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Press Conference: Karine Jean-Pierre Holds a Press Briefing at The White House - August 30, 2023

  • Karine Jean-Pierre
    Person
  • Question
    Person
  • Deanne Criswell
    Person
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Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:00:00-00:00:15 (15 sec)
Good afternoon, everyone. I want to -- apologies for the late start. The Administrator was meeting with the President -- giving the President an update. And so, we wanted to make sure we had her with us before we came out, given the day. 1

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:00:15-00:00:35 (20 sec)
So, again, good afternoon, everyone. This morning, Hurricane Idalia made landfall in Florida as a major hurricane. Our administration is prepared to support any needs that may arise as Idalia moves through Florida and into Georgia. Personnel and resources from across the federal government and from our voluntary and nonprofit partners are ready to assist. 2

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:00:35-00:00:53 (18 sec)
Later today, the American people will hear directly -- they will hear directly from the President. He will speak about our efforts to respond to hurr- -- to the -- to Hurricane Idalia and on our -- and our ongoing commitment to help the residents of Maui recover after the tragic wildfires earlier this month as well. 3

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:00:53-00:01:07 (13 sec)
But before I turn it over to the FEMA Administrator for an update on Hurricane Idalia, we want to make sure all of those experiencing the effects of Idalia are -- or are on the path -- to make sure that they are staying safe. 4

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Negative
00:01:07-00:01:20 (13 sec)
If you are experiencing hurricane winds, storm surge, and flooding, don't venture outside. Listen to warnings of local officials and shelter in place. Do not enter flood waters since there can be chemicals and debris. 5

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:01:20-00:01:34 (14 sec)
If you are in the projected path of the hurricane, please remain alert, closely monitoring any changes in its -- to its path, listen to local and state officials for guidance and evacuations notices, and finish your preparedness. 6

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
00:01:34-00:01:53 (19 sec)
The President and our entire administration -- our entire administration are committed to supporting all communities impacted by the hurricane. With -- we will be with you every step of the way, as we have been when we have -- when we have to deal with these types of disastrous situation -- hurricanes, extreme weather. 7

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:01:53-00:02:08 (14 sec)
This is an administration that will be with this community from before -- before it started, as you all know -- from what you heard the President earlier this week and also the Administra- -- the Administrator after it hits. And we will be there until they are able to rebuild. 8

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:02:08-00:02:13 (5 sec)
With that, Administrator Criswell, welcome back. 9

Deanne Criswell

Very Positive
00:02:13-00:02:19 (5 sec)
All right, good morning, everybody. And thanks, Karine. And I'll just jump right in. 10

Deanne Criswell

Positive
00:02:19-00:02:28 (10 sec)
I did just have an opportunity to brief the President on our current response efforts for Hurricane Idalia, which, as all of you know, made landfall early this morning. 11

Deanne Criswell

Very Positive
00:02:28-00:02:53 (25 sec)
While we were in there, the President contacted Governor DeSantis to let him know that the federal family continues to be there to support him. The governor expressed that all of his needs are met currently. And the President reiterated that if anything is needed from the federal government, we will be able to support, and we have over 1,000 personnel currently deployed, prepared to support not just Florida, but all of our states that are in the path as needed. 12

Deanne Criswell

Slightly Positive
00:02:53-00:03:15 (22 sec)
While I was in there, the governor also -- or, the President also directed me to travel immediately into the area, and I will be traveling later this afternoon to join Governor DeSantis tomorrow to do assessments and see firsthand what the impacts from this storm are. And I can be able to report back to the President exactly what I see, what we think the needs might be, and where the federal family can continue to assist. 13

Deanne Criswell

Neutral
00:03:15-00:03:22 (7 sec)
Before I touch more on Hurricane Idalia, I also want to address the second reason that I am here at the White House today. 14

Deanne Criswell

Very Positive
00:03:22-00:03:37 (15 sec)
Today I will also join President Biden alongside his Cabinet and agency officials who are supporting the response and the recovery efforts on the ground in Hawaii as we continue to help the people of Maui rebuild and recover over the long term. 15

Deanne Criswell

Unknown
00:03:37-00:03:48 (11 sec)
The whole-of-gov- -- this whole-of-government approach is what is needed to get the right resources to the people of Maui -- the resources and the assistance that they need and that they deserve. 16

Deanne Criswell

Slightly Negative
00:03:48-00:04:22 (34 sec)
Now back a little bit to what we know so far on Hurricane Idalia. While it is still too soon to assess the total damages, we know that the storm made landfall as a Category 3, which means over 120 mile per hour winds and up to 10 inches of rain in some areas. Peak storm surge in some places along the coast -- it has peaked right now, but it could surpass, once they measure, over 15 feet of storm surge. And we'll get exact numbers as they're able to go in and assess what the total storm surge was. 17

Deanne Criswell

Positive
00:04:22-00:04:33 (11 sec)
And in fact, Idalia is the strongest storm to hit this part of Florida -- to make landfall in this part of Florida in over 100 years. 18

Deanne Criswell

Very Positive
00:04:33-00:04:57 (24 sec)
But FEMA and the entire Biden-Harris administration -- we were prepared, and we were ready to support the needs of this storm. As I mentioned, we have actually over 1,500 federal responders that are on the ground in the affected area. This includes over 300 personnel from FEMA, as well as over 500 Urban Search and Rescue personnel ready to support any of the state's requests. 19

Deanne Criswell

Slightly Positive
00:04:57-00:05:19 (22 sec)
As of 7:30 this morning -- and I know these numbers are dynamic and fluid -- but as of 7:30 this morning, there are nearly 300,000 customer outages for power in Florida. And we do expect those numbers to continue to rise as the storm passes through and goes into Georgia. And we'll see power outage numbers for Georgia, South Carolina, and perhaps North Carolina. 20

Deanne Criswell

Positive
00:05:19-00:05:27 (8 sec)
Our partners at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are pre-positioned to support power restoration, and they have over 30 generators that are pre-staged. 21

