. Companies in your community that depend on the housing market, construction companies and home furnishing stores and painters and landscapers -- they're all cutting back and laying people off. The number of residential construction jobs has fallen by more than a quarter million since mid-2006. As businesses lose revenue and people lose income, the tax base shrinks, which means less money for schools and police and fire departments. And on top of this, the costs to local government associated with a single foreclosure can be as high as $20,000. 12:30:56 The effects of this crisis have also reverberated across the financial markets. When the housing markets collapsed, so did the availability of credit on which our economy depends. And as that credit has dried up, it's been harder for families to find affordable loans to purchase a car or pay tuition, and harder for businesses to secure the capital they need to expand and create jobs. In the end, all of us are paying a price for this home mortgage crisis, and all of us will pay an even steeper price if we allow this crisis to continue to deepen; a crisis which is unraveling home ownership, the middle class and the American dream itself. But if we act boldly and swifty to arrest this downward spiral, then every American will benefit. And that's what I want to talk about today. THE PLAN: 12:31:49 The plan I'm announcing focuses on rescuing families who played by the rules and acted responsibility. By refinancing loans for millions of families in traditional mortgages who are under water or close to it, by modifying loans for families stuck in sub prime mortgages they can't afford as a result of sky-rocketing or personal misfortune, and by taking broader steps to keep mortgage rates low so that families can secure loans with affordable monthly payments. 12:32:25 At the same time, this plan must be viewed in a larger context. A lost home often begins with a lost job. Many businesses have laid- off workers for a lack of revenue and available capital. Credit has become scarce as markets have been overwhelmed by the collapse of security-backed -- securities backed by failing mortgages. In the end, the home mortgage crisis, the financial crisis and this broader economic crisis are all interconnected. We can't successfully address any one of them without addressing them all. So yesterday, in Denver, I signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act... (APPLAUSE) ... 12:33:22 which will create or save... (APPLAUSE) ... the act will create or save three and half million jobs over the next two years, including 70,000 right here in Arizona. Right here. (APPLAUSE) Doing the work that America needs done. And we're also going to stabilize, repair, and reform our financial system to get credit flowing again to families and businesses. And we will pursue the housing plan I am outlining today. Through this plan, we will help between 7 and 9 million families restructure or refinance their mortgages so they can avoid foreclosure. And we are not just helping homeowners at risk of falling over the edge, we are preventing their neighbors from being pulled over that edge, too, as defaults and foreclosures contribute to sinking home values, and failing local businesses, and lost jobs. 12:34:12 But I also want to be very clear about what this plan will not do: It will not rescue the unscrupulous or irresponsible by throwing good taxpayer money after bad loans. It will not help speculators... it will not help speculators who took risky bets on a rising market and bought homes not to live in but to sell. It will not help dishonest lenders who acted irresponsibility, distorting the facts and dismissing the fine print at the expense of buyers who didn't know better. And it will not reward folks who bought homes they knew from the beginning they would never be able to afford. So, now I just want to make this clear: This plan will not save every home. 12:35:12 But it will give millions of families resigned to financial ruin a chance to rebuild. It will prevent the worst consequences of this crisis from wreaking even greater havoc on the economy. And by bringing down the foreclosure rate, it will help to shore up housing prices for everybody. According to estimates by the Treasury Department, this plan could stop the slide in home prices due to neighboring foreclosures by up to $6,000 per home. So here's how my plan works: 12:35:49 First, we will make it possible for an estimated 4 million to 5 million currently ineligible homeowners who received their mortgages through Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac to refinance their mortgages at a lower rate. (APPLAUSE) 12:36:04 Today -- today, as a result of declining home values, millions of families are what's called "underwater," which means they owe more on their mortgages than their homes are currently worth. These families are unable to sell their homes, but they're also unable to refinance them. So in the event of a job loss or another emergency, their options are limited. FANNIE MAE/FREDDIE MAC: 12:36:25 Also right now, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the institutions that guarantee home loans for millions of middle-class families, are generally not permitted to guarantee refinancing for mortgages valued at more than 80 percent of the home's worth. So families who are underwater or close to being underwater can't turn to these lending institutions for help. My plan changes that by removing this restriction on Fannie and Freddie so they can refinance mortgages they already own or guarantee. (APPLAUSE) And what this will do is it will allow millions of families stuck with loans at a higher rate to refinance. And the estimated cost to taxpayers would be roughly zero -- while Fannie and Freddie would receive less money in payments, this would be balanced out by a reduction in defaults and foreclosures. I also want to point out that millions of other households could benefit from historically low interest rates if they refinance, though many don't know that this opportunity is available to them -- meaning some of you -- an opportunity that could save your families hundreds of dollars each month. And the efforts we are taking to stabilize mortgage markets will help you, borrowers, secure more affordable terms, too. 12:37:55 Second thing we're going to do under this plan is we will create new incentives so that lenders work with borrowers to modify the terms of subprime loans at risk of default and foreclosure. Subprime loans, loans with high rates and complex terms that often conceal their costs make up only 12 percent of all mortgages but account for roughly half of all foreclosures. 12:38:22 Right now, when families with these mortgages seek to modify a loan to avoid this fate, they often find themselves navigating a maze of rules and regulations, but they rarely find answers. Some subprime lenders are willing to renegotiate, but many aren't. And your ability to restructure your loan depends on where you live, the company that owns or manages your loan, or even the agent who happens to answer the phone on the day that you call. So here's what my plan does. 12:38:46 It establishes clear guidelines for the entire mortgage industry that will encourage lenders to modify mortgages on primary residences. Any institution that wishes to receive financial assistance from the government, from taxpayers, and to modify home mortgages, will have to do so according to these guidelines, which will be in place two weeks from today. (APPLAUSE) SUBPRIME LOANS: 12:39:21 Here's what -- here's what this means. If lenders and homebuyers work together, and the lender agrees to offer rates that the borrower can afford, then we'll make up part of the gap between what the old payments were and what the new payments will be. Under this plan, lenders who participate will be required to reduce those payments to no more than 31 percent of a borrower's income. (APPLAUSE) And this will enable as many as 3 million to 4 million homeowners to modify the terms of their mortgages to avoid foreclosure. 12:39:48 So this part of the plan will require both buyers and lenders to step up and do their part, to take on some responsibility. Lenders will need to lower interest rates and share in the costs of reducing monthly payments in order to prevent another wave of foreclosures. Borrowers will be required to make payments on time in return for this opportunity to reduce those payments. And I also want to be clear that there will be a cost associated with this plan. But by making these investments in foreclosure prevention today, we will save ourselves the costs of foreclosure tomorrow, costs that are borne not just by families with troubled loans but by their neighbors and communities and by our economy as a whole. Given the magnitude of these crises, it is a price well worth paying. (APPLAUSE) There's a third part of the plan. We will take major steps to keep mortgage rates low for millions of middle-class families looking to secure new mortgages. Today, most new home loans are backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which guarantee loans and set standards to keep mortgage rates low and to keep mortgage financing available and predictable for middle class families. Now, this function is profoundly important, especially now. as we grapple with a crisis that would only worsen if we were to allow further disruptions in our mortgage markets. Therefore, using the funds already approved by Congress for this purpose, the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve will continue to purchase Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgage-backed securities so that there is stability and liquidity in the marketplace. Through its existing authority, treasury will provide up to $200 billion in capital to ensure that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac can continue to stabilize markets and hold mortgage rates down. 12:41:48 We're also going to work with Fannie and Freddie on other strategies to bolster the mortgage markets, like working with state housing finance agencies to increase their liquidity. And as we seek to ensure that these institutions continue to perform what is a vital function on behalf of middle-class families, we also need to maintain transparency and strong oversight so that they do so in responsible and effective ways. 12:42:09 Fourth, we will pursue a wide range of reforms designed to help families stay in their homes and avoid foreclosure. 12:42:17 And my administration will continue to support reforming our bankruptcy rules so that we allow judges to reduce home mortgages on primary residences to their fair market value, as long as borrowers pay their debts under a court-ordered plan. I just want everybody to understand. That's the rule for investors who own two, three, and four homes. So it should be the rule for folks who just own one home. (APPLAUSE) ... as an alternative to foreclosure. 12:42:55 In addition, as part of the recovery plan I signed into law yesterday, we are going to award $2 billion in competitive grants to communities that are bringing together stakeholders and testing new and innovative ways to limit the effects of foreclosures. Communities have shown a lot of initiative, taking responsibility for this crisis when many others have not. And supporting these neighborhood efforts is exactly what we should be doing. So taken together, the provisions of this plan will help us end this crisis and preserve, for millions of families, their stake in the American Dream. But we must also acknowledge the limits of this plan. Our housing crisis was born of eroding home values, but it was also of the erosion of our common values. And in some case, common sense. It was brought about by big banks that traded in risky mortgages in return for profits that were literally too good to be true; by lenders who knowingly took advantage of homebuyers; by homebuyers who knowingly borrowed too much from lenders; by speculators who gambled on ever rising prices; and by leaders in our nation's capital who failed to act amidst a deepening crisis. (APPLAUSE) 12:44:12 So solving -- solving this crisis will require more than resources -- it will require all of us to step back and take responsibility. Government has to take responsibility for setting rules of the road that are fair and fairly enforced. Banks and lenders must be held accountable for ending the practices that got us into this crisis in the first place. And each of us as individuals have to take responsibility for their own actions. That means all of us have to learn to live within our means again and not assume that... (APPLAUSE) ... and not assume that housing prices are going to go up, 20 percent, 30 percent, 40 percent, every year. You know, those core values of common sense and responsibility, those are the values that have defined this nation. Those are the values that have given substance to our faith in the American dream. Those are the values we have to restore now, at this defining moment. It will not be easy. But if we move forward with purpose and resolve, with a deepened appreciation of how fundamental the American dream is and how fragile it can be when we fail to live up to our collective responsibilities -- if we go back to our roots, our core values, I am absolutely confident we will overcome this crisis, and once again secure that dream not just for ourselves but for generations to come. (APPLAUSE) Thank you. God Bless you. God bless the United States of America . 12:46:30 Obama glad handing
Best Buy Ninja Caught (06/29/1998)
Security officials at a Best Buy store in Glendale, Arizona caught a thief... but not just any thief. This one has seen too many martial arts films... the thief was caught wearing full traditional "Ninja" battlewear.
PRESIDENT OBAMA FORECLOSURE RELIEF PLAN
FTG OF PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA ANNOUNCING HIS FORECLOSURE RELIEF PLAN IN MESA, ARIZONA 12:24:37 Obama walks on stage 12:25:14 OBAMA: Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you. (APPLAUSE) Please, everybody have a seat. Thank you. (APPLAUSE) Well, it is good to be back in Arizona. (APPLAUSE) Thank you. Are you excited? (APPLAUSE) Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. And thank you for arranging for such a beautiful day. (APPLAUSE) I want to stick around, but I've got to go back to work. (APPLAUSE) But it is wonderful to be here. And to all of you, I know that attending these kinds of events, oftentimes you have to wait in line and there's all kinds of stuff going on and... (APPLAUSE) But I appreciate -- I appreciate you being here. I very much -- and to all the officials here, the school and the principal and the student body, everybody who helped make this possible, thank you so much to all of you. (APPLAUSE) 12:26:22 I'm here today to talk about a crisis unlike we've ever known - but one that you know very well here in Mesa and throughout the valley. In Phoenix and its surrounding suburbs, the American dream is being tested by a home mortgage crisis that not only threatens the stability of our economy, but also the stability of families and neighborhoods. It's a crisis that strikes at the heart of the middle class: the homes in which we invest our savings, build our lives, raise our families and plant roots in our communities. So many Americans have shared with me their personal experiences of this crisis. Many have written letters or e-mails or shared their stories with me at rallies and along rope lines. Their hardship and heartbreak are a reminder that while this crisis is vast, it begins just one house -- and one family -- at a time. 12:27:29 It begins with a young family, maybe in Mesa or Glendale or Tempe, or just as likely in suburban Las Vegas or Cleveland or Miami. They save up. They search. They choose a home that feels like the perfect place to start a life. They secure a fixed-rate mortgage at a reasonable rate, and they make a down payment, and they make their mortgage payments each month. They are as responsible as anyone could ask them to be. 12:27:50 But then they learn that acting responsibly often isn't enough to escape this crisis. Perhaps somebody loses a job in the latest round of layoffs, one of more than 3.5 million jobs lost since this recession began. Or maybe a child gets sick, or a spouse has his or her hours cut. 13:06:18 In the past, if you found yourself in a situation like this, you could have sold your home and bought a smaller one with more affordable payments. Or you could have refinanced your home at a lower rate. But today, home values have fallen so sharply that even if you make a large down payment, the current value of your mortgage may still be higher than the current value of your house. So no bank will return your calls, and no sale will return your investment. 12:28:43 You can't afford to leave; you can't afford to stay. So you cut back on luxuries. Then you start cutting back on necessities. You spend down your savings to keep up with your payments. And then you open the retirement fund. And then you use the credit cards. And when you've gone through everything you have, and done everything you can, you have no choice but to default on your loan. And so your home joins the nearly 6 million others in foreclosure or at risk of foreclosure across the country, including roughly 150,000 right here in Arizona. 12:29:19 But the foreclosures which are uprooting families and up-ending lives across America are only one part of the housing crisis. For, while there are millions of families who face foreclosure, there are millions more who are in no danger of losing their homes but who have still seen their dreams endangered. They're the families who see the "For Sale" signs lining the streets, who see neighbors leave and homes standing vacant and lawns slowly turning brown. They see their own homes, their single largest asset, plummeting in value. One study in Chicago found that a foreclosed home reduces the price of nearby homes by as much as 9 percent. Home prices in cities across the country have fallen by more than 25 percent since 2006. And in Phoenix, they've fallen by 43 percent. 12:30:13 Now, even if your neighbor hasn't been hit by foreclosures, you're likely feeling the effects of this crisis in other ways. Companies in your community that depend on the housing market, construction companies and home furnishing stores and painters and landscapers -- they're all cutting back and laying people off. The number of residential construction jobs has fallen by more than a quarter million since mid-2006. As businesses lose revenue and people lose income, the tax base shrinks, which means less money for schools and police and fire departments. And on top of this, the costs to local government associated with a single foreclosure can be as high as $20,000. 12:30:56 The effects of this crisis have also reverberated across the financial markets. When the housing markets collapsed, so did the availability of credit on which our economy depends. And as that credit has dried up, it's been harder for families to find affordable loans to purchase a car or pay tuition, and harder for businesses to secure the capital they need to expand and create jobs. In the end, all of us are paying a price for this home mortgage crisis, and all of us will pay an even steeper price if we allow this crisis to continue to deepen; a crisis which is unraveling home ownership, the middle class and the American dream itself. But if we act boldly and swifty to arrest this downward spiral, then every American will benefit. And that's what I want to talk about today. THE PLAN: 12:31:49 The plan I'm announcing focuses on rescuing families who played by the rules and acted responsibility. By refinancing loans for millions of families in traditional mortgages who are under water or close to it, by modifying loans for families stuck in sub prime mortgages they can't afford as a result of sky-rocketing or personal misfortune, and by taking broader steps to keep mortgage rates low so that families can secure loans with affordable monthly payments. 12:32:25 At the same time, this plan must be viewed in a larger context. A lost home often begins with a lost job. Many businesses have laid- off workers for a lack of revenue and available capital. Credit has become scarce as markets have been overwhelmed by the collapse of security-backed -- securities backed by failing mortgages. In the end, the home mortgage crisis, the financial crisis and this broader economic crisis are all interconnected. We can't successfully address any one of them without addressing them all. So yesterday, in Denver, I signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act... (APPLAUSE) ... 12:33:22 which will create or save... (APPLAUSE) ... the act will create or save three and half million jobs over the next two years, including 70,000 right here in Arizona. Right here. (APPLAUSE) Doing the work that America needs done. And we're also going to stabilize, repair, and reform our financial system to get credit flowing again to families and businesses. And we will pursue the housing plan I am outlining today. Through this plan, we will help between 7 and 9 million families restructure or refinance their mortgages so they can avoid foreclosure. And we are not just helping homeowners at risk of falling over the edge, we are preventing their neighbors from being pulled over that edge, too, as defaults and foreclosures contribute to sinking home values, and failing local businesses, and lost jobs. 12:34:12 But I also want to be very clear about what this plan will not do: It will not rescue the unscrupulous or irresponsible by throwing good taxpayer money after bad loans. It will not help speculators... it will not help speculators who took risky bets on a rising market and bought homes not to live in but to sell. It will not help dishonest lenders who acted irresponsibility, distorting the facts and dismissing the fine print at the expense of buyers who didn't know better. And it will not reward folks who bought homes they knew from the beginning they would never be able to afford. So, now I just want to make this clear: This plan will not save every home. 12:35:12 But it will give millions of families resigned to financial ruin a chance to rebuild. It will prevent the worst consequences of this crisis from wreaking even greater havoc on the economy. And by bringing down the foreclosure rate, it will help to shore up housing prices for everybody. According to estimates by the Treasury Department, this plan could stop the slide in home prices due to neighboring foreclosures by up to $6,000 per home. So here's how my plan works: 12:35:49 First, we will make it possible for an estimated 4 million to 5 million currently ineligible homeowners who received their mortgages through Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac to refinance their mortgages at a lower rate. (APPLAUSE) 12:36:04 Today -- today, as a result of declining home values, millions of families are what's called "underwater," which means they owe more on their mortgages than their homes are currently worth. These families are unable to sell their homes, but they're also unable to refinance them. So in the event of a job loss or another emergency, their options are limited. FANNIE MAE/FREDDIE MAC: 12:36:25 Also right now, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the institutions that guarantee home loans for millions of middle-class families, are generally not permitted to guarantee refinancing for mortgages valued at more than 80 percent of the home's worth. So families who are underwater or close to being underwater can't turn to these lending institutions for help. My plan changes that by removing this restriction on Fannie and Freddie so they can refinance mortgages they already own or guarantee. (APPLAUSE) And what this will do is it will allow millions of families stuck with loans at a higher rate to refinance. And the estimated cost to taxpayers would be roughly zero -- while Fannie and Freddie would receive less money in payments, this would be balanced out by a reduction in defaults and foreclosures. I also want to point out that millions of other households could benefit from historically low interest rates if they refinance, though many don't know that this opportunity is available to them -- meaning some of you -- an opportunity that could save your families hundreds of dollars each month. And the efforts we are taking to stabilize mortgage markets will help you, borrowers, secure more affordable terms, too. 12:37:55 Second thing we're going to do under this plan is we will create new incentives so that lenders work with borrowers to modify the terms of subprime loans at risk of default and foreclosure. Subprime loans, loans with high rates and complex terms that often conceal their costs make up only 12 percent of all mortgages but account for roughly half of all foreclosures. 