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Remarks: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris Attend an AANHPI Heritage Month Reception - May 13, 2024

  • Joe Biden
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  • Kamala Harris
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Joe Biden

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00:00:00-00:00:27 (28 sec)
My name's Joe Biden. I work for Kamala Harris. [Laughter] I asked her to be my vice president because I knew I needed somebody smarter than me. [Laughter] Folks, happy Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander Heritage Month here in the White House. And thank you, Lucy, for that introduction, and all you do for the community on and off the screen. 1

Joe Biden

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00:00:27-00:00:54 (27 sec)
Kamala, our historic vice president, who represents the community with such great -- with such great pride. And Doug, I know you're here somewhere, but wherever you are, Doug -- he's back there? Okay. Anyway, our first second gentleman, he's here along with so many of our friends. Mazie and Tammy, two leaders in the United States Senate, there you are. 2

Joe Biden

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00:00:54-00:01:35 (40 sec)
And chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, Representative Judy Chu. There you are, Judy. And other members who represent the community in growing numbers in each election. As Kamala mentioned, that includes the family of the late Norm Mineta, who was a great friend and a great leader. In fact, this year marks the 25th anniversary of the creation of the White House Initiative on Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islanders, and Norm supported it. And by the way, I was educated by a guy who, if I can digress for just a moment, one of the people -- when I first got here, I didn't want to be here because I'd just lost my family in an accident. 3

Joe Biden

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00:01:35-00:01:55 (20 sec)
And there was a guy named Danny Inouye who came along. Danny had more grit and determination than anybody I ever knew, and he was a guy who stood tall. He -- and this is a guy who -- anyway, I don't want to get started, but -- but he taught me an awful lot. Several commission members are here as well, and I want to thank them. 4

Joe Biden

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00:01:55-00:02:29 (34 sec)
Kamala and I are committed to having an administration -- when we got elected, we said we're going to have an administration that looks like America, and it does. We do. We have members of every community, and so many of whom are here today, including our cabinet, US Trade Representative Katherine Tai, Katherine, where -- there she is, Acting Labor Secretary Julie Su. And above all, thanks to all of you, leaders of labor, business, philanthropy, civil rights, arts and culture, and so much more. 5

Joe Biden

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00:02:29-00:02:53 (25 sec)
All of you represent a simple truth. There is no singular Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander identity. And diversity in those cultures, the breadth of achievement shape the strength and fabric of this country, but it's not all the same. The fastest growing demographic in the United States who represent how we are as a nation of immigrants, a nation of dreamers, a nation of freedom. 6

Joe Biden

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00:02:53-00:03:16 (23 sec)
And that's the America we share. We've made incredible progress together, 15 million new jobs, a record, historic low levels of unemployment, record small business creation. In fact, loans from our Small Business Administration to the AANHPI small business is up 44 percent compared -- by the way, the dog is cheering for that. 7

Joe Biden

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00:03:16-00:03:38 (21 sec)
That was the dog up front here. [Laughter] He's all for it. He's employed. And look, because we expanded the child care tax credit during the pandemic, not -- and by the way, not one Republican voted for it, we cut Asian American child poverty by nearly 25 percent, a record low, lower costs across the board. 8

Joe Biden

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00:03:38-00:04:13 (35 sec)
We finally beat Big Pharma and got Medicare the ability to negotiate lower drug prices. For example, we've capped insulin at $35 a month, down from $400. It only costs them -- it only costs them ten bucks to make it. And seniors on Medicare, including your parents and grandparents, are beneficiaries. Not only saved lives, but interesting fact I remind my Republican friends, it saved the budget $160 billion, $160 billion because Medicare no longer has to pay those exorbitant fees and prices. 9

Joe Biden

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00:04:13-00:04:33 (20 sec)
And we're now making college more affordable. We're relieving student debt for millions of students, including so many in the community. And we secured the largest increase in Pell grants in a decade, and it matters now, of nearly 40 percent. Of AANHPI students rely on Pell Grants to get to college, nearly 40 percent. 10

Joe Biden

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00:04:33-00:04:52 (19 sec)
More people have health insurance today than ever before in the history of this country, including in the community. And I'm proud my administration announced DACA recipients will finally get access to health care through the Affordable Care Act. And by the way, I proposed the most comprehensive immigration reform bill in decades. 11

Joe Biden

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00:04:52-00:05:11 (19 sec)
It includes a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers and expands the number of green cards so more families can build their American dream together. And now Congress has to act and do the right thing. I'll keep -- we're both going to keep pushing forward. Thanks to decades of advocacy by so many of you, I'm proud our administration. 12

Joe Biden

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00:05:11-00:05:34 (23 sec)
Recently -- we recently announced major changes to how federal government collects and reports federal data on race and ethnicity. By disaggregating data on the community, this is -- that it so deserves, we can better serve the entire community, individual communities. After all, our government didn't really see Korean Americans distinctly from Filipino Americans. 13