Deanne Criswell

Unknown
00:05:27-00:05:44 (17 sec)
Additionally, the utilities are preparing for storm impacts, including pre-staging crews and equipment outside of the projected storm track, and the state anticipates a total of about 30,000 to 40,000 linemen in Florida to begin to assist in the power restoration efforts. 22

Deanne Criswell

Unknown
00:05:44-00:05:57 (14 sec)
People that are still in the storm's path, however -- as you heard from Karine -- they should not venture out into the storm, and remain sheltering in place if your local officials are telling you to do so. 23

Deanne Criswell

Leans Negative
00:05:57-00:06:04 (7 sec)
However, if you are in trouble and you need immediate assistance, please call 911. 24

Deanne Criswell

Leans Positive
00:06:04-00:06:13 (9 sec)
As you do go out, do not wade in the water. Do not drive through flooded roads and streets. Just remember: "Turn Around, Don't Drown." 25

Deanne Criswell

Positive
00:06:13-00:06:25 (11 sec)
Unfortunately, we see so many fatalities after the storm passes. We want to make sure that everybody is taking the right precautions to keep themselves safe. 26

Deanne Criswell

Somewhat Positive
00:06:25-00:06:33 (9 sec)
And as always, please continue to listen to your local officials as the storm continues to pass over Georgia currently and into South Carolina. 27

Deanne Criswell

Very Positive
00:06:33-00:06:43 (9 sec)
Please check on your friends and your family and your loved ones, especially older adults and people living with disabilities, to see if they have any needs. 28

Deanne Criswell

Very Positive
00:06:43-00:07:04 (22 sec)
In closing, I just want to remind people that this is still very much an active situation. Remnants of the storm are still affecting Florida. As we speak, the storm is over Georgia and moving into South Carolina. People there and in the Carolinas will continue to experience impacts throughout the day today and possibly into the weekend. 29

Deanne Criswell

Very Positive
00:07:04-00:07:13 (9 sec)
Again, FEMA is well postured with our federal partners to support Floridians during this time of need and stands ready to support other affected states as needed. 30

Deanne Criswell

Unknown
00:07:13-00:07:16 (2 sec)
With that, I can take any questions. 31

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:07:16-00:07:16 (1 sec)
Go ahead. 32

Question

Leans Negative
00:07:16-00:07:26 (10 sec)
Thank you. Administrator, what are you most concerned about over the next day or two, since you just said it's too early right now to assess the extent of damage in Florida? 33

Deanne Criswell

Very Positive
00:07:26-00:07:49 (23 sec)
Yeah. My biggest concern is those people who chose not to evacuate. And I know that our local first responders, the heroes that are out there in those local communities, are doing an amazing job already of going into the areas where people did not evacuate and helping to get them to safety. I think that is our priority through the day today -- is to make sure that everybody is safe after the storm has passed. 34

Deanne Criswell

Somewhat Positive
00:07:49-00:07:58 (9 sec)
As we go into the next few days, we're going to want to assess what the total amount of the damage is and see what immediate needs need to be put forth in order to help support and start the recovery process. 35

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:07:58-00:07:59 (1 sec)
Go ahead, Jeremy. 36

Question

Very Positive
00:07:59-00:08:12 (14 sec)
Thanks. Administrator Criswell, thank you so much. Could you just take us a little bit into that briefing that you had with the President today? What is he most concerned about? What was he most focused on? Any other direction that he gave to you other than to fly down to Florida? 37

Question

Positive
00:08:12-00:08:21 (9 sec)
And then secondly, you said that Governor DeSantis is satisfied with the federal response, doesn't need anything additional. Was there anything else discussed on that -- on that call? 38

Deanne Criswell

Very Positive
00:08:21-00:08:35 (14 sec)
Yeah. The -- the President's main concern is making sure that we are -- are bringing everything that we have in to support these states as they're having immediate response and lifesaving needs or beginning to start their assessment and their recovery process. 39

Deanne Criswell

Very Positive
00:08:35-00:08:47 (12 sec)
I think it's incredibly important that -- that our governors know that -- that we are ready and postured to bring in all federal resources to support any of their lifesaving and their life-sustaining needs in the very near future. 40

Deanne Criswell

Leans Positive
00:08:47-00:09:11 (24 sec)
The conversation with Governor DeSantis was that -- you know, reiterating the fact that we already have over 1,500 personnel there in the area to be able to support. And the governor currently has no unmet needs. But as we begin to assess -- right? -- as the governor assesses and as I get on the ground tomorrow to assess, we'll see what additional needs might be there and if any of those resources need to be employed or we need to move more into the area. 41

Question

Slightly Positive
00:09:11-00:09:16 (5 sec)
And has the President spoken yet with the governors of Georgia or South Carolina as well, or any plans for that to happen? 42

Deanne Criswell

Unknown
00:09:16-00:09:20 (4 sec)
I believe he was preparing to contact them after I left so I could come to this briefing. 43

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:09:20-00:09:21 (1 sec)
Go ahead, Jeff. 44

Question

Somewhat Positive
00:09:21-00:09:32 (10 sec)
Thank you. Administrator, to what extent do you attribute climate change as a cause of this storm and the other weather events that we're seeing over the last weeks and months? 45

Deanne Criswell

Slightly Positive
00:09:32-00:09:41 (10 sec)
Yeah. You know, I'm not going to attribute the cause of the storm. But what I can say is that we are seeing an increase in the number of severe weather events. 46

Deanne Criswell

Neutral
00:09:41-00:10:06 (25 sec)
And what we saw with this storm, as we have seen with several of other hurricanes over the last few years, is that they are intensifying more rapidly due to the elevated heat of the water temperature in the Gulf or in the Pacific or whether it's in the Atlantic. These storms are intensifying so fast that our local emergency management officials have less time to warn and evacuate and get people to safety. 47

Deanne Criswell

Unknown
00:10:06-00:10:18 (12 sec)
This is something that we have to take into consideration as we build our preparedness plans, as our local communities build their preparedness plans and how they're going to communicate and prepare their communities for the types of storms that they're going to face in the future. 48