12:38:22 Right now, when families with these mortgages seek to modify a loan to avoid this fate, they often find themselves navigating a maze of rules and regulations, but they rarely find answers. Some subprime lenders are willing to renegotiate, but many aren't. And your ability to restructure your loan depends on where you live, the company that owns or manages your loan, or even the agent who happens to answer the phone on the day that you call. So here's what my plan does. 12:38:46 It establishes clear guidelines for the entire mortgage industry that will encourage lenders to modify mortgages on primary residences. Any institution that wishes to receive financial assistance from the government, from taxpayers, and to modify home mortgages, will have to do so according to these guidelines, which will be in place two weeks from today. (APPLAUSE) SUBPRIME LOANS: 12:39:21 Here's what -- here's what this means. If lenders and homebuyers work together, and the lender agrees to offer rates that the borrower can afford, then we'll make up part of the gap between what the old payments were and what the new payments will be. Under this plan, lenders who participate will be required to reduce those payments to no more than 31 percent of a borrower's income. (APPLAUSE) And this will enable as many as 3 million to 4 million homeowners to modify the terms of their mortgages to avoid foreclosure. 12:39:48 So this part of the plan will require both buyers and lenders to step up and do their part, to take on some responsibility. Lenders will need to lower interest rates and share in the costs of reducing monthly payments in order to prevent another wave of foreclosures. Borrowers will be required to make payments on time in return for this opportunity to reduce those payments. And I also want to be clear that there will be a cost associated with this plan. But by making these investments in foreclosure prevention today, we will save ourselves the costs of foreclosure tomorrow, costs that are borne not just by families with troubled loans but by their neighbors and communities and by our economy as a whole. Given the magnitude of these crises, it is a price well worth paying. (APPLAUSE) There's a third part of the plan. We will take major steps to keep mortgage rates low for millions of middle-class families looking to secure new mortgages. Today, most new home loans are backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which guarantee loans and set standards to keep mortgage rates low and to keep mortgage financing available and predictable for middle class families. Now, this function is profoundly important, especially now. as we grapple with a crisis that would only worsen if we were to allow further disruptions in our mortgage markets. Therefore, using the funds already approved by Congress for this purpose, the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve will continue to purchase Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgage-backed securities so that there is stability and liquidity in the marketplace. Through its existing authority, treasury will provide up to $200 billion in capital to ensure that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac can continue to stabilize markets and hold mortgage rates down. 12:41:48 We're also going to work with Fannie and Freddie on other strategies to bolster the mortgage markets, like working with state housing finance agencies to increase their liquidity. And as we seek to ensure that these institutions continue to perform what is a vital function on behalf of middle-class families, we also need to maintain transparency and strong oversight so that they do so in responsible and effective ways. 12:42:09 Fourth, we will pursue a wide range of reforms designed to help families stay in their homes and avoid foreclosure. 12:42:17 And my administration will continue to support reforming our bankruptcy rules so that we allow judges to reduce home mortgages on primary residences to their fair market value, as long as borrowers pay their debts under a court-ordered plan. I just want everybody to understand. That's the rule for investors who own two, three, and four homes. So it should be the rule for folks who just own one home. (APPLAUSE) ... as an alternative to foreclosure. 12:42:55 In addition, as part of the recovery plan I signed into law yesterday, we are going to award $2 billion in competitive grants to communities that are bringing together stakeholders and testing new and innovative ways to limit the effects of foreclosures. Communities have shown a lot of initiative, taking responsibility for this crisis when many others have not. And supporting these neighborhood efforts is exactly what we should be doing. So taken together, the provisions of this plan will help us end this crisis and preserve, for millions of families, their stake in the American Dream. But we must also acknowledge the limits of this plan. Our housing crisis was born of eroding home values, but it was also of the erosion of our common values. And in some case, common sense. It was brought about by big banks that traded in risky mortgages in return for profits that were literally too good to be true; by lenders who knowingly took advantage of homebuyers; by homebuyers who knowingly borrowed too much from lenders; by speculators who gambled on ever rising prices; and by leaders in our nation's capital who failed to act amidst a deepening crisis. (APPLAUSE) 12:44:12 So solving -- solving this crisis will require more than resources -- it will require all of us to step back and take responsibility. Government has to take responsibility for setting rules of the road that are fair and fairly enforced. Banks and lenders must be held accountable for ending the practices that got us into this crisis in the first place. And each of us as individuals have to take responsibility for their own actions. That means all of us have to learn to live within our means again and not assume that... (APPLAUSE) ... and not assume that housing prices are going to go up, 20 percent, 30 percent, 40 percent, every year. You know, those core values of common sense and responsibility, those are the values that have defined this nation. Those are the values that have given substance to our faith in the American dream. Those are the values we have to restore now, at this defining moment. It will not be easy. But if we move forward with purpose and resolve, with a deepened appreciation of how fundamental the American dream is and how fragile it can be when we fail to live up to our collective responsibilities -- if we go back to our roots, our core values, I am absolutely confident we will overcome this crisis, and once again secure that dream not just for ourselves but for generations to come. (APPLAUSE) Thank you. God Bless you. God bless the United States of America . 12:46:30 Obama glad handing
JOE BIDEN DELIVERS REMARKS AT NIH - STIX HEADON
WASH 3 PRESIDENT BIDEN NIH REMARKS POOL 0212021 CNN POOL PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN TRAVELS TO NIH TO TAKE A TOUR OF THE LAB AND DELIVER REMARKS Joe Biden delivers remarks at the National Institutes of Health 164245 BIDEN>> Good afternoon, folks. I had a little discussion with my friends behind me, Dr. Collins and Dr. Fauci, about whether or not I should take my mask off. 164257 And the truth is, although we're more than ten feet away, I think it's important that I not. It's critically important, the message I'm -- and I realize I'm speaking to a vast majority, at least I hope I am, of the folks out here at NIH. You know that wearing this mask through the next year here can save lives, a significant number of lives. 164320 And so, I apologize if -- if you don't hear me as clearly as you maybe, you should. I would like to start off by thanking Dr. Collins and Dr. Fauci for hosting me today. I spent a lot of time working with Dr. Collins on the Cancer Institute matters. And I said, he's the first person I'd call to ask if he'd stay, but then I was reminded I called Dr. Fauci before I got elected saying "would you stay if I came?" [laughter] 164352 So thank you both for staying. Our nation is fortunate to have both of you in this -- in these critical roles. And that goes for the world class doctors, scientists, researchers here at NIH. And I just toured the vaccine research center with Dr. Collins and Dr. Fauci and Dr. Graham and Dr. Colbert. It's incredible. It's a place to go where you -- our top minds spend years researching vaccines and treatments for all kinds of viruses, and partnering with academia and industry to prepare for the next one, because there will be others. 164429 HIV, influenza, SARS, MERS, West Nile, Zika, Ebola and today, Covid-19. To all -- to all of you, your work made possible the remarkably rapid development of Covid-19 vaccines we have today. It's incredible. Initially, people were talking years, if not decades before we'd have a vaccine. 164455 On behalf of a grateful nation, and I don't say that lightly -- on behalf of a grateful nation, I want to thank you and your families for your work and your sacrifice, for there is no doubt your families sacrificed a great deal for the endless hours you've put in to save the rest of us. 164512 And I know it wasn't easy. The devastation of this pandemic, the loss of life and livelihoods hasn't spared the scientific community. Labs closed, research delayed, careers disrupted especially for those in training. You know, with every moment of despair of this past year, you and all the heroes and heroines on the front lines and the frontiers of this pandemic remind us who we are. We are America. We never give up. We never give in. 164546 We give back, and we follow the science and find the answers. That's what all of you do here. That's what we have seen all across the country. The scientific community repurposed labs to work on Covid-19, develop therapeutics, new diagnostic technologies and vaccines in record time. And you are highlighting lessons learned on the importance of pandemic preparedness -- public-private partnerships, realtime data sharing and, most of all, speed and efficiency without compromising science and good conscience. 164625 Look, you're an incredible group of people. I have been out here many times trying to help you -- trying to help my son who passed away of cancer. You are an incredible, incredible group of people, and that's not hyperbole. We still have -- we know we still have a long way to go. It is no secret that the vaccination program was in much worse shape than my team and I anticipated. 164649 We were under the impression and had been told that we had a lot more resources than we did when we came into office. We've only been here three weeks, but we've learned a great deal in those three weeks. 164701 While scientists did their job in discovering vaccines in record time, my predecessor -- to be very blunt about it -- did not do his job in getting ready for the massive challenge of vaccinating hundreds of millions of Americans. 164714 He didn't order enough vaccines. He didn't mobilize enough people to administer the shots. He didn't set up federal vaccine centers where eligible people could go and get their shots. When I became President three weeks ago, American had no plan to vaccinate most of the country. It was a big mess. It's going to take time to fix, to be blunt with you. I promised when I did my inaugural address that I'll always be straight with you, give it to you straight from the shoulder. 164745 I will not walk away when we make a mistake. I'll acknowledge it, and tell you the truth. We started on Day One. We won't have everything fixed for a while, but we're going to fix it. First, the vaccine. I know people want confidence that it's safe. Well, listen to Dr. Fauci. I did, I got my shots. My wife Jill did. Kamala did and her husband Doug did. So Dr. Fauci and Dr. Collins got it also. It's safe. 164820 And we need more people to get vaccinated to beat this pandemic. That's why, in the first three weeks that I have been in office, we've increased the supply of weekly vaccine shipments to the states by almost 30%. That means millions more Americans will get vaccinated in February than the previous administration was on track to do. But that's just the start. 164845 We bought more vaccines. Two weeks ago, I directed Jeff Zients, who's here with me, my Covid-19 Response Coordinator,to work with the Department of Health and Human Services to purchase more vaccines. 164858 Just this afternoon, we signed the final contracts for 100 million more Moderna and 100 million more Pfizer vaccines. We're also able to move up the delivery dates, with an additional 200 million vaccines, to the end of July faster than we expected. And in further good news, both companies agreed, and are now contractually obligated to expedite delivery of 100 million doses that were promised by the end of June, to deliver them by the end of May. 164935 That's a month faster. That means lives will be saved. That means we're now on track to have enough supply for 300 million Americans by the end of July. It may not sound like the urgent progress we need, but let's be clear, when I took office just three weeks ago, this country did not have a plan or enough vaccines or people to vaccinate Americans. 165003 Any -- all Americans, any time, at any point in 2021. Within three weeks, around the clock work with so many people, people standing behind me and in front of me, we've now purchased enough vaccine supply to vaccinate all Americans. And now, we're working to get those vaccines into the arms of millions of people. In just three weeks, you deployed over 1,000 federal staff to vaccinating -- to vaccination sites around the country. 165934 We're helping give shots, and set up and speed up vaccination operations. To date, we have also provided $3 billion to 37 states and territories and tribes to bolster existing vaccination centers and create more of the centers to administer -- where we administer the vaccine. For example, three days ago, Vice President Harris and I, we had a virtual tour of a federally supported vaccine center in a parking lot of the Arizona Cardinals Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. It's open 24/7. 165109 Folks who are eligible can call by phone or sign up online for an appointment. They literally drive in, stay in their cars, get a shot, get a card (?), and schedule the next shot. On average, it's about 30 minutes from start to finish. In just three weeks, the site has administered 160,000 doses, now averaging 8,000 vaccinations through day and night. 165140 Look, its coordination between state and federal government and the private sector partnership is essential. One of the nurses coordinating the effort in Arizona said the work was like administering -- and I love this phrase, Doc -- she said, "like administering a dose of hope." Like administering a dose of hope. Let me say that, "a dose of hope." We're going to get those doses of hope out at new and large scale vaccination centers that were set up by the federal government. 165212 During the Super Bowl, we got a call from the NFL. The Commissioner of Football Goodell said we could have access to all 30 of the NFL stadiums for mass vaccination sites. We just announced, we've worked with the governors to set up these new federally run sites in California, New York, Texas with many more to come. We're going to target communities that have been the hardest hit, and will be staffed by our military, the federal emergency management association, FEMA, the same people who respond to hurricanes and storms and the like, and the other federal experts at the department of Health and Human Services and the department of agriculture to get vaccinators, to make sure it gets in people's arms. 165300 When I got to office, there was no federal plan, none, to ship vaccines directly to local pharmacies. So, folks, folks who are allowed to get vaccination under the state rules, as the allocation of who gets in line, are allowed to get one, can schedule an appointment now, and get Covid-19 vaccine shots like they would a flu shot from their pharmacy. It will start today, that program. 165330 And for folks who can't get to a pharmacy, we're deploying mobile units and sending vaccination -- vaccines to community health centers, federally run community health centers, to take care of the poorest of the poor, that reach the hardest hit and the most underserved areas in the country -- Black, Latino, Native American and rural communities. This is an important piece to ensure racial equity remains at the center of our Covid-19 response, which is something I know Dr. Collins and Dr. Fauci are focused on as well. 165404 Another point of progress is we're deploying more vaccinators. We're now allowing retired doctors and nurses to come back and administer shots. We're deploying federal vaccinators, and over the last three weeks, we've put hundreds of new vaccinators in the field and are lining up thousands more. These include medical personnel from our Commission Corp at the Department of Health and Human Services as well as personnel from FEMA, the Defense Department and more departments to come. 165440 All told, we are on track to surpass the goal I set on Day One. When I was sworn in, I indicated -- just before I was sworn in, I indicated that my hope was to administer 100 million shots in the first 100 days of our term. I believe we'll not only reach that, but we'll break that. Like I said before, that's just the floor. That's just the floor. Our end goal is beating Covid-19, which brings us to the challenge that remains. 165514 We remain in the teeth of this pandemic. January of 2021 was the deadliest month we've had. We lost over 100,000 -- 100,000 -- of our fellow citizens. We're on track to cross 500,000 dead Americans this next month. The new strains emerging create immense challenges, and masking is still the easiest thing to do to save lives. 165550 But we need everybody to mask up. And by the way, I know it's a pain in the neck, but it's a patriotic responsibility. We're in the middle of a war with this virus. It's a patriotic responsibility not only that you care about your family, you care about your fellow Americans. Do you realize more people have died in the last 12 months -- last twelve months than died in all four years in world War II? All four years. 165625 That's why I ask, with the full extent of my authority as President of the United States could be, I signed an executive order and required masking on all federal property, on modes of travel like planes, trains and buses across interstate commerce. And I've been calling on governors, -- Republican and Democrat -- mayors, -- Republican and Democrat -- and local officials to institute mask mandates within their jurisdictions. 165653 We need everyone to do their part for themselves, their loved ones, and yes, for their country. Mask up, America. Mask up. And to really get ahead of this pandemic instead of chasing it, we need Congress to pass my American Rescue Plan. I'm grateful that the Senate and the House are moving quickly, and my hope is that we'll get Republicans as well as Democrats to support us. But we can't wait. 165724 People are dying every minute from this pandemic, and we're suffering a profound economic crisis that the pandemic has created. Every major economist in the country, left, right and center, says we can't go big enough here. And if we want to get our economy back in shape, we've got to move quickly. How many of you out there don't have enough food to eat? 165755 How many of you out there are worrying whether you can pay next month's rent or pay your mortgage? How many of you out there have a child at home because the school is not open, and you have to make the difficult choice of staying home with your child or going to work if you have a job? This is not who we are. The United States of America, we take care of our own. 165822 And job number one of the American Rescue Plan is fighting the pandemic. It puts $160 billion into our national Covid strategy, which includes more money for testing and tracing, manufacturing and distribution, and setting up vaccination sites -- everything that's needed to get vaccines into people's arms. The American Rescue Plan also includes $4 billion to build new manufacturing plants, so we are ready to manufacture vaccines. 165856 We don't -- and we don't have to wait. You know, there's simply nothing more important than getting the resources that we need to vaccinate people in this country as quickly as possible, as quickly as possible. We're not going to get our economy back in shape and millions of people back to work until we beat this virus. As I said, everyone from Moody's on Wall Street to the whole range of other think-tanks indicates that if we do this plan, we'll get to full employment within two years. 165930 We'll be in a situation where we actually grow the economy, creating millions of jobs immediately, and put us in a position where we are going to have the GDP grow at a higher rate than if we don't do this. We're in a national emergency. I want to close with this: we're in a national emergency. And this will be one of the most difficult operational challenges we have ever undertaken as a nation. It's going to take time. 165959 We're going to face setbacks along the way, and I promise you when we do, I'll just own up to it and say what they are. But we have to stay vigilant. We have to stay focused. And for god's sakes, we have to remember who we are. We are the United States of America. We can do this. We have the resources. We just have to choose to use them. We have to do what all of you do here at NIH and across the scientific community: 170033 Keep the faith with purpose, vision, and with every dose of hope we have. Folks, remember, like I said, this is America. We have never, never, never failed when we've decided to stand together and act together. That's who we are. That's not chauvinism, that's just a fact. We've never failed when we've stood together. 170102 If there's ever a time we needed to stand together, it's now. May god bless you all, and may god bless everyone here at NIH, all the doctors, scientists and researchers fighting this pandemic and saving lives. And may god protect our troops. Thank you very, very much. You're the best America has to offer, here at NIH. 170123 Thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart. [applause] ####
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AN ARMED TEENAGER ENTERED HIS FORMER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND HELD SEVERAL TEACHERS AND STUDENTS HOSTAGE FOR A PERIOD OF TIME TODAY IN PHOENIX. THE HOSTAGE-TAKER EVENTUALLY SURRENDERED TO POLICE, NO ONE WAS HURT.
