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Remarks: Joe Biden Hosts a Cinco de Mayo Reception at The White House - May 6, 2024

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Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:00:00-00:00:06 (6 sec)
Happy Cinco de Mayo! [Applause] [Audience chants "Four more years"] 1

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:00:06-00:00:18 (12 sec)
[Laughs] Well, thank you, thank you, thank you. 2

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:00:18-00:00:20 (2 sec)
I'm Jill Biden's husband, Joe. [Laughter] 3

Joe Biden

Positive
00:00:20-00:00:26 (7 sec)
Doug, our Second Gentleman, is here also. Doug, good to see you, pal. [Applause] 4

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:00:26-00:00:36 (10 sec)
And, Jaime, thanks for that introduction, pal. I've always looked up to you. [Laughter] Congratulations on a great rookie season in the NBA. [Applause] 5

Joe Biden

Very Negative
00:00:36-00:00:47 (11 sec)
As you said, you stand on the shoulders of those who came before you. Future generations will stand on your 6'6" shoulders -- [laughter] -- and be a hell of a lot taller, man. 6

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:00:47-00:00:58 (11 sec)
Thanks, Pete and Nanette and all the members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus here today. I want to publicly say: We're going to meet, I promise. Okay? We got -- 7

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:00:58-00:01:04 (6 sec)
And when I was elected, I promised my administration would look like America. And I'm proud to say it does. 8

Joe Biden

Positive
00:01:04-00:01:13 (9 sec)
I want to thank my Cabinet members here today: Secretary Becerra, where are you? -- [applause] -- Secretary Cardona -- [applause] -- Administrator Guzman. [Applause] 9

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:01:13-00:01:19 (7 sec)
Former Cabinet members of the O-Biden -- the Obam- -- Obama-Biden administration, Tom Perez -- Tom, where are you? [Applause] 10

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:01:19-00:01:40 (21 sec)
Well, I'll tell you what, on Friday, I had the honor of bestowing our nation's highest civilian awards on 19 incredible people -- two trailblazing Hisp- -- Hispanic Americans as well: Teresa Romo -- [DEL: Romeo :DEL] [Romero] -- excuse me -- Teresa [DEL: Romeo :DEL] [Romero], the first Latina to lead the national union, an American -- a national union, the [DEL: American :DEL] [United] Farm Workers. 11

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:01:40-00:01:52 (12 sec)
And if you look inside the door here, I've got only a few busts in there, and one of them is of Cesar Chavez, who started the whole deal. [Applause] 12

Joe Biden

Positive
00:01:52-00:02:02 (10 sec)
And Dr. [DEL: Elaine :DEL] [Ellen] Ochoa, the first Latina to travel to space. [Applause] I'm glad she decided to come home. [Laughter] 13

Joe Biden

Leans Positive
00:02:02-00:02:15 (13 sec)
In the land of possibilities, they represent something essential about America: We are a nation of immigrants, and we shouldn't forget it. [Applause] No, we -- not -- it's why we're so good, why we're so strong, why we have such potential. 14

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:02:15-00:02:25 (9 sec)
We're a nation of dreamers. As Cinco de Mayo represents, we're a nation of freedom. That's America -- the America we share; the America we're fighting for together. 15

Joe Biden

Neutral
00:02:25-00:02:40 (15 sec)
And the plan is working. You know, we've created 15 million jobs since we took office; record-low unemployment for among -- among Latinos; the fastest small-business creation in more than a decade -- [applause] -- as we've doubled loans to Latino-owned businesses. 16

Joe Biden

Very Negative
00:02:40-00:02:57 (18 sec)
We've invested a record $15 billion in Hispanic-serving colleges and universities. And we -- we've -- we've relieved student debt for 4.6 million -- [applause] -- a burden disproportionately falling on Latino borrowers. 17

Joe Biden

Negative
00:02:57-00:03:24 (26 sec)
And you're the future of our nation. You know, everybody says why am I so -- why have I always been so fundamentally focused on Latinos. Simple proposition: You make up 28 percent of the students in America. [Applause] Think -- think about it. Twenty-eight percent of all the students in high school and grade school in America are Latino. And I want to tell you, the idea we're not going to pay attention is the dumbest thing I've ever heard. [Laughter] 18

Joe Biden

Neutral
00:03:24-00:03:26 (3 sec)
Look, we have to have your backs, and you've had ours. 19

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:03:26-00:03:45 (19 sec)
In March, in Nevada, I invited the most ambitious housing plan for decades to come into being. For example, it boosts construction on rental units and lowers rent. To crack down on discrimination by home appraisers so Latino homes are finally valued as fairly as they were when built by wealthy families. 20