Question

Unknown
00:10:18-00:10:26 (8 sec)
And secondly, and more specifically, on this storm, do you have any sense or is it too early now to say what the cost of recovery will require or will be? 49

Deanne Criswell

Very Positive
00:10:26-00:10:43 (16 sec)
Yeah. It's far too early to even estimate what the cost is. It's still unsafe in many parts to even go out. That's what's going to happen over the next several days is to really get a good understanding and an initial estimate of what we think the costs will be and what the amount of impact to these communities has been. 50

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:10:43-00:10:43 (1 sec)
Go ahead, Selina. 51

Question

Unknown
00:10:43-00:10:52 (8 sec)
Just to follow on that, with what you've seen so far, how long do you think it will take to get that full assessment? And how long will it take to understand the costs of the recovery efforts? 52

Deanne Criswell

Very Positive
00:10:52-00:11:03 (12 sec)
Yeah. We have rapid assessment teams that have been pre-positioned, ready to go out as soon as it's safe to do so. And so, tho- -- those are personnel that will integrate in with the state personnel to go see what the damages are. 53

Deanne Criswell

Positive
00:11:03-00:11:18 (15 sec)
But we also use technology, right? We use aerial imagery and satellite technology, and we use our geospatial information to get a better idea so we don't have to physically put people out there. And it allows us to make these types of decisions much quicker than we've been able to in the past. 54

Deanne Criswell

Negative
00:11:18-00:11:29 (11 sec)
And so, again, it will take several days to get a full understanding of what the initial assessment -- damage assessment is. But it will take longer to get the full picture of the total amount of impact to these communities. 55

Question

Leans Positive
00:11:29-00:11:42 (13 sec)
And yesterday, you had said that FEMA's Disaster Relief Fund was running low. With what we've seen from this storm so far -- there's also the Maui fires -- do you think there's enough funding? Are you confident there's enough if there's another extreme weather event in the next month? 56

Deanne Criswell

Positive
00:11:42-00:11:55 (13 sec)
Yeah. So, yesterday, as I announced, I directed my personnel to implement what we call Immediate Needs Funding, and that prioritizes the remaining funding within the Disaster Relief Fund to support those lifesaving efforts. 57

Deanne Criswell

Very Positive
00:11:55-00:12:05 (10 sec)
I believe, through this effort, we have plenty of funding to be able to support our ongoing efforts in Maui, as well as this event, to include Florida, Georgia, South Carolina as needed. 58

Deanne Criswell

Unknown
00:12:05-00:12:22 (16 sec)
But we are monitoring it very closely, right? Every day, we are looking at what the cost of these storms are as we approach the end of this fiscal year. And if we have another storm, we're going to have to closely monitor what impact that's going to have and any other actions we might have to take. 59

Question

Somewhat Positive
00:12:22-00:12:32 (10 sec)
Administrator, thank you for being here. As we do approach the end of the fiscal year, as you've just noted -- just getting a little bit down the road -- these take weeks, months to recover. FEMA's involvement will go on for quite a long time. 60

Question

Very Positive
00:12:32-00:12:49 (17 sec)
Back in 2013, when there was a government shutdown, FEMA had to furlough its nonessential staff. Right now, what potential impact would a government shutdown -- as lawmakers have considerations about whether to fund the government -- have on FEMA's ability to care for those in both Maui and in Florida? 61

Deanne Criswell

Very Positive
00:12:49-00:13:05 (16 sec)
I mean, we always want to take account to what our personnel are doing and -- and how we're using our personnel to support these events. A government shutdown does not impact our personnel that are funded through the Disaster Relief Fund, and so they're able to continue operating and supporting all of the immediate efforts and lifesaving efforts that continue to go on. 62

Deanne Criswell

Positive
00:13:05-00:13:19 (14 sec)
And we also -- for our other staff -- can designate our -- our emergency essential personnel to support any lifesaving efforts. And so, we have plans in place, as we have gone through this before, on how we would staff our -- our agency to continue to support those efforts. 63

Question

Unknown
00:13:19-00:13:38 (19 sec)
And if I can follow up about the that was provided to those in Maui -- $700 in payments to individuals there. Given the cost of living in Hawaii, specifically in the Lahaina community, is anything being done right now? Are there considerations or efforts being made to try to raise that cap -- that $700 figure -- for those who are there? 64

Deanne Criswell

Neutral
00:13:38-00:13:47 (9 sec)
Yeah, the $700 figure of Critical Needs Assistance is really just that amount of funding for some of the very immediate needs that individuals have. 65

Deanne Criswell

Neutral
00:13:47-00:14:09 (22 sec)
Every year, the -- the main part of our assistance, which is our Individual and Household Program, adjusts annually based on inflation. This year, it's $41,000 of a cap that individuals can get. That will get raised after the fiscal year. I -- I don't know what that number is yet. But we do adjust that main portion of the funding that goes to individuals annually based on inflation. 66

Question

Unknown
00:14:09-00:14:17 (8 sec)
So, $700 is it for now, and then they can pursue those other monies going forward? But if people have run through that money, right now they're on their own until they get access to the further assistance coming? 67

Deanne Criswell

Somewhat Positive
00:14:17-00:14:33 (15 sec)
Yeah, and we already have -- I think it was 12,000 individuals that registered for assistance in Maui and somewhere over $15 million that's out on the street. That number could be higher right now from that other program. 68

Question

Somewhat Positive
00:14:33-00:14:35 (2 sec)
Thank you, Administrator. 69

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:14:35-00:14:35 (1 sec)
Go ahead. 70

Question

Positive
00:14:35-00:14:48 (13 sec)
I know that you and the governor and local officials, state officials have all told people they need to get out of the way of this storm. So, my first question is: Are you satisfied that people heeded those calls, both from you and -- and local and state officials? 71

Question

Very Positive
00:14:48-00:15:01 (13 sec)
And then secondly, you mentioned the search and recovery teams that are sort of deployed and ready to go. What's your assessment so far on what those needs look like if people are sort of stranded right now? 72

