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judicial nominations, including judy shelton to be a member of the federal reserve board of governors. facebook ceo and twitter ceo mark zuckerberg testified before the senate judiciary committee about company operations and possible regulated social media content. ont is followed by a hearing how the u.s. manufacturing industry is responding to the coronavirus pandemic. listened to c-span's podcast "the weekly." we are talking about women in recent elections. what changed this election cycle for women and why? "weekly" where you get your podcasts. harrisbiden and kamala spoke about their economic recovery plan after meeting with business and labor leaders. the president-elect also spoke
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about the coronavirus, warning there could be more deaths without coordination from the trump administration on efforts to distribute a vaccine. from wilmington, delaware, this runs half an hour. vice president-elect harris: good afternoon. president-elect biden and i just met with some of our nation's business and union leaders. together they represent millions of workers across our country. and some of america's leading technology, auto, and retail companies. we had an important conversation about the impact that this pandemic has had on workers. especially essential workers, frontline workers, who have risked their own health and the health of their families and many whom have given their own lives to keep us safe and keep
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our economy running. and we all know that this pandemic and this recession have hit communities of color particularly hard. black americans and latinos are three-times as likely to contract covid as others, and more likely to die. native americans are more than four times as likely to be hospitalized as others. and last month, the unemployment rate for black americans was almost twice the rate of others. and we have also had a conversation about the impact this pandemic has had on our economy as a whole, from the fortune 500 to the small businesses that so many communities rely on.
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over the past few months, on the campaign trail, the president-elect and i saw that impact firsthand. in state after state we met with workers who shared their struggles and told us about their pain. essential workers who have had to stay on the job, even as they worry about their families' well being and their own. small business owners who are dipping into their own savings to make payroll and keep their doors open. and many others who have had to close their doors and fear never reopening at all. their stories have stayed with us. and the president-elect and i are focused on building our country back better. for them and all americans. and as i said the night we won this election, now is when the real work begins. the necessary work. the good work. of getting this virus under control, saving lives, and beating this pandemic. and opening our economy responsibly while rebuilding it
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so that it works for working people. and we will do it by protecting the health and safety of our workers. and creating millions of good-paying union jobs from auto and construction jobs, to domestic workers and care giving jobs, to service and hospitality jobs. the road ahead, it will not be easy, but the president-elect and i are hitting the ground running. because we all know the challenges facing america today are great. the american people deserve no less. and we don't have a moment to waste. and now, it is my incredible and great honor to introduce our president-elect, joe biden.
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president-elect biden: thank you very much. good afternoon. vice president harris and i, as she -- we just met with a group of america's top business leaders and labor leaders, and i must tell you, it reinforced what i thought from the beginning. we're ready to come together. the unity was astounding. i want to go back and talk about the people who actually participated in that. i want to list all the people, just so you know who we spoke with. number one, there was mary barra , c.e.o. of general motors. brian cornell, the c.e.o. of target. mr. nudell, c.e.o. of microsoft. rory gamble, president of the u.a.w. mary kay henry, the president of the sciu. the president of ufcw. lee saunders, the president of afscme. the president of gap. richard trumka, the president of
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the afl-cio. it was really encouraging, quite frankly, to get people, business and labor, together, agreeing on the way forward, which i'm convinced the american people will be willing to do when they hear what we have in mind. and i am very pleased that they all came together around the same table to advance areas of common ground, and we agreed we're going to continue these conversations. they represent very different perspectives, but i'm convinced that we can all come together around the same table to advance areas of common ground, which are really, i wish you could have all heard the conversation. it was really encouraging. and that's what we are ready to discuss today. we all agreed that we want to get the economy back on track. we need our workers to be back on the job by getting the virus under control. we're going in a very dark winter, things are going to get much tougher before they get easier. and that requires sparing no effort to fight covid so we can