Obama Speech on Foreclosures - Stix -
NVS - 0242 Obama Speech on Foreclosures - Stix Date Shot: 2009/02/18 Location: Mesa, AZ XD CAM - From Unity 01:00:43 OBAMA: Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you. (APPLAUSE) Please, everybody have a seat. Thank you. (APPLAUSE) Well, it is good to be back in Arizona. (APPLAUSE) Thank you. Are you excited? (APPLAUSE) Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. And thank you for arranging for such a beautiful day. (APPLAUSE) I want to stick around, but I've got to go back to work. (APPLAUSE) But it is wonderful to be here. And to all of you, I know that attending these kinds of events, oftentimes you have to wait in line and there's all kinds of stuff going on and... (APPLAUSE) But I appreciate -- I appreciate you being here. I very much -- and to all the officials here, the school and the principal and the student body, everybody who helped make this possible, thank you so much to all of you. (APPLAUSE) I'm here today to talk about a crisis unlike we've ever known - but one that you know very well here in Mesa and throughout the valley. In Phoenix and its surrounding suburbs, the American dream is being tested by a home mortgage crisis that not only threatens the stability of our economy, but also the stability of families and neighborhoods. It's a crisis that strikes at the heart of the middle class: the homes in which we invest our savings, build our lives, raise our families and plant roots in our communities. So many Americans have shared with me their personal experiences of this crisis. Many have written letters or e-mails or shared their stories with me at rallies and along rope lines. Their hardship and heartbreak are a reminder that while this crisis is vast, it begins just one house -- and one family -- at a time. It begins with a young family, maybe in Mesa or Glendale or Tempe, or just as likely in suburban Las Vegas or Cleveland or Miami. They save up. They search. They choose a home that feels like the perfect place to start a life. They secure a fixed-rate mortgage at a reasonable rate, and they make a down payment, and they make their mortgage payments each month. They are as responsible as anyone could ask them to be. But then they learn that acting responsibly often isn't enough to escape this crisis. Perhaps somebody loses a job in the latest round of layoffs, one of more than 3.5 million jobs lost since this recession began. Or maybe a child gets sick, or a spouse has his or her hours cut. In the past, if you found yourself in a situation like this, you could have sold your home and bought a smaller one with more affordable payments. Or you could have refinanced your home at a lower rate. But today, home values have fallen so sharply that even if you make a large down payment, the current value of your mortgage may still be higher than the current value of your house. So no bank will return your calls, and no sale will return your investment. You can't afford to leave; you can't afford to stay. So you cut back on luxuries. Then you start cutting back on necessities. You spend down your savings to keep up with your payments. And then you open the retirement fund. And then you use the credit cards. And when you've gone through everything you have, and done everything you can, you have no choice but to default on your loan. And so your home joins the nearly 6 million others in foreclosure or at risk of foreclosure across the country, including roughly 150,000 right here in Arizona. But the foreclosures which are uprooting families and up-ending lives across America are only one part of the housing crisis. For, while there are millions of families who face foreclosure, there are millions more who are in no danger of losing their homes but who have still seen their dreams endangered. They're the families who see the "For Sale" signs lining the streets, who see neighbors leave and homes standing vacant and lawns slowly turning brown. They see their own homes, their single largest asset, plummeting in value. One study in Chicago found that a foreclosed home reduces the price of nearby homes by as much as 9 percent. Home prices in cities across the country have fallen by more than 25 percent since 2006. And in Phoenix, they've fallen by 43 percent. Now, even if your neighbor hasn't been hit by foreclosures, you're likely feeling the effects of this crisis in other ways. Companies in your community that depend on the housing market, construction companies and home furnishing stores and painters and landscapers -- they're all cutting back and laying people off. The number of residential construction jobs has fallen by more than a quarter million since mid-2006. As businesses lose revenue and people lose income, the tax base shrinks, which means less money for schools and police and fire departments. And on top of this, the costs to local government associated with a single foreclosure can be as high as $20,000. The effects of this crisis have also reverberated across the financial markets. When the housing markets collapsed, so did the availability of credit on which our economy depends. And as that credit has dried up, it's been harder for families to find affordable loans to purchase a car or pay tuition, and harder for businesses to secure the capital they need to expand and create jobs. In the end, all of us are paying a price for this home mortgage crisis, and all of us will pay an even steeper price if we allow this crisis to continue to deepen; a crisis which is unraveling home ownership, the middle class and the American dream itself. But if we act boldly and swifty to arrest this downward spiral, then every American will benefit. And that's what I want to talk about today. THE PLAN: The plan I'm announcing focuses on rescuing families who played by the rules and acted responsibility. By refinancing loans for millions of families in traditional mortgages who are under water or close to it, by modifying loans for families stuck in sub prime mortgages they can't afford as a result of sky-rocketing or personal misfortune, and by taking broader steps to keep mortgage rates low so that families can secure loans with affordable monthly payments. At the same time, this plan must be viewed in a larger context. A lost home often begins with a lost job. Many businesses have laid- off workers for a lack of revenue and available capital. Credit has become scarce as markets have been overwhelmed by the collapse of security-backed -- securities backed by failing mortgages. In the end, the home mortgage crisis, the financial crisis and this broader economic crisis are all interconnected. We can't successfully address any one of them without addressing them all. So yesterday, in Denver, I signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act... (APPLAUSE) ... 01:08:58 which will create or save... (APPLAUSE) ... the act will create or save three and half million jobs over the next two years, including 70,000 right here in Arizona. Right here. (APPLAUSE) Doing the work that America needs done. And we're also going to stabilize, repair, and reform our financial system to get credit flowing again to families and businesses. And we will pursue the housing plan I am outlining today. Through this plan, we will help between 7 and 9 million families restructure or refinance their mortgages so they can avoid foreclosure. And we are not just helping homeowners at risk of falling over the edge, we are preventing their neighbors from being pulled over that edge, too, as defaults and foreclosures contribute to sinking home values, and failing local businesses, and lost jobs. But I also want to be very clear about what this plan will not do: It will not rescue the unscrupulous or irresponsible by throwing good taxpayer money after bad loans. It will not help speculators... it will not help speculators who took risky bets on a rising market and bought homes not to live in but to sell. It will not help dishonest lenders who acted irresponsibility, distorting the facts and dismissing the fine print at the expense of buyers who didn't know better. And it will not reward folks who bought homes they knew from the beginning they would never be able to afford. So, now I just want to make this clear: This plan will not save every home. But it will give millions of families resigned to financial ruin a chance to rebuild. It will prevent the worst consequences of this crisis from wreaking even greater havoc on the economy. And by bringing down the foreclosure rate, it will help to shore up housing prices for everybody. According to estimates by the Treasury Department, this plan could stop the slide in home prices due to neighboring foreclosures by up to $6,000 per home. So here's how my plan works: First, we will make it possible for an estimated 4 million to 5 million currently ineligible homeowners who received their mortgages through Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac to refinance their mortgages at a lower rate. (APPLAUSE) Today -- today, as a result of declining home values, millions of families are what's called "underwater," which means they owe more on their mortgages than their homes are currently worth. These families are unable to sell their homes, but they're also unable to refinance them. So in the event of a job loss or another emergency, their options are limited. FANNIE MAE/FREDDIE MAC: Also right now, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the institutions that guarantee home loans for millions of middle-class families, are generally not permitted to guarantee refinancing for mortgages valued at more than 80 percent of the home's worth. So families who are underwater or close to being underwater can't turn to these lending institutions for help. My plan changes that by removing this restriction on Fannie and Freddie so they can refinance mortgages they already own or guarantee. (APPLAUSE) And what this will do is it will allow millions of families stuck with loans at a higher rate to refinance. And the estimated cost to taxpayers would be roughly zero -- while Fannie and Freddie would receive less money in payments, this would be balanced out by a reduction in defaults and foreclosures. I also want to point out that millions of other households could benefit from historically low interest rates if they refinance, though many don't know that this opportunity is available to them -- meaning some of you -- an opportunity that could save your families hundreds of dollars each month. And the efforts we are taking to stabilize mortgage markets will help you, borrowers, secure more affordable terms, too. 01:13:49 Second thing we're going to do under this plan is we will create new incentives so that lenders work with borrowers to modify the terms of subprime loans at risk of default and foreclosure. Subprime loans, loans with high rates and complex terms that often conceal their costs make up only 12 percent of all mortgages but account for roughly half of all foreclosures. Right now, when families with these mortgages seek to modify a loan to avoid this fate, they often find themselves navigating a maze of rules and regulations, but they rarely find answers. Some subprime lenders are willing to renegotiate, but many aren't. And your ability to restructure your loan depends on where you live, the company that owns or manages your loan, or even the agent who happens to answer the phone on the day that you call. So here's what my plan does. It establishes clear guidelines for the entire mortgage industry that will encourage lenders to modify mortgages on primary residences. Any institution that wishes to receive financial assistance from the government, from taxpayers, and to modify home mortgages, will have to do so according to these guidelines, which will be in place two weeks from today. (APPLAUSE) 01:15:09 SUBPRIME LOANS: Here's what -- here's what this means. If lenders and homebuyers work together, and the lender agrees to offer rates that the borrower can afford, then we'll make up part of the gap between what the old payments were and what the new payments will be. Under this plan, lenders who participate will be required to reduce those payments to no more than 31 percent of a borrower's income. (APPLAUSE) And this will enable as many as 3 million to 4 million homeowners to modify the terms of their mortgages to avoid foreclosure. So this part of the plan will require both buyers and lenders to step up and do their part, to take on some responsibility. Lenders will need to lower interest rates and share in the costs of reducing monthly payments in order to prevent another wave of foreclosures. Borrowers will be required to make payments on time in return for this opportunity to reduce those payments. And I also want to be clear that there will be a cost associated with this plan. But by making these investments in foreclosure prevention today, we will save ourselves the costs of foreclosure tomorrow, costs that are borne not just by families with troubled loans but by their neighbors and communities and by our economy as a whole. Given the magnitude of these crises, it is a price well worth paying. (APPLAUSE) There's a third part of the plan. We will take major steps to keep mortgage rates low for millions of middle-class families looking to secure new mortgages. Today, most new home loans are backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which guarantee loans and set standards to keep mortgage rates low and to keep mortgage financing available and predictable for middle class families. Now, this function is profoundly important, especially now. as we grapple with a crisis that would only worsen if we were to allow further disruptions in our mortgage markets. Therefore, using the funds already approved by Congress for this purpose, the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve will continue to purchase Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgage-backed securities so that there is stability and liquidity in the marketplace. Through its existing authority, treasury will provide up to $200 billion in capital to ensure that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac can continue to stabilize markets and hold mortgage rates down. We're also going to work with Fannie and Freddie on other strategies to bolster the mortgage markets, like working with state housing finance agencies to increase their liquidity. And as we seek to ensure that these institutions continue to perform what is a vital function on behalf of middle-class families, we also need to maintain transparency and strong oversight so that they do so in responsible and effective ways. Fourth, we will pursue a wide range of reforms designed to help families stay in their homes and avoid foreclosure. And my administration will continue to support reforming our bankruptcy rules so that we allow judges to reduce home mortgages on primary residences to their fair market value, as long as borrowers pay their debts under a court-ordered plan. I just want everybody to understand. That's the rule for investors who own two, three, and four homes. So it should be the rule for folks who just own one home. (APPLAUSE) ... as an alternative to foreclosure. In addition, as part of the recovery plan I signed into law yesterday, we are going to award $2 billion in competitive grants to communities that are bringing together stakeholders and testing new and innovative ways to limit the effects of foreclosures. Communities have shown a lot of initiative, taking responsibility for this crisis when many others have not. And supporting these neighborhood efforts is exactly what we should be doing. So taken together, the provisions of this plan will help us end this crisis and preserve, for millions of families, their stake in the American Dream. But we must also acknowledge the limits of this plan. Our housing crisis was born of eroding home values, but it was also of the erosion of our common values. And in some case, common sense. It was brought about by big banks that traded in risky mortgages in return for profits that were literally too good to be true; by lenders who knowingly took advantage of homebuyers; by homebuyers who knowingly borrowed too much from lenders; by speculators who gambled on ever rising prices; and by leaders in our nation's capital who failed to act amidst a deepening crisis. (APPLAUSE) So solving -- solving this crisis will require more than resources -- it will require all of us to step back and take responsibility. Government has to take responsibility for setting rules of the road that are fair and fairly enforced. Banks and lenders must be held accountable for ending the practices that got us into this crisis in the first place. And each of us as individuals have to take responsibility for their own actions. That means all of us have to learn to live within our means again and not assume that... (APPLAUSE) ... and not assume that housing prices are going to go up, 20 percent, 30 percent, 40 percent, every year. You know, those core values of common sense and responsibility, those are the values that have defined this nation. Those are the values that have given substance to our faith in the American dream. Those are the values we have to restore now, at this defining moment. It will not be easy. But if we move forward with purpose and resolve, with a deepened appreciation of how fundamental the American dream is and how fragile it can be when we fail to live up to our collective responsibilities -- if we go back to our roots, our core values, I am absolutely confident we will overcome this crisis, and once again secure that dream not just for ourselves but for generations to come. (APPLAUSE) Thank you. God Bless you. God bless the United States of America . 01:22:06 Obama glad handing
THELMA AND LOUISE TAKE THE BAIT 2008
They were pregnant and smoking and allegedly behind the wheel of a stolen car. Police say two women were driving a Glendale bait car on August 19th. Not only was the driver several months pregnant, but her passenger was pregnant, too. Police say the two suspects, 29-year-old driver Melissa Gerhardt, and passenger, 18-year-old Christina Alvarez stole a police bait car. Police said, "That's unusual…in 20 years of police work I really can't remember a two women team going out and boosting cars." Even more unusual is that they are both pregnant. The driver is believed to be almost due and in the bait car video you can see the pregnant driver smoking and at one point congratulating the other. The duo is seen cussing up a storm throughout the video, especially when talking about the City of Glendale. The duo moves less than a mile to a nearby convenience store and parks. But soon after stepping out of the car, they spot Glendale police. Police say they took the wrong bait. They say they had to take one of the girls to the hospital just to make sure the stress of being arrested did not cause any problems.
