tv President Biden in Boston on Infrastructure Law CSPAN September 12, 2022 6:57pm-7:29pm EDT
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it is an honor to be here with all of you today. i am a proud member of the greatest local ever, labor local two to three. [applause] and for the last five years, i have been executive board member of my union. i grew up in dorchester. a diverse, working-class neighborhood here in boston. [applause] i am a proud mother of four beautiful children. thanks to being a union member, i have been able to put a roof over my head, put food on the table and provide world-class health care. but i am not the only 1 -- [applause] i am not the only one who started a great career. ever secretary of labor, marty
walsh, began his career with 223. [applause] thank you for all you do. today, i have the great honor of introducing someone who understands the american worker, president biden. he understands what we go through. he cares about us. he sees us. he fights for us. president biden is delivering real bins for working-class and middle-class americans. over the past year and a half, president biden and his administration have created a record number of sustaining careers. president biden has workers -- worker plus health, safety and wages. he has also protected retirement. president biden's bipartisan infrastructure law invests $1.2 trillion in america's infrastructure. [applause]
unities of color. for women and veterans, including right here in boston logan airport. he is not running from tough issues, he is working hard to fix them. every day he is putting workers front and center. president biden promised to put working families to work and you have done just that. on behalf of workers across the nation, we salute you. [applause] we thank you, and it is our great honor to welcome you here today. sisters, brothers, siblings, please join us in welcoming our great president, joe biden. [applause]
[♪ hail to the chief ♪] [applause] pres. biden: hello, boston. hello, hello, hello. [applause] pres. biden: is it ok if they sit down? please, take a seat. if you have one. i once said that when there were no chairs. they said, there goes biden again. [laughter] thank you for that introduction. i know marty is a heavy load to carry, that he is doing one hell of a job for me. look, he's making sure projects like the one here, that we talk about, are done with union labor. [applause] today, pipefitters and
ironworkers, electricians, steel mill workers, sprinkler fitters. we've also got service workers, hospitality workers, machinists and mechanics. this project won't get done without you. when it gets done, it will get done the best. [applause] i spoke to the national chamber of commerce and the business roundtable. i said, i am a union guy. and i made it clear why. it makes sense. the single best trained workers and trades in the world are american union workers. what people don't realize, and i keep saying over and over, is that they don't just show up and decide to be an electrician, they get four or five years of training, like going to college, it's like going back to school. they get some pay during that period, but they've got to do it. the reason why i am always pushing labors and -- union
labor is because is it it -- it is a longest duration of being done well. besides, everyone, my dad used to have an expression, everyone is entitled to be treated with dignity. unions demand to be treated with dignity and i demand you do that too, so thank you. [applause] thank you for the passport into the city. i had my picture taken with you, mayor, but there you go. thank you very much. i appreciate it. you are a champion for the working people of boston. [applause] governor baker, thank you for your partnership. i said, i hope this doesn't hurt your reputation, but when i got started we all used to be like you and i could actually get along and treaty to other -- treat each other decently, we've got to return to that kind of
politics. [applause] and i tell you what, what a congressional delegation. holy god. i can't do anything without checking in on the delegation, you know? the most talented delegation in the country. senator elizabeth warren, representatives clark, morton, presley. lori, i think you may be the best of all, based on your kids. [laughter] at any rate, i think jake, you had done a good job. the problem is you are too young. [laughter] teddy came down to help me the very last event we had when i was running for senate. true story. he came down to delaware and we had this great big thing. an old senator -- it was the
largest group we had, two days before the election. or, 67 -- 6000 people assembled at saint anthony's. he stood up and he said, i like joe biden a lot. he will be very good in the u.s. senate. the problem is, i think he's too young. i was 29. the wall street journal ran straight story, kennedy says biden too young to be in the senate. at any rate, teddy was a good friend. jim mcgovern and richie neil, you made possible today with your support, we wouldn't be here without you. i want to thank you to the port authority. lisa, thank you for welcoming me to logan airport today. [applause] i am here to talk about the historic investment we are going to make in airports across the country.
