tv Early Start With Christine Romans and Laura Jarrett CNN September 22, 2021 2:00am-2:59am PDT
♪ it's 5:00 a.m. in new york. thanks so much for getting an early start with us. i'm laura jarrett. >> i'm christine romans. welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. we have reports this morning from florida, beijing, texas, and the united nations. but we begin on capitol hill. this morning lawmakers face important deadlines with serious consequence overnight. they passed a bill to avert a government shutdown and the debt ceiling with grim prospects in the senate. democrats and republicans far apart even though failure to
reach a deal could unleash economic havoc. >> they are sparring with each other, progressives and moderates directly at odds over the timing of passing two critical pieces of the president's agenda. you have the hard infrastructure and also expanding the social safety net. today president biden will meet with house speaker pelosi and senate ma jordan leader chuck schumer and other democrats in the most extensive in-person engagement with democrats in the white house since the president took office. >> danielle diaz is live on capitol hill. take us through what happened. >> reporter: it was a crazy night. crazy nights are not rare on capitol hill. look, the house passed this funding bill that would fund the government through early december, along with a measure that would raise -- excuse me, suspend the debt ceiling through early december 2022. but this matters because this stopgap measure which needs to be passed in order to avoid a government shutdown when funding expires on september 30th faces
a difficult journey in the senate where at least ten republicans would need to vote in favor of it. and right now senate minority leader mitch mcconnell has been very clear that no republicans are going to get behind this. and the majority of republicans have been saying this as well. so this is going to be a showdown between democrats and republicans in the senate to see whether republicans will vote to support this funding measure that includes the suspension to the debt ceiling. and if this does not happen, if republicans do not get behind this measure, the u.s. faces default on its debt, which, of course, treasury secretary janet yellen has repeatedly warned congress could be incredibly bad before the nation which is why this needs to be addressed as soon as possible. democrats are facing a lot of issues right now when this goes to a vote in the senate and republicans are going to have to decide whether they're going to support it. >> that's the part about keeping the government open which is
critical. but what about the other piece of this? what about the president's economic agenda? where does that stand? >> reporter: that's right, laura. that is its own problem. separately from this funding measure that is going to the senate, you know, house speaker nancy pelosi has been facing a lot of issues within her own party, within moderates and progress ichlds in her own party about what to do about this $3.5 trillion economic bill, the tax and expanding bill that would expand the social safety net and the bipartisan infrastructure bill that has already passed the senate. so, look, moderates want a vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill, but progressives have said that if the house does not vote for the economic bill, the $3.5 trillion bill first, they will withhold their vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill. so a lot of debate on this. but take a listen to what the leaders on both sides, the moderate side and the progressive side said about the deadlines. they're saying completely
different things. take a listen. >> when progressive senators passed the bipartisan bill in the senate, it was on the specific understanding and commitment that both bills would move together. and so now we want to make sure that both bills are moving together and we're going to hold to that commitment. and so, yes, half our members, more than half our members will not move the bipartisan bill without the reconciliation bill being passed. >> i'm very optimistic that we will on monday bring it up. we'll get a vote and it's going to pass the house. we'll get there. there's too much on the line. obviously the white house wants it, the president wants it, the country needs it. the bottom line is the vote is going to be on the 27th. we have a commitment from the speaker. >> reporter: so as you heard there, they're saying completely different things about how they want this to proceed in the house. the sticking points include, of course, how they're planning to pay for this. the corporate taxes, prescription -- of course, there
is debate on how the prescription drug pricing plan. look, the top line number continues to be the biggest debate on this. progressives want more money and they have settled on $3.5 trillion. the moderates want to pare that price tag down to $1.5 trillion. they don't want as much spending. that is one of the problems with the debate between moderates and progressives on how they're going to pass this. but, look, as you guys mentioned, president joe biden is planning to meet with house speaker nancy pelosi, senate majority leader chuck schumer to debate on this and he's planning to meet with the chairs of the critical caucuses that are behind uniting their members to support both of these bills. so this is part of a huge plan for president joe biden to try to pass these bills and achieve his economic agenda which he wanted to do this congress. >> daniela, thank you so much for that. laura, we talked about the 3 1/2 trillion dollar. we're hearing a lot in the process, that's what washington is. what's happening at this moment is essentially this administration trying to remake
the american economy. tilting in favor of families, giving huge tax cuts essentially to families, where as previously we were getting tax cuts to companies. there's a whole cradle to grave remake of the american economy here. >> part of the challenge seems to be they wanted to do it all at once, right. the president had an ambitious agenda. unlike f.d.r. where there were little pieces along the way, he wanted to get it done at once. you're seeing the challenges, the real sausage making in washington. >> there are so many pieces. the debt limit is the credit card limit. if they don't raise that, secretary janet yellen warned of a catastrophe with real world consequence. social security checks could stop for nearly 50 million seniors. troops can't be paid. critical monthly child tax payments could stop. it will make america a more expensive place to live. borrowing for credit cards, mortgages and cars could spike for millions of consumers. the treasury is moving money around keeping the bills paid.
