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tv   Vice President Harris Delivers Remarks at U.S. Conference of Mayors Meeting  CSPAN  June 6, 2022 10:02am-10:28am EDT

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row seat to democracy. >> next, remarks from vice president kamala harris at that u.s. conference of mayors meeting in reno, nevada. this is about 25 minutes. ♪ [applause]
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v.p. harris: good afternoon. good afternoon. please have a seat. good afternoon. thank you for the introduction, it is good to see you again. you have been an extraordinary leader, not only for your city, but in our country, so thank you. and thank you for hosting us. it is so good to be back in reno. it is an honor to be with you this afternoon. you are mayors. you are leaders. not only for the constituents that elected you, but if it was not clear the last couple years, it is clear to everyone now, you are national leaders who show such courage, conviction, and fortitude during some of the most difficult times. and so i am here, most of all, to thank you all for what you do, what you have been doing and what you are committed to do. as many of you probably know, i spent the first 20 years of my career in local government. and throughout the years, i have partnered with mayors in every public office i have held. from my time as the elected district attorney of san francisco, to being attorney general of california and a u.s. senator, and now of course as vice president. in fact, since becoming vice president you little over a year ago, i have met with, as i have counted it roughly, so far i have met with nearly 60 mayors.
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all that to say that i know what you all do. and i know how important it is. and i know how personal it is. as a mayor, your work does not stop at the end of the day when you walk out of city hall. your work is full-time. it finds you at the grocery store. [laughter] i know. [laughter] when a retiree may come up to you to tell you about that streetlight that's out on his block. [applause] i know. [laughter] your work finds you and your child or your grandchild's basketball game, when the assistant coach wants to know when his neighborhood is getting high-speed internet. [laughter] your work finds you at your place of worship, when a young mother will ask you how to get guns out of the wrong hands. people look to you to solve problems. and because you are so present where you work and lead, you often have the experience of people literally searching your eyes to figure out if everything is going to be ok. even when sometimes you may not be sure. but you still keep getting up
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and getting out there and making it work. and that is why president joe biden and i are honored to partner with america's mayors to continue to build our nation. when we took office, as many of you remember, our economy and the pandemic -- well, things were not looking good. in fact, in many ways they were heading in the wrong direction. but our administration worked with you to get our country back on track. we worked together to help millions of people who at the time were facing eviction, to stay in their homes. we worked together to make sure that families had enough food to eat. we worked together to help small
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businesses stay open or re-open their doors and retain their employees. and because of our work together, since the president and i took office we have seen record job creation, record declines in unemployment, and a record increase in labor participation. [applause] just yesterday we learned that the long-term health of our medicare and social security programs is stronger than it was a year ago. and the jobs report that came out today proves that we continue to move in the right direction. last month alone, we added 390,000 jobs, which is tremendous progress. [applause] and happening as we see a shift
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from recovery to sustainable, economic growth, all together we have created nearly 9 million new jobs since taking office, which is a record-setting pace of job creation. unemployment is down to 3.6%. and small business creation is growing at historic rate, which means of course, at a local level, more folks are starting a new business in your community than ever before. the back story on this is that within our first month in office, many of you will remember the president and i asked you to meet with us, and to meet with us in the white house. it was a virtual, but you are there in the white house. [laughter]
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and we asked you, there was a reason for that meeting, and those meetings, because there were many -- we asked you what you needed. because, as many of you know the president and i -- he also started at local government, and i did, so we know that you have your finger on the pulse. you are there on the ground. we knew that the mayors were some of the folks who could be the most informative and helpful to us, to ensure that we will do the right thing. and through those meetings, you told us exactly what it would take to help your communities get through the pandemic. the result of that, and that work together, that partnership, was the american rescue plan. [applause] the arp, the american rescue plan, one of the things that we
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talked about with you and we knew that -- many policy issues, we had to do with them -- but one was they need to make sure that there was direct funding to cities. [applause] so we did that. and we did that because we also knew why it is important, it is important because it then you all at a local level could put that money to work immediately, which you did because after the arp passed, you used of the money to get people vaccinated.