for too long, we talked about having the best economy in the world and asserting american leadership around the world with the best and safest roads and airports. but now, we are finally doing something about it. we are getting it done. we are turning infrastructure from a punchline into a decade. last year, i signed a law, a once in a generation investment in roads, highways, bridges and railroads, water systems, high-speed internet, etc. the bipartisan infrastructure law, the most significant -- this is a fact -- the most significant investments in eisenhower's interstate highway system. [applause] and your members of congress got it done. mitch landrieu from louisiana come new orleans, the former mayor, i put him in charge of
making sure this investment gets to the right places quickly and that they have the right impact. mitch is following the footsteps of his dad, a great man who recently passed. mitch understands how important this kind of investment is for our cities and towns across america because he has done it. it matters here at logan at -- logan airport. 42 million people flew through this airport. before the pandemic, it was the 16th largest airport in the united states. it is more than an airport, it is an economic engine. in 2019, $17 billion worth of exports and imports flowed through here. the airport supports 162,000 jobs across the region. hundreds of small businesses. not to mention, the 18,000 people who work right here at logan.
it was first built 100 years ago. it is critical to our economy and to your economy, but needs a significant upgrade to accommodate passengers flying in and out from all over the world. and the support of international trade. 300,000 metric tons of cargo move through this airport annually. most of it shipped internationally. this airport is also part of a system that moves good and services for key industries like medical supplies, technology and seafood. folks, it matters. this is a terminal we are standing in today. terminal e at logan first opened in 1974. it is a terminal serving international flights. when it opened in 1974, there were 1.4 million international passengers a year passing through the gates.
50 years later, there's over 5.6 million passengers moving through. four times as many that came through initially. it means crowded gates, longer taxi times, airplanes full of passengers just waiting. all of which is causing congestion and delays. for travelers passing through, it means missed connections, lost baggage come along lines. for businesses it could mean delayed orders, spoiled product and unhappy customers. the planes taxing on the runway cause unnecessary air pollution. it is frustrating. it is inconvenient. it is bad for the environment. there's simply no reason for it. this is the united states of america for god sake this is who we are. this is not what we should be doing. we are finally going to do
something about it. the legislature has moved to do as much as they can. we are investing $62 million here at logan, the largest -- largest grant for airport terminals in this country thus far. one of the largest investments in airports ever. [applause] this project is going to create 5900 union jobs where people make a decent salary. [applause] expanding capacity by adding more baggage claims and ticket counters. increase accessibility by adding ramps and elevators. a new hvac system and electric powered gates will make it more energy-efficient. less idling time for planes will mean fewer emissions. we are creating a modern terminal worthy of america's city on the hill. [applause]
because of a significant decline in revenue doing -- due to the pandemic, this project was going to be scaled back. thanks to the infrastructure law , the house and senate really got it done, they were the engine behind it, we are full steam ahead. we will have a first-class airport here in very short order. america invented modern aviation. but we allowed our airports to lag behind competitors. today, not a single solitary american airport, not one ranks top 25 in the world. the united states of america. not one airport ranks in the top 25 in the world. what in the hell is the matter with us? it means commerce. it means income. it means security.
and we don't even rank in the top 25. i remember when i was vice president, i was flying into new york. we landed at laguardia. as i got to the terminal, there was an escalator, god's truth, going up to the gate. it said "out of order, will be fixed in two months." line laguardia -- fixed in two months. of all the international passengers flying through laguardia, taking a look, we wonder why folks in china and others think we are spent. will be fixed in two months. i thought to myself, this is the united states of america. the good news is laguardia is changing with a multibillion dollar investment.
it is turning into a world-class airport again, just like you are going to do here. just imagine walking in here when construction is done. a bright, modern terminal. you know you are in the 21st century in the greatest country in the world, one of the finest cities in the country. and now in boston and across the country we are investing $25 billion to modify our airports. from airports serving small towns like turners falls, to major cities like boston, it matters. my administration is also cracking down on the airlines to get passengers fair treatment. last month, if your flight was canceled or delayed, no top airline guaranteed coverage of cost of hotels and meals. even if the cancellation was the
airlines fault. sec. buttigieg called them out. and guess what happened? airlines now cover hotels, eight of them. nine meals. nine revokes for free. that is progress. we are going to get more rules on the books to protect passengers even further. for most of the last century, we led the world by a significant arjun because we invested in our people and our infrastructure. we invested in ourselves. along the way we stopped we used to be ranked number one in the world. in investment research and development. part of our gdp. number one in the world. now we ranked number eight. china used to be ranked number eight, now -- nine, excuse me, now they ranked number two in the world.