extraordinary measures, they call it. at some point they will run out of wiggle room. remember, this is paying the bills for what congress has already spent under republican and democratic administrations. the u.s. has never defaulted on its debt, something that would damage america's credit and undermine the pandemic response. this morning the death of gabby petito has been officially ruled a homicide, and the fbi is asking for the public's help finding her fiancee brian laundrie. questions surround the early stages of this investigation, like why laundrie apparently had something of a head start before he disappeared or went into hiding, laundrie was home in north port, florida, for about two weeks. >> what you can't explain is where the guy is, why did he run, and why did he really feel that he needed to evade authorities. and those are going to be questions in the event he's brought back safely, that everyone is going to want to know. if there is an innocent explanation, you stay and explain. you don't run and hide. >> every day we are learning
more details about that road trip. one woman came forward saying she picked up laundrie as he hitch hiked alone in wyoming not far from where petito's remains were found. laundrie has not been charged with the crime. police haven't been able to do more than file a search warrant. also why black and brown women never receive the same amount of attention. cnn's leyla santiago reports from venice, florida. >> reporter: christine, laura, the fbi announced they have identified the remains found over the weekend in grand teton national park as 22-year-old gabby petito. now, this comes as the search continues here in florida for her fiancee, brian laundrie. we expect teams to start early in the morning today, continuing to look for him in the area of 25,000 acre reserve. very swampy area, very lush.
can be tough terrain for search crews to go through. but for right now this is a process of elimination. they are trying to rule out where he's not and trying to find where he is, because they want to talk to him. they have been saying this for days now about gabby petito. we know that the fbi is taking the lead in this investigation and sorting through evidence that was collected at brian laundrie's parents' home. that happened on monday after they surrounded the home and went inside to question the parents. we saw them load up a van with paper bags. we saw them tow away a mustang. all of this as investigators try to find the answers now to what happened and where is brian laundrie. christine, laura? >> leyla santiago, thank you. it was a big lie, they knew it, and what an internal memo
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>> come on, guys. >> thank you very much. >> the violence is not justified. you can see most of mr. biden's response could not be heard over the shouting of white house staffers trying to clear the press out of the oval office. cnn's rosa flores is on the ground in del rio, texas. >> reporter: laura, christine, i am just yards from the bridge where thousands of migrants are waiting to be processed by u.s. immigration authorities. take a look and you'll see that this is the area that has been the center of the news for days now. if you look closely, you'll see that there are men, women, children. we have drone footage of this area that really gives you an idea of the magnitude of this camp. at last check, the del rio mayor says that there are more than 8,000 migrants here still waiting. if you look in the air closely, you'll also see that a lot of these migrants have made their own huts, their own places so
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the u.n. using the end of the afghanistan war to turn a corner on diplomacy. the taliban wants representation at the u.n. but doesn't look like they're ready to compromise on key issues. cnn's nic robertson is live for us in kabul again this morning. nic, you just spoke with a senior taliban official. what did you learn? >> reporter: yeah, the brother of haqqani, the interior minister who has an fbi bounty of $10 million on his head for connections to terrorism, to al qaeda, what he told me was president biden's decision to end the war was the right decision. he said in his and the taliban's view, there are still hawk in the u.s. administration that would still want to fight the taliban here. but he said that he thinks future generations of americans will thank president biden for the decision. he thinks it's the right decision, but he does feel at the moment that those, what he
describes as hawks, are still out for a fight in afghanistan. and on those key issues that president biden listed for the taliban to adhere to in the future in their government, that is, rights for women, political rights, economic rights, social rights, their rights as women to have full lives, that was what president biden said was important for the taliban to understand. so i really pressed on that issue, and the understanding that i've come away with seems very clear, that the taliban are not willing to compromise on their cultural values of women, their place in society as they see deemed by islam, and so it seems -- and this was the very clear understanding i got in this hour and a half almost interview, that the taliban will not compromise on women's issues to free up frozen assets that they have in the international community the others and united states have frozen, billions and