Deanne Criswell

Negative
00:15:01-00:15:14 (13 sec)
Yeah. So, on the first question, I think many people did heed the warning, but unfortunately, many did not, right? We're already getting reports of people that chose to stay, and they're getting calls into the local first responders to come in and assist them. 73

Deanne Criswell

Positive
00:15:14-00:15:20 (6 sec)
And if anybody needs assistance, they should -- they should call 911, and those local first responders will come in and help. 74

Deanne Criswell

Unknown
00:15:20-00:15:34 (15 sec)
As far as the -- the entire footprint of those resources that are available: It's a combined effort recognizing the capability that the state already has with all of their resources, and we have additional resources that are integrated in with that operation. 75

Deanne Criswell

Very Positive
00:15:34-00:15:42 (8 sec)
So, if we need to immediately augment, we have resources that are ready to deploy as soon as requested, without hesitation and without interruption. 76

Question

Somewhat Positive
00:15:42-00:15:44 (2 sec)
But is it clear yet how many people may be stranded? 77

Deanne Criswell

Somewhat Negative
00:15:44-00:15:47 (2 sec)
Oh, I don't have a number on how many. No. 78

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:15:47-00:15:47 ( sec)
Go ahead. 79

Question

Very Negative
00:15:47-00:15:59 (12 sec)
From the initial assessment, what would you say are the most damaged areas? And what was the response from the population in those areas to the government's instructions? 80

Deanne Criswell

Very Positive
00:15:59-00:16:20 (21 sec)
I would say that initial reports are in that Big Bend area that have had the greatest impact. They have experienced the greatest amount of storm surge. They experienced the greatest wind speeds. And so, when we do get out to start assessments, that would be my anticipation of where we would experience the greatest amount of damage and impact across Florida. 81

Question

Unknown
00:16:20-00:16:23 (2 sec)
And how did people respond in those areas? 82

Deanne Criswell

Very Negative
00:16:23-00:16:37 (15 sec)
Again, I think many people did heed the warnings. And there was a lot of public messaging that went out there to let people understand that the danger is not just the cone of the hurricane, but it's the storm surge and the water, which is creating and causing the most fatalities in these events. 83

Deanne Criswell

Positive
00:16:37-00:16:46 (9 sec)
But, again, many people did not -- as we are hearing about our first responders going in to support rescuing people from their homes that are now stranded. 84

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:16:46-00:16:49 (3 sec)
Okay. We're going to wrap -- we're going to wrap it up. We'll -- way in the back, and then [inaudible]. 85

Question

Positive
00:16:49-00:16:59 (10 sec)
Thanks. On the Immediate Needs Funding, I'm curious if you have recognized the potential long-term, ongoing recovery efforts that could be at risk here. 86

Deanne Criswell

Somewhat Positive
00:16:59-00:17:08 (9 sec)
I -- so, if I understand, the -- the long-term recovery efforts based on right now or what it looks like going into the next fiscal year? 87

Question

Slightly Negative
00:17:08-00:17:13 (5 sec)
Going into the next -- next fiscal year, which ones are at risk here if you do not get the funding you need? 88

Deanne Criswell

Negative
00:17:13-00:17:33 (20 sec)
Yeah. So, what Immediate Needs Funding does is -- the work does not stop, right? The projects continue to go underway -- our longer-term recovery projects for the variety of disasters that we've experienced over the year. The obligation or the reimbursement of the funding for those is delayed into the next fiscal year. 89

Deanne Criswell

Slightly Negative
00:17:33-00:17:44 (11 sec)
If it gets delayed into the next fiscal year, then that just starts us out at a smaller balance of what we had anticipated our needs would be for . 90

Question

Slightly Negative
00:17:44-00:17:48 (4 sec)
Are there any ongoing efforts, though, that you've identified that would be at risk if it comes to that? 91

Deanne Criswell

Leans Negative
00:17:48-00:17:56 (7 sec)
Again, the funding it -- or the work itself does not stop. It's the funding that just gets delayed into the next fiscal year. 92

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:17:56-00:17:57 (1 sec)
Go ahead, Ed. Last question. 93

Question

Very Negative
00:17:57-00:18:31 (35 sec)
I'm going to take you back to Hawaii, if I could, Administrator, because there is still a lot of questions among officials in Maui and Lahaina and across Hawaii about who was in charge in the hours as the fires burned and in the hours after. You're a veteran local emergency management official, state emergency management official, now at the federal level -- how do you assess how officials there responded? Are there lessons to be learned, perhaps, for other communities? And is your agency prepared to work with congressional Republicans if they launch investigations, as they say they will? 94

Deanne Criswell

Unknown
00:18:31-00:18:43 (11 sec)
Again, I was not there during the response, and so I would be out of line to assess how they responded during the time because I did not experience what they were experiencing. 95

Deanne Criswell

Very Positive
00:18:43-00:18:51 (9 sec)
What the federal government does is: We come in and we support their efforts, and that's exactly what we did. And we will continue to support their recovery and their rebuilding efforts as they move forward. 96

Question

Unknown
00:18:51-00:18:57 (6 sec)
Were you be properly briefed by FEMA authorities in Hawaii that would have been working with those officials? 97

Deanne Criswell

Very Positive
00:18:57-00:19:20 (23 sec)
What I was briefed on throughout the time is my Regional Administrator Bob Fenton happened to be in Oahu for another meeting. And he was engaging with the team and giving us updates as to the spread of the fire and what the population was impacted and what the potential federal resources would be needed to come help support the initial response in the ongoing recovery efforts. 98

Question

Neutral
00:19:20-00:19:24 (4 sec)
And if congressional Republicans want you or other agency officials to testify about what went on in Hawaii -- 99

Deanne Criswell

Very Positive
00:19:24-00:19:25 (1 sec)
I'm happy to -- 100

Question

Unknown
00:19:25-00:19:25 (1 sec)
-- are you willing to do so? 101

Deanne Criswell

Unknown
00:19:25-00:19:29 (4 sec)
-- testify on what the federal role was in this process. 102

