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tv   President Biden Meets with Governors Mayors on Infrastructure  CSPAN  August 15, 2021 2:18am-3:09am EDT

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i want to thank you for signing
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the bipartisan infrastructure bill. it is the first big bipartisan thing we've done in a while and i think it's long overdue. it is great to see you all. yesterday the senate passed the bipartisan structure bill and a significant milestone on the road towards making what we all know are long overdue and much needed investments. as gretchen when she said, just fix the roads, dam it -- damn it.
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i want to thank work and for all of you and my administration with members of congress, with the media, to highlight the need to make these investments on our nations if a structure. mayors, governors, tribal, county littles -- county leaders local officials at every level, , you know there is no such thing as a democratic vote or republican bridge. you know it's not working. you know what it means to be accountable to the people you serve and to focus on solving in your communities. cities and counties cannot do it alone. they need the federal government to be a partner. solving problems and eating a partner is what we are supposed to be doing. that is that approach we have been taking with this bipartisan for structure bill. it will create literally millions of jobs and put america on the path to win the 21st global economy. we are in a competition with many other nations. it makes key investments to put
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people to work in cities, small towns, and rural communities. i believe it's a historic investment in roads, rail, transit, and bridges. clean energy and clean water and it will enable us not only to build back, but to build back better than ever before. across america more than 45,000 bridges are structurally deficient. 45,000 bridges are structurally deficient. one out of every five miles of highway is in disrepair. this bill makes the larges investment in bridges since the creation of the interstate highway system. 10 million households and 400,000 schools, day care centers, they lack safe drinking water. this bill will allow us to replace 100% of the nation's lead pipes and service lines so every child in america can turn on a faucet in the school or at home and drink clean water.
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that is what this infrastructure is about today. we have to build the infrastructure for tomorrow, not just today. we have to build back for tomorrow, i know you are tired of hearing me say it, build back better than it was before we hit this god-awful circumstance we are in. this bill will deliver high- speed internet to every american. it will build a national network of 500,000 electric vehicles charging stations. that's another important part of the bill. nearly 90% of the jobs created by this bill do not require a college degree. this is the ultimate blue-collar blueprint to rebuild america. we will do it without raising taxes by one cent. on anyone making less than $400,000 a year. that is why i wouldn't even support a increase gas tax.
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like the transcontinental railroad and the interstate highway system, we will once again transform america and propel this nation into the future. i believe passing this bill will also do something else. it will help ease the years of gridlock in washington and show the american people that the government can and will work for them again. we will still have big disagreements, but it's happening at a critical time. now is the moment to build on the momentum. we have added more than 4 million new jobs since my first day in office six months ago. the unemployment rate is the lowest since the pandemic hits. -- hit. we are delivering a tax cut to families with children every single month. those who get their health insurance through the affordable care act we are covering more , people and we are able to do it at a lower premium up to 40%. as we battle with the delta
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virus, we have the tool and the vaccinations, we need to vaccinate more americans and the tools to keep our economy growing and growing, but we have to get more people vaccinated. i know you all know that well. we just have to act. that is what i want to talk about today. i want to hear from you about these investments and what they mean for your states and communities, what we could've done better if we could have done, and why it is so urgent. let me start with governor wittner. we remember your campaign slogan. you have been focused on trying to fix the roads in your state since you took office. what would the federal investment in michigan roads and bridges do to maintain your states economy and job creation? i will go one at a time if that's okay.
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fire away. gov. whitmer: thank you, mr. president. i am so glad to be here with you. it is my honor to be here as the governor of the great state of michigan as we come together to make the largest infrastructure investment in american history. you mentioned it, but i ran on fixing the damn roads. and it's fixing the dams and roads. don't think i haven't noticed that so many other governors and cabinet secretaries have been stealing that tagline, it's true across the nation. anyone can use that phrase, just make sure the mom in flint who first to set it back to me in 2018 gets a little bit of credit. today i'm especially proud to have so many partners who share on the mission to fix the roads. i want to thank you, mr. president, and vice president harris, because of your leadership and dedication . countless families, communities and small businesses in michigan across the country will benefit.