Joe Biden

Very Negative
00:03:45-00:03:58 (13 sec)
Folks, look, we're in a situation where to lower costs across the board, we finally beat Big Pharma -- Big Pharma -- and gave Medicare the power to negotiate lower prescription drug prices. [Applause] 21

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:03:58-00:04:26 (27 sec)
And, by the way, for example, we capped insulin at $35 a month, down from $400 a month for seniors on Medicare, including 5 million Latinos. And guess what? It saved not only those lives but taxpayers. It saved them $160 billion in Medicare costs over the next 10 years. They're not going to have to pay. So, it's a big deal across the board. 22

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:04:26-00:04:32 (7 sec)
We also expanded health coverage through the Affordable Care Act, doubling the number of Latinos enrolled since 2020. 23

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:04:32-00:04:43 (11 sec)
And I'm proud, last Friday, my annou- -- my administration finally announced a rule that for the first time, and finally -- finally, I'm able to provide health insurance through the Affordable Care Act for DACA recipients. [Applause] 24

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:04:43-00:04:58 (15 sec)
The first bill I introduced was about DACA, to make sure that they have a path -- direct path to citizenship. And President [Obama] and I, we created that program 12 years ago. 25

Joe Biden

Slightly Positive
00:04:58-00:05:14 (16 sec)
It's given 800,000 DREAMers a chance to go to work and school, contribute their immense talents in America. But more than a third of DREAMers couldn't get health insurance. It's wrong. And this rule changes all that. DREAMers can now get health insurance, as they deserve. 26

Joe Biden

Positive
00:05:14-00:05:28 (14 sec)
My first day in office, as I said, I sent a comprehensive immigration reform bill to Congress. It expands legal paths for entries for families and employers. It includes pathways to citizenship for DREAMers in the only country that they ever called home. 27

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:05:28-00:05:38 (10 sec)
I love it when people say, "Why DREAMers?" Can you imagine a kid, two years old, saying, "Mom, don't take me across the Rio Grande; it's against the law"? Give me a break. These have been model citizens. 28

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:05:38-00:05:44 (6 sec)
Congress has to act. And the right thing to do is to keep pushing forward until we get it done -- [applause] -- get it done. 29

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:05:44-00:06:03 (19 sec)
On this day two years ago, we were honored to host the First Lady of Mexico to celebrate the unbreakable bonds between our nations -- bonds rooted in [DEL: historage :DEL] [history], heritage, boosted by record trade, embodied in nearly 40 million Mexican Americans that are here. 30

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:06:03-00:06:17 (14 sec)
I want to thank President Op- -- López Obrador for his partnership. We've become friends. I talk to him all the -- he's helping on immigration. We have a significant economic security, as well as security overall. 31

Joe Biden

Leans Positive
00:06:17-00:06:28 (11 sec)
Folks, we're doing all this while cutting the federal deficit and fighting to make the wealthy and the big corporations finally begin to pay their fair share. [Applause] 32

Joe Biden

Somewhat Negative
00:06:28-00:06:36 (7 sec)
Under my plan, no one earning less than $400,000 a year would pay one extra penny in federal taxes -- not a single penny. 33

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:06:36-00:06:47 (12 sec)
Did you know that there are a thousand billionaires in America? Well, guess what? That's good. I'm a capitalist. You can make a billion bucks, go get it. But guess what? Begin to pay your fair share. [Applause] 34

Joe Biden

Negative
00:06:47-00:07:06 (18 sec)
You know what the average tax rate for a billionaire is in America? 8.2 percent in federal taxes. Anybody want to trade with them? [Laughter] Well, it's -- that's less than the vast majority of Americans. No billionaire should pay a lower tax rate than a teacher, a nurse, a firefighter, a cop. [Applause] 35

Joe Biden

Somewhat Positive
00:07:06-00:07:23 (17 sec)
That's why I proposed a minimum tax of 25 percent for billionaires. You know what that will do? That will raise $500 billion over the next 10 years. Imagine what we could do to affordable care for children, paid leave, lower the federal deficit, generate -- [a child in the audience cries] -- significant economic growth. 36

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:07:23-00:07:28 (5 sec)
See, he cheered. [Laughter] That's a kid who knows what he's about, man. [Laughter] 37