Question

Somewhat Positive
00:19:29-00:19:31 (2 sec)
Thank you. 103

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:19:31-00:19:32 (1 sec)
Thanks, everybody. Thank you so much. 104

Deanne Criswell

Somewhat Positive
00:19:32-00:19:35 (3 sec)
All right, thank you. 105

Question

Somewhat Positive
00:19:35-00:19:36 (1 sec)
Thank you. 106

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:19:36-00:19:37 (1 sec)
Safe travels tomorrow. 107

Deanne Criswell

Somewhat Positive
00:19:37-00:19:37 ( sec)
Thank you. 108

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:19:37-00:19:46 (9 sec)
All right, one -- one thing before we continue. Thank, again, the Administrator for -- for coming today and yesterday to provide all of you an update. 109

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:19:46-00:19:59 (13 sec)
So, as Acting Labor Secretary Su announced today, the Department of Labor is supporting one of the basic tenets of Bidenomics: that a [DEL: hards day :DEL] [hard day's] work should lead to a fair day's pay. 110

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:19:59-00:20:17 (18 sec)
This proposed rule would deliver on the tenet by restoring and extending overtime protections to 3.6 million salaried workers. The Biden-Harris administration recognizes the benefits of a growing economy are only broadly shared when you have [DEL: politics :DEL] [policies] that empower workers. 111

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:20:17-00:20:28 (11 sec)
We'll continue working to build an economy that works for working families. The President and the Vice President are committed to ensuring that all workers are paid fairly for their hard work. 112

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
00:20:28-00:20:30 (2 sec)
With that, Darlene, you want to kick us off? 113

Question

Very Positive
00:20:30-00:20:53 (24 sec)
Yes. Thank you. Two questions. First on Africa. The President had promised in December that he would visit this year. It's now September; a trip has not been announced. Just wondering if today's coup in Gabon, the recent coup in Niger, and others in recent years make it any less likely that he will visit. How will those destabilizing events factor into whether he ultimately goes or not? 114

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:20:53-00:21:18 (25 sec)
So, as you asked me about if there's any U.S. concerns, domino effect potentially, as we're seeing what's happening over the last couple of months or so: Look, we remain focused on working with our African partners and the people to address challenges and support democracy -- that is something that, certainly, the President is steadfast on -- which is also the best foundation for development, social cohesion, and stability in Africa. 115

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:21:18-00:21:32 (14 sec)
President Biden has been clear about the United States commitment to deepen and expand our partnership between the United States and African countries, institutions, and people as well. We stand with the African people in working towards these goals. 116

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:21:32-00:21:42 (10 sec)
I don't have anything to announce about a -- about a potential scheduled trip for -- for this year. The President is still very much committed to going to the continent. 117

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:21:42-00:21:55 (13 sec)
As you know, the Vice President has been there. The First Lady has been there. So, you've seen a commitment throughout. And also, other Secretaries, clearly, in this administration. So, you've seen a commitment from us of the -- for the continent. 118

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:21:55-00:22:03 (8 sec)
We had a very successful, as you all know, meeting with African leaders just last winter. That went very well. And that commitment continues. 119

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:22:03-00:22:09 (6 sec)
As soon as we have a date and a location clearly laid out, we certainly will share that with all of you. 120

Question

Negative
00:22:09-00:22:20 (11 sec)
And then a second question closer to home. Will the President stay in Washington this weekend, given what's going on in Florida? We don't know the extent of damage. The week ahead had him leaving on Friday to go home to Rehoboth for the weekend. 121

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:22:20-00:22:31 (11 sec)
As you just heard directly from the Administrator, we do not have an assessment. Obviously, she's going to be going to -- to Florida tomorrow at the President's direction. And she will be with Governor DeSantis throughout the day. 122

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:22:31-00:22:46 (15 sec)
I can confirm, before coming out here, the -- the President did connect with Governor Kemp of the -- the governor of Georgia, obviously. And so, that conversation did -- did happen. He's also going to try and connect with the governor of South Carolina. 123

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:22:46-00:23:03 (17 sec)
So, as the Administrator said, the situation is still very dynamic. I don't have any changes or any additions to the President's travel. You're going to hear from the President directly who is going to speak about the continued efforts to prepare and respond to Hurricane Idalia. 124

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:23:03-00:23:13 (10 sec)
Following those remarks, as you all know, he's going to be meeting with his Cabinet and agency officials to continue our coordination of federal response. So, that will happen. 125

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:23:13-00:23:41 (28 sec)
He will always continue to -- to be engaged directly with local elected officials. I just -- we just mentioned that he spoke to the governor of Florida, spoke to the governor of Georgia. He's going to reach out to, certainly, other elected officials to ensure they have what they need on the ground -- the resources that they need to deal with the impacts, the -- certainly the aftermath of this particular hurricane when -- when we are able to assess and see what -- and they are able to see what their needs are. 126

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:23:41-00:24:00 (20 sec)
We -- you hear us say this often -- you heard it from the Administrator; you've heard this from -- from us: We -- this President is committed to being there for the community, for the people who are -- certainly have been impacted by this hurricane, you know, today, tomorrow, as long as it takes to help them all get back on their feet. So, that will not change, obviously. 127

Question

Somewhat Positive
00:24:00-00:24:01 ( sec)
Thank you. 128

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:24:01-00:24:01 (1 sec)
Go ahead, Jeff. 129

Question

Very Negative
00:24:01-00:24:14 (13 sec)
Thanks, Karine. Two foreign policy questions. The Kremlin acknowledged today that the plane crash that killed [DEL: Prizhogin :DEL] [Prigozhin] may have been a deliberate act. Does the White House have a response to that? 130

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:24:14-00:24:27 (13 sec)
So, I mean -- I was, you know, kind of asked us this question yesterday. I don't have any new assessment or anything to share with what the Kremlin or Russia -- the government may have shared. 131

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:24:27-00:24:34 (7 sec)
What we -- what I have said yesterday continues to be the case. It pre- -- it seems pretty evident what happened here. 132