billions of dollars, so that they can aid the economy here in afghanistan. their view is they will stand by their own traditional values. and if the economy gets hurt, that would be something that they can withstand. they said they've been through that before. so this is the view from here. they believe that they have made some compromises by putting in yesterday announcing 17 non-taliban members into the government. many people here feel that's window dressing, but that compromise on women's issues doesn't seem to be there at the moment. >> this just shows you how important it is for them. okay, nic, thank you so much for that. well, it's been a roller coaster of the week for the brazilian health minister in new york for the u.n. general assembly. monday night marcell confronted protesters upset about his government's downplaying the pandemic by flipping them a double middle finger as you can see in this grainy video. yep, there it is. the very next day he announced he tested positive for covid-19
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all right. good morning. bottom of the hour. this is early start. i'm christine romans. >> i'm laura jarrett. it is 30 minutes past the hour. time for our top stories we're keeping an eye on today. the ability to avert a government shutdown and the debt ceiling, democrats battling each other over major parts of the biden agenda. more on all this in just a moment. texas governor abbott digging in over the fight over reproductive freedom. the bill comes after texas passed a law banning nearly all abortions. the faa asking u.s. airlines to take a more aggressive action to combat a rise in unruly and violent passenger behavior during this covid-19 pandemic. more than 4300 passenger incidents have been reported since the start of the year. officials say nearly three quarters have been mask related. happy meals will soon be a little greener. mcdonald's plans to phase out
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a major baseball team. it will air sunday night. profound implications for your kitchen table economics. democrats are fighting each other and republicans as government spending, the debt ceiling, two major economic proposals at the same time. the house voted to pass the government funding bill that includes the suspension of the debt limit, but republicans are refusing to get on board. and now we have a high-stakes game of chicken developing with democrats daring republicans to shutdown the government next week. >> democrats also seem to be daring each other to kill president biden's agenda. house progressives insist they will not vote for a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill on monday if the senate doesn't pass a 3 1/2 trillion dollar measure that contains many of their top progressive priorities. moderates are still insisting on a monday vote. the two democratic factions calling each other's bluff. here's the speaker. >> we're going to get our work done on our reconciliation bill
as we always said. that's a plan. >> will you vote against this, half of the caucus if it's not passed congress? >> you know what, this is called the legislative process. >> president biden will significantly ramp up his engagement with congressional democrats today, meeting with members from all sides of the caucus. all right. it is time for three questions in three minutes. this morning let's bring in cnn capitol hill reporter melanie zanona. good morning. you know, melanie, the house passed the government funding bill. all eyes now on the senate. does the senate pass this or is the government still looking at a possible shutdown? >> reporter: i mean, there's pretty much zero chance this bill passesette senate. democrats initially wanted to leverage this bill by putting on both disaster aid and funding for the government to try to get republicans to vote for a debt ceiling hike. but mitch mcconnell has made clear republicans are not going to be on board with that. so it is doomed to fail in the
senate. and democrats still haven't said what their plan b is. really the options come down to either reversing what their original strategy was, or trying to tack it onto this reconciliation package which would enable them to pass it without any republican votes. but that has its problems as well. i mean, it's a lengthy process. they would have to go back and amend the budget resolution, moderates also don't be want to go down this route because they would have to name the price they're raising the debt limit to. so it's a lot of risk all around. both sides are digging in very hard right now and it is unclear what the path forward is going to be. >> melanie, it seems like some of the more progressive voices in the democratic party seem to have a lot of leverage right now. how did that happen and how do you see this playing out? >> reporter: well, i mean t' simple. when you have a thin, razor thin majority in the house, anyone can have leverage as long as they band together. so whether it's the progressive caucus which has some 90 members or the sen trysts who had ten members and were able to hold things up last month with the budget resolution, as long as
they defy the leadership they do have leverage. depends how this plays out, unclear. progressives saying they are not going to sproet for the infrastructure bill. pelosi promised it would come to the floor next week. we could have a scenario where this bill comes to the floor and does not pass. now, biden is going to the hill today. he is expected to talk with a number of different democrats. he's going to try to play peace maker, you know. him coming to the hill could have some sort of influence if he's leaning on these members saying, i need this to pass. do this for me. but as of right now, these two wings of the party are in open warfare with each other and there's no sign that either is willing to back down at this moment. >> there is so much at stake here. i really want to mark the moment here. we're talking about a remaking of the american economy that's tilted toward working families really, tilted away from the advantages that would be given to companies over years and generations and now really a big remake here. a lot at stake for real people. democrats and republicans alike.
