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Remarks: Joe Biden Discusses the February 2023 Jobs Report - March 10, 2023

  • Joe Biden
    Person
  • Question
    Person
Somewhat Positive

Joe Biden

Neutral
00:00:00-00:00:07 (7 sec)
Hey, folks. Good morning. Sorry we're late -- a little late. It's all my fault. 1

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:00:07-00:00:23 (16 sec)
But, look, I think we've got a good jobs report. I'm happy to report that our economy has created over 300,000 new jobs last month, and that's on top of a half a million jobs we added the month before. 2

Joe Biden

Slightly Positive
00:00:23-00:00:31 (9 sec)
All told, we've created more than 12 [DEL: thousand :DEL] [million] -- 12 [DEL: thousand :DEL] [million] jobs since I took office, nearly [DEL: 8,000 :DEL] [800,000] of them manufacturing jobs. 3

Joe Biden

Positive
00:00:31-00:00:39 (8 sec)
That means, overall, we've created more jobs in two years than any administration has created in the first four years. 4

Joe Biden

Very Negative
00:00:39-00:00:45 (6 sec)
And I think all this matters. It's no accident. It means our eco- -- our economic plan is working. 5

Joe Biden

Very Negative
00:00:45-00:01:08 (23 sec)
And when I took office, the recovery -- the economy was -- there was no recovery and the economy was reeling. And 18 million people were unemployed, on unemployment insurance, compared to less than 2 million today. Unemployment was 6.3 percent and the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office predicted it wouldn't get below 4 percent until 2026. 6

Joe Biden

Slightly Negative
00:01:08-00:01:16 (8 sec)
Because of our economic plan, unemployment has been below 4 percent for 14 straight months since January 2022. 7

Joe Biden

Very Negative
00:01:16-00:01:23 (6 sec)
Last month, the unemployment rate remained near the lowest level in 50 years -- 50 years. 8

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:01:23-00:01:33 (10 sec)
And that's really good news. People who were staying out of the job market -- this is particularly good news -- are now getting back into the job market. They're coming off the sidelines. They're getting back into the job market. 9

Joe Biden

Slightly Positive
00:01:33-00:01:43 (10 sec)
The share of working-age folks who are in the labor force is higher than it's been any time since 2008. That was one of the big predictors everybody was looking at. 10

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:01:43-00:01:57 (14 sec)
Tomorrow, it'll be two years since I signed the American Rescue Plan into law. It led to the fastest recovery of every -- any major economy in the world. It laid the foundation for the progress we've been seeing and we see today: 11

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:01:57-00:01:59 (2 sec)
Record new business applications. 12

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:01:59-00:02:08 (9 sec)
More Americans with healthcare coverage than ever, including more than 14 million Americans saving $800 a year on their health insurance. 13

Joe Biden

Positive
00:02:08-00:02:12 (4 sec)
Unprecedented tax relief for nearly 40 million families 14

Joe Biden

Neutral
00:02:12-00:02:19 (7 sec)
with 65 million children thanks to the Child Tax Credit, which the child -- cut child poverty in half. 15

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:02:19-00:02:38 (20 sec)
And since we passed the CHIPS and Science Act and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act, we've seen companies commit more than $300 billion -- companies from around the world commit more than $300 billion to invest in future manufacturing and innovation here in America, creating jobs. 16

Joe Biden

Slightly Positive
00:02:38-00:02:47 (8 sec)
We're going to invest in America again. We're going to make it in America again. And the federal government is going to buy American. That's been my economic vision. 17

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:02:47-00:02:58 (12 sec)
But what does this progress really mean for families trying to get by? Well, I'll tell you. It means more people with good jobs and the dignity and security that comes with a paycheck. 18

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:02:58-00:03:07 (8 sec)
And while we still have more to do and there may be setbacks along the way, inflation is now down 30 percent from what it was this summer. 19

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:03:07-00:03:10 (4 sec)
Gas prices are down more than $1.50 since their peak. 20

Joe Biden

Very Negative
00:03:10-00:03:20 (9 sec)
At the same time, take-home pay for workers has gone up, especially for lower- -- and this is important in my view -- especially for lower- and middle-income workers. 21

Joe Biden

Negative
00:03:20-00:03:29 (10 sec)
This all adds up to just a little bit -- I know you're tired of hearing me say it -- breathing room. But I think it's -- that's how people think about it: a little more breathing room for working families. 22

Joe Biden

Somewhat Positive
00:03:29-00:03:34 (5 sec)
And today's job numbers is clear: Our economy is moving in the right direction. 23

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:03:34-00:03:48 (14 sec)
Yesterday I went down to a hall in Philadelphia to lay out my budget and to outline my budget, which builds on the progress we've made growing an economy from the middle out and bottom up and not the top down. 24