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:24:34-00:24:48 (14 sec)
You know, as the President said recently, and I'll quote him, "There's not much that happens in Russia that Putin is not -- is not behind." And that was not just predictable, but it was predicted -- the very same words I used yesterday. 133

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:24:48-00:25:07 (19 sec)
So, we all know that Kremlin has a long history in killing its opponents. We know how -- how forthcoming and -- and if -- if I will, how forthright Prigozhin was in the -- in -- in these past -- past several weeks or couple of months. And so, this is not surprising. 134

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:25:07-00:25:12 (5 sec)
I just don't have any new assessment, regardless of what the Kremlin or the government of Russia wants to share. 135

Question

Negative
00:25:12-00:25:23 (11 sec)
On a separate topic, Nigerian police raided a -- a gay wedding and arrested 67 people there today. I'm wondering if the White House is tracking that and has a reaction. 136

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:25:23-00:25:29 (6 sec)
So, this is the first I'm hearing of that. I haven't spoken to our teams here about that particular -- that particular incident. 137

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:25:29-00:25:50 (21 sec)
Look, you know, we've been very clear: The President -- when it comes to LGBTQ community, he is -- he is -- has been an ally and supports that community. He will continue to do so. He will always speak out when it comes to any type of humanitarian mistreatment, even across the globe. And he has always been very forthright in talking to leaders about that. 138

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:25:50-00:25:54 (4 sec)
As it relates to this particular event, I just don't have a comment for you at this time. 139

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:25:54-00:25:54 ( sec)
Go ahead, Jeremy. 140

Question

Very Positive
00:25:54-00:26:07 (13 sec)
Thanks, Karine. There's a report in Bloomberg that the President -- sorry, that the Assistant Secretary of Health has recommended rescheduling marijuana as a Schedule III drug. I'm wondering if the President would support that move. 141

Question

Unknown
00:26:07-00:26:12 (5 sec)
And secondly, just where does the President currently stand on the issue of decriminalizing marijuana? 142

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:26:12-00:26:23 (11 sec)
So, look, the President actually asked the Secretary of HHS and also the Attorney General to initiate the administrative process to review how marijuana is scheduled. 143

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:26:23-00:26:37 (14 sec)
As you know, the administration process is an independent process -- led by HHS, led by the Department of Justice, and guided by evidence. So -- so, I'm not going to comment on that. We're going to let that process move forward. 144

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:26:37-00:26:44 (7 sec)
And again, it's going to be an independent process that's led by HHS and DOJ. So, any specifics on that, I would refer you to HHS. 145

Question

Unknown
00:26:44-00:26:47 (3 sec)
And more broadly, on the question of decriminalizing, which would be going further than this, of course. 146

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:26:47-00:27:01 (15 sec)
I mean, look, he's -- he's asking HHS and DOJ to -- to take a look at it, to do an initial administrative kind of process or review, if you will. It's going to be an independent process. They're going to certainly use the evidence. It's going to be guided by evidence. 147

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
00:27:01-00:27:06 (5 sec)
And so, I'm going to leave it to HHS and DOJ to -- to move that process. And so, we're just not going to comment specifically on it. 148

Question

Positive
00:27:06-00:27:26 (20 sec)
And then, the President is about, sort of, a week away from heading off to India for the G20. He's scheduled to be in Rehoboth this weekend. Given all of those scheduling concerns, how likely is it that the President would make it down to Florida before heading abroad? Is that a goal of his: that he would like to try and get down there before he goes out of the country? 149

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:27:26-00:27:39 (12 sec)
So, look, don't have any schedule additions or travel to add at this time or to share at this time. Clearly, as you just heard, the Administrator is going to go there tomorrow, is going to be with the governor. And that is at the President's direction. 150

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Negative
00:27:39-00:27:50 (11 sec)
When it comes to any type of travel as it relates to, certainly, these types of unfortunate disasters, the President doesn't want to take away -- clearly -- from what's going on on the ground. 151

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:27:50-00:28:06 (16 sec)
As you know, the President has a big footprint when he travels. So, we want to make sure that the community, the elected officials, the local leaders -- certainly, the people have and get what they need in this time after it is the -- we have the assessment and we see the aftermath of Hurricane Idalia. 152

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:28:06-00:28:08 (2 sec)
So, I don't have anything to share. 153

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
00:28:08-00:28:27 (19 sec)
Clearly, it's something that the President always looks forward and always wants to be there for the people who are affected by these types of disasters. And -- and certainly you've seen him, in many different states, be there and talk directly to -- to Americans who are -- who are there and living through this moment. 154

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:28:27-00:28:35 (8 sec)
But we just want to be incredibly mindful. This is a dynamic situation, and we want to make sure they have everything that they need at this time. 155

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:28:35-00:28:38 (3 sec)
Go ahead. 156

Question

Unknown
00:28:38-00:28:47 (9 sec)
Obviously, lots of issues facing the President -- the presidency this week, but two others that, sort of, gauge the sense of presidential awareness or involvement. 157

Question

Very Positive
00:28:47-00:29:11 (24 sec)
You were asked yesterday about the situation in Guatemala. I noticed the Secretary of State reiterated support for the results there. Is that something that's reached the President's attention, who has expressed a lot of concern about democracy versus autocracies in the world? This is a situation two doors down from the United States. Is he aware of it? And would he be willing to meet with Mr. Arévalo were he to come to Washington before becoming president? 158

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:29:11-00:29:26 (15 sec)
So, look, the President obviously is kept up to -- up to date by his National Security Council and his -- his foreign policy advisors on all of -- any dynamic or any situations globally. Clearly, that is something that the President is -- is kept -- kept abreast. 159

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:29:26-00:29:42 (16 sec)
I just don't have anything to share on any future upcoming meeting at this time. As you know, we congratulated the new leader. And -- and, clearly, all -- his -- his election was confirmed by -- by the certified vote results. 160

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:29:42-00:29:46 (4 sec)
And so, just don't have anything to share or anything to announce about a potential meeting. 161