DYNAMITE BUST/SHOOTING (08/20/1997)
COPS BUST HOME FOR SUSPECTED DYNAMITE...SUSPECT SHOT AND KILLED....CONNECTED TO WEEKEND BUST THAT NETTED 80 STICKS...VIDEO OF HOUSE....HOME VIDEO OF DEAD MAN BEING LOADED ONTO GUERNEY...SOT...FILE OF WEEKEND DYNAMITE BUST....
PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN ADDRESS TO A JOINT SESSIONN OF CONGRESS - SWITCHED 2030
FS1 SWITCHED FEED JOINT ADDRESS 2030 FOX POOL PRESIDNET JOE BIDEN DELIVERS A SPEECH BEFORE A JOINT SESSION OF CONGRESS. NOTE: most members were not in the House Chamber due to Covid-19 restrictions 204555 PELOSI>> [GAVEL] The Joint Session will come to order. The Chair appoints, as members of the Committee on the part of the House to escort the President of the United States into the Chamber, the gentleman from Maryland, Mr. Hoyer; the gentleman from South Carolina, Mr. Clyburn; the gentlewoman from Massachusetts, Miss Clark; the gentlewoman from New York, Mr. Jeffries; the gentleman from California, Mr. Aguilar.>> Madam Speaker, representatives of the President's cabinet. 204630 The gentlewoman from Delaware, Miss Blunt Rochester; the gentleman from California, Mr. McCarthy; the gentlewoman from Wyoming, Miss Cheney; the gentleman from Oklahoma, Mr. Cole; the gentleman from Texas, Mr. Brady, the gentleman from Utah, Mr. Owens; and the gentleman -- the gentlewoman from Iowa, Mrs. Miller Meeks-Meeks. 204659 HARRIS>> The president of the Senate, at the direction of that body, appoints the following senators, as members of the committee on the part of the Senate to escort the President of the United States into the House chamber: the senator from New York, Mr. Schumer; the senator from Vermont, Mr. Leahy; the senator from Illinois, Mr. Durbin; the senator from Michigan, Miss Stabenow; the senator from Vermont, Mr. Sanders; the senator from Minnesota, Miss Klobuchar. 204730 The Senator from Kentucky, Mr. McConnell; the Senator from South Dakota, Mr. Thune; the Senator from Wyoming, Mr. Barrasso; the Senator from Iowa, Miss Ernst; the Senator from Missouri, Mr. Blunt; the Senator from Florida, Mr. Scott. 204753 PELOSI>> The Members of the Escort Committee will exit the Chamber through the lobby doors, the right and left of the Speaker's podium. [ESCORT COMMITTEE EXITS] 205224 >> Madam Speaker, the Dean of the Diplomatic Board. [DIPLOMATIC BOARD ENTERS] 205400 PELOSI>> [GAVEL] >> Madam Speaker, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. [ROBERTS ENTERS] 205543 [FIRST LADY ENTERS, APPLAUSE] 205727 >> Madam Speaker, Representatives of the President's Cabinet. [CABINET MEMBERS ENTER, APPLAUSE] 210014 [ESCORT COMMITTEE REENTERS] HOYER>> Sorry to disappoint [inaud] -- [laughter] [applause] 210113 PELOSI>> [GAVEL] 210121 [SENATORS LEAHY, DURBIN, AND SANDERS ENTER, APPLAUSE] 210140 [SENATORS STABENOW AND KLOBUCHAR ENTER] 210147 [SCHUMER ENTERS AND TAKES HIS SEAT] 210342 [GAVEL] 210405 >> Madam Speaker, the President of the United States. [APPLAUSE] 210410 [BIDEN ENTERS, FIST BUMPS CONGRESS PEOPLE] 210515 [BIDEN APPROACHES PODIUM, CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] 210526 [BIDEN HANDS FOLDERS TO HARRIS AND PELOSI] 210533 BIDEN (to Pelosi)>> Thanks for having me. 210537 PELOSI>> Members of Congress, I have the high privilege and distinct honor to present to you the President of the United States. [applause] 210554 BIDEN>> I can take the mask off, [inaud]? 210600 Thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you. [applause] It's good to be back. As Mitch and Chuck will understand, it is good to be almost home, down the hall. [laughs] 210624 Anyway, thank you all. Madam Speaker, Madam Vice President [cheers, applause] No President has ever said those words from this podium. No President has ever said those words, and it's about time. [applause] 210656 The First Lady [applause] I'm her husband. Second gentleman, Chief Justice, members of the United States Congress and the cabinet, distinguished guests, my fellow Americans: while the setting tonight is familiar, this gathering is just a little bit different, a reminder of the extraordinary times we're in. 210729 Throughout our history, presidents have come to this chamber to speak to Congress, to the nation, and to the world to declare war, to celebrate peace, to announce new plans and possibilities. Tonight, I come to talk about crisis and opportunity. About rebuilding a nation, revitalizing our democracy and winning the future for America. 210800 I stand here tonight one day shy of the 100th day of my administration. 100 days since I took the oath of office and lifted my hand off our family bible and inherited a nation, we all did, that was in crisis. The worst pandemic in a century, the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, the worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War. 21:08;29 Now, after just 100 days, I can report to the nation, America is on the move again 21:08:49 Turning peril into possible, crisis to opportunity, setbacks into strength, We all know life can knock us down, but in America, we never ever stay down. Americans always get up. Today, thats what we're doing. America is rising anew, choosing hope over fear, truth over lies, and light over darkness We have shown each other and the world that there is no quit in America, none. 100 days ago, America's House was on fire. We had to act. And thanks to the extraordinary leadership of Speaker Pelosi, majority leader Schumer, and the overwhelming support of the American people, Democrats, independents and Republicans, we did act. 211001 Together, we passed the American Rescue Plan, one of the most consequential rescue packages in American history. We're already seeing the results. [ Applause ] 211016 We're already seeing the results. [ Applause ] After I promised we'd get 100 million Covid-19 vaccine shots into people's arms in 100 days, we will have provided over 220 million Covid shots in those 100 days. [applause] Thanks to all the help of all of you. We're marshalling, with your help, everyone's help, we're marshalling every federal resource. 211050 We have gotten vaccines to nearly 40,000 pharmacies and over 700 community health centers where the poorest of the poor can be reached. We're setting up community vaccination sites, developing mobile units to get to hard-to-reach communities. Today, 90% of Americans now live within five miles of a vaccination site. Everyone over the age of 16, everyone, is now eligible to get vaccinated right now, right away. [applause] 211126 Go get vaccinated, America. Go and get the vaccination. They're available. [Applause, standing ovation] You're eligible now. When I was sworn in on January 20th, less than 1% of the seniors in America were fully vaccinated against Covid-19. 100 days later, 70% of seniors in America over 65 are protected, fully protected. Senior deaths from Covid-19 are down 80% since January, down 80% because of all of you. 211206 And more than half of all the adults in America have gotten at least one shot. A mass vaccination center in Glendale, Arizona, I asked the nurse, I said, "what's it like?" She looked at me, and she said, "it's like every shot is giving a dose of hope." That was her phrase, "a dose of hope." 211233 A dose of hope for an educator in Florida who has a child suffering from an autoimmune disease wrote to me, said she's worried -- that she was worried about bringing the virus home. She said she then got vaccinated at a -- at a large site in her car. She said she sat in her car when she got vaccinated and just cried, cried out of joy and cried out of relief. 211255 Parents seeing the smiles on their kids faces for those who are able to go back to school because the teachers and school bus drivers and cafeteria workers have been vaccinated. 211306 Grandparents hugging their children and grandchildren instead of pressing hands against the window to say good-bye. It means everything. Those things mean everything. You know, they're still -- you all know it, you know it better than any group of Americans. There is still more work to do to beat this virus. We can't let our guard down. But -- 211332 Tonight, I can say because of you - the American people - our progress these past 100 days against one of the worst pandemics in history has been one of the greatest logistical achievements -- logistical achievements this country has ever seen. What else have we done those first 100 days? 211358 We kept our commitment, Democrats and Republicans, of sending $1,400 rescue checks to 85% of American households. We've already sent more than 160 million checks out the door. It's making a difference. You all know it, when you go home. For many people, it's making all the difference in the world. A single mom in Texas who wrote me -- 211426 She said she couldn't work. But she said the relief check put food on the table and saved her and her son from eviction from their apartment. A grandmother in Virginia who told me she immediately took her granddaughter to the eye doctor - something she said she put off for months because she didn't have the money. One of the defining images, at least from my perspective in this this crisis has been cars lined up -- cars lined up for miles. 211502 And not -- not people who just barely ever start those cars. Nice cars. Lined up for miles. Waiting for a box of food to be put in their trunk. I don't know about you, but I didn't ever think I'd see that in America? 211530 That's why the Rescue Plan is delivering food and nutrition assistance to millions of Americans facing hunger - and hunger is down sharply already. We're also providing Rental assistance, you all know this but the American people, I want to make sure they understand -- keeping people from being evicted from their homes, providing loans to small businesses to reopen and keep their employees on the job. 211556 During these 100 days, an additional 800,000 Americans enrolled in the Affordable Care Act when I established a special sign-up period to do that. 800,000 in that period. We're making one of the largest one-time ever investments, ever, in improving health care for veterans. Critical investments to address the opioid crisis. And maybe most importantly, thanks to the American Rescue Plan, we're on track to put child poverty in America in half this year. [ Applause / Standing ovation ] 211644 And in the process, while this is all going on, the economy created more than 1,300,000 new jobs in 100 days. More jobs in the first -- [ applause ] More jobs than the first 100 days than any President on record. The international monetary fund -- [ applause / standing ovation ] 211716 The International Monetary Fund is now estimating our economy will grow at a rate of more than 6% this year. That will be the fastest pace of economic growth in this country in nearly four decades. 211731 America is moving, moving forward. But we can't stop now. We're in competition with China and other countries to win the 21st century. We're at a great inflection point in history. We have to do more than just build back better -- to build back -- we have to build back better, we have to compete more strenuously than we have. 211756 Throughout our history, if you think about it, public investment in infrastructure has literally transformed America. Our attitudes as well as our opportunities. The transcontinental railroad, the interstate highways, united two oceans and brought a totally new age of progress to the United States of America. 211820 Universal public schools and college aid opened wide the doors of opportunity. Scientific breakthroughs took us to the moon. Now we're on Mars, discovering vaccines, gave us the internet, and so much more. 211833 These are investments we made together, as one country, and investments that only the government was in a position to make. Time and again, they propel us into the future. That's why I propose the American Jobs Plan, a once in a generation investment in America itself. This is the largest jobs plan since World War II. It creates jobs to upgrade our transportation infrastructure, jobs modernizing our roads, bridges, highways. 211909 Jobs building ports and airports, rail corridors, transit lines. It's clean water. And today, up to 10 million homes in America and more than 400,000 schools and child care centers have pipes with lead in them, including drinking water -- a clear and present danger to our children's health. The American Jobs Plan creates jobs replacing 100% of the nation's lead pipes and service lines so every American can drink clean water. [ Applause / Standing ovation ] 201955 In the process, we'll create thousands and thousands of good paying jobs. It creates jobs connecting every American with high-speed internet, including 35% of the rural America that still doesn't have it. This is going to help our kids and our businesses succeed in the 21st century economy. And I'm asking the vice president to lead this effort, if she would, because I know it will get done. [ Applause ] 212027 It creates jobs building a modern power grid. Our grids are vulnerable to storms, hacks, catastrophic failures with tragic results, as we saw in Texas and elsewhere during the winter storms. The American Jobs Plan will create jobs that will lay thousands of miles of transmission lines needed to build a resilient and fully clean grid. We can do that. [ Applause ] 212058 Look, the American Jobs Plan will help millions of people get back to their jobs and back to their careers. Two million women have dropped out of the workforce during this pandemic, two million. And too often because they couldn't get the care they needed to care for their child or care for an elderly parent who needs help. 212130 800,000 families are on the Medicare waiting list right now to get home care for their aging parent or loved one with disability. If you think it's not important, check out in your own district, Democrat or Republican. Democrat or Republican voters, their great concern -- almost as much as their children, is taking care of an elderly loved one who can't be left alone. 212201 Medicaid contemplated it, but this plan is going to help those families and create jobs for our caregivers with better wages and better benefits, continuing a cycle of growth. 212215 For too long, we failed to use the most important word when it comes to meeting the climate crisis: jobs. Jobs. Jobs. [APPLAUSE, STANDING OVATION, HARRIS AND PELOSI STAND] 212240 For me, when I think climate change, I think jobs. The American Jobs Plan will put engineers and construction workers to work building more energy efficient buildings and homes. Electrical workers, IBEW members installing 500 thousand charges stations along our highways so we can own -- [ applause ] 212303 So we can own the electric car market. Farmers, farmers planting cover crops so they can reduce the carbon dioxide in the air and get paid for doing it. 212316 Look, think about it. There is simply no reason why the blades for wind turbines can't be built in Pittsburgh instead of Beijing. No reason, none. No reason. [ Applause / Standing Ovation ] So, folks, there is no reason why American -- American workers can't lead the world in the production of electric vehicles and batteries. I mean, there is no reason. [applause] We have this capacity. We have the brightest, best trained people in the world. 212356 The American Jobs Plan is going to create millions of good paying jobs, jobs Americans can raise a family on -- as my dad would then say -- "with a little breathing room." And all the investments in the American Job Plan will be guided by one principle: Buy American. Buy American. [STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS STAND] And I might note parenthetically, that does not -- 212424 That does not violate any trade agreement. It's been the law since the '30s: Buy American. American tax dollars are going to be used to buy American products made in America to create American jobs. That's the way it is supposed to be, and it will be in this administration. [STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS STAND] 212451 And I made it clear to all my cabinet people. Their ability to give exemptions has been strenuously limited. It will be American products. Now, I know some of you at home are wondering whether these jobs are for you. So many of you, so many of the folks I grew up with feel left behind, forgotten in an economy that's so rapidly changing it's frightening. 212522 I want to speak directly to you, because you think about it. That's what people are most worried about: Can I fit in? Independent experts estimate the American Jobs Plan will add millions of jobs and trillions of dollars to economic growth in the years to come. It is a -- it is an eight-year program. These are good-paying jobs that can't be outsourced. Nearly 90% of the infrastructure jobs created in the American Jobs Plan do not require a college degree. 75% don't require an associate's degree. 212600 The American Jobs Plan is a blue collar blueprint to build America. That's what it is. [[STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS STAND] And it recognizes something I've always said, in this chamber and the other. Good guys and women on Wall Street, but Wall Street didn't build this country. The middle class built the country, and unions built the middle class. [STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS STAND] 212631 So that's why I'm calling on Congress to pass Protect the Right to Organize Act, the PRO Act and send it to my desk so we can support the right to unionize. [STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS STAND] 212649 And by the way, while you're thinking about sending things to my desk, [chuckles] let's raise the minimum wage to $15. [STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS CONTINUE STANDING] No one -- no one working 40 hours a week, no one working 40 hours a week should live below the poverty line. 212716 We need to ensure greater equity and opportunity for women. And while we're doing this, let's get the Paycheck Fairness Act to my desk as well. Equal pay. It's been much too long. [STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS STAND] 212727 And if you wonder whether it's too long, look behind you. [APPLAUSE CONTINUES] And finally. The American Jobs Plan will be the biggest increase in non-defense research and development on record. We'll see more technological change, and some of you know more about this than I do. We'll see more technological change in the next 10 years than we saw in the last 50. That's how rapidly artificial intelligence and so much more is changing. 212800 And we're falling behind the competition with the rest of the world. Decades ago, we used to invest 2% of our gross domestic product in America, 2% of our gross domestic product in research and development. Today, Mr. Secretary, that's less than 1%. China and other countries are closing in fast. We have to develop and dominate the products and technologies of the future, the advanced batteries, biotechnology, computer chips, clean energy. 212840 The secretary of defense can tell you, and those of you who work on national security issues know, the defense department has an agency called DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency. The people who set up before I came here, and that's been a long time ago, to develop break-throughs that enhance our national security. That's their only job. 212907 And it's a semi-separate agency. It's under the Defense Department. It's led to everything from the discovery of the internet to GPS and so much more. It's enhanced our security. The National Institute of Health, the NIH, I believe, should create a similar advanced research project agency for health. [ Applause ] 212935 And here's what it would do. It would have a singular purpose: to develop breakthroughs to prevent, detect and treat diseases like Alzheimer's, diabetes, and cancer. I'll still never forget when we passed the cancer proposal in the last year I was vice president, almost $9 million going to NIH. 213003 And if you excuse the point of personal privilege, I'll never forget you standing, Mitch, and saying, name it after my deceased son. It meant a lot. But so many of us have deceased sons, daughters, and relatives who died of cancer. I can think of no more worthy investment. 213025 I know of nothing that is more bipartisan, so let's end cancer as we know it. It is within our power. It's within our power to do it. [APPLAUSE] [STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS STAND] 213049 Investments in jobs and infrastructure like the ones we're talking about have often had bipartisan support in the past. Vice President Harris and I met regularly in the Oval Office with Democrats and Republicans to discuss the Jobs plan. And I applaud a group of Republican Senators who just put forward their own proposal. So let's get to work. I wanted to lay out before the Congress my plan before we got into the deep discussions. 