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:03:48-00:03:56 (8 sec)
It's a plan that keeps investing in American manufacturing and innovation and creates more good-paying jobs that don't require a college degree. 25

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:03:56-00:04:07 (10 sec)
It protects, strengthens -- and strengthens Medicare and Social Security, two bedrock programs Americans have been paying into with every paycheck they've ever earned since they've been a kid. 26

Joe Biden

Slightly Positive
00:04:07-00:04:27 (20 sec)
And we're paying for these investments. We're paying for it all. My plan, after it's all said and done, is going to cut the deficit nearly $3 trillion over the next 10 years -- the plan I've submitted -- and by making the wealthy and corporations just begin -- [coughs] -- just begin -- excuse me -- to begin to pay their fair share. 27

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:04:27-00:04:42 (15 sec)
You know, when we talk about the 28 percent tax rate, Ronald Reagan was 28 percent tax rate. You know, that wacko liberal guy. You know? The idea that that's an -- an unreasonable amount. But I'll get into that later. 28

Joe Biden

Very Negative
00:04:42-00:04:51 (9 sec)
Any rate, it continues to lower costs for families, building on the work we've already done to lower the cost of insulin and other prescription drugs to make health insurance more affordable. 29

Joe Biden

Positive
00:04:51-00:04:56 (5 sec)
It brings down home energy costs --- bills for home energy bills. 30

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:04:56-00:05:20 (24 sec)
And our plan is in stark contrast to the MAGA Republican plan in Congress where they're doubling down on the same failed policies of the past that would give special tax breaks to the wealthy, keep the tax breaks that were put in place by the last President, the wealthy tax -- tax breaks for Big Oil, tax breaks for pharma -- at the expense of seniors and families. 31

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:05:20-00:05:24 (4 sec)
You know, it's the kind of a top-down, trickle-down economics that never, ever worked. 32

Joe Biden

Neutral
00:05:24-00:05:29 (5 sec)
I know when I grew up, as you've heard me say before, not much trickled down on my dad's kitchen table. 33

Joe Biden

Very Negative
00:05:29-00:05:40 (11 sec)
So, you know, my dad used to have an expression. He'd say, "Don't -- I don't expect the government to solve my problems, but I do expect the government to understand my problems." Not solve them, understand them. 34

Joe Biden

Leans Negative
00:05:40-00:05:50 (10 sec)
Building a budget requires some really hard decisions. But all over America, families are sitting around their kitchen tables making decisions that are equally consequential. 35

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:05:50-00:06:02 (12 sec)
That's who my budget is for. It's about a value set, as I said yesterday. Working people, the middle class -- the backbone of this country. Small businesses, who are responsible for around half of all the jobs in the economy. 36

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:06:02-00:06:10 (8 sec)
You know, the big corporations -- the Fortune 500 -- they're big. But small businesses account for half the people employed in the economy. 37

Joe Biden

Negative
00:06:10-00:06:15 (4 sec)
My budget reflects what we can do to lift the burden on hardworking Americans. 38

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:06:15-00:06:34 (19 sec)
Today's news tells us that thanks to our efforts, there's 12 million more Americans that have jobs. The job is about a lot more than a paycheck, as I said. It's about dignity. It's about your family's dignity. And 12 million more Americans can look their kids in the eye and say, "Honey, it's going to be okay," and mean it. 39

Joe Biden

Somewhat Positive
00:06:34-00:06:39 (5 sec)
You know, there's the -- that's a little more dignity for 12 million Americans. 40

Joe Biden

Slightly Positive
00:06:39-00:06:54 (15 sec)
And it's not just good numbers. People can feel it. People are moving back into the work. But this may be -- the part that pleases me the most about the report -- the jobs report is people who've been staying out of the job market are moving back in -- beginning to move back in. 41

Joe Biden

Somewhat Positive
00:06:54-00:06:59 (6 sec)
Jobs are available. People are working again. They're becoming more optimistic about their future. 42

Joe Biden

Negative
00:06:59-00:07:09 (9 sec)
And now, the biggest threat to our recovery is the reckless talk -- the reckless talk my MAGA friends -- this is not your -- as you've heard me say, it's not your father's Republican party. 43

Joe Biden

Very Negative
00:07:09-00:07:26 (17 sec)
But the Republicans in the United States Congress, they -- they -- they -- well, what they want to do with regard to the debt limit. You know, they're threatening to default on our national debt. In fact, planning to default, as some Republicans seem to be doing, puts us really much at risk. 44

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:07:26-00:07:38 (12 sec)
I believe we should be building on our progress, not go backward. So, I urge our extreme MAGA Republican friends in the Congress to put the threats aside. Join me in continuing the progress we've built. 45