Joe Biden

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00:05:34-00:05:57 (23 sec)
But how can we address each community's needs without understanding the specific needs? We're changing that. We're also making historic investments to rebuild roads and bridges and lead the world in science and innovation. That includes the most significant investment ever in climate in the history of the world, over $368 billion after are so many leading the way. 14

Joe Biden

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00:05:57-00:06:21 (24 sec)
I signed the most significant gun safety law in nearly 30 years, which matters, as I've mourned with you in Atlanta, Monterey Park, and Half Moon Bay, been there to meet the families. Together, we won't stop until we finally ban assault weapons as well. I could go on. But, look, the point here is we're lowering costs, expanding opportunities, and protecting freedoms. 15

Joe Biden

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00:06:21-00:06:42 (21 sec)
That's in stark contrast to my predecessor's view of America and his view of all of you. We'll never forget him lying about the pandemic, never forget the rise of anti-Asian hate crimes during the pandemic. I'm proud to have had -- I'm wasn't proud to have had to, but I'm proud to have signed and -- this COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act with your support. 16

Joe Biden

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00:06:42-00:07:10 (27 sec)
We've also provided historic value and funding for public safety in local communities that's bringing us results. We're seeing a 50 year low in violent crime in America. In San Francisco, for example, anti-Asian hate crimes are down 75 percent over the last two years. When Trump was in office, he enacted a $2 trillion tax cut overwhelmingly benefiting the super wealthy and the very biggest corporations that exploded the federal deficit. 17

Joe Biden

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00:07:10-00:07:33 (23 sec)
His administration added more to the federal debt than any previous presidential term in American history, and now he and his congressional Republican friends want to do it again. At the same time, he wants to, quote -- I love his terminology -- terminate the Affordable Care Act, kicking millions of you and your families off of insurance and taking away protections for preexisting conditions, affecting millions of people. 18

Joe Biden

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00:07:33-00:07:39 (6 sec)
On Social Security and Medicare, my predecessor says, quote, there's a lot we can do in terms of cutting. Not on our watch. 19

Kamala Harris

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00:07:39-00:07:40 (1 sec)
Not on our watch. 20

Joe Biden

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00:07:40-00:08:04 (24 sec)
Not on our watch. And he brags about cutting Roe v. Wade, making sure it's overturned. But Kamala and I are going to keep fighting to restore Roe v. Wade until it's the law of the land again. While we fight for comprehensive immigration reform, he calls immigrants rapists and murderers. He says they are not people. 21

Joe Biden

Slightly Negative
00:08:04-00:08:30 (26 sec)
They are not people. He says immigrants are, quote, poisoning the blood of our country. Folks, my predecessor wants a country just for some of us. We want a country for all of us. Let me close with this. Two years ago, I signed the landmark law to pave the way for the creation of the National Museum of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander History and Culture. 22

Joe Biden

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00:08:30-00:08:53 (23 sec)
It matters. There are those who want to erase history. But together, you're making history. We're making history. What I see in all of you, including some incredibly special people here today, born in the Philippines, she came to America as a -- to follow her dream. She started working at a restaurant at an airport before working her way up to become one of the best chefs in the world. 23

Joe Biden

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00:08:53-00:09:33 (40 sec)
And now the first woman Asian American Executive Chef of the White House, Chef Cris, come here. Come on up here, Chef. She is incredible. A matter of fact, I was 20 pounds lighter when I came here. [Laughter] Thank you. Thank you very much. You deserve it. Love you too. Thank you. She's been here for over two decades serving presidents of both parties. 24

Joe Biden

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00:09:33-00:09:54 (21 sec)
She's prepared dinners for heads of state, celebrities, from -- everyone from Super Bowl champions to everyday heroes. And above all, she's a world class culinary leader who leaves you with a sense of wonder about American forever -- as a forever nation of immigrants. Look, the story all of you represent in one form or another. 25

Joe Biden

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00:09:54-00:10:13 (18 sec)
Maybe your family's been here for generations or you're here for the first -- you're the first one here. Maybe you never thought you'd be here at the White House, but you are here at the White House, the people's house, your house, your house. We see you. There's always been a competing set of values and visions in America. 26

Joe Biden

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00:10:13-00:10:35 (22 sec)
It's existed, but never as starkly as today, one held by my predecessor of revenge and retribution, the other of hope and opportunity that we all share, honesty, decency, faith, fairness. That's the future we're building together. And it's because of you, and I mean it sincerely, it's because of you I've never been more optimistic about America's future in my entire career. 27

Joe Biden

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00:10:35-00:10:53 (18 sec)
We just have to remember who we are. We're the United States of America. And there is nothing, nothing beyond our capacity when we act together. And that's what we have to do and that's what we are doing. God bless you all and may God protect our troops. Thank you. 28