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i want to thank all the senators who worked across the aisle to get this done, including including michigan's own senators who have been tireless champions for michiganders. i am so glad to be here speaking alongside mayor dyer, commissioner hausmann and chief hoskin. this diverse group shows how wide-ranging and impactful this bill is. the infrastructure investment and jobs act takes a big step towards making michigan modernize and develop the infrastructure we need to effectively connect our communities and continue our economic jumpstart. the bold package is going to create millions of good paying jobs, fix our crumbling roads and bridges, help us build a clean, resilient energy grid. bolster public transportation, deliver clean drinking water to millions of families, and ensure every home has access to high-speed internet, which we know after the last year and a half is truly a foundational and
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fundamental need. this landmark bill will be a game changer for us here in michigan. we are estimated to receive $7.26 billion for roads and bridges. that is money we can use that to restore and rebuild our crumbling roads and bridges, saving drivers and small businesses money and time. a $7.26 billion to make commutes or a drive to school, road trips up north safer and smoother. the bill will also build out a national network of electric vehicle charging stations, helping michigan's iconic auto industry turbocharge a transition to electric and continue to lead the future of mobility so that the f-150 you drove in dearborn or the gm truck you drove the other day, we need to have this infrastructure so we can lead the world in advanced mobility.
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this is a much-needed investment in moving us towards an electric future and it may be the momentum we need for bigger investments in the future. our senators spearheaded a record $1 billion investment in the great lakes restoration. it will help us clean up and restore the beautiful freshwater lakes and preserve our picturesque peninsulas. finally, the package includes $10 billion to help us continue cleaning up toxic chemicals and contaminants from our water supply. it includes $4 billion to help water utilities remove chemicals from their supply or connect well owners to local systems. another $5 billion to help small or disadvantaged communities tackle key foss -- tackle phosphorus in the drinking water. this is setting the stage for future collaborations as well. we will keep working at the state level to make bold infra structure investments as well. i got a $3.5 billion rebuild
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-- rebuilding michigan -- and the year before last 21 state , highway construction projects are underway this summer supporting 22,800 good paying jobs. we are investing resources to make sure every michigander can go about their day and get things done without worrying about if they will blow a tire or crack and axle. we are doing whe creating all of these jobs in the process. the economic and job creating potential of this infrastructure and jobs act is huge. it is a big deal, as you would say. with this once in a generation investment we can usher in a new era of prosperity and build back better from this pandemic stronger than ever. i am grateful for your leadership and i am excited about the prospect of this and what it's going to mean for every american. not some, not a few, but everyone of us will benefit when we get this done. i am so glad to be with you today. president biden: thank you.
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by the way, i think breaking through this first big barrier in a bipartisan way, i really believe it doesn't make everything easy, but it does have an effect on other things. i noticed you mentioned i had the three president's of the three major american auto companies and the autoworkers in my backyard here at the white house. they had electric vehicles. the commitment is to get 50% of all of our vehicles in america be electric vehicles. 550,000 charging stations along the highways that are being repaired.
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that means for michigan, if i'm looking at my notes, you are going to receive $110 million for the expansion of ev charging twor. hopefully this makes people realize if the autoworkers and the auto bill executives can get together and form this kind of an alliance, i think we are making some real progress. thank you for what you have done and continue to do. mr. mayor, i don't want to get you in trouble in fresno, california, to letting you know i like republicans, but you've done a of a job. i am anxious to hear out your electric buses. anyway, the floor is yours, jerry. mayor lumumba: thank you mr. president, for your leadership on this critical infrastructure package. there are many things to like about this bill. beginning with the bipartisan support, that always makes it easier on us at the local level.
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the last time i checked, both republican and democrats alike travel on our roadways and cross our bridges and use mass transit and breathe the same air. unfortunately, fresno along with los angeles, our neighbors to the south, have some of the worst air quality in the nation. that is why we are focused to transitioning to clean air buses in fresno, as you mentioned. we rolled out our first electric buses last week. thanks to a federal transportation grant, thank you mr. president for your administration. this bill i believe will accelerate the efforts here in fresno. second, as you know, fresno is ground zero for california's high-speed rail efforts and i'm proud to say that we will be host to the nation's first high-speed rail station here in downtown fresno.