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open our businesses safely, resume our lives, and put this pandemic behind us. it's going to be difficult, but it can be done. and they all agreed, that means rallying the country behind a national strategy with robust public health measures like mandatory masking, widely available testing with rapid results, scaled up production of life-saving treatments and therapeutics, and safe, equitable, and free distribution of the vaccine. it's great news that moderna and pfizer have each come up with vaccines that are in excess of 90% effectiveness, and getting a vaccine and a vaccination, though, are two different things. everyone on our call today, in our zoom today, agreed that the sooner we have access to the administration's distribution plan, the sooner this transition will smoothly move forward. and, you know, as we battle covid, we have to make sure businesses and workers have the tools, the resources, the national guidance and health and safety standards to operate
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safely. and we can do that. we can bring democrats and republicans together. work with business and labor, to deliver those necessary resources. and for millions of americans who have lost hours and wages, or have lost their jobs, we all agreed on our call that we can deliver immediate relief, and it need be done quickly. affordable health care for millions of people who have lost it, or are in danger of losing it. child care, sick leave, family leave, so workers don't have to choose between work and family. corporate america agreed on this today. the folks on the call. we need to support small businesses and entrepreneurs that are the backbone of our communities, but who are teetering on the edge. and we all agreed on the urgent need for funding for states and localities to keep frontline workers and essential workers on the job. vital public services, running law enforcement offices,
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educators, first responders. like we did the recovery act of 2009. saving literally millions of jobs. there's a reason why the federal government is able to run a deficit. because the states must, must balance their budgets. and they're in real trouble. you're going to see hundreds of thousands of police officers, firefighters, first responders, mental health clinics, you're going to see them going out of business. right now, congress should come together and pass a covid relief package like the heroes act that the house passed six months ago. once we shut down the virus and deliver economic relief to workers and businesses, then we can start to build back better than before. we talked about how we have an opportunity to come out of this stronger, more resilient than we were when we went in. and i wish you could have heard corporate leaders and the major labor leaders singing from the same hymnal here. throughout the campaign, i laid
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out my build back better plan, we laid out our plan, that an independent analysis put out by moody's, a well-respected wall street firm, projected would create 18.6 million jobs. we can also -- we talked about the need to own the electric vehicle market. we talked about climate a lot. building 550,000 charging stations. creating over a million good-paying union jobs here at home. the need for federal government to invest more in clean energy research. you know, it's based on a simple premise. it's time to reward work, not just wealth in america. we're going to have a fair tax structure that makes sure that the wealthiest among us and corporations pay their fair share. our plan will create millions of good-paying union jobs in manufacturing, building the
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vehicles, products, technologies that we're going to need for the future to compete with the rest of the world. from autos to our stockpiles, we're going to buy american. no government contract will be given to companies that don't make their products here in america. to secure our position as a global leader in research and development, we're going to invest $300 billion in the most critical, competitive new industries and technologies, creating three million good-paying jobs. and corporate american technology firms like microsoft on the call, they all agreed. we can make sure our future is made here in america. and that's good for business and it's good for american workers. we can also modernize infrastructure. roads, bridges, ports. 1.5 million new affordable housing units. high speed broadband we talked about. for every american household. which is more important than
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ever for remote learning, remote working, telemedicine in the 21st century. building the digital infrastructure to help businesses, health care workers, first responders, and students. $100 billion to rebuild our crumbling schools. they talked about the need, the business community talked about the need to invest in hbcu's and community colleges. we're retrofitting four million old buildings and making them new. weatherizing two million homes, building climate resilience in cities and towns. these investments will specifically target communities of color so we can break the cycle where in good times they lag, and in bad times they get hit first and hardest, and in recovery, is the toughest to bounce back. these are the kinds of investments that are going to strengthen our economy and competitiveness, create millions of jobs, union jobs, and in doing so, respect the dignity of
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work and empower the voice of workers. you've heard me say it before, when my dad, when he lost his bill buckner so hard dollar why benefit from forming : how we. you can read you've heard me say it before, when my dad lost his job in scranton, moved to wilmington and got a good job. he said a job is about more than a paycheck. it's about dignity, respect, place in the community. it's about being able to look your kid in the eye and say, everything is going to be ok. when we build back better, we'll do so with higher wages, including a $15 minimum wage nationwide. better benefits. work stronger collective bargaining rights.