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:07:38-00:07:41 (3 sec)
We've got a lot more to do, so let's finish the job. 46

Joe Biden

Positive
00:07:41-00:07:56 (15 sec)
And, by the way, you know, when we talk about what's -- what their -- I just saw -- my staff handed me as I was coming in -- the House Freedom Caucus. There's members of the House Caucus who will consider voting to raise the debt ceiling contingent upon the enactment of legislation. 47

Joe Biden

Leans Negative
00:07:56-00:08:07 (11 sec)
You know what the essence of the enacting legislation is? Cut all spending other than defense by 25 percent. Twenty-five percent across the board. 48

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:08:07-00:08:17 (10 sec)
Now, that means cops, firefighters. It means healthcare. It means -- that's just -- what they call "discretionary spending," as you all know. 49

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:08:17-00:08:31 (13 sec)
And -- and, on top of that, the -- what they're really focused on -- I saw here -- we'll get -- I shouldn't get into all this now, but -- is -- but it kind of surprised me. They -- they want to make sure we don't have enough IRS agents. 50

Joe Biden

Neutral
00:08:31-00:08:41 (10 sec)
You know those IRS agents we had? They're going to check on the accounts of -- for the super-wealthy, which would require a lot of accounting, a lot of agents to look at it. They want to get rid of them. 51

Joe Biden

Somewhat Positive
00:08:41-00:08:46 (5 sec)
I don't know. We just have a very different value set. 52

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:08:46-00:08:54 (8 sec)
Anyway, I'm optimistic we're going to get the -- the CPI next week. Hopefully, we'll be in -- in some solid shape. 53

Joe Biden

Positive
00:08:54-00:08:56 (2 sec)
But anyway. Yes. 54

Question

Positive
00:08:56-00:09:02 (6 sec)
Mr. President, are you concerned that rising interest rates will put a damper on this job growth and impact the economy? 55

Question

Very Positive
00:09:02-00:09:10 (8 sec)
And you mentioned the Freedom Caucus. Do you have any openness to negotiating on any of the issues that they mentioned? 56

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:09:10-00:09:25 (15 sec)
[Laughs] Well, first of all, we don't know what the CPI is going to be this week. It's -- but it's been down -- interest rates have been down -- the inflation has been down for many weeks in a row now. 57

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:09:25-00:09:34 (9 sec)
And I said, we're going to see blips going up. I -- but I'm -- I'm -- I feel confident that we're headed in the right direction. 58

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:09:34-00:09:42 (8 sec)
And -- and there's a lot of talk about what the Fed will do and not do. We'll see. We'll see what the Fed will do. 59

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:09:42-00:09:49 (7 sec)
But we'll see what this -- what the CPI is. I guess it's Tuesday or -- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday -- next week, it's coming out. 60

Joe Biden

Leans Positive
00:09:49-00:09:58 (10 sec)
The idea that I'm going to agree that we start to figure out where we cut 25 percent across the board -- 61

Joe Biden

Neutral
00:09:58-00:10:16 (18 sec)
And, by the way, their entire program does not lower the deficit one single penny. They're keeping -- if they -- if they -- if what they say they mean, they're going to keep the tax cuts of the last President, number one -- almost $2 trillion. 62

Joe Biden

Neutral
00:10:16-00:10:38 (21 sec)
If they're going to -- in fact, no additional taxes on the -- on the wealthy -- matter of fact, reducing taxes. And in addition to that -- on top of that, they're going to say we have to cut 25 percent of every program across the board, I don't -- I don't know what there's much to negotiate on. 63

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:10:38-00:10:54 (16 sec)
But I'm -- I'm prepared -- I told the Speaker as soon as he's about ready to lay out his budget, I'm willing to sit down. And now I'm hearing things like, "Well, we're not going to have our budget till April or May -- maybe even June." 64

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:10:54-00:11:02 (8 sec)
All this talk pushing me to get my budget done. I said I'd have it done by the 9th; I had it done by the 9th. I handed it to you guys. I handed it to them. 65

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:11:02-00:11:08 (6 sec)
Why, all of a sudden, can't they get it done in March or maybe even April or maybe even May? 66

Joe Biden

Leans Negative
00:11:08-00:11:12 (4 sec)
I mean, I don't -- I don't know. It doesn't sound like they're on the level yet. 67

Joe Biden

Positive
00:11:12-00:11:17 (5 sec)
So, thank you very much. 68

Question

Unknown
00:11:17-00:11:25 (8 sec)
Mr. President, what are your thoughts on Saudi Arabia and Iran reestablishing diplomatic relations, sir? 69

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:11:25-00:11:31 (5 sec)
The better the relations between Israel and the -- their Arab neighbors, the better for everybody. 70