tv President Biden on August Jobs Report CSPAN September 3, 2021 12:05pm-12:29pm EDT
>> watch the senate on c-span two, online on c-span.org or free on our c-span radio app. coming up this afternoon at 2:00 eastern, secretary of state antony blinken will be delivering marks on the u.s. ending its military commission in afghanistan. we will have that for you starting at 2:00 p.m. eastern on c-span. tonight at 9:00 eastern foreign correspondence discuss the u.s. withdraw from afghanistan. a little bit later, a hearing on higher education, the means oversight subcommittee looks
into the issue coming up at 10:00 p.m. eastern. watch online at c-span.org or listen with the free c-span radio app. earlier today president biden spoke at the white house on the latest jobs report. the unemployment rate dipped as they added 235,000 jobs in august. here's with the president had to say.
president biden: good morning. we are getting ready to head down to louisiana. a few things i had to do. as we head into labor day weekend, we have more evidence of the progress of the economic calamity. today we found out we created 235 thousand new jobs in august. unemployment is at the lowest it's been in 18 months. despite the impact of the delta variant, what we are seeing is an economic recovery that is durable and strong. we are getting results. america is on the move.
this report means that we have been adding an average of 750,000 jobs per month on average during the past three months. in the two months before i became president, we are adding 60,000 jobs a month. total job creation is nearly double any prior first-year president. what we have seen this year is the continued growth month after month with job creation. it is not just that i have added more jobs than any first-year president is that we have added jobs every single one of my first seven job reports. wages are going up. some months there are fewer,
some months there are more. always adding jobs. this makes our economy stronger and consistent progress that is not boom or bust. the fastest rate in about 40 years. we are the only developed country in the world whose economy is now bigger than it was before the pandemic. the groundwork related with the of it -- we laid with the american rescue plan, we are seeing an economy and job market that's dealing with the ups and downs of the delta variant. we have a lot more work to do. the facts speak for themselves. think of where this country stood on the day i was sworn in as president. compare it to where we are today. the number of people filing
unemployment claims is down 57%. child poverty is down 50%. we are no longer seeing long lines of people waiting for a box of food to be put in their trunk after waiting for hours. sometimes after two hours. i believe it is going to continue to go down. last week's gallup poll found that 72% of americans think that now is a good time to find quality jobs. this time last year, that number was 30%. that is the mark of an economy where regular people could see a place for themselves in the economy. throughout the holiday we celebrate this weekend, it is honoring the american work, the economic strategy, that's what it's all about as well. it is about building our economy from the bottom up. providing some extra breathing
room. my dad would say just a little breathing room. creating an environment where our employers could compete for workers. by providing higher wages and better benefits. wages are up, especially for working-class americans. even so, even with the progress we have made -- there are two critical tasks to take the next steps in our recovery. the first, we need to make more progress in fighting the delta variant of covid-19. since becoming president, i have ramped up testing, security and a vaccine for every single american -- secured enough vaccine for every single american. still, too many have not gotten vaccinated.
it is creating a lot of mone --s the steps we have taken makes growing jobs even in the face of this growing delta surge. it is different from the way things were last winter. there is no question the delta variant is why today's jobs report isn't stronger. i know people were looking for a higher number. next week i will lay out the next steps that we will need to combat the delta variant for some of those fears and concerns. we will talk about how to further protect our schools, business, economies from the threat. as we continue to fight the delta variant, the american rescue plan continues to support
communities. even with some of the benefits that were provided are set to expire next week, states could explore those benefits and the federal resources from the rescue plan to do so. they have the federal money to be able to do that. states continue to have access to a wide range of support. to make them available. affordable. other resources to help our economy get back to normal. the measures we have taken so far have brought america out of the freefall. steadied us and enabled us to grow our economy as we continue to combat covid. we are not losing jobs. the fight against covid today is far different from the flight we were waging last winter. the second thing that has to
happen is congress finishing the job of passing my economic agenda so you can keep up the historic momentum we have been building these last seven months. it is about investing in america's future. not about short-term stimulus. that is not what we are talking about. it is a long-term prosperity we are talking about. by lowering the cost of living for families. it is about reducing bottlenecks in our economy. reducing the long-term price pressures. it is about helping ease the burden parents bear, especially mothers in the job market. both the senate and the house have taken important steps forward to pass my bipartisan infrastructure plan. this bill is going to end years of gridlock. we used your member we always
had the whole notion. literally and figuratively, it is going to change things on our streets and around the country. we will create millions of good paying jobs. we will ease inflationary pressure. allow us to win the competition of the 21st century as the competition becomes more intense. it is historic investment in transit and bridges, clean energy and clean water. it is going to modernize our energy grid. look what is happening across the country now in terms of the energy. make our roads and highways safer. make us more resilient from extreme weather. look, this is about good paying
jobs. ordinary people. blue-collar workers. for the carpenters, plumbers, electrical workers, so many other americans. 90% of the jobs were created won't require college trees. they will propel us into the future. just as they did when we built the transcontinental railroad. look, at the same time the house and senate have two advance the build back better agenda. that is critical investments in job cares to make it easier for families to be able to go to work. assure their child is being taken care of. all of you out here, your greatest concern is caring for
an elderly parent. it is about paid leave. allowing people with a new child or a sick spouse at home to take care of them without risking their paycheck, not indefinitely before an amount of time that could make a difference. universal pre-k and community college. increasing our competitive edge globally around the world, over time. we will combat climate change. building the clean energy. building windmills all the way around the country. parts that don't have that capacity. allowing medicare to negotiate drug prices with producers. here's the thing you need to
know, we will not raise taxes one cent on anyone making less than $400,000 a year. we will do that by leveling the playing field. by just having a fair system, we asked the largest corporation to begin to pay their fair share. the super wealthy will not impact anything. it is about time they begin paying their fair share. for example, you heard me say before, it was the best example to make clear to people a complicated notion. the largest corporations paid zero in federal taxes. it is about time they pay their fair share, like everybody else.