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that you can raise a family on. that's how we build back the middle class better than ever. that's how we make sure workers are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. i can go on, as you can tell i was very encouraged by our conversation. but the point is this. there's so much we can do. the only way we do any of this is if we work together. i know we can do this. for example, on the call, i made it clear to corporate leaders, i said, i want you to know i'm a union guy. unions will have increased power. they nodded, they understand. it's not antibusiness. it's about economic growth, creating good-paying jobs. 11 years ago when barack and i took office in the great recession, and implemented the recovery act that saved us from another great depression, we didn't see a map in red and blue states. they was united states of america. we didn't care whether the city voted for us or against us. the state voted for us or against us. we work with everyone. and we're going to recover and
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rebuild together as one nation. we can do this again. refusal of democrats and republicans to cooperate with one another is not due to some mysterious force beyond our control. it's a conscious decision. it's a choice that we make. if we can decide not to cooperate, then we can decide to cooperate. i believe that this is in part a mandate from the american people. part of the mandate they gave us. they want us to cooperate. they want us to deliver results. and the choice kamala and i will make is that we're going to do that. that's why i'm pleased we're able to bring together business and labor leaders to make the choice jointly with us. let's get to work. as i've said many times, thank you, may god bless you and may god protect our troops. i understand i'm going to take some questions. megan, fire away. reporter: thank you, president-elect biden, vice president-elect harris. i want to start with a question about your pandemic planning and a question about your economic plan. you spoke about the need to access the outgoing
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administration's covid vaccine distribution plans. what do you see as the biggest threat to your transition given president trump's unprecedented attempt to obstruct and delay a smooth transfer of power? president-elect biden: more people may die if we don't coordinate. look, as my chief of staff, ron klain would say, who handled ebola, a vaccine is important. it's of little use until you're vaccinated. so how do we get the vaccine, how do we get over 00 million americans vaccinated? what's the game plan? it's a huge, huge, huge undertaking. to get it done. prioritize those greatest in need and work through it, also cooperate with the world health organization and the rest of the world in dealing with this. they say they have this warp speed program that not only dealt with getting vaccines but also how to distribute this.
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if we have to wait until january 20 to start that planning, it puts us behind over a month, month and a half. so it's important that it be done and that there be coordination. now. now or as rapidly as we can get that done. reporter: on the economy, the vice president-elect talked about having an economy that works for working people. one thing i didn't hear you talk specifically about is canceling student loan debt. does student loan forgiveness figure in your plan? would you take executive action to achieve it? president-elect biden: it does figure into my plan. the legislation passed by the democratic house calls for immediate $10,000 forgiveness of student loan. it's holding people up, they're having to decide between paying student loans and paying rent. it should be done immediately. in addition to that, as you know, i think everything from community college straight through to doubling pell grants to making sure we have access to
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free education for anyone making under $125,000 for four years of college, and there's a program that exists now under the law that forgives student loans for being able to engage in public service. i'm going to institute a fundamental change in that so it's available to everyone that is engaged. it's not being very well managed right now. i'm going to do all those things. thank you. reporter: thank you, mr. president-elect. you spoke of some of the dangers of the president's continued stonewalling of the transition but it doesn't appear the president is going to come around any time soon and admit defeat. what are you going to do? what options do you have to ensure you're ready to go on day one? president-elect biden: deal with every individual organization in the country from business and labor, republicans and democrat, to try to pull together a
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serious and consistent plan so we're ready on day one. everything from staffing to ultimately naming cabinet members to moving along on coordinating with business and labor. the covid attack, how we're going to attack covid, and so it would make it a lot easier the president were to participate. we have a number of republicans suggesting that -- the good news here is my colleague is still on the intelligence committee. she gets the intelligence briefings. i don't anymore. so that is -- but there's a number of republicans calling for that. i am hopeful that the president will be mildly more enlightened before we get to january 20. reporter: what is your message to republicans who are backing up the president's refusal to concede? you clearly need to work with
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them going forward. president-elect biden: my message is, i will work with you. i understand a lot of your reluctance because of the way the president operates. but i've been in contact with and will be in contact with more of them as we move along. and if it has to wait until january 20 to get -- actually become operational, that's a shame but it may be that's the only way to get it done. thank you very much. reporter: thank you very much, mr. president-elect. i want to piggyback off of that. i want to get your thoughts on the president's tweet over the weekend where he first seemed to acknowledge that you won, then he said he won't concede, then