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so federal assistance is in order to complete this project and i'm hopeful this infrastructure bill will provide that financial support to us here in fresno. fresno, like many cities, is in the midst of airport expansion with the addition of a new terminal at the airport this coming year. certainly this bill has the potential to expedite our airport expansion, as well. with the changing climate and drought conditions in california, we are facing on a weekly basis life-threatening wildfires that not only put our power grid in danger locally, but our firefighters, as well. this bill will strengthen our power grid by investing in it
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, which is vital in our region, and it's very important that we do so in order to avoid some of the rolling blackouts that we experience here in fresno as a matter of routine. lastly, unfortunately, i'm not proud of this, fresno is number two in poverty in the state of california. we have a very poor valley and poor region, most of our jobs historically have been agricultural centric, although that is changing. this infrastructure bill will create good paying, meaningful jobs which are desperately needed in fresno and throughout the region and allow us to build upon those agricultural jobs that we've been relying upon. i just want to say as the mayor of fresno and as a republican, i am very grateful for your leadership on this infrastructure package making it
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, a priority with your administration, considering or taking in consideration input from state and local jurisdictions as well as working diligently to pursue that bipartisan support. so thank you again and we are here to assist and take advantage of that money. president biden: thank you, mr. mayor. i'm not being solicitous, but we can have fresno in mind, i'm not joking, because the air quality and where you sit and how tough it is for you there. all of the things you mentioned have an impact or will allow you to have an impact on air quality. i am a big rail guy. we have more money in this area for high-speed rail than all the money we spent on amtrak. this is a gigantic investment. you know as well as i do when people can take a train from point a to point b conveniently and faster than driving a
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vehicle, they take the train. we are talking about electric, not diesel. we are talking about being able to transform and impact the air quality in your area because of geographic location. also with regard to the power grid, you have seen more than most people in california, the impact that weather has on not being able to sustain the security of the power grid. fires are bad weather, whatever it is. there is a lot of money in here for making sure we can take care of the lines that carry the electricity and move it along. one of the other pieces in here that i know you know about because you are already doing it is that your airport as well as the high-speedrail terminal, there is money in here for airports. republicans strongly support it
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, as well as democrats, because there is a lot that has to be done to modernize the airports and that also has the impact of cutting down on air quity -- air quality problems. so there is so much. and i understand you have seven more electric buses on order and you are thinking about more? we have some money for you. mayor lumumba: thank you. we have seven more coming online in 2022. if you want to send us more, we will take them. president biden: by the way, it is a big deal. one of the things we are doing is we have provisions we are trying to encourage the american manufacturers to actually generate and build a platform for these electric buses. i was in carolina looking at a factory where they were making not only school buses but also the regular transit system that are elected based.
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-- electric based. it's phenomenal what is going on. we have to make sure we have all of the access to the various pieces of materials and minerals we need to produce them. but it is a big deal. i will be coming back to all of you to get help on making sure we continue to make these investments. because i view this as just starting, not the end. this will play out over the next eight years. it's a lot of money over $500 , million of new money over those eight years. and it's paid for. it's paid for. thank you for what you're doing. i always joke with my friends, being a mayor is maybe toughest job in american politics. they know where you live and affect your everyday lives. i wish you the best of luck. >> thank you.
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president biden: mayor from jackson mississippi, how are you doing, thank you for being so nice to my wife. mayor lumumba: thank you mr. president. it is a pleasure to join yo u and all of the amazing people on this call today. i want to express my gratitude not only to your administration but towards the bipartisan effort that has led to this bill passing the senate. i want to thank senator roger wicker who stepped up and supported this effort. mr. president, as you are well aware, the residents of jackson who i have the honor to serve are greater than the sum of their challenges. the city of jackson is greater then the some of the challenges. the city is pregnant with possibilities. we do have real challenges which were reflected in our february storms. the consecutive storms we faced that completely debilitated our ter distribution system. these are challenges we have
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seen frequently, and were reflected in a different fashion most recently in february. because we have experienced hotter summers, colder winters, and more rain in the rainy season, it has had a detrimental impact on our aging and crumbling infrastructure. in february it resulted in raw water screens that froze, making it difficult for water to get into the water treatment facility, consequently making it difficult for treated water to get out. this led to tens of thousands of residents across the city of jackson being without potable and non-potable water. this is more than just a matter of convenience. is a matter of life and what people rely on. it's how people take their medication, it's how people in the midst of a pandemic take care of their sanitary needs.