213118 I like to meet with those who have ideas that are different, that they think are better. I welcome those ideas. But the rest of the world is not waiting for us. I just want to be clear, from my perspective, doing nothing is not an option. [APPLAUSE] [STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS STAND] 213144 Look, we can't be so busy competing with one another that we forget the competition that we have with the rest of the world to win the 21st century. As Secretary Blinken can tell you, I spent a lot of time with President Xi, traveled over 17,000 miles with him, spent [inaud] over 24 hours in private discussions with him. When he called to congratulate me, we had a two-hour discussion. 213217 He's deadly earnest about becoming the most significant, consequential nation in the world. He and others, autocrats, think that democracy can't compete in the 21st century with autocracies because it takes too long to get consensus. To win that competition for the future, in my view, we also need to make a once-in-a-generation investment in our families and our children. 213256 That's why I've introduced the American Families Plan tonight, which addresses four of the biggest challenges facing American families and, in turn, America. First is access to good education. When this nation made 12 years of public education universal in the last century, it made us the best educated, best prepared nation in the world. It's, I believe, the overwhelming reason that propelled us to where we got in the 21st -- in the 20th century. But the world has caught up or catching up. They're not waiting. 213334 I would say parenthetically, if we were sitting down, we put a bipartisan committee together said, okay, we're going to decide what we do in terms of government providing for free education. I wonder whether we'd think, as we did in the 20th century, that 12 years is enough in the 21st century. I doubt it. 12 years is no longer enough today to compete with the rest of the world in the 21st century. 213405 That's why my v guarantees four additional years of additional public education for every person in America starting as early as we can. The great universities in this country have conducted studies over the last ten years. It shows that adding two years of universal high quality preschool for every three-year-old and four-year-old, no matter what background they come from, puts them in a position to be able to compete all the way through 12 years and increases exponentially their prospect of graduating and going on beyond graduation. 213443 Research shows when a young child goes to school, not day care, they're far more likely to graduate from high school and go to college, or something after high school. When you add two years of free community college on top of that, you begin to change the dynamic. [ Applause ] We can do that. 213511 And we'll increase Pell grants and invest in Historical Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal colleges, minority-serving institutions. The reason is they don't have the endowments, but their students are just as capable of learning about cyber security, just as capable of learning about metallurgy, all the things that are going on that provide those jobs of the future. Jill is a community college professor who teaches today, as First Lady. 213543 She's long said -- [APPLAUSE] [STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS STAND] She's long -- [ applause cont. ] 213605 If I've heard it once, I've heard it a thousand times: "Joe, any country that outeducates us is going to outcompete us." She will be deeply involved in leading this effort. Thank you, Jill. Second thing we need, American Families Plan will provide access to quality, affordable child care. [APPLAUSE] [STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS STAND] We guarantee -- [SENATOR WARREN RAISES A FIST] 213640 What I'm proposing in the legislation -- we guarantee that low and middle income families will pay no more than 7% of their income for high quality care for children up to the age of five. The most hard pressed working families won't have to spend a dime. Third, the American Families Plan will finally provide up to 12 weeks of paid leave and medical leave, family medical leave. [APPLAUSE] [STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS STAND] We're one of the few industrial countries in the world. 213717 No one should have to choose between a job and a paycheck or taking care of themselves and their loved ones or parent or spouse or child. And, fourth, the American Family Plan puts directly into the pockets of millions of Americans. In March, we expanded the tax credit for every child in a family, up to $3,000 per child if they're under six years of age -- excuse me -- under -- over six years of age. 213748 And $3,600 for children over six years of age. With two parents, two kids, that's $7,200 in the pockets that are going to help take care of your family. And that will help more than 65 million children and help cut child care poverty in half. [ Applause ] 213810 And we can afford it. So we did that in the -- in the last piece of legislation we passed. But let's extend that child care tax credit at least through the end of 2025. [ Applause ] The American Rescue Plan lowered health care premiums for nine million Americans who buy their coverage under the Affordable Care Act. 213840 I know that's really popular on this side of the aisle. [ laughter ] But, let's make that provision permanent so their premiums don't go back up. [ STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS STAND ] 213859 In addition to my families plan, I'm going to work with Congress to address this year other critical priorities for American families. The Affordable Care Act has been a lifeline for millions of Americans protecting people with pre-existing conditions, protecting women's health. And the pandemic has demonstrated how badly, how badly it's needed. Let's lower deductibles for working families on the Affordable -- in the Affordable Care Act. And let's lower prescription drug costs. [ STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS STAND ] 213930 We know how to do this. The last president had that as an objective. We all know how outrageously expensive drugs are in America. In fact, we pay the highest prescription drug prices of anywhere in the world, right here in America. Nearly three times for the same drug, nearly three times what other countries pay. 214001 We have to change that. And we can. Let's do what we talked about for all the years I was down here in this body, in Congress. Let's give medicare the power to save hundreds of billions of dollars by negotiating lower drug prescription prices. [STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS STAND] 214022 And by the way, it won't just -- it won't just help people on Medicare. It'll lower prescription drug costs for everyone. And the money we save, which is billions of dollars, can go to strengthening the Affordable Care Act and expand medicare benefits without costing taxpayers an additional penny. It is within our power to do it. Let's do it now. [APPLAUSE] [STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS STAND] 214051 We've talked about it long enough, Democrats and Republicans. Let's get it done this year. This is all about a simple premise: Health care should be a right, not a privilege in America. [APPLAUSE] [STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS STAND] 214110 So, how do we pay for my Jobs and Family plan? I made it clear, we can do without increasing the deficit. Let's start with what I will not do. I will not impose any tax increase on people making less than $400,000. It's -- But it is time for corporate America and the wealthiest 1% of Americans to . [APPLAUSE] [STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS STAND] Just their fair share. 214149 Sometimes I have arguments with my friends in the Democratic party. I think you should be able to become a billionaire and a millionaire, but pay your fair share. A recent study shows that 55 of the nation's biggest corporations paid zero federal tax last year. Those 55 corporations made an excess of $40 billion in profit. 214217 A lot of companies also evaded taxes through tax havens in Switzerland and Bermuda and the Cayman islands. And they benefit from tax loopholes and deductions, for offshoring jobs and shifting profits overseas. It's not right. We're going to reform corporate taxes so they pay their fair share and help pay for the public investments their businesses will benefit from as well. [ Applause ] 214254 We're going to reward work, not just wealth. [PHONE RINGING] We take the top tax bracket for the wealthiest 1% of Americans, those making over $400,000 or more, back up to where it was when George W. Bush was President, when he started, 39.6%. 214314 That's where it was when George W. was president. We're going to get rid of the loopholes allowing Americans to make more than a million dollars a year and pay a lower tax rate on their capital gains on Americans who receive a paycheck. We're only going to affect three-tenths of 1% of all Americans by that action. Three-tenths of 1%. 214337 And the IRS is going to crack down on millionaires and billionaires who cheat on their taxes. It's estimated to be billions of dollars by think tanks that are left, right, and center. I'm not looking to punish anybody. But I will not add a tax burden, additional tax burden to the middle class in this country. They're already paying enough. [ Applause ] 214404 I believe what I propose is fair. Fiscally responsible. And it raises revenue to pay for the plans I propose and it will create millions of jobs that will grow the economy and enhance our financial standing in the country. When you hear someone say they don't want to raise taxes on the wealthiest 1% or corporate America, ask them, whose taxes do you want to raise? Instead, whose are we going to cut? 214436 Look, the big tax cut of 2017, you remember it was supposed to pay for itself. That was how it was sold. And generate vast economic growth. Instead, it added $2 trillion to the deficit. It was a huge windfall for corporate America and those at the very top. 214500 Instead of using the tax saving to raise wages and invest in research and development, it poured billions of dollars into the pockets of CEOs. In fact, the pay gap between CEOs and their workers is now among the largest in history. According to one study, CEOs make 320 times what the average worker in their corporation makes, it used to be in the -- below 100. The pandemic has only made things worse. 20 million Americans lost their job in the pandemic, working and middle class Americans. 214535 At the same time, roughly 650 billionaires in America saw their net worth increase by more than $1 trillion, in the same exact period. Let me say that again: 650 people increased their wealth by more than $1 trillion during this pandemic. And they're now worth more than $4 trillion. 214559 My fellow Americans, trickle down -- trickle down economics has never worked, and it's time to grow the economy from the bottom and the middle out.[APPLAUSE] [STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS STAND] 214621 You know, there is a broad consensus of economists left, right, and center, and they agree what I'm proposing will help create millions of jobs and generate historic economic growth. These are among the highest value investments we can make as a nation. I have often said, our greatest strength is the power of our example, not just the example of our power. 214646 My conversations with world leaders, and I've spoken to over 38 -- 40 of them now. I have made it known. I have made it known that America is back. And you know what they say? The comment that I hear most of all from them? So they say, "we see America is back. But for how long? But for how long?" 214709 My fellow Americans, we have to show not just that we're back, but that we're back to stay and that we aren't going to go alone. [ STANDING OVATION, HARRIS AND PELOSI STAND] 214723 We're going to do it by leading with our allies. No one nation can deal with all the crises of our time, from terrorism to nuclear proliferation, mass migration, cybersecurity, climate change as well as experiencing -- what we're experiencing now with pandemics. 214743 There is no wall high enough to keep any virus out. And our own vaccine supply, as it grows to meet our needs, and we're meeting them, will become an arsenal for vaccines for other countries, just as America is an arsenal for democracy for the world, and a consequence -- influence for (?) the world. [ Applause ] 214810 But every American will have access before that occurs. Every American will have access to be fully covered by Covid-19 from the vaccines we have. Look, the climate crisis is not our fight alone. It's a global fight. The United States accounts, as all of you know, for less than 15% of carbon emissions. The rest of the world accounts for 85%. 214840 That's why I kept my commitment to rejoin the Paris Accord because, if we do everything perfectly, it's not going to only (?) matter. I kept my commitment to convening a climate summit, right here in America, with all the major economies of the world: China, Russia, India, European Union. And I said I would do it in my first 100 days. And I want to be very blunt about it. 214905 I had -- my attempt was to make sure that the world could see there was a consensus, that we are at an inflection point in history. The consensus is if we act to save the planet, we can create millions of jobs and economic growth and opportunity to raise the standard of living of almost everyone around the world. If you watched any of it, and you were all busy, I'm sure you didn't have much time, that's what virtually every nation said, even the ones that aren't doing their fair share. 214941 The investments I propose tonight also advance the foreign policy, in my view, that benefits the middle class. That means making sure every nation plays by the same rules in the global economy, including China. My discussions -- in my discussions with President XI, I told him, we welcome the competition. We're not looking for conflict. 215005 But I made absolutely clear that we will defend America's interest across the board. America will stand up to unfair trade practices that undercut American workers and American industries like subsidies from state to state owned operations and enterprises and the theft of American technology and intellectual property. 215027 I also told President Xi that we'll maintain a strong military presence in the Indo-Pacific, just as we do with NATO and Europe. Not to start a conflict, but to prevent one. [APPLAUSE] [STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS STAND] 215050 I told him what I said to many world leaders, that America will not back away from our commitments, our commitment to human rights and fundamental freedoms, and to our alliances. And I pointed out to him, no responsible American President could remain silent when basic human rights are being so blatantly violated. An American President -- President has to represent the essence of what our country stands for. 215117 America is an idea, the most unique idea in history: we are created, all of us, equal. It's who we are, and we cannot walk away from that principle. And, in fact, say "we're dealing with the American idea." With regard to Russia, I know it concerns some of you, but -- 215143 I made very clear to Putin that we're not going to seek -- excuse me -- escalation, but their actions will have consequence if they turn out to be true. And they turned out to be true, so I responded directly and proportionately to Russia's interference on our elections, and the cyberattacks on our government and our business. 215207 They did both of these things, and I told them we would respond and we have. But we can also cooperate when it's in our mutual interest. We did it when we extended the New START Treaty on nuclear arms, and we're working to do it on climate change. But he understands we will respond. 215230 On Iran and North Korea, nuclear programs that present serious threats to American security and the security of the world, we're going to be working closely with our allies to address the threats posed by both of these countries through -- through diplomacy as well as stern deterrence. And American leadership means ending the forever war in Afghanistan. We have -- [APPLAUSE] [STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS STAND] 215303 We have, without hyperbole, the greatest fighting force in the history of the world. I'm the first president in 40 years who knows what it means to have a son serving in a war zone. Today, we have service members serving in the same war zone as their parents did. We have service members in Afghanistan who were not yet born on 9/11. 215327 The war in Afghanistan, as we remember the debates here, were never meant to be multi-generational undertakings of nation building. We went to Afghanistan to get terrorists -- the terrorists who attacked us on 9/11. And we said we would follow Osama Bin Laden to the gates of hell to do it. If you've been in the upper Kunar Valley, you've kind of seen the gates of hell. 215354 And we delivered justice to Bin Laden. We degraded the terrorist threat of Al-Qaeda and Afghanistan. And after 20 years of value, valor, and sacrifice, it's time to bring those troops home. [ STANDING OVATION, HARRIS AND PELOSI STAND ] Look -- 215416 Even as we do, we'll maintain over the horizon capacity to suppress future threats to the homeland. And make no mistake, in 20 years, terrorism has metastasized. The threat has evolved way beyond Afghanistan. Those of you in the intelligence committees, the foreign relation community, defense communities, you know well. We have to remain vigilant against the threats to the United States wherever they come from. Al-Qaeda and ISIS are in Yemen, Syria, Somalia, other places in Africa, in the Middle East and beyond. 215450 And we won't ignore what our intelligence agency has determined to be the most lethal terrorist threat to the homeland today: white supremacy's terrorism. 215502 We're not going to ignore that either. My fellow Americans, look, we have to come together to heal the soul of this nation. It was nearly a year ago, before her father's funeral, when I spoke with Gianna Floyd, George Floyd's young daughter. She's a little tyke, so I was kneeling down to talk to her so I could look her in the eye. She looked at me, she said, "my daddy changed the world." 215532 Well, after the conviction of George Floyd's murderer, we can see how right she was if, if we have the courage to act as a Congress. We have all seen the knee of injustice on the neck of Black Americans. Now is our opportunity to make some real progress. The vast majority of men and women wearing the uniform and a badge serve our communities and they serve them honorably. 215601 I know them. I know they want -- [APPLAUSE] [STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS STAND] I know they want to help meet this moment as well. My fellow Americans, we have to come together to rebuild trust between law enforcement and the people they serve, to root out systemic racism in our criminal justice system and -- 215634 to enact police reform in George Floyd's name that passed the House already. I know Republicans have their own ideas, and are engaged in a very productive discussion with Democrats in the Senate. We need to work together to find a consensus, but let's get it done next month by the first anniversary of George Floyd's death. [APPLAUSE] [STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS STAND] 215705 The country supports this reform, and Congress should act -- should act. [applause] We have a giant opportunity to bend the ark of the moral universe towards justice, real justice. And with the plans outlined tonight, we have a real chance to root out systemic racism that plagues America and American lives in other ways. 215728 A chance to deliver real equity, good jobs, good schools, affordable housing, clean air, clean water, being able to generate wealth and pass it down to generations because you have an access to purchase a house. Real opportunities in the lives of more Americans, Black, white, Latino, Asian Americans, Native Americans. 215759 Look, I also want to thank the United States Senate for voting 94-1 to pass COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act to protect Asian-American and Pacific Islanders. [STANDING OVATION, HARRIS AND PELOSI STAND] You acted.] decisively. 215811 You can see on television the viciousness of the hate crimes we have seen over the past year and for too long. I urge the House to do the same and send that legislation to my desk, which I will gladly, anxiously sign. I also hope Congress will get to my desk the Equality Act to protect LGBTQ Americans. [ STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS STAND] 215834 To all Transgender Americans watching at home, especially the young people, who are so brave, I want you to know your President has your back. Another thing: let's authorize the Violence Against Women Act, which has been law for 27 years. [ Applause ] 27 years ago I wrote it. 215859 It will close -- the act that has to be authorized now, it will close the boyfriend loophole to keep guns out of the hands of abusers. The court order said "this is an abuser," you can't own a gun. It's to close that loophole that existed. You know, it's estimated that 50 women are shot and killed by an intimate partner every month in America, 50 a month. 