we risk losing our edge as a nation to china and the rest of the world catching up. that stops now with investments like we are celebrating here today. we have already announced $2 billion of funding to spread throughout the commonwealth. we are investing $190 million into massachusetts bus service, including 116 million dollars to replace 30 diesel buses right here in boston with electric buses. this will reduce emissions and lower air pollution. we are spending $20 million in rocks berry to allow faster and safer commutes by any bus lane and sidewalk along some of the nation's busiest streets. we are investing $20 million in lynn to make the community more bus, bicycle and pedestrian friendly. we are reducing congestion by undergirding the lynn way, the
main north-south corridor. when you see these big projects in your hometown -- [no audio] [inaudible] i want you to feel pride in what we can do together. the infrastructure law is just one part of the economic plan. we are working to grow from the bottom up and the middle out. my family never got much from trickle-down economies. and by the way, when you work from the bottom up, the wealthy do very well. the poor have a shot, and the middle class have breathing room. building an economy that finally works for working families. we started with the american rescue plan. that has taken us from economic crisis to economic resurgence. jobs and income are up. people are back to work. that progress has continued in
recent months, even has economies around the world have faced challenges from delta to omicron to the ongoing war in ukraine. we are seeing whole full signs of progress as well. the price of gas, they said what i was doing wouldn't make a difference. guess what? in this town -- it is down $1.30 since the beginning of summer. [applause] inflation has eased. i said last spring our top economic priority was to -- without giving up against the american worker made. but there is a lot more to do. the american people should have confidence that we are on the right track. we have seen real progress. we have worked to see our economy recovers, to lower costs for families. but we are not stopping here. i ran for office to build america. not just to get us back to where
we were before the pandemic. we launched an effort to invest in america to come out better than we went in. our infrastructure, our clean energy future, our innovation economy. i signed the infrastructure law that is investing in communities across the country. i signed the inflation reduction act which is going to mean american jobs. i will make sure american-led energy -- industries are building a clean energy future. i want to pay a special tribute to ed. without him, we would have never got it passed. he said, let's get what we can. and we got $369 billion. [applause] guess what? we cut $350 billion last year.
we cut the deficit. we cut the deficit this year by over $1 trillion. [applause] we know how to grow and reduce the burden as well. look, i also signed the groundbreaking chips and science act that will ensure jobs of the future are made here in america. it invests billions of dollars in research and development, workforce training, manufacturing centers to bring semiconductor manufacturing back to america where it began. we invented the damped chip. [applause] think about it. think about anything that matters to you in terms of your daily life that does not require a computer chip. i am not joking. the biggest reason for inflation last year was the cost of
automobiles because they are worn to the chips available to build the automobiles. that's the reason. well, look, the fact is there is a lot we can do. there's a lot we have to do. the fact is that right now, with this infrastructure law, america is on the move again. let me close by saying we are moving and your life is going to change for the better. as i said, when you think about who we are and describe -- go back to the way your mother or father would explain to you what america was like. 50 years ago. there's no question. there wasn't a damned thing we couldn't do if we set our minds to it.
i am heading to the kennedy library to talk about the president's moon launch speech because i am launching a similar initiative on cancer. the american people, because of our failure to think big, in my view, had begun to wonder, can we really do anything? how much can we do? are there any things that are significant that america can do better than any other country in the world? we have the most qualified workforce in the world. i was speaking to the south koreans investing in a chips factory, $100 billion and i asked, why are you investing in america? he said, it's the most secure nation in the world, number one. number two, you have the most advanced workforce in the world. number three, you can get anywhere in the world from america. folks, we've got to remember who
the hell we are. i'm not joking. we kind of forgot. this is the united states of america. the united states of america. when have you ever heard your parents or grandparents talk about, well, maybe we can't do that. maybe we can't get that done. folks, we are the united states of america. investing the money we are investing in this infrastructure act, investing the money in the roof look -- in the inflation reduction act, it means jobs. jobs. i can't think of any time we have ever given the american people an even shot and they haven't stepped up to the ball. i can't think of one time americans have been given an opportunity they haven't taken advantage of. i really believe we are building a better america.
not because of joe biden, not because of democrats, but because of who we are as a people. we the people. we are the most unique nation in the history of the world. that is not hyperbole. every other nation in the world is based on geography, ethnicity, religion. we are the only nation that was organized based on an idea. think about it. the only one. an idea. we hold these truths to be self-evident that all men and women are created he will, endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights. we never walked away from it. it's about time we come back home. and remember who the hell we are. because we the people can do anything we wanted to do if we set our minds to it.
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