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this has been an extreme challenge and i cannot express enough my gratitude for your efforts and the bipartisan effort to see this bill passing the senate. we look forward to its passage through the house. i believe one of our principal functions as leaders who are responsible for the needs of our residents is understanding that budgets are moral documents which should reflect the values we have as a nation. we need our budgets and our economy to more than just reflect our aspirations of gdp and stockmarket metrics. they must meet sustainable development goals and we must create a dignity economy that reflects the inherent dignity of every person. to be able to provide safe drinking water, sustainable infrastructure, resilient
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infrastructure, and equitable infrastructure has to be a part of our plan to build back better. i want to once again express my gratitude for your hard work, your focus on this issue. when i met you during your campaign in atlanta, georgia, you stated this would be a focus of yours and i am thankful for you holding true to that promise. president biden mr. mayor, thank : you. i think it is important that the other 1600 or 1700 people on this call understand what you and others have gone through. you find yourself in a position in terms of water where it's estimated that over the next 20 years mississippi drinking water infrastructure will require $4.8 billion in additional funding. the infrastructure investment and jobs act includes $55 billion in investment to ensure clean, safe, drinking water. it is a right of all communities
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as you point out. the bill would eliminate the nations lead-based service lines which i know you and i talked about. there is a lot of goodness going on here. and i say to mayor dyer as well, we talk about the poverty rate of these towns. we will be able to have all of you have full internet -- full blown internet that's affordable in rural areas and cities across the way. that will change the circumstance for those people in those communities. so that when people god forbid , when we are back to distance learning where they don't have to sit in the mcdonald's parking lot to get access to the internet to do their work. i cannot thank you enough. you have gone out of your way to deal with the issues we are
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talking about here. i hope you will see a lot of benefits flow from this because the idea is no more flints fort jacksons in terms of water. as my grandfather used to say, by the grace of god and the goodwill of neighbors. we also have the entire united states senate supporting it by 69 votes and we are looking forward to it happening in the house as well. i know that county commissioner hausman of fulton county will not be confused about anything, but i made a mistake saying being a mayor is the toughest, maybe being a county commissioner is because you knock on a door and say, my name is joe biden and candidate for a
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county council and you know what they are thinking, what do you do? what does the commissioner do? [laughter] anyway, you have a hell of a job liz, so why don't you tell me what is on your mind. do you take a lot of atlanta in your district? comm. hausmann: yes, sir, atlanta is in our county. president biden: fire away, the floor is yours. comm. hausmann: mr. president, first of all it's an honor to serve the citizens of fulton county but it is a true honor to be here with you today as we have this important conversation about the future and improving our nation's infrastructure. thank you for having me. i am coming from the state of georgia, which prides itself on being the number one state in the nation for new business . along with it comes heavy traffic and congestion. for counties across the country generally, this is an important conversation as we are tasked with directly supporting 70% of
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-- 78% of the public transit system across the united states. so this money in new investments is greatly appreciated and will be very impactful to the services we provide in the public transit arena. counties invest over $23 billion each year in the operation, maintenance, and construction of transit utilities and mass transit systems, including subways, surface rails, and buses. that is all to say that counties play a critical role in the nation's transportation a we -- transportation network and we appreciate all of the work that has gone into the creation of the bipartisan infrastructure investment and jobs act. here in fulton county and the 13 county metro atlanta region, ha -- we have done extensive planning for expanding our transit system, including site
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visits with county and city leaders to transit assets of other major metropolitan areas and our state has legislatively created regional facility to coordinate efforts with existing transit agencies across our region. unfortunately, we do not have the resources necessary to implement those plans. so we are especially pleased to see the increase in a small starts program, project eligibility from $300 to $400 million along with the increase of $50 million in the federal match. for fulton county and metro atlanta, this means that many of our transit expansion projects will now be eligible to receive this expanded federal funding. the bottom line is that this bipartisan infrastructure package provides mobility options for our community and
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the transit provisions provide connectivity, jobs, and sustainability with the growth we know is coming. in metro atlanta alone, we expect to grow by 2 million people in the next 20 ars. -- next 20 years. we have suffered with local government being required to fund what really is a regional problem. the reality is each county is limited to funding projects within our county borders and our authority might stop at the county border, but our transportation needs do not. we cannot do it without the support and partnership of our state and federal government and this bipartisan infrastructure package will help us do just that. thank you very much. president biden: thank you. i know all of you understand this and the other over 1000 people on this call understand,
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local officials, is that when you talk about the commute times and public transportation, in georgia, those on public transportation spend an extra 74.1% of their time commuting and nonwhite households are 3.9 times more likely to commute on public transportation. 7% of the trains and other trains and vehicles are past their useful life and georgia would expect to get $1.4 billion over the next five years, a significant portion which would be your county, under the infrastructure investment jobs -- infrastructure investment jobs act across the state.