215930 Let's pass it, and save some lives. [APPLAUSE] [STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS STAND] And I need -- I need not tell anyone this but gun violence has become an epidemic in America. The flag at the White House was still flying at half mast for the eight victims of the mass shooting in Georgia when ten more lives were taken in a mass shooting in Colorado. WASH 5 ABC NEWS POTUS BIDEN ADDRESS TO CONGRESS HEAD ON ISO REP RESPONSE PRIMARY 04282021 220000 220001 And in the week in between those two events, 250 other Americans were shot dead in the streets of America. 250. Shot dead. I know how hard it is to make progress on this issue. In the 90s, we passed universal background checks, a ban on assault rifles and high capacity magazines that hold a hundred rounds that can be fired off in seconds. We beat the NRA. Mass shootings and gun violence declined. 220033 Check out the report over ten years. But in the early 2000s, the law expired. We've seen daily bloodshed since. I'm not saying if the law continued we wouldn't see bloodshed. More than two weeks ago in the Rose Garden, surrounded by some of the bravest people I know, the survivors and families who lost loved ones to gun violence, I laid out several of the Department of Justice actions that are being to taken to impact in this epidemic. 220102 One of them is banning so-called ghost guns. These are homemade guns built from a kit that includes directions on how to finish the firearm. The parts have no serial numbers. So they show up at crime scenes and they can't be traced. The buyers of these ghost gun kits aren't required to pass any background check. 220127 Anyone, from a criminal or terrorist, could buy this kit and within 30 minutes have a weapon that's lethal, but no more. And I'll do everything in my power to protect the American people from this epidemic of gun violence, but it is time for Congress to act as well. [APPLAUSE] [STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS STAND] 220150 Look. [applause, cont.] I don't want to become confrontational but we need more Senate Republicans to join the overwhelming majority of Democratic colleagues, and close the loopholes required in background checks purchases of guns. We need a ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines. And don't tell me it can't be done. We did it before, and it worked. 220220 Talk to most responsible gun owners and hunters, they'll tell you there is no possible justification for having a hundred rounds in a weapon. What do you think, deer are wearing kevlar vests? [laughter] I mean, what's -- They'll tell you that there are too many people today who are able to buy a gun but shouldn't be able to buy a gun. 220246 These kinds of reasonable reforms have overwhelming support from the American people, including many gun owners. The country supports reform and this -- and Congress should act. This shouldn't be a red or blue issue, and no Amendment to the Constitution is absolute. You can't yell "fire" in a crowded theater. From the very beginning there were certain guns, weapons that could not be owned by Americans. 220316 Certain people could not own those weapons ever. We're not changing the Constitution. We're being reasonable. I think this is not a Democrat or Republican issue. I think it's an American issue. And here's what else we can do. Immigration has always been essential to America. Let's end our exhausting war over immigration. 220342 For more than 30 years, politicians have talked about immigration reform, and we've done nothing about it. It's time to fix it. On day one of my presidency, I kept my commitment to send a comprehensive immigration bill to the United States Congress. If you believe we need to secure the border, pass it, because it has a lot of money for high tech border security. If you believe in a pathway to citizenship, pass it. There's over 11 million undocumented folks, the vast majority are here overstaying visas, pass it. 220415 We can actually -- if you actually want to solve the problem, I've sent a bill to take a close look at it. We also have to get at the root problem of why people are fleeing ,particularly to our southern border of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. The violence, the corruption, the gangs, the political instability, hunger, hurricanes, earthquakes, natural disasters. When I was president, my president -- when I was vice president, the president asked me to focus on providing help needed to address the root causes of migration. 220446 And it helped keep people in their own countries instead of being forced to leave. The plan was working, but the last administration decided it was not worth it. I'm restoring the program, and I asked Vice President Harris to lead our diplomatic effort to take care of this. I have absolute confidence she'll get the job done. [APPLAUSE] 220507 Now look, if you don't like my plan, let's at least pass what we all agree on. Congress needs to pass legislation this year to finally secure protection for Dreamers. [APPLAUSE] [STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS STAND] The young people who have only known America as their home. [applause, cont. ] And permanent protection for immigrants who are here on temporary protective status who came from countries beset by man-made and natural made violence and disaster. [APPLAUSE] [STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS STAND] 220545 As well as a pathway to citizenship for foregn workers who put food on our tables. [APPLAUSE] [STANDING OVATION CONT.] Look, immigrants have done so much for America during this pandemic and throughout our history. The country supports immigration reform. We should act. Let's argue over it. Let's debate it, but let's act. [ Applause ] And if we truly restore -- want to restore the soul of America, we need to protect the sacred right to vote. [APPLAUSE] [STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS STAND] Most people -- 220628 More people voted in the last Presidential election than any time in American history, in the middle of the worst pandemic ever. It should be celebrated. Instead, it's being attacked. Congress should pass HR-1, and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act [APPLAUSE] [STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS STAND] and send it to my desk right away. 220650 The country supports it, and Congress should act now. [applause, cont.] Look, in conclusion, as we gather here tonight, the images of a violent mob assaulting this Capitol, desecrating our democracy remain vivid in all our minds. Lives were put at risk, many of your lives. Lives were lost. 220712 Extraordinary courage was summoned. The insurrection was an existential crisis, a test of whether our democracy could survive, and it did. But the struggle is far from over. The question of whether our democracy will long endure is both ancient and urgent, as old as our Republic, still vital today. 220737 Can our democracy deliver on its promise that all of us created equal in the image of god have a chance to lead lives of dignity, respect, and possibility? Can our democracy deliver to the most pressing needs of our people? Can our democracy overcome the lies, anger, hate, and fears that have pulled us apart? America's adversaries, the autocrats of the world, are betting we can't. And I promise you they're betting we can't. 220804 They believe we're too full of anger and division and rage. They look at the images of the mob that assaulted the Capitol as proof that the sun is setting on American democracy. But they're wrong. You know it. I know it. But we have to prove them wrong. We have to prove democracy still works, that our government still works, and we can deliver for our people. 220828 In our first hundred days together, we've acted to restore people's faith in democracy to deliver. We're vaccinating the nation, we're creating hundreds of thousands of new jobs, we're delivering real results to people. They can see it, feel it in their own lives, opening doors of opportunity, guaranteeing some more fairness and justice. That's the essence of America. That's democracy in action. Our Constitution opens with the words, as trite as it sounds, "we the people." 220856 Well, it's time to remember that we, the people, are the government. You and I. Not some force in a distant capital. Not some powerful force that we have no control over. It's us! It's we the people. In another era when our democracy was tested, Franklin Roosevelt reminded us, in America, we do our part, we all do our part. That's all I'm asking. That we do our part, all of us. If we do that, we will meet the center challenge of the age by proving that democracy is durable and strong. 220936 Autocrats will not win the future, we will. America will. And the future belongs to America. As I stand here tonight before you in a new and vital hour of life and democracy of our nation, and I can say with absolute confidence, I have never been more confident or optimistic about America, not because I'm President. Because of what's happening with the American people. 221003 We've stared into the abyss of insurrection and autocracy, pandemic and pain. And We, the people, did not flinch. At the very moment our adversaries were certain we'd pull apart and fail, we came together. We united. With light and hope, we summoned a new strength, new resolve to position us to win the competition of the 21st century. 221030 On our way to a union more perfect, more prosperous, and more just as one people, one nation, and one America. Folks, as I told every world leader I ever met with over the years, it's never ever, ever been a good bet to bet against America and it still isn't. [APPLAUSE] [STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS STAND] We're the United States of America. 221057 There is not a single thing, nothing, nothing beyond our capacity. We can do whatever we set our minds to if we do it together. So let's begin to get together. God bless you all, and may god protect our troops. Thank you for your patience. [APPLAUSE CONT.] [STANDING OVATION, CONT.] 221120 [BIDEN ELBOW BUMPS PELOSI] 221125 [BIDEN ELBOW BUMPS HARRIS] 221129 BIDEN>> Thank you. [PUTS MASK ON] [BIDEN CONCLUDES] 221955 PELOSI>> [GAVELS] The Chair declares the Joint Session of the two Houses now dissolved. 222034 >> The House will come to order. For what purpose does the gentleman from Maryland seek recognition? [inaud]
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FS2 WH HEAD ON ISO JOINT ADDRESS 2030 PRESIDNET JOE BIDEN DELIVERS A SPEECH BEFORE A JOINT SESSION OF CONGRESS. NOTE: most members were not in the House Chamber due to Covid-19 restrictions 204555 PELOSI>> [GAVEL] The Joint Session will come to order. The Chair appoints, as members of the Committee on the part of the House to escort the President of the United States into the Chamber, the gentleman from Maryland, Mr. Hoyer; the gentleman from South Carolina, Mr. Clyburn; the gentlewoman from Massachusetts, Miss Clark; the gentlewoman from New York, Mr. Jeffries; the gentleman from California, Mr. Aguilar.>> Madam Speaker, representatives of the President's cabinet. 204630 The gentlewoman from Delaware, Miss Blunt Rochester; the gentleman from California, Mr. McCarthy; the gentlewoman from Wyoming, Miss Cheney; the gentleman from Oklahoma, Mr. Cole; the gentleman from Texas, Mr. Brady, the gentleman from Utah, Mr. Owens; and the gentleman -- the gentlewoman from Iowa, Mrs. Miller Meeks-Meeks. 204659 HARRIS>> The president of the Senate, at the direction of that body, appoints the following senators, as members of the committee on the part of the Senate to escort the President of the United States into the House chamber: the senator from New York, Mr. Schumer; the senator from Vermont, Mr. Leahy; the senator from Illinois, Mr. Durbin; the senator from Michigan, Miss Stabenow; the senator from Vermont, Mr. Sanders; the senator from Minnesota, Miss Klobuchar. 204730 The Senator from Kentucky, Mr. McConnell; the Senator from South Dakota, Mr. Thune; the Senator from Wyoming, Mr. Barrasso; the Senator from Iowa, Miss Ernst; the Senator from Missouri, Mr. Blunt; the Senator from Florida, Mr. Scott. 204753 PELOSI>> The Members of the Escort Committee will exit the Chamber through the lobby doors, the right and left of the Speaker's podium. [ESCORT COMMITTEE EXITS] 205224 >> Madam Speaker, the Dean of the Diplomatic Board. [DIPLOMATIC BOARD ENTERS] 205400 PELOSI>> [GAVEL] >> Madam Speaker, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. [ROBERTS ENTERS] 205543 [FIRST LADY ENTERS, APPLAUSE] 205727 >> Madam Speaker, Representatives of the President's Cabinet. [CABINET MEMBERS ENTER, APPLAUSE] 210014 [ESCORT COMMITTEE REENTERS] HOYER>> Sorry to disappoint [inaud] -- [laughter] [applause] 210113 PELOSI>> [GAVEL] 210121 [SENATORS LEAHY, DURBIN, AND SANDERS ENTER, APPLAUSE] 210140 [SENATORS STABENOW AND KLOBUCHAR ENTER] 210147 [SCHUMER ENTERS AND TAKES HIS SEAT] 210342 [GAVEL] 210405 >> Madam Speaker, the President of the United States. [APPLAUSE] 210410 [BIDEN ENTERS, FIST BUMPS CONGRESS PEOPLE] 210515 [BIDEN APPROACHES PODIUM, CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] 210526 [BIDEN HANDS FOLDERS TO HARRIS AND PELOSI] 210533 BIDEN (to Pelosi)>> Thanks for having me. 210537 PELOSI>> Members of Congress, I have the high privilege and distinct honor to present to you the President of the United States. [applause] 210554 BIDEN>> I can take the mask off, [inaud]? 210600 Thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you. [applause] It's good to be back. As Mitch and Chuck will understand, it is good to be almost home, down the hall. [laughs] 210624 Anyway, thank you all. Madam Speaker, Madam Vice President [cheers, applause] No President has ever said those words from this podium. No President has ever said those words, and it's about time. [applause] 210656 The First Lady [applause] I'm her husband. Second gentleman, Chief Justice, members of the United States Congress and the cabinet, distinguished guests, my fellow Americans: while the setting tonight is familiar, this gathering is just a little bit different, a reminder of the extraordinary times we're in. 210729 Throughout our history, presidents have come to this chamber to speak to Congress, to the nation, and to the world to declare war, to celebrate peace, to announce new plans and possibilities. Tonight, I come to talk about crisis and opportunity. About rebuilding a nation, revitalizing our democracy and winning the future for America. 210800 I stand here tonight one day shy of the 100th day of my administration. 100 days since I took the oath of office and lifted my hand off our family bible and inherited a nation, we all did, that was in crisis. The worst pandemic in a century, the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, the worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War. 21:08;29 Now, after just 100 days, I can report to the nation, America is on the move again 21:08:49 Turning peril into possible, crisis to opportunity, setbacks into strength, We all know life can knock us down, but in America, we never ever stay down. Americans always get up. Today, thats what we're doing. America is rising anew, choosing hope over fear, truth over lies, and light over darkness We have shown each other and the world that there is no quit in America, none. 100 days ago, America's House was on fire. We had to act. And thanks to the extraordinary leadership of Speaker Pelosi, majority leader Schumer, and the overwhelming support of the American people, Democrats, independents and Republicans, we did act. 211001 Together, we passed the American Rescue Plan, one of the most consequential rescue packages in American history. We're already seeing the results. [ Applause ] 211016 We're already seeing the results. [ Applause ] After I promised we'd get 100 million Covid-19 vaccine shots into people's arms in 100 days, we will have provided over 220 million Covid shots in those 100 days. [applause] Thanks to all the help of all of you. We're marshalling, with your help, everyone's help, we're marshalling every federal resource. 211050 We have gotten vaccines to nearly 40,000 pharmacies and over 700 community health centers where the poorest of the poor can be reached. We're setting up community vaccination sites, developing mobile units to get to hard-to-reach communities. Today, 90% of Americans now live within five miles of a vaccination site. Everyone over the age of 16, everyone, is now eligible to get vaccinated right now, right away. [applause] 211126 Go get vaccinated, America. Go and get the vaccination. They're available. [Applause, standing ovation] You're eligible now. When I was sworn in on January 20th, less than 1% of the seniors in America were fully vaccinated against Covid-19. 100 days later, 70% of seniors in America over 65 are protected, fully protected. Senior deaths from Covid-19 are down 80% since January, down 80% because of all of you. 211206 And more than half of all the adults in America have gotten at least one shot. A mass vaccination center in Glendale, Arizona, I asked the nurse, I said, "what's it like?" She looked at me, and she said, "it's like every shot is giving a dose of hope." That was her phrase, "a dose of hope." 211233 A dose of hope for an educator in Florida who has a child suffering from an autoimmune disease wrote to me, said she's worried -- that she was worried about bringing the virus home. She said she then got vaccinated at a -- at a large site in her car. She said she sat in her car when she got vaccinated and just cried, cried out of joy and cried out of relief. 211255 Parents seeing the smiles on their kids faces for those who are able to go back to school because the teachers and school bus drivers and cafeteria workers have been vaccinated. 211306 Grandparents hugging their children and grandchildren instead of pressing hands against the window to say good-bye. It means everything. Those things mean everything. You know, they're still -- you all know it, you know it better than any group of Americans. There is still more work to do to beat this virus. We can't let our guard down. But -- 211332 Tonight, I can say because of you - the American people - our progress these past 100 days against one of the worst pandemics in history has been one of the greatest logistical achievements -- logistical achievements this country has ever seen. What else have we done those first 100 days? 211358 We kept our commitment, Democrats and Republicans, of sending $1,400 rescue checks to 85% of American households. We've already sent more than 160 million checks out the door. It's making a difference. You all know it, when you go home. For many people, it's making all the difference in the world. A single mom in Texas who wrote me -- 211426 She said she couldn't work. But she said the relief check put food on the table and saved her and her son from eviction from their apartment. A grandmother in Virginia who told me she immediately took her granddaughter to the eye doctor - something she said she put off for months because she didn't have the money. One of the defining images, at least from my perspective in this this crisis has been cars lined up -- cars lined up for miles. 211502 And not -- not people who just barely ever start those cars. Nice cars. Lined up for miles. Waiting for a box of food to be put in their trunk. I don't know about you, but I didn't ever think I'd see that in America? 211530 That's why the Rescue Plan is delivering food and nutrition assistance to millions of Americans facing hunger - and hunger is down sharply already. We're also providing Rental assistance, you all know this but the American people, I want to make sure they understand -- keeping people from being evicted from their homes, providing loans to small businesses to reopen and keep their employees on the job. 211556 During these 100 days, an additional 800,000 Americans enrolled in the Affordable Care Act when I established a special sign-up period to do that. 800,000 in that period. We're making one of the largest one-time ever investments, ever, in improving health care for veterans. Critical investments to address the opioid crisis. And maybe most importantly, thanks to the American Rescue Plan, we're on track to put child poverty in America in half this year. [ Applause / Standing ovation ] 211644 And in the process, while this is all going on, the economy created more than 1,300,000 new jobs in 100 days. More jobs in the first -- [ applause ] More jobs than the first 100 days than any President on record. The international monetary fund -- [ applause / standing ovation ] 211716 The International Monetary Fund is now estimating our economy will grow at a rate of more than 6% this year. That will be the fastest pace of economic growth in this country in nearly four decades. 