does the gop really want to be viewed as the party that shutdown the government if the democrats have the votes to keep it open? those who value their medicare checks and social security? >> reporter: you're right to point out what's at stake. this would be a massive remaking of the social safety net if they pass their economic package. if the government shuts down or defaults on its debt that could have massive implications for the economy. i've talked to a number of republicans and asked why do you feel comfortable opposing something like this? they feel comfortable democrats are going to get the blame, they are in control of all three levers in washington. it is up to them to figure it out. if they want to hike the debt ceiling, if they can figure out the solution on their own, but, of course, they also are adamantly opposed to the $3.5 trillion in spending. that is something they are going to campaign on in midterms. >> mitch mcconnell was clear. democrats have the white house, they have the house, they have the senate. they can raise the debt ceiling and they can own that, own that
image of overspending. >> they're not all in agreement. >> melanie, nice to he sue you. thank you. reporter for cnn. >> reporter: thank you. attempting to rebound after the worst losses in months, rebound fell flat tuesday. the dow couldn't hold onto gains made at the open. it closed down 50 points. the s&p also fell. the nasdaq managed a small gain. plenty to worry about here. we're in a pandemic. there is inflation at home. in china there is the implosion of this big real estate fund. and the looming question today, when will the federal reserve pull back its extraordinary support for the american economy. the central bank is meeting and is not expected to announce that tapering as it's called today because the recovery has run into some roadblocks. the delta variant keeping the economy from getting back to normal. job growth is sploeg. we talked about inflation weighing on the recovery. debt ceiling drama makes it hard to imagine the fed would pull back at this moment. we will hear from the fed chief jerome powell at his news conference, press conference this afternoon. to covid now and while the cdc's vaccine advisory panel prepares to consider boosters
for older americans, many are still living under threat from the unvaccinated. in kentucky, almost two-thirds of hospitals are reporting critical staffing shortages. three employees of a small school district in lee county have died of the virus in less than a month. kentucky republicans recently scrapped a mask mandate in public schools, but more than 90% of districts in the state are keeping them in place anyway. in pennsylvania 30% of coronavirus patients are in the i.c.u., double the number from earlier in the pandemic. hospitals there are now offering incentives including signing bonuses and loan forgiveness with drained employees raising concerns about patient care. meanwhile, there is an undercurrent of social shaming and pressure on people who are just trying to stay safe. this incredible story in texas. a couple was asked to leave a restaurant for wearing face masks. they have a baby at home that's immunocompromised. they wore face masks to the restaurant. >> how do their face masks hurt anyone? in florida governor ron
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u.s. will increase funding to help developing nations confront it. and now there is a major commitment from one of the world's biggest polluters. cnn's newly minted beijing chief steven zhang live in beijing for us this morning. congratulations, i haven't seen you since the news. talk us through this. how big a deal is this? >> i think in all, as they say with fancy title comes great responsibility. speaking of which, one responsibility for world leaders is tackling climate change. xi jinping in one announcement said china will stop funding overseas coal projects. this is encouraging because before this announcement, china was the only major funder of such projects left. and with this new policy could potentially shutter dozens of planned coal projects in 20 developing countries around the world. and that's something a lot of people have been waiting for a long time. but the devil is always in the details, and details are lacking here because we don't know when this new policy will kick in and
if it's going to apply to both private funding as well as public funding. and most importantly we don't know if and when china is going to stop building new coal-fired power plants domestically and start shutting down old ones because that's important. last year alone, china actually added as much new coal power as they have just promised to potentially cancel overseas. that's the level of coal consumption and production we're talking about here, which still very much relies on fossil fuels to power its economy, coal accounting for 60% of the energy mix. this contradiction pointed out by experts and u.s. officials, john kerry, the special envoy of climate change who was here recently telling us it was simply counter intuitive and counterproductive for china to continue this building spree of new coal power plants while insisting they're going to stick to their very ambitious climate goal. expect beijing to be under growing pressure not only the u.s. but other governments to do
something on the domestic front about his coal use. laura? >> steven, thank you so much for laying that out for us. concerns about billions of foreign relationships and security. investigating zoom's deal to buy a software company. the wall street journal reports the government panel known as team telecom is concerned about national security risks given zoom's ties to china. and axios is reporting the secret service, the fbi and other federal agencies are buying surveillance drones from company they call a security threat. the secret service bought drones from dji. the government is exposing itself to malicious actors overseas when there are american-made alternatives. the justice department says a marketing deal between two major airlines could mean higher prices for customers. the government filed an anti-trust lawsuit against american airlines and jetblue tuesday.