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he said i won. how do you interpret that? and at the end of the day do you want him to concede? president-elect biden: i interpret that as trumpism, no change, his modus operandi, i think the pressure will continue. look, i'm having a lot of meetings with world leaders on the telephone. i can't get into negotiating with them about things that will be done but they're calling with some degree of enthusiasm. everyone from the holy father, the prime ministers across the globe. and so we're moving along knowing what the outcome will be. as i said earlier, i probably shouldn't repeat it, but i find this more embarrassing for the country than debilitating for my ability to get started. reporter: secondly, i want to follow up with you on the vaccine. if the f.d.a. gives emergency
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authorization to the pfizer or moderna vaccine in the coming weeks, will you get vaccinated and if you're hesitated why should any american have confidence in the vaccine? president-elect biden: first of all we'll see if that comes forward. and secondly, it's important that people who are in the greatest need get it. i wouldn't hesitate to get the vaccine but i also want to set the example. i wouldn't hesitate to get the vaccine if dr. fauci and the two organizations, moderna or pfizer, who have been extremely responsible, conclude that it is safe and it'll be done. the only reason people question the vaccine now is because of donald trump. that's the reason people are
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questioning the vaccine. because of all the thing he is says, doesn't say, is it truthful, not truthful, the exaggerations. i think we're on a clear path now. we're on a clear path with the international community and national leaders in the scientific communities have focused on these two vaccines. they appear to be ready for primetime, ready to be used. and if that continues on, i would take the vaccine. reporter: thank you. reporter: thank you, mr. president-elect. you have been urging the american public to continue practicing social distancing and wearing a mask but with cases skyrocketing across the country, do you think that more governors should be closing nonessential businesses and reinstating stay at home orders? president-elect biden: it depends on the state. what i failed to mention earlier is the -- the enormous respect i
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have for republican, conservative republican governors who stepped up and issued mandates for wearing masks. in north dakota, the idea, one of the leaders in this area has been the republican governor, and a republican governor in ohio. in addition to the folks that have already been doing it like the governor of michigan. the idea that the president's now, existing, remaining advisor on covid is saying they should resist, what the hell is the matter with these guys? what is the matter with them? resist? every major individual of any consequence in the health field is saying we can save 100,000 lives just between now and january 21 by wearing masks. it's going to take a while for the vaccine to be able to be available, distributed and get to people.
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we're talking about 350,000 to 400,000 people dying. what are they doing? it's totally irresponsible. irresponsible. so i compliment the governors who stepped forward, who have been stepping forward. but also the republican governors who stepped forward. i left out the governor of utah. very conservative state. the governor of north dakota. and all the democratic governors have been doing it all along. i mean, it's -- i just ask a rhetorical question. do you guys understand this? does anybody understand why a governor would turn this into a political statement? it's about patriotism. it's about being patriotic. it's about saving lives. for real. i'm -- this is not hyperbole. it's about being patriotic. i think we're seeing more and
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more as this god-awful virus continues to spread, almost unabated, that we -- that governors are stepping up. reporter: following up on that, especially with many states reporting new highs in terms of the daily number of cases and a lot of public health officials sounding the alarm over the holidays, would you -- what is your message to people who are considering, for example, getting together with their families and others for thanksgiving? would you urge people to reconsider their plans? president-elect biden: here's what i would do. let me tell you what health experts have said to me. and it's not because i'm unique as the president-elect, it's because of my family. they strongly urge that if in fact we're going to have
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thanksgiving with anyone that we limit it to maximum, maximum, they suggest five people, maximum 10 people. socially distanced, wearing masks. and people who have quarantined. so jill and i spent this morning , like many of you, trying to figure out what are we going to do for thanksgiving? how are we going to do it? we narrowed down which family members and that they were tested, recently tested within 24 hours. and so i would strongly urge for the sake, not just your sake, for the sake of your children, your mother, your fathering your sisters, your brothers, whoever you get together at thanksgiving, think about this. there should be no group more than 10 people in one room. at one time. i mean, inside the home. that's what they're telling me. they're telling me, making sure that that's the case. and i have the -- i have the more potent mask behind this one, i took it out when i came out here, that you be masked. save lives. look, i just want to make sure that we're able to be together
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next thanksgiving. next christmas. i mean it is an international crisis. it's an international health crisis. and the idea, we're at war with the virus. we are at war, for real. all kidding aside, i hope all of you, i watch you all, you seem to wear masks all the time when you're in the group that follows me, that is assigned to delaware with me. seem to do that. i strongly urge you to do it. there's nothing much -- macho about not wearing a mask. reporter: thank you. reporter: thank you, mr. president-elect, madam president-elect.