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we spend that much time commuting, it costs taxpayers and those couters a lot of money. the average georgia driver spends $375 a year in costs due to driving on roads that need to be repaired. you had a circumstance in your state were 374 bridges and over 2260 miles of highway are in poor condition. it all comes down to being able to move and move without creating additional pollution and generating the ability to move safely and do it in a way that will significantly increase business opportunities. having been a county official myself, i know it is hard to convince people that because you overlap cities and towns and the like and that it all affects you. thank you for your support and i think it will be very helpful. comm. hausmann: thank you. i'm glad to hear you have georgia on your mind.
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president biden: i do, for more than one reason. [laughter] i want to turn to chief hoskins of the cherokee nation and -- in oklahoma. your administration has invested millions of dollars to bring high-speed internet to the cherokee nation, especially rural cherokee nation committees. how the additional tribal broadband resources support your tribal citizens or whatever else you want to talk about? it seems to me that should be a significant help. i hope. chief hoskin: it is. thank you, mr. president. it's a great honor to be with you and all of the leaders on this panel. this bill is important for the country but i want you to know the important to me is because you did not forget indian th -- forget indian country. this bill overall has more than $11 billion investment in indian
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country. that is historic, potentially transformational investments for tribes across this country. president biden indian nations. :chief hoskin: indian nations across this country working the sovereigns with the united states. for us, broadband is a high priority. no cherokee kid ought to be going to school without access to high-speed internet, no elder ought to lack access to telemedicine that we are making available to our people because they live in an area without connectivity. the entrepreneurs we know are out there and in our communities should not miss opportunities to develop because they live in an area with a cannot connect with the rest of the world. cherokee families should be able to connect like everyone else. conductivity and broadband is important for the country. in indian country, the problem is particularly difficult.
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in the rural parts in particular. we are dealing with it at cherokee nation. we have already invested heavily for the reasons i mentioned. there is a nether region, if a lot of these small communities in these rural areas because they don't have broadband and a chance to exceed that means cherokee lifeways and culture we cannot let that happen. this is an important moment for the cherokee nation. during covid, what we found is what we were already concerned about, which is that when you have a lack of high-speed internet, the worst public health crisis in recent memory and students are having to , change the way they learn and elders are having to be more isolated and families are socially distancing from their fellow cherokees we know it's , more important than ever to stay connected. we used the department of interior grant and found that 35
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of our communities lacked conductivity. we went right to work to stand up hotspots in those communities. we issued 11,000 hotspots to students and other cherokees who need them just to get us through. that was important and significant investment but it , really is a drop in the bucket of what we need as we went out and visited with these families. we are applying for the tribal broadband conductivity grant through the united states department of commerce. what this bill does is it injects $2 billion more into that program and extends the life of the program by four years. that will let tribes like the cherokee nation that are already working on this to grab those dollars and put them immediately to work to scale up what i am talking about. the communities where we put up hotspots will build up the infrastructure needed to make permanent connectivity in those
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committees. we will make sure those kids and elders stay connected. the other thing your administration has done in its commitment to working and consulting in a meaningful manner with tribal nations. that is why we have confidence when we work with the department of commerce we can tailor these programs in a way that's flexible and it reflects what we need in our rural communities and cherokee communities. we have great confidence in that so it's as much about the respect as it is about the dollars. the dollars are indispensable and plentiful in this bill. we recently visited an elderly family, cherokee elders that are fluent cherokee speakers that live in belfonte. they told us they did not go to their telemedicine appointment during covid when we had to keep our health facilities limited in terms of access because they did not have connectivity. we did not know it, so we partnered with star link and we have high-speed internet to
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their home so our deputy chief and i got on a virtual conference with them. they said they've only seen something like that on tv. they never thought they would do it. it is opening up an entire world to them. what it told me and i think tells a lot of tribal leaders is that we have a chance to get a foothold in the economy for people. this is very important. those are fluent cherokee speakers. if we do not succeed right now in connecting elders to kids and connecting schools and healthcare, we will lose something irreplaceable. it's more irreplaceable than the economic development that we know this bill will get. it is more important than anything, and it's cherokee language and culture. when we look back generations from now and know we saved it and that the cherokee language is thriving and in our economy is doing good and our reservation is a place for prosperity, we will look back at this moment and see we had this