Question

Somewhat Positive
00:29:46-00:30:14 (28 sec)
You were also asked yesterday about potential White House involvement or at least awareness of the UAW labor situation. How about the Writers Guild, Screen Actors Guild negotiations? We're at about day 120-plus with the writers, 47-plus with SAG-AFTRA. These are members and these are companies that have close, at least, political, ties to this President. Just curious if he's been briefed at all or talked to anybody involved in those -- 162

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:30:14-00:30:14 ( sec)
I -- 163

Question

Unknown
00:30:14-00:30:16 (2 sec)
-- or who in the administration might be talking to them? 164

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:30:16-00:30:40 (24 sec)
I mean, look, regardless of political ties -- right? -- this is a president that has been -- that has been called by many labor folks -- right? -- that he is the -- the most pro-union president ever. And so, this is a president that believes in collective bargaining. This is a president that believes, certainly, of the right of -- of workers to strike. We've been very clear about that. 165

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:30:40-00:31:01 (21 sec)
And as it relates to the writers and also the actors, we believe they have the right to -- to be able to -- to -- you know, to -- to ask for fair wages and fair benefits. That's why collective bargaining is so important. And we have seen it worked over the -- even the past several years while this president has been president, during his tenure. 166

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:31:01-00:31:10 (9 sec)
So, that's what the President is going to continue to call for -- for folks to come to the table in good faith, have those conversations, do that collective bargaining that the President supports. 167

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:31:10-00:31:19 (9 sec)
And so, I don't have anything else beyond to -- to share. But again, this is the most pro-union president, and this is a -- he's incredibly proud of that record. 168

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:31:19-00:31:19 (1 sec)
Go ahead. 169

Question

Unknown
00:31:19-00:31:24 (5 sec)
In the hours and days ahead, how frequently does President Biden intend to get briefed on the storm? 170

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:31:24-00:31:36 (12 sec)
Regularly. Daily. Multipl- -- multiple times a day. You're going to hear from him in -- in a few minutes. You heard -- the Administrator was here today briefing him. He was here -- she was here yesterday, in person, briefing him. 171

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:31:36-00:31:43 (7 sec)
This is something that the President is keeping a very close eye on, as all of you are following this very closely. 172

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:31:43-00:31:55 (12 sec)
This is important. It doesn't matter if we are in a -- this is not about politics. We should take politics out of any type of disaster that we see that the American people are having to suffer or deal with. 173

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:31:55-00:32:18 (23 sec)
And so, this is not about politics. This is -- for the President, this is about being a president -- a president for all Americans. And so, he is going to be closely watching this, getting updated regularly to make sure that the people in Georgia, in South Carolina, in Florida are getting exactly what they need. And so, that's going to be the President's focus. 174

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:32:18-00:32:19 (1 sec)
Go ahead. 175

Question

Leans Negative
00:32:19-00:32:38 (19 sec)
Thanks, Karine. I wanted to ask about a possible government shutdown. Some conservatives have been -- on the Hill have been talking about it not being a big deal, that no one will really notice. Can you talk a little bit specifically about what would continue to work during a shutdown and what would stop? 176

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:32:38-00:32:41 (3 sec)
So, look, I appreciate the question. I'm not going to get into hypotheticals. 177

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:32:41-00:32:55 (14 sec)
Here's what we know, and here's what I have said when I've been asked this question: It is that there's no reason -- there's absolutely no reason at all for Congress to shut down the government. There isn't. And this is a question for Congress to answer. 178

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:32:55-00:33:20 (25 sec)
The -- this should not be happening. And they should fund these vital, vital government programs that the American people rely on. And these are critical needs we've requested -- when you think about what we've requested and asked for when it comes to emergency funding -- right? -- when it comes to what we came to the table for, when it comes to the budget agreement. 179

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:33:20-00:33:31 (12 sec)
This was a bipartisan agreement from both sides. And so, there's no reason -- no reason at all -- that Congress should be -- should be going down the path of shutting down this government. 180

Question

Very Negative
00:33:31-00:33:42 (10 sec)
Can you -- can you confirm, though, at least that federal criminal proceedings would continue in a shutdown, including those involving the former president? 181

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:33:42-00:33:48 (6 sec)
That would -- you would have to ask the Speaker of the House and the Congress on that question. That is not something that I can speak to to -- here. 182

Question

Leans Positive
00:33:48-00:33:50 (2 sec)
But not federal criminal proceedings? 183

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:33:50-00:33:59 (10 sec)
I -- you -- you would have to reach out to Department of Justice. You would have to reach out to Congress, whatever it is that they're doing on that side. That is something for the Department of Justice to speak to. That is not something for me to speak to. 184

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:33:59-00:34:24 (25 sec)
But I will say that our -- when it -- as it relates to the engagement that we have been having with the Hill on whether it's the -- whether it is government funding or any kind of legislative process. Look, we have our OMB Director, Shalanda Young; our Legis- -- Legislative Affairs Office have been in regular contact with them. We are engaging with congressional members on the Hill, and that's going to certainly continue. 185

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:34:24-00:34:25 (1 sec)
Go ahead. 186

Question

Very Positive
00:34:25-00:34:36 (11 sec)
I want to ask you quickly, the President -- President Biden awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal to two Fulton County election workers, Ruby Freeman and Shaye Moss, in the past. 187

Question

Somewhat Positive
00:34:36-00:34:47 (11 sec)
A federal judge today ruled in favor of those women, who had sued Rudy Giuliani for defamation, ordering that the attorney -- that Giuliani pay sanctions. 188

Question

Somewhat Negative
00:34:47-00:34:55 (8 sec)
Just your thoughts on this now that it has been completed? It's no longer in the hands of the courts. The judge has delivered her ruling. What do you make of that? 189

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:34:55-00:34:57 (2 sec)
I'm just not going to comment on that at this time. 190

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:34:57-00:34:58 (2 sec)
Go ahead. 191