d.o.j. claims the alliance to consolidate operations in new york and boston will raise fares and reduce choice in the markets. it will coordinate on everything including routes, schedules, plane sizes. the american c.e.o. says it benefits customers by adding a full-scale competitor against delta and united in new york city. all right. let's get a check on cnn business this morning. looking at futures, markets rather around the world, asian shares closed mixed and european shares have opened higher here bounce back 1% in london. that huge chinese property front ever grand owns a $36 million interest payment thursday. ever grand trying to ease concerns of a collapse. it's negotiating that interest payment. so we'll see if that works on wall street. stock futures higher, but the stock rebound yesterday fell flat. the dow closed 50 points lower. clues from the latest fed reserve meeting on when the fed will start a tapering as they call it of the stimulus program.
the delta variant, debt ceiling and inflation may cause them to wait on pulling back that support. the biden administration is cracking down on ransomware with sanctions. the treasury department said it will sanction cryptoexchange for attacks. over 40% of suex history is associated with illicit actors. last year ransomware payments reached more than $400 million, more than four times the level in 2019. major companies stepping up to create opportunities for afghan refugees arriving in the u.s. 33 major companies including amazon, facebook, pfizer, u.p.s., tyson, uber founded the c.e.o. amazon will hire refugees in warehouses and tech and corporate roles. they will hire and train refugees. the c.e.o. said tuesday the moment a refugee gets a job it is the moment they stop being a refugee.
it's a moment they can start a new life. they rally for a dramatic walk-off win against the orioles keeping their playoff hopes alive. andy scholes has the bleacher report. hey, andy. >> less than two weeks left in the regular season for major league baseball. all of these games super important for those teams trying to make it to the postseason. the phillies couldn't afford to lose to baseball's worst team the orioles. two outs. j.t. coming through. hits this one to right just out of the reach of right fielder anthony san tan der. bryce harper sprinting around. hair flowing. phillies win. players flood the field to celebrate. they remain three games behind the braves in the nl east. st. louis cardinals meanwhile remain red hot. they beat the brewers 2-1 for their tenth straight win. when this streak started the card
cardinals had a 5% chance of winning. now they have an 89% chance. st. louis a four-game lead for the second wild card spot in the national league. u.s. women's national team back on the pitch, dominating paraguay again. the team scoring five goals in the first 15 minutes. alex morgan scoring a hat trick. carley lloyd adding another goal in the 8-nil victory. women's national team finish their tour by playing south korea twice next month. scary scene in new orleans as the roof of the super dome was on fire. the team said the pressure washer being used to clean the roof before painting burst into flames. the fire was contained to the gutter system and only a small area of the roof suffered minimal damage. one person did suffer minor injuries. no events are expected to be impacted. the saints haven't played at the super dome since hurricane ida hit the city last month. their first game back is scheduled to be october 3rd against the giants.
the football pendant containing the ashes of aaron jones's late father has been found. jones lost the pendant while running in one of his four touchdowns against the lions. it was an emotional game because it was the first at lambeau had when his father passed away due to complications during the offseason. he is grateful to brian engel for finding it in the end zone at 1:45 a.m. we have a new candidate. conner mcgregor at the cubs game last night. the ball pretty much goes sideways out of his hands. and you know, guys, we've seen a lot of bad ones. conner mcgregor an all-time great promoter. i almost think he did that on purpose so everyone would be talking about it, right? that is pretty hard to throw it that bad. >> it's pretty hard. i tell you i can. >> your mma skills may not
translate. >> i guess. >> all right, andy, thanks for that. nice to see you. all right. a very busy day. the president's economic agenda hanging by a thread this morning. "new day" will have the authors on the trump coup attempt. the texas couple that got kicked out of the restaurant for trying to keep their baby safe. listen to this. >> a waitress came over, sat down next to me and said, so, our manager sent us over because i am nicer than he is, and yes, this is very political, but you need to take your mask off. >> i spent my money on this business. >> all right, thanks so much for joining us. i'm laura jarrett. >> i'm christine romans. have a great day. (vo) unconventional thinkining meas we see things differently, so you can focus on what matters most. that's how we've become the leader in 5g.
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now a criminal investigation. she was on a cross country journey with her fiancee. now nowhere to be found. president trump targets his own niece in a $100 million lawsuit over a story in the "new york times". a dangerous games of blinksmanship on capitol hill. a couple from texas kicked out of a restaurant because they were wearing masks. they will join us live this hour. ♪ good morning to our viewers in the united states and all around the world. it is wednesday, september 22nd. i'm john berman. and, yes, alongside brianna keilar this morning. the frantic search intensifying this morning for the man who came hom