211731 America is moving, moving forward. But we can't stop now. We're in competition with China and other countries to win the 21st century. We're at a great inflection point in history. We have to do more than just build back better -- to build back -- we have to build back better, we have to compete more strenuously than we have. 211756 Throughout our history, if you think about it, public investment in infrastructure has literally transformed America. Our attitudes as well as our opportunities. The transcontinental railroad, the interstate highways, united two oceans and brought a totally new age of progress to the United States of America. 211820 Universal public schools and college aid opened wide the doors of opportunity. Scientific breakthroughs took us to the moon. Now we're on Mars, discovering vaccines, gave us the internet, and so much more. 211833 These are investments we made together, as one country, and investments that only the government was in a position to make. Time and again, they propel us into the future. That's why I propose the American Jobs Plan, a once in a generation investment in America itself. This is the largest jobs plan since World War II. It creates jobs to upgrade our transportation infrastructure, jobs modernizing our roads, bridges, highways. 211909 Jobs building ports and airports, rail corridors, transit lines. It's clean water. And today, up to 10 million homes in America and more than 400,000 schools and child care centers have pipes with lead in them, including drinking water -- a clear and present danger to our children's health. The American Jobs Plan creates jobs replacing 100% of the nation's lead pipes and service lines so every American can drink clean water. [ Applause / Standing ovation ] 201955 In the process, we'll create thousands and thousands of good paying jobs. It creates jobs connecting every American with high-speed internet, including 35% of the rural America that still doesn't have it. This is going to help our kids and our businesses succeed in the 21st century economy. And I'm asking the vice president to lead this effort, if she would, because I know it will get done. [ Applause ] 212027 It creates jobs building a modern power grid. Our grids are vulnerable to storms, hacks, catastrophic failures with tragic results, as we saw in Texas and elsewhere during the winter storms. The American Jobs Plan will create jobs that will lay thousands of miles of transmission lines needed to build a resilient and fully clean grid. We can do that. [ Applause ] 212058 Look, the American Jobs Plan will help millions of people get back to their jobs and back to their careers. Two million women have dropped out of the workforce during this pandemic, two million. And too often because they couldn't get the care they needed to care for their child or care for an elderly parent who needs help. 212130 800,000 families are on the Medicare waiting list right now to get home care for their aging parent or loved one with disability. If you think it's not important, check out in your own district, Democrat or Republican. Democrat or Republican voters, their great concern -- almost as much as their children, is taking care of an elderly loved one who can't be left alone. 212201 Medicaid contemplated it, but this plan is going to help those families and create jobs for our caregivers with better wages and better benefits, continuing a cycle of growth. 212215 For too long, we failed to use the most important word when it comes to meeting the climate crisis: jobs. Jobs. Jobs. [APPLAUSE, STANDING OVATION, HARRIS AND PELOSI STAND] 212240 For me, when I think climate change, I think jobs. The American Jobs Plan will put engineers and construction workers to work building more energy efficient buildings and homes. Electrical workers, IBEW members installing 500 thousand charges stations along our highways so we can own -- [ applause ] 212303 So we can own the electric car market. Farmers, farmers planting cover crops so they can reduce the carbon dioxide in the air and get paid for doing it. 212316 Look, think about it. There is simply no reason why the blades for wind turbines can't be built in Pittsburgh instead of Beijing. No reason, none. No reason. [ Applause / Standing Ovation ] So, folks, there is no reason why American -- American workers can't lead the world in the production of electric vehicles and batteries. I mean, there is no reason. [applause] We have this capacity. We have the brightest, best trained people in the world. 212356 The American Jobs Plan is going to create millions of good paying jobs, jobs Americans can raise a family on -- as my dad would then say -- "with a little breathing room." And all the investments in the American Job Plan will be guided by one principle: Buy American. Buy American. [STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS STAND] And I might note parenthetically, that does not -- 212424 That does not violate any trade agreement. It's been the law since the '30s: Buy American. American tax dollars are going to be used to buy American products made in America to create American jobs. That's the way it is supposed to be, and it will be in this administration. [STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS STAND] 212451 And I made it clear to all my cabinet people. Their ability to give exemptions has been strenuously limited. It will be American products. Now, I know some of you at home are wondering whether these jobs are for you. So many of you, so many of the folks I grew up with feel left behind, forgotten in an economy that's so rapidly changing it's frightening. 212522 I want to speak directly to you, because you think about it. That's what people are most worried about: Can I fit in? Independent experts estimate the American Jobs Plan will add millions of jobs and trillions of dollars to economic growth in the years to come. It is a -- it is an eight-year program. These are good-paying jobs that can't be outsourced. Nearly 90% of the infrastructure jobs created in the American Jobs Plan do not require a college degree. 75% don't require an associate's degree. 212600 The American Jobs Plan is a blue collar blueprint to build America. That's what it is. [[STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS STAND] And it recognizes something I've always said, in this chamber and the other. Good guys and women on Wall Street, but Wall Street didn't build this country. The middle class built the country, and unions built the middle class. [STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS STAND] 212631 So that's why I'm calling on Congress to pass Protect the Right to Organize Act, the PRO Act and send it to my desk so we can support the right to unionize. [STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS STAND] 212649 And by the way, while you're thinking about sending things to my desk, [chuckles] let's raise the minimum wage to $15. [STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS CONTINUE STANDING] No one -- no one working 40 hours a week, no one working 40 hours a week should live below the poverty line. 212716 We need to ensure greater equity and opportunity for women. And while we're doing this, let's get the Paycheck Fairness Act to my desk as well. Equal pay. It's been much too long. [STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS STAND] 212727 And if you wonder whether it's too long, look behind you. [APPLAUSE CONTINUES] And finally. The American Jobs Plan will be the biggest increase in non-defense research and development on record. We'll see more technological change, and some of you know more about this than I do. We'll see more technological change in the next 10 years than we saw in the last 50. That's how rapidly artificial intelligence and so much more is changing. 212800 And we're falling behind the competition with the rest of the world. Decades ago, we used to invest 2% of our gross domestic product in America, 2% of our gross domestic product in research and development. Today, Mr. Secretary, that's less than 1%. China and other countries are closing in fast. We have to develop and dominate the products and technologies of the future, the advanced batteries, biotechnology, computer chips, clean energy. 212840 The secretary of defense can tell you, and those of you who work on national security issues know, the defense department has an agency called DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency. The people who set up before I came here, and that's been a long time ago, to develop break-throughs that enhance our national security. That's their only job. 212907 And it's a semi-separate agency. It's under the Defense Department. It's led to everything from the discovery of the internet to GPS and so much more. It's enhanced our security. The National Institute of Health, the NIH, I believe, should create a similar advanced research project agency for health. [ Applause ] 212935 And here's what it would do. It would have a singular purpose: to develop breakthroughs to prevent, detect and treat diseases like Alzheimer's, diabetes, and cancer. I'll still never forget when we passed the cancer proposal in the last year I was vice president, almost $9 million going to NIH. 213003 And if you excuse the point of personal privilege, I'll never forget you standing, Mitch, and saying, name it after my deceased son. It meant a lot. But so many of us have deceased sons, daughters, and relatives who died of cancer. I can think of no more worthy investment. 213025 I know of nothing that is more bipartisan, so let's end cancer as we know it. It is within our power. It's within our power to do it. [APPLAUSE] [STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS STAND] 213049 Investments in jobs and infrastructure like the ones we're talking about have often had bipartisan support in the past. Vice President Harris and I met regularly in the Oval Office with Democrats and Republicans to discuss the Jobs plan. And I applaud a group of Republican Senators who just put forward their own proposal. So let's get to work. I wanted to lay out before the Congress my plan before we got into the deep discussions. 213118 I like to meet with those who have ideas that are different, that they think are better. I welcome those ideas. But the rest of the world is not waiting for us. I just want to be clear, from my perspective, doing nothing is not an option. [APPLAUSE] [STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS STAND] 213144 Look, we can't be so busy competing with one another that we forget the competition that we have with the rest of the world to win the 21st century. As Secretary Blinken can tell you, I spent a lot of time with President Xi, traveled over 17,000 miles with him, spent [inaud] over 24 hours in private discussions with him. When he called to congratulate me, we had a two-hour discussion. 213217 He's deadly earnest about becoming the most significant, consequential nation in the world. He and others, autocrats, think that democracy can't compete in the 21st century with autocracies because it takes too long to get consensus. To win that competition for the future, in my view, we also need to make a once-in-a-generation investment in our families and our children. 213256 That's why I've introduced the American Families Plan tonight, which addresses four of the biggest challenges facing American families and, in turn, America. First is access to good education. When this nation made 12 years of public education universal in the last century, it made us the best educated, best prepared nation in the world. It's, I believe, the overwhelming reason that propelled us to where we got in the 21st -- in the 20th century. But the world has caught up or catching up. They're not waiting. 213334 I would say parenthetically, if we were sitting down, we put a bipartisan committee together said, okay, we're going to decide what we do in terms of government providing for free education. I wonder whether we'd think, as we did in the 20th century, that 12 years is enough in the 21st century. I doubt it. 12 years is no longer enough today to compete with the rest of the world in the 21st century. 213405 That's why my v guarantees four additional years of additional public education for every person in America starting as early as we can. The great universities in this country have conducted studies over the last ten years. It shows that adding two years of universal high quality preschool for every three-year-old and four-year-old, no matter what background they come from, puts them in a position to be able to compete all the way through 12 years and increases exponentially their prospect of graduating and going on beyond graduation. 213443 Research shows when a young child goes to school, not day care, they're far more likely to graduate from high school and go to college, or something after high school. When you add two years of free community college on top of that, you begin to change the dynamic. [ Applause ] We can do that. 213511 And we'll increase Pell grants and invest in Historical Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal colleges, minority-serving institutions. The reason is they don't have the endowments, but their students are just as capable of learning about cyber security, just as capable of learning about metallurgy, all the things that are going on that provide those jobs of the future. Jill is a community college professor who teaches today, as First Lady. 213543 She's long said -- [APPLAUSE] [STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS STAND] She's long -- [ applause cont. ] 213605 If I've heard it once, I've heard it a thousand times: "Joe, any country that outeducates us is going to outcompete us." She will be deeply involved in leading this effort. Thank you, Jill. Second thing we need, American Families Plan will provide access to quality, affordable child care. [APPLAUSE] [STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS STAND] We guarantee -- [SENATOR WARREN RAISES A FIST] 213640 What I'm proposing in the legislation -- we guarantee that low and middle income families will pay no more than 7% of their income for high quality care for children up to the age of five. The most hard pressed working families won't have to spend a dime. Third, the American Families Plan will finally provide up to 12 weeks of paid leave and medical leave, family medical leave. [APPLAUSE] [STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS STAND] We're one of the few industrial countries in the world. 213717 No one should have to choose between a job and a paycheck or taking care of themselves and their loved ones or parent or spouse or child. And, fourth, the American Family Plan puts directly into the pockets of millions of Americans. In March, we expanded the tax credit for every child in a family, up to $3,000 per child if they're under six years of age -- excuse me -- under -- over six years of age. 213748 And $3,600 for children over six years of age. With two parents, two kids, that's $7,200 in the pockets that are going to help take care of your family. And that will help more than 65 million children and help cut child care poverty in half. [ Applause ] 213810 And we can afford it. So we did that in the -- in the last piece of legislation we passed. But let's extend that child care tax credit at least through the end of 2025. [ Applause ] The American Rescue Plan lowered health care premiums for nine million Americans who buy their coverage under the Affordable Care Act. 213840 I know that's really popular on this side of the aisle. [ laughter ] But, let's make that provision permanent so their premiums don't go back up. [ STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS STAND ] 213859 In addition to my families plan, I'm going to work with Congress to address this year other critical priorities for American families. The Affordable Care Act has been a lifeline for millions of Americans protecting people with pre-existing conditions, protecting women's health. And the pandemic has demonstrated how badly, how badly it's needed. Let's lower deductibles for working families on the Affordable -- in the Affordable Care Act. And let's lower prescription drug costs. [ STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS STAND ] 213930 We know how to do this. The last president had that as an objective. We all know how outrageously expensive drugs are in America. In fact, we pay the highest prescription drug prices of anywhere in the world, right here in America. Nearly three times for the same drug, nearly three times what other countries pay. 214001 We have to change that. And we can. Let's do what we talked about for all the years I was down here in this body, in Congress. Let's give medicare the power to save hundreds of billions of dollars by negotiating lower drug prescription prices. [STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS STAND] 214022 And by the way, it won't just -- it won't just help people on Medicare. It'll lower prescription drug costs for everyone. And the money we save, which is billions of dollars, can go to strengthening the Affordable Care Act and expand medicare benefits without costing taxpayers an additional penny. It is within our power to do it. Let's do it now. [APPLAUSE] [STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS STAND] 214051 We've talked about it long enough, Democrats and Republicans. Let's get it done this year. This is all about a simple premise: Health care should be a right, not a privilege in America. [APPLAUSE] [STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS STAND] 214110 So, how do we pay for my Jobs and Family plan? I made it clear, we can do without increasing the deficit. Let's start with what I will not do. I will not impose any tax increase on people making less than $400,000. It's -- But it is time for corporate America and the wealthiest 1% of Americans to . [APPLAUSE] [STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS STAND] Just their fair share. 214149 Sometimes I have arguments with my friends in the Democratic party. I think you should be able to become a billionaire and a millionaire, but pay your fair share. A recent study shows that 55 of the nation's biggest corporations paid zero federal tax last year. Those 55 corporations made an excess of $40 billion in profit. 214217 A lot of companies also evaded taxes through tax havens in Switzerland and Bermuda and the Cayman islands. And they benefit from tax loopholes and deductions, for offshoring jobs and shifting profits overseas. It's not right. We're going to reform corporate taxes so they pay their fair share and help pay for the public investments their businesses will benefit from as well. [ Applause ] 214254 We're going to reward work, not just wealth. [PHONE RINGING] We take the top tax bracket for the wealthiest 1% of Americans, those making over $400,000 or more, back up to where it was when George W. Bush was President, when he started, 39.6%. 214314 That's where it was when George W. was president. We're going to get rid of the loopholes allowing Americans to make more than a million dollars a year and pay a lower tax rate on their capital gains on Americans who receive a paycheck. We're only going to affect three-tenths of 1% of all Americans by that action. Three-tenths of 1%. 214337 And the IRS is going to crack down on millionaires and billionaires who cheat on their taxes. It's estimated to be billions of dollars by think tanks that are left, right, and center. I'm not looking to punish anybody. But I will not add a tax burden, additional tax burden to the middle class in this country. They're already paying enough. [ Applause ] 214404 I believe what I propose is fair. Fiscally responsible. And it raises revenue to pay for the plans I propose and it will create millions of jobs that will grow the economy and enhance our financial standing in the country. When you hear someone say they don't want to raise taxes on the wealthiest 1% or corporate America, ask them, whose taxes do you want to raise? Instead, whose are we going to cut? 214436 Look, the big tax cut of 2017, you remember it was supposed to pay for itself. That was how it was sold. And generate vast economic growth. Instead, it added $2 trillion to the deficit. It was a huge windfall for corporate America and those at the very top. 214500 Instead of using the tax saving to raise wages and invest in research and development, it poured billions of dollars into the pockets of CEOs. In fact, the pay gap between CEOs and their workers is now among the largest in history. According to one study, CEOs make 320 times what the average worker in their corporation makes, it used to be in the -- below 100. The pandemic has only made things worse. 20 million Americans lost their job in the pandemic, working and middle class Americans. 214535 At the same time, roughly 650 billionaires in America saw their net worth increase by more than $1 trillion, in the same exact period. Let me say that again: 650 people increased their wealth by more than $1 trillion during this pandemic. And they're now worth more than $4 trillion. 