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opportunity to make transformational change and we could not have done it without our federal partners. we are proud of our leadership and we could not do it without this bill. you have my great appreciation and admiration. president biden you have my : appreciation, you don't owe me anything. this is what we used to do when i first got to the senate. we actually worked with one another. one of the things that affects tribal lands in my experience, not just cherokee but across the board, is that a significant risk for the effects of climate change. infrastructure investments that we are talking about here is going to invest in everything from forest management to helping communities build resilience to wildfires and floods and elevating buildings to roads and bridges because we have to build back to where we know the minimum requirements
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are now and we have to do it better. we can't build it back to what it used to be. you use to build a road back to where it was before it got flooded. you can't do that anymore. the climate has changed so significantly already. you have to elevate and move. see what is happening on the east coast from florida up to delaware and beyond along the coast. you see the effects of the rising seas and buildings literally sinking or tilting. losing their ability to stand. it is a big deal, the things that are changing. i think it's particularly important in tribal lands, elevating the buildings, roads and bridges and winterizing the power grid. there is a lot to do that benefits everybody. one of the points i want to make and i will get off my soapbox,
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my observation in my years of public life have been that when ordinary folks do well, everybody does well. everybody does well. the wealthy do very well, the upper-middle-class do very well, middle-class, immediate sincerely. when it works from the middle out and the bottom up, everybody does well. there are all kinds of studies from the great universities in your states demonstrating that is the case. this is what this is about. i think we have a real chance to deliver clean drinking water, access to internets, roads that are not congested. i was up in wisconsin talking to a group of folks in a factory and i spoke afterwards and they showed me around, a couple hundred people. in front of me in this factory floor were the elected
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officials, governor and other folks and to my right were all of the folks, the hourly workers and management. i talked about this having safety provisions in it. they all looked at me like what does that mean? i said i bet everyone of you can name the intersections of your town and city where the highest accident rate is or where the most pedestrians are hit and in unison, 100 started shaking their heads, we know. this does a lot of practical things. a lot of practical things to change the environment people live in. there is a lot more to do. we still have to get it through the house and get things moving but i want to thank you all for your time and insight and your continued leadership. we are closer than we've ever been in a long time making a once in a generation investment. this total investment in roads
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and highways is bigger than we did with eisenhower's interstate highway system. the only analogies on the boat to get there are similar. we started off with the erie canal, moving people west, the intercontinental railroad, we link to the coasts. and then all the way to enter -- to eisenhower's interstate highway system literally changed , the way americans lived. change the way we developed. now, we are investing as much money or more money to do those kinds of things that make us better connected and also give us more breathing room and clean air a little bit. i want to thank you all because almost all of you signed on to the bipartisan effort of mayors
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as well as other state and county officials to support this. i promise you, we will stay on top of making sure, as long as i'm here, it gets out and it gets out swiftly and economically and in a way that builds this country. i know i got criticized when i was running, they said i was -- i said i was running for three reasons, to restore the soul of the country, to rebuild the backbone , middle-class and working-class people in the country and not leave them behind, and third, to unite the country. i know a lot of people are skeptical but we can do this. we can do this. we are going to disagree on the philosophy of some things but we can do this. i am convinced we can. by the way, i will say something that has no direct bearing or immediate bearing on what any of you are dealing with. when i was over in the nato
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conference for the g7, largest industrial nations in the world, i was in a summit with putin and i'm about to do it with g 20. do you know what effects the attitude about the rest of the world on the united states, can we still get things done? not a joke. not a joke. when i went over, i said to the seven leaders, we are back. the response was for how long? ,you guys can't get anything done. i will conclude by saying when i won, because of my irish background and heritage, they were ringing bells in ireland and putting my picture on the side of buildings and the like but the prime minister of ireland the prime minister of ireland said something just before i got sworn in that made a lot of sense. he said i'm not sure america can
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do anymore. it can even deal with covid. it can't lead anymore. that's what the world is looking at. you've got guys like xi jinping and putin who think the answer is autocracy because democracy can't get together, the world is changing so rapidly, we can't get together and answer the big, tough questions. i really mean it, i'm not joking. i promise you this is what your children and grandchildren will be writing about in their senior thesis in graduate school. we've got to be able to demonstrate, we can get things done. it can't be done by one party. so thank you all so very, very much. my grandpa would say with the grace of god and the creek not rising, we are going to get all of this done. i hope you will look at my build back better plan that has a that
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has to do with a lot of pieces that the senate just agreed to move forward with. take a look and see if any of it is of value to your communities, ok? i really do appreciate it. thank you so much.
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subcommittee, this is an hour and 15 minutes. >> without objection, recess at any time can be clearer declared. the committee is being recorded and i want to announce a couple of reminders to them members. please keep video on as long as you are present here. you are responsible for your own microphone, keep your microphones muted unless you are speaking and finally, if


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