Question

Positive
00:34:58-00:35:15 (17 sec)
Thanks, Karine. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell had another episode in which he froze while answering questions today. I know the President spoke to him the last time this happened and when he has had previous health issues. Do you know if the President is aware of this, and whether or not he's likely to -- 192

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:35:15-00:35:19 (4 sec)
I haven't spoken to the President, so I -- I don't know if he's aware of this. 193

Question

Unknown
00:35:19-00:35:26 (7 sec)
And then, secondly, on Labor Day. I wanted to follow up to see if there are any announcements for how the President is going to mark Labor Day this year. 194

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:35:26-00:35:43 (17 sec)
I -- I just -- just to step back on your question about Senator McConnell. Clearly, we -- we wish him well, a speedy recovery. As you know, the two of them are -- are -- have -- have worked together and have known each other for some time. But I can't speak to a call or a conversation. I just haven't asked the President about that. 195

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:35:43-00:35:51 (8 sec)
As it relates to Labor Day, clearly, that's a day that the President enjoys celebrating, as it is an important day for the labor community. I just don't have anything to share. 196

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:35:51-00:35:58 (7 sec)
Once we get closer to that -- to that date, certainly, we will lay out what the President plans to do. 197

Question

Unknown
00:35:58-00:36:15 (17 sec)
At the beginning of June, the White House announced the Education Department was going to be appointing a coordinator to address book bans. I asked Education Department for a status update and couldn't get an answer. So I'm -- since we've got students returning to the classroom now, can you give us an update on when this effort is going to start? 198

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:36:15-00:36:22 (7 sec)
So that is something for the Department of Education to speak to. I don't have an update for -- for -- for you at -- on that particular question. 199

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:36:22-00:36:27 (5 sec)
But, again, that's something for the Department of Education. I know they're going to announce somebody. I just don't have it right at this time. 200

Question

Unknown
00:36:27-00:36:29 (2 sec)
So they are going to be announcing someone in the next -- 201

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
00:36:29-00:36:35 (6 sec)
I just don't have -- I know they said that -- that was announced that there was going to be a book czar. Sorry, I just don't have anything for you at this time. 202

Question

Very Positive
00:36:35-00:36:42 (6 sec)
Would it be possible at some point to get a description of what this coordinator has done, what schools they've reached out to, what that outreach has looked like? 203

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:36:42-00:36:45 (3 sec)
Again, that's for -- something for the Department of Education to speak to directly. 204

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:36:45-00:36:45 (1 sec)
Go ahead, Karen. 205

Question

Positive
00:36:45-00:36:54 (9 sec)
Thanks. New York Governor Kathy Hochul is meeting with Chief of Staff Jeff Zients today to discuss migration. Can you tell us a little bit more about that meeting? And then I have a follow-up to that. 206

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:36:54-00:37:16 (22 sec)
Yeah. So, as you just mentioned, we are hosting Governor Hochul today here at the White House to continue our close collaboration and to underscore all the ways in which this administration has supported communities who are ho- -- who are hosting asylum seekers and ways we are working together to increase access to work authorization. So we'll have more to share about the meeting later today. 207

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:37:16-00:37:20 (5 sec)
But yes, she is indeed here and is going to be meeting with members of the President's team. 208

Question

Slightly Positive
00:37:20-00:37:24 (4 sec)
Okay. I have another follow-up. But will there be a readout of that from the White House? 209

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:37:24-00:37:30 (6 sec)
We will have more to share later today on the meeting. I just don't have anything specific on how that's going to look like. 210

Question

Positive
00:37:30-00:37:42 (12 sec)
Okay. And Hochul and other Democrats have been pushing the administration to expedite work authorizations for asylum seekers who are already here. Does the administration see that as a viable solution to getting people out of shelters faster? 211

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:37:42-00:37:45 (3 sec)
So I'm not going to get ahead of -- of the conversation that they're going to have. 212

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:37:45-00:38:05 (20 sec)
I do want to say that DHS met recently with state and local. This is the assessment team that you've -- you've heard us announce not too long ago. They met with local and state officials and to -- to outline -- and they outlined nearly two dozen ways or recommendations to strengthen certainly their operations. 213

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
00:38:05-00:38:23 (18 sec)
The administration, across several departments and agencies, identified a number of federal sites across New York State for housing. Additionally, the Department of Interior is negotiating a lease of Floyd Bennett Field with the city and state, so that conversation that continues to happen. Again, that happened, I believe, on Monday. 214

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:38:23-00:38:48 (25 sec)
When it comes to the work auth- -- authorization, look, this administration has led the largest expansion as it relates to pathways -- lawful pathways in decades, and we are committed to building a humane and safe and orderly immigration system. Those who arrive through those lawful pathways are immediately eligible to request an employment authorization document. That's how that process works. 215

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:38:48-00:38:57 (9 sec)
As it relates to this con- -- this particular conversation and what has been requested by New York, I'm -- I'm just not going to get ahead of the meeting that they're going to have today. 216

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:38:57-00:38:58 (1 sec)
Go ahead. 217

Question

Very Positive
00:38:58-00:39:11 (13 sec)
A couple of follow-ups on the spending questions that you got. Lawmakers are already, sort of, talking about a proposal that perhaps would be a CR in the December -- kind of a shorter-term deal. Is that acceptable to the President? Would he be okay with that? 218

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Negative
00:39:11-00:39:23 (12 sec)
That is something -- I'm not going to get into hypotheticals. That is something that Congress -- Congress should -- should kind of decide on -- on the length of a continuing -- continuing resolutions. That's som- -- something that I defer to them. 219

Question

Somewhat Negative
00:39:23-00:39:39 (16 sec)
And then related to that, I know you said that the administration -- Director Young, others -- are already engaged with lawmakers. Are you're -- has there been an expression of sort of red lines, sort of priorities or cuts or provisions that would be unacceptable to President Biden that would not get signed into law? 220

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:39:39-00:40:03 (24 sec)
So, look, as I said, we have had continued calls with them, continued engagement with members of Congress to lay out the urgency and the important nature of making sure that we do not shut down and we continue funding the governmen