it comes out to billions of dollars that they pay. the irony of ironies was during a recession, you heard me say this before, the vast majority of americans are struggling to hang on. the number of billionaires actually group. i want to hold here. there been so many records the stock market has hit under my presidency, imagine if the other guy was here. it is wonderful, the stock market is surging. that doesn't mean that it is best for the economy. the stock market has set 40 record highs just this year. they could afford to pay a little bit more. folks, right now the house and senate are working on my plan to
generate a fair tax system that includes loopholes that the super wealthy used to pay less. there's a group of experts left, right, and center who estimate that right now we lose more than $100 billion a year in tax revenue owed from the top 1% of taxpayers alone. not because of low tax rates but because the wealthy people aren't paying the taxes they'll -- they owe. they will pay taxes just like typical hard-working americans do now. we will use that to give tax cuts to middle-class families. make it easier to raise kids, take care of aging parents, so much more. what is going on in congress? not a single republican support as planned. not one.
some big corporations are spending millions of dollars to try to escape their obligations. forcing working families to pay a larger share of the burden. somebody has to pay. when those who could afford to pay are paying near their fair share, you all have to pay more. this has worked in the past with significant lobbying efforts. i don't think you work with me. those big corporations that don't want things to change, my message is this. it is time for working families, the folks who build this country to have their taxes cut. those corporate interests doing everything they can keep that from happening. i will take them on.
we will pass these measures. we will build the economy from the bottom up. when corporations and the wealthy start to pay their fair share, it will put millions of people working jobs will help them punch their ticket to the middle-class and state in the middle class. everyone will do better including corporate america. just think about it. throughout our history, when the middle-class is as well has there ever been a time the wealthy doesn't do well? i can't think of one. our country needs these investments. i just want fairness injected into the system. like i said, the fact is the very wealthy will still have
three homes or four homes. it will not change what schools they could send their kids to. just pay a fair share. corporate america will continue to do very well. now we need congress to finish the job. come through for the american people to gain strength and stability as we move forward. finally, the third thing we need to do, all of us, is to stick together. we have to put ourselves on track to accomplish extraordinary things. a strong, inclusive economic growth. landmark investments to create more good jobs and breathing room for millions of families. giant steps forward in the fight against climate change. made more evident than ever than the death and destruction caused
these past few days. my agenda i believe is one that every american could understand and get behind. because of the work we have all put in. everyone of those goals is now in our reach. coming together has always been a part of the dna of americans. if we could summon that instinct as one people, one nation, there is nothing beyond our capacity. let's keep going. let's remember who we are. you have heard me say time and again we are the united states of america. the rest of the world looking to us because we are the most prosperous nation in the world. we are growing. we will still have millionaires, billionaires, corporations, ceos
that make a lot of money. everybody has to start paying their fair share, thank you very much. reporter: what would be your message to women in texas and what would your administration do to protect abortion rights? president biden: i'm late for going down, i will talk about these things from louisiana. i continue to be a strong supporter of roe v. wade. the most pernicious thing about the texas law it sort of creates a vigilante system where people get rewards.
i know this sounds ridiculous, almost un-american what we are talking about. i respect people who don't support roe v. wade. i respect their views. i respect that, i don't agree but i respect that. what i was told is i am not certain. i was told there are possibilities within the existing law to have the justice department look and see to limit the independent individuals and state law. thank you all very much.
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