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:07:28-00:07:47 (20 sec)
But, as you know, there are those of a different view. When my predecessor was in office, he enacted a $2 trillion tax cut that overwhelmingly benefitted the super wealthy and the biggest corporations and exploded the federal debt more than any other president has in a four-year term. He added more. He wants to do it again. 38

Joe Biden

Leans Positive
00:07:47-00:08:09 (22 sec)
He also wants to terminate the Affordable Care Act, denying healthcare to millions of Latinos -- millions. He wants to go to -- he wants to bring back the Big Pharma to be able to charge $400 a month so they don't -- eliminate that legislation -- instead of $35 a month. He wants to cut Social Security and Medicare. He says, "There's a lot we can do in terms of cutting." 39

Joe Biden

Somewhat Negative
00:08:09-00:08:17 (8 sec)
I got one really serious idea how to cut. [Laughs] A candidate. Any rate -- [laughter]. 40

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:08:17-00:08:26 (9 sec)
He brags about getting Roe v. Wade overturned. He just did an interview with TIME Magazine and said states should monitor women's pregnancies. Monitor -- [Audience boos] 41

Joe Biden

Very Negative
00:08:26-00:08:35 (9 sec)
-- monitor their pregnancies? He also said we should prosecute those who violate abortion bans. [Audience boos] 42

Joe Biden

Neutral
00:08:35-00:08:41 (6 sec)
Kamala and I will never let that happen. We're going to keep fighting to restore Roe v. Wade as the law of the land. 43

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:08:41-00:08:56 (15 sec)
In the same interview, my predecessor vowed to use the U.S. military to deport 11 million people here in America he says shouldn't be here -- going to use the military to deport 11 million people in America. 44

Joe Biden

Very Negative
00:08:56-00:09:12 (16 sec)
He calls immigrants "rapists" and "murderers." He said, "They are not people." He said the immigrants are "poisoning the blood of our country." He wants to bring back cruel and unhuman- -- inhumane family separation policies that ripped children from their parents at the border. 45

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:09:12-00:09:23 (11 sec)
Folks, that's not who we are. That's not America. My administration has reunited 700 of those families and still looking. Families belong together, folks, not separated. [Applause] 46

Joe Biden

Positive
00:09:23-00:09:42 (20 sec)
Let me close with this. We're here in the Rose Garden. Through that window in the Oval Office, you'll see I have a bust of Cesar Chavez. There's only five busts I have in that office. And in the back corner of the garden here, the rose bush that's planted in his honor. 47

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:09:42-00:09:52 (10 sec)
He once said, quote, "Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others for their sake and for our own." 48

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:09:52-00:10:05 (13 sec)
Folks, the reason why we're the fastest-growing country in the world, why we're the best economy in the world is because of immigration. [Applause] That's why we're [inaudible]. That -- that's not hyperbole. That's a fact. 49

Joe Biden

Positive
00:10:05-00:10:15 (10 sec)
What I see in the Latino community is doctors, teachers, athletes, artists, community leaders, construction workers, first responders who put themselves on the line to keep the rest of us safe. 50

Joe Biden

Very Negative
00:10:15-00:10:30 (15 sec)
You are dreamers and doers. You're cutting cancer. You're commanding the military. You're taking deep steps into space. And it matters. You matter. You really do. You matter more than we can express. 51

Joe Biden

Neutral
00:10:30-00:10:43 (12 sec)
As I said earlier, you know, when you have 28 percent of all the students in our schools up to high school -- 28 percent speaking Spanish, how in God's name can we not pay attention? 52

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:10:43-00:10:58 (15 sec)
There's -- always have been [DEL: compelling :DEL] [competing] value sets to visions of America. One of those value sets is of revenge and retribution. The other is hope and opportunity that we share -- honesty, decency, faith, fairness. 53

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:10:58-00:11:16 (18 sec)
That's the future we're building together. In America, we defend democracy; we don't not diminish it. We protect freedoms; we don't take them away. An America where the economy grows from the middle out and the bottom up, the wealthy pay their fair share, and working people have a fair shot -- that's what we're about: an America where no one is left behind. 54

Joe Biden

Leans Negative
00:11:16-00:11:21 (6 sec)
I know we can do this. Because of you, I've never been more optimistic about the future. We just have to remember who we are. 55

Joe Biden

Positive
00:11:21-00:11:30 (9 sec)
We're the United States of America -- [applause] -- a nation of immigrants. And there's nothing, nothing beyond our capacity when we do it together. [Applause] 56

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:11:30-00:11:33 (3 sec)
God bless you all. And may God bless our troops. 57

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:11:33-00:11:38 (5 sec)
Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you. [Applause] 58