214559 My fellow Americans, trickle down -- trickle down economics has never worked, and it's time to grow the economy from the bottom and the middle out.[APPLAUSE] [STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS STAND] 214621 You know, there is a broad consensus of economists left, right, and center, and they agree what I'm proposing will help create millions of jobs and generate historic economic growth. These are among the highest value investments we can make as a nation. I have often said, our greatest strength is the power of our example, not just the example of our power. 214646 My conversations with world leaders, and I've spoken to over 38 -- 40 of them now. I have made it known. I have made it known that America is back. And you know what they say? The comment that I hear most of all from them? So they say, "we see America is back. But for how long? But for how long?" 214709 My fellow Americans, we have to show not just that we're back, but that we're back to stay and that we aren't going to go alone. [ STANDING OVATION, HARRIS AND PELOSI STAND] 214723 We're going to do it by leading with our allies. No one nation can deal with all the crises of our time, from terrorism to nuclear proliferation, mass migration, cybersecurity, climate change as well as experiencing -- what we're experiencing now with pandemics. 214743 There is no wall high enough to keep any virus out. And our own vaccine supply, as it grows to meet our needs, and we're meeting them, will become an arsenal for vaccines for other countries, just as America is an arsenal for democracy for the world, and a consequence -- influence for (?) the world. [ Applause ] 214810 But every American will have access before that occurs. Every American will have access to be fully covered by Covid-19 from the vaccines we have. Look, the climate crisis is not our fight alone. It's a global fight. The United States accounts, as all of you know, for less than 15% of carbon emissions. The rest of the world accounts for 85%. 214840 That's why I kept my commitment to rejoin the Paris Accord because, if we do everything perfectly, it's not going to only (?) matter. I kept my commitment to convening a climate summit, right here in America, with all the major economies of the world: China, Russia, India, European Union. And I said I would do it in my first 100 days. And I want to be very blunt about it. 214905 I had -- my attempt was to make sure that the world could see there was a consensus, that we are at an inflection point in history. The consensus is if we act to save the planet, we can create millions of jobs and economic growth and opportunity to raise the standard of living of almost everyone around the world. If you watched any of it, and you were all busy, I'm sure you didn't have much time, that's what virtually every nation said, even the ones that aren't doing their fair share. 214941 The investments I propose tonight also advance the foreign policy, in my view, that benefits the middle class. That means making sure every nation plays by the same rules in the global economy, including China. My discussions -- in my discussions with President XI, I told him, we welcome the competition. We're not looking for conflict. 215005 But I made absolutely clear that we will defend America's interest across the board. America will stand up to unfair trade practices that undercut American workers and American industries like subsidies from state to state owned operations and enterprises and the theft of American technology and intellectual property. 215027 I also told President Xi that we'll maintain a strong military presence in the Indo-Pacific, just as we do with NATO and Europe. Not to start a conflict, but to prevent one. [APPLAUSE] [STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS STAND] 215050 I told him what I said to many world leaders, that America will not back away from our commitments, our commitment to human rights and fundamental freedoms, and to our alliances. And I pointed out to him, no responsible American President could remain silent when basic human rights are being so blatantly violated. An American President -- President has to represent the essence of what our country stands for. 215117 America is an idea, the most unique idea in history: we are created, all of us, equal. It's who we are, and we cannot walk away from that principle. And, in fact, say "we're dealing with the American idea." With regard to Russia, I know it concerns some of you, but -- 215143 I made very clear to Putin that we're not going to seek -- excuse me -- escalation, but their actions will have consequence if they turn out to be true. And they turned out to be true, so I responded directly and proportionately to Russia's interference on our elections, and the cyberattacks on our government and our business. 215207 They did both of these things, and I told them we would respond and we have. But we can also cooperate when it's in our mutual interest. We did it when we extended the New START Treaty on nuclear arms, and we're working to do it on climate change. But he understands we will respond. 215230 On Iran and North Korea, nuclear programs that present serious threats to American security and the security of the world, we're going to be working closely with our allies to address the threats posed by both of these countries through -- through diplomacy as well as stern deterrence. And American leadership means ending the forever war in Afghanistan. We have -- [APPLAUSE] [STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS STAND] 215303 We have, without hyperbole, the greatest fighting force in the history of the world. I'm the first president in 40 years who knows what it means to have a son serving in a war zone. Today, we have service members serving in the same war zone as their parents did. We have service members in Afghanistan who were not yet born on 9/11. 215327 The war in Afghanistan, as we remember the debates here, were never meant to be multi-generational undertakings of nation building. We went to Afghanistan to get terrorists -- the terrorists who attacked us on 9/11. And we said we would follow Osama Bin Laden to the gates of hell to do it. If you've been in the upper Kunar Valley, you've kind of seen the gates of hell. 215354 And we delivered justice to Bin Laden. We degraded the terrorist threat of Al-Qaeda and Afghanistan. And after 20 years of value, valor, and sacrifice, it's time to bring those troops home. [ STANDING OVATION, HARRIS AND PELOSI STAND ] Look -- 215416 Even as we do, we'll maintain over the horizon capacity to suppress future threats to the homeland. And make no mistake, in 20 years, terrorism has metastasized. The threat has evolved way beyond Afghanistan. Those of you in the intelligence committees, the foreign relation community, defense communities, you know well. We have to remain vigilant against the threats to the United States wherever they come from. Al-Qaeda and ISIS are in Yemen, Syria, Somalia, other places in Africa, in the Middle East and beyond. 215450 And we won't ignore what our intelligence agency has determined to be the most lethal terrorist threat to the homeland today: white supremacy's terrorism. 215502 We're not going to ignore that either. My fellow Americans, look, we have to come together to heal the soul of this nation. It was nearly a year ago, before her father's funeral, when I spoke with Gianna Floyd, George Floyd's young daughter. She's a little tyke, so I was kneeling down to talk to her so I could look her in the eye. She looked at me, she said, "my daddy changed the world." 215532 Well, after the conviction of George Floyd's murderer, we can see how right she was if, if we have the courage to act as a Congress. We have all seen the knee of injustice on the neck of Black Americans. Now is our opportunity to make some real progress. The vast majority of men and women wearing the uniform and a badge serve our communities and they serve them honorably. 215601 I know them. I know they want -- [APPLAUSE] [STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS STAND] I know they want to help meet this moment as well. My fellow Americans, we have to come together to rebuild trust between law enforcement and the people they serve, to root out systemic racism in our criminal justice system and -- 215634 to enact police reform in George Floyd's name that passed the House already. I know Republicans have their own ideas, and are engaged in a very productive discussion with Democrats in the Senate. We need to work together to find a consensus, but let's get it done next month by the first anniversary of George Floyd's death. [APPLAUSE] [STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS STAND] 215705 The country supports this reform, and Congress should act -- should act. [applause] We have a giant opportunity to bend the ark of the moral universe towards justice, real justice. And with the plans outlined tonight, we have a real chance to root out systemic racism that plagues America and American lives in other ways. 215728 A chance to deliver real equity, good jobs, good schools, affordable housing, clean air, clean water, being able to generate wealth and pass it down to generations because you have an access to purchase a house. Real opportunities in the lives of more Americans, Black, white, Latino, Asian Americans, Native Americans. 215759 Look, I also want to thank the United States Senate for voting 94-1 to pass COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act to protect Asian-American and Pacific Islanders. [STANDING OVATION, HARRIS AND PELOSI STAND] You acted.] decisively. 215811 You can see on television the viciousness of the hate crimes we have seen over the past year and for too long. I urge the House to do the same and send that legislation to my desk, which I will gladly, anxiously sign. I also hope Congress will get to my desk the Equality Act to protect LGBTQ Americans. [ STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS STAND] 215834 To all Transgender Americans watching at home, especially the young people, who are so brave, I want you to know your President has your back. Another thing: let's authorize the Violence Against Women Act, which has been law for 27 years. [ Applause ] 27 years ago I wrote it. 215859 It will close -- the act that has to be authorized now, it will close the boyfriend loophole to keep guns out of the hands of abusers. The court order said "this is an abuser," you can't own a gun. It's to close that loophole that existed. You know, it's estimated that 50 women are shot and killed by an intimate partner every month in America, 50 a month. 215930 Let's pass it, and save some lives. [APPLAUSE] [STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS STAND] And I need -- I need not tell anyone this but gun violence has become an epidemic in America. The flag at the White House was still flying at half mast for the eight victims of the mass shooting in Georgia when ten more lives were taken in a mass shooting in Colorado. WASH 5 ABC NEWS POTUS BIDEN ADDRESS TO CONGRESS HEAD ON ISO REP RESPONSE PRIMARY 04282021 220000 220001 And in the week in between those two events, 250 other Americans were shot dead in the streets of America. 250. Shot dead. I know how hard it is to make progress on this issue. In the 90s, we passed universal background checks, a ban on assault rifles and high capacity magazines that hold a hundred rounds that can be fired off in seconds. We beat the NRA. Mass shootings and gun violence declined. 220033 Check out the report over ten years. But in the early 2000s, the law expired. We've seen daily bloodshed since. I'm not saying if the law continued we wouldn't see bloodshed. More than two weeks ago in the Rose Garden, surrounded by some of the bravest people I know, the survivors and families who lost loved ones to gun violence, I laid out several of the Department of Justice actions that are being to taken to impact in this epidemic. 220102 One of them is banning so-called ghost guns. These are homemade guns built from a kit that includes directions on how to finish the firearm. The parts have no serial numbers. So they show up at crime scenes and they can't be traced. The buyers of these ghost gun kits aren't required to pass any background check. 220127 Anyone, from a criminal or terrorist, could buy this kit and within 30 minutes have a weapon that's lethal, but no more. And I'll do everything in my power to protect the American people from this epidemic of gun violence, but it is time for Congress to act as well. [APPLAUSE] [STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS STAND] 220150 Look. [applause, cont.] I don't want to become confrontational but we need more Senate Republicans to join the overwhelming majority of Democratic colleagues, and close the loopholes required in background checks purchases of guns. We need a ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines. And don't tell me it can't be done. We did it before, and it worked. 220220 Talk to most responsible gun owners and hunters, they'll tell you there is no possible justification for having a hundred rounds in a weapon. What do you think, deer are wearing kevlar vests? [laughter] I mean, what's -- They'll tell you that there are too many people today who are able to buy a gun but shouldn't be able to buy a gun. 220246 These kinds of reasonable reforms have overwhelming support from the American people, including many gun owners. The country supports reform and this -- and Congress should act. This shouldn't be a red or blue issue, and no Amendment to the Constitution is absolute. You can't yell "fire" in a crowded theater. From the very beginning there were certain guns, weapons that could not be owned by Americans. 220316 Certain people could not own those weapons ever. We're not changing the Constitution. We're being reasonable. I think this is not a Democrat or Republican issue. I think it's an American issue. And here's what else we can do. Immigration has always been essential to America. Let's end our exhausting war over immigration. 220342 For more than 30 years, politicians have talked about immigration reform, and we've done nothing about it. It's time to fix it. On day one of my presidency, I kept my commitment to send a comprehensive immigration bill to the United States Congress. If you believe we need to secure the border, pass it, because it has a lot of money for high tech border security. If you believe in a pathway to citizenship, pass it. There's over 11 million undocumented folks, the vast majority are here overstaying visas, pass it. 220415 We can actually -- if you actually want to solve the problem, I've sent a bill to take a close look at it. We also have to get at the root problem of why people are fleeing ,particularly to our southern border of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. The violence, the corruption, the gangs, the political instability, hunger, hurricanes, earthquakes, natural disasters. When I was president, my president -- when I was vice president, the president asked me to focus on providing help needed to address the root causes of migration. 220446 And it helped keep people in their own countries instead of being forced to leave. The plan was working, but the last administration decided it was not worth it. I'm restoring the program, and I asked Vice President Harris to lead our diplomatic effort to take care of this. I have absolute confidence she'll get the job done. [APPLAUSE] 220507 Now look, if you don't like my plan, let's at least pass what we all agree on. Congress needs to pass legislation this year to finally secure protection for Dreamers. [APPLAUSE] [STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS STAND] The young people who have only known America as their home. [applause, cont. ] And permanent protection for immigrants who are here on temporary protective status who came from countries beset by man-made and natural made violence and disaster. [APPLAUSE] [STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS STAND] 220545 As well as a pathway to citizenship for foregn workers who put food on our tables. [APPLAUSE] [STANDING OVATION CONT.] Look, immigrants have done so much for America during this pandemic and throughout our history. The country supports immigration reform. We should act. Let's argue over it. Let's debate it, but let's act. [ Applause ] And if we truly restore -- want to restore the soul of America, we need to protect the sacred right to vote. [APPLAUSE] [STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS STAND] Most people -- 220628 More people voted in the last Presidential election than any time in American history, in the middle of the worst pandemic ever. It should be celebrated. Instead, it's being attacked. Congress should pass HR-1, and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act [APPLAUSE] [STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS STAND] and send it to my desk right away. 220650 The country supports it, and Congress should act now. [applause, cont.] Look, in conclusion, as we gather here tonight, the images of a violent mob assaulting this Capitol, desecrating our democracy remain vivid in all our minds. Lives were put at risk, many of your lives. Lives were lost. 220712 Extraordinary courage was summoned. The insurrection was an existential crisis, a test of whether our democracy could survive, and it did. But the struggle is far from over. The question of whether our democracy will long endure is both ancient and urgent, as old as our Republic, still vital today. 220737 Can our democracy deliver on its promise that all of us created equal in the image of god have a chance to lead lives of dignity, respect, and possibility? Can our democracy deliver to the most pressing needs of our people? Can our democracy overcome the lies, anger, hate, and fears that have pulled us apart? America's adversaries, the autocrats of the world, are betting we can't. And I promise you they're betting we can't. 220804 They believe we're too full of anger and division and rage. They look at the images of the mob that assaulted the Capitol as proof that the sun is setting on American democracy. But they're wrong. You know it. I know it. But we have to prove them wrong. We have to prove democracy still works, that our government still works, and we can deliver for our people. 220828 In our first hundred days together, we've acted to restore people's faith in democracy to deliver. We're vaccinating the nation, we're creating hundreds of thousands of new jobs, we're delivering real results to people. They can see it, feel it in their own lives, opening doors of opportunity, guaranteeing some more fairness and justice. That's the essence of America. That's democracy in action. Our Constitution opens with the words, as trite as it sounds, "we the people." 220856 Well, it's time to remember that we, the people, are the government. You and I. Not some force in a distant capital. Not some powerful force that we have no control over. It's us! It's we the people. In another era when our democracy was tested, Franklin Roosevelt reminded us, in America, we do our part, we all do our part. That's all I'm asking. That we do our part, all of us. If we do that, we will meet the center challenge of the age by proving that democracy is durable and strong. 220936 Autocrats will not win the future, we will. America will. And the future belongs to America. As I stand here tonight before you in a new and vital hour of life and democracy of our nation, and I can say with absolute confidence, I have never been more confident or optimistic about America, not because I'm President. Because of what's happening with the American people. 221003 We've stared into the abyss of insurrection and autocracy, pandemic and pain. And We, the people, did not flinch. At the very moment our adversaries were certain we'd pull apart and fail, we came together. We united. With light and hope, we summoned a new strength, new resolve to position us to win the competition of the 21st century. 221030 On our way to a union more perfect, more prosperous, and more just as one people, one nation, and one America. Folks, as I told every world leader I ever met with over the years, it's never ever, ever been a good bet to bet against America and it still isn't. [APPLAUSE] [STANDING OVATION, PELOSI AND HARRIS STAND] We're the United States of America. 221057 There is not a single thing, nothing, nothing beyond our capacity. We can do whatever we set our minds to if we do it together. So let's begin to get together. God bless you all, and may god protect our troops. Thank you for your patience. [APPLAUSE CONT.] [STANDING OVATION, CONT.] 221120 [BIDEN ELBOW BUMPS PELOSI] 221125 [BIDEN ELBOW BUMPS HARRIS] 221129 BIDEN>> Thank you. [PUTS MASK ON] [BIDEN CONCLUDES] 221955 PELOSI>> [GAVELS] The Chair declares the Joint Session of the two Houses now dissolved. 222034 >> The House will come to order. For what purpose does the gentleman from Maryland seek recognition? [inaud]
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