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and you used it to support front-line workers, to keep small businesses open, to address crime and keep communities safe, to reopen schools so children could return to the classroom and parents could return to work. none of this would've happened without your work to craft and implement the arp. vice pres. harris: you used it to support front-line workers, to keep small businesses open, to address crime, to reopen schools so children can return to the classroom. none of this would have happened without your work to implement the arp. so thank you for all you have done to enable the progress that we have made. together we are heading in the
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right direction. toward steady and stable growth. but while our economy has recovered faster than anyone thought possible, it is also a fact that supply has struggled to keep up with the demand for new goods and products. we have seen the global supply chain slow down because of the pandemic. and we have seen the economic impact of putin's war in ukraine. both of these factors have resulted in rising costs. and people in your cities, your towns are feeling the pinch and seeing higher prices from the gas pump to the grocery store. the president and i are doing everything in our power to lower the costs of the things that matter most to american families. that includes the work that we must fight to achieve, such as bringing down the cost for child care. we believe strongly if we are to have a strong workforce come out
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we must recognize we must support working parents and their ability to parent. we have been fighting to say that for parents making a certain income they should not have to pay more than 7% of their income in child support. we are fighting for bringing down the cost of elder care. and we are fighting to lower the cost of prescription drugs, like insulin, which we should cap at $35 per month. we are fighting to lower the costs of gas, including a historic step of releasing one million barrels per day from the strategic petroleum reserves. we are already lowering the cost of five-speed -- high internet. i announced 40% of american
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households are eligible to receive a discount of $30 off of their internet bill each month. and this happened getting back in the infrastructure law, it happened because you joined our fight to include bipartisan work around having high-speed internet and affordable broadband in the bipartisan infrastructure law. and in so doing you helped put real money in the pockets of americans. as a mayor, you understand how much rising costs impact members of your community. because you are connected to the day to day lives of your
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constituents. you see firsthand how these costs create uncertainty about the future for many people. this uncertainty is made worse by the existential challenges that societies around the world are grappling with. as vice president, i have met with dozens of world leaders and have traveled to many places to sit down and meet with our allies and our partners. i can tell you there is a sense among all that we currently live in an unsettled world. we see this most clearly in ukraine, where the long-established principles of sovereignty now rest on shaky
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ground. we also see it here at home. where we are once again forced to defend fundamental principles that we hoped were well-established. principles like the freedom to vote, the rights of women to make decisions about their own bodies. [applause] even questioning what constitutes the truth. the american people are grappling with these issues at a time when they also face immediate concerns about safety and security.
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about attacks on their communities that keep happening again and again. mayors, you stepped up when horrific violence takes us to our core. and you see firsthand how they hate that fuels these acts is manifesting itself in our communities. there is a through line from what happened at tops market in buffalo to what happened at those parlors across atlanta, at pulse nightclub in orlando, at the tree of life synagogue in
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pittsburgh. our country is facing what might be considered an epidemic of hate where people are being targeted because of who they are. because of their race. because of their ethnicity. their gender, their religion, or sexual orientation. this is a moment that requires all of us as leaders, as citizens of the society, a civil society, to stand up and say enough is enough. [applause] and we must be honest. as mayors because your work does not allow you to be anything but
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practical. we must agree that they hate me -- agree that the hate we see is not new. there have always been those who see diversity and inclusion as a weakness. but we also cannot deny that this moment feels different. and that data shows us in the last couple of years more hate incidents have happened now than at any other point in the last 20 years. our interconnected world has now meant that bad actors can find each other online. it has given space for hate to flourish and provided demagogues with the megaphone to inflame these tensions. let us not allow those who are
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motivated by hate to separate us or to make us feel fear. let us not allow that. [applause] instead, as we all know, we must renew our commitment to fight for unity. to remind communities that we all have so much more in common than what separates us. that if we are to maximize our strength as a nation, we must find a way to commit to come together with a principal that includes believing that the harm against anyone of us is a harm against all of us. and therefore that nobody should
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be made to fight alone. to combat hate, we cannot be silent. and we must have the courage to speak truth about what fuels these crimes as we work to come together as a society. let us speak out. no 86-year-old should fear for her safety to go to the grocery store. no nine-year-old should be afraid to go to school and no 18-year-old should be able to buy a weapon of war. [applause]
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the president spoke last night and he said we need to pass common sense gun safety laws. we need to take action and we know it is even more clear this day just after the massacre of those 19 babies in uvalde. after the killing just two days ago in tulsa of four people. after the countless lives lost to gun violence every day. it is clear we must renew the assault weapons ban. [applause] we must expand background checks.
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we must repeal the liability shield that protects gun manufacturers. [applause] and we must pass red flag laws to prevent people possessing firearms if they are a danger to themselves or others. [applause] and finally, the united states senate must confirm a permanent director to the bureau of alcohol, tobacco and firearms. a long time since there has been a permanent director there. that organization knows best how these steps will protect our community. the u.s. conference of mayors has been a strong advocate on so many of these issues, and
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sensible gun laws for well over half a century. again, i thank you. in conclusion, i ask you, please continue to make your voices heard. please continue to use your bully pulpit to fight for safer communities, for more economic opportunity and for all the things you so uniquely understand and know. that our families need to succeed and to thrive. and i know that each of you is up to this challenge because you are the mayor. [laughter] [applause] you deliver each and every day.
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and you always get the job done. god bless our mayors and god bless america. thank you. [applause] ♪ [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2022] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] >> coming up, congressman raskin talks about the january 6 committee hearings. he is being interviewed by the washington post. at 2:00 p.m. eastern, a report on medicare's financial future released by the american financial enterprise institute. you can see both of these events live on c-span, c-span now, or
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