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just a second. your plan that you outlined just now, about a million union jobs, clean energy jobs, investments in hbcu's, those are things that take time. we have a problem with long-term unemployment that's growing fast right now. what would you do right away, specifically, to address jobs that may not return for months, may not return ever, including in communities of color? president-elect biden: what i would do is pass the heroes act. it has all the money and capacity to take care of each of those things now. now, not tomorrow. now. and the idea the president is still playing golf and not doing anything about it is beyond my comprehension. you'd at least think he'd want to go off on a positive note. but what is he doing? there's virtually no discussion. the republicans, we're told, i don't know that it's true, you
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may know senator, that there's 22 republicans who won't vote for anything. there ought to be at least a dozen of them to have the courage to stand up and save lives and jobs now. we should be doing it now. keeping those businesses open. providing the p.p.e., the protective equipment, as well as the p.p.p., the money that will allow people to get funding to keep their businesses open. everything from separation to testing to a whole range of things that allow businesses to open and stay open. that's what this plan was at the beginning. by the way, if you notice in the beginning, when they passed the stimulus program, the first two pieces, what happened? businesses were staying open. when they weren't open they were still able to -- people were able to get paid. look where they are now. people are running out of unemployment insurance. what are they going to do? 20 million people on the verge
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of losing their home because they can't make mortgage payments. a larger number being kicked out, that will be kicked out in the street because they can't pay their rent. and by the way, it's not just the renter. it's the outfit that owns the building. a lot of them aren't multimillionaires but running small operations. how can they do it? this is about keeping americans afloat. get them through this pandemic. get them through where they're still, their businesses are able to come back. the money is there. the money is there. reporter: also on the economic front, as we fight the pandemic, world trade continues and there's great debate over world trade agreements, international trade agreements. it seems that in the last couple of days, 15 countries, asian pacific countries, have signed on to a new trade deal, the rcpe.
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should the united states consider joining that trade agreement? president-elect biden: i've talked with a number of world leaders and told them under the law i'm not able to become to discuss with them, there's only one president at a time, as to who can say what our policy will be. so i'm reluctant to answer that question now. but here's what i can say. we make up 25% of the world's trading capacity, of the economy of the world. we need to be aligned with the other democracies. another 25% or more. so we can set the rules of the road instead of having china and others dictate outcomes because they are the only game in town. and so -- but what i'm insisting on and what i, when asked by world leaders what i would do, i say i want you to know that three things will happen if i'm elected.
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one, we're going to invest in american workers and make them more competitive. number two, weir going to make sure that labor is at the table and environmentalists are at the table in any trade deals we make. i'm not looking for punitive -- the idea that we are poking our finger in the eyes of our friends and embracing autocrats makes no sense to me. but i'm reluctant to get into more detail at this moment. i promise you i have a pretty thorough plan and i will be prepared to announce that on january 21. reporter: you have indicated changes you want to make on other fronts like the paris climate -- president-elect biden: yes, the generic notion of rejoining, but didn't go into detail. the same with rejoining the world health organization. reporter: why not here? president-elect biden: you're asking me if i will join a specific proposal, the details are just now being negotiating among nations. they require negotiation.
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