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Remarks: Joe Biden Addresses the 46th Congressional Hispanic Caucus Gala - September 21, 2022

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Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:00:00-00:00:34 (35 sec)
Hello, hello, hello. Hello. My Lord. This dinner gets bigger and bigger and bigger. Thanks for inviting me. Please, have a seat if you have one. If you don't, come on up with me. Adriano, thanks for that introduction. And thank you to [Inaudible] and the 42 members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, a record number. 1

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:00:34-00:01:00 (26 sec)
Thanks also to the members of my cabinet that are here tonight, the most diverse cabinet in American history, including Secretary Becerra, Mr. Secretary -- Secretary Cardona, Secretary Mayorkas, Small Business Administrator Isabella Guzman are the love of this institution. I'm proud to have so many of the alumni of this institution serving all across our administration. 2

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:01:00-00:01:25 (25 sec)
We have Alma Acosta, executive director of the caucus for five years as a member of my White House team. And I especially want to thank a great leader, Tom Perez, my director of intergovernmental affairs. Congratulations to tonight's awardees, includes Sister Norma. Sister, I don't know where you are, but bless me Father, but I have not sinned so far tonight. 3

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:01:25-00:01:53 (28 sec)
I want you to know. Look, you're known as the Mother Teresa of Texas and I know Sister Norma lives the lessons the nuns taught me growing up, lessons based on the gospel of Matthew, feed the hungry, care for the sick, welcome strangers. They echo what my dad taught me, and I mean this sincerely. My dad used to say, everyone, everyone is entitled to be treated with dignity and respect. 4

Joe Biden

Slightly Positive
00:01:53-00:02:19 (26 sec)
The Congressional Black Caucus embodies all those values, just think of the work we've done together on civil rights, labor rights, health care, education and folks, to fundamentally change the direction of our economy, to grow it from the middle out and the bottom up, not the top down. Folks, the press started calling it, The Wall Street Journal, others started calling it Bidenomics, as if it was a bad thing. 5

Joe Biden

Neutral
00:02:19-00:02:51 (33 sec)
Well, I think it's a pretty damn good thing. It's working. It's working. We created 13.5 million jobs and about for million of those jobs are Latinos. 800,000 manufacturing jobs, unemployment under four percent for the longest stretch in half a century and Latino unemployment at record lows. And now, we have the lowest inflation and fastest recovery and the strongest economy of any major economy in the world. 6

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:02:51-00:03:20 (28 sec)
Folks, with the help of many of you, as was mentioned earlier, we passed the American Rescue Plan, cutting child poverty in half among Latinos to the lowest level on record, on record. And now we need Congress to expand that child tax credit and make it permanent, make it permanent. We also have more Latinos getting health insurance than ever before and expanded access to health services in Spanish. 7

Joe Biden

Negative
00:03:20-00:03:46 (26 sec)
We passed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to rebuild our roads, our bridges, our ports, our airports provide high speed internet for every American household and replace every lead pipe in America, so every child, when they turn on the faucet can drink clean water and there are no brain damage. We've already announced 37,000 projects nationwide, investing in the future of Latino communities. 8

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:03:46-00:04:09 (23 sec)
We've made Puerto Rico's economic recovery and development a priority with funding for infrastructure, clean energy and transportation updates. Meanwhile, with your help, the Inflation Reduction Act is reducing the cost of prescription drugs for Latino families. We finally beat Big Pharma. I've been fighting it since I've been a freshman, finally. 9

Joe Biden

Very Negative
00:04:09-00:04:43 (34 sec)
So Medicare, Medicare can negotiate the lower drug prices. Insulin for seniors is now $35 instead of $400 a month. Seniors' out-of-pocket drug costs will be capped at $2,000 a year for all their medication, including those who need very badly, cancer drugs that can cost anywhere from $12,000 to $14,000. With your help, we're making the biggest climate investment ever in the history of the world. $369 billion. 10

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:04:43-00:05:08 (25 sec)
We're helping those fence line communities, the ones who got caught in all of this, bringing the environmental jobs of front line, fence line communities suffering from legacy of pollution. My budget, my budget is secured a 30 percent increase in federal childcare funding, an additional $1 billion for Head Start, where one in three beneficiaries are Latinos. 11

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:05:08-00:05:45 (37 sec)
Folks, a record $15 billion for Hispanic serving colleges and universities, including $40 million in a new grant we announced today. I'm keeping my commitment to do what I can to ease the burden of student debt, which fall heaviest on Black and Latino borrowers. On my watch, more than $117 billion in student loans have been canceled, canceled, and our new SAVE Program will cut in half what the average Latino borrower has remaining to pay. 12

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:05:45-00:06:07 (22 sec)
I want to thank the caucus, Hispanic Caucus for your leadership on this issue. At the same time, we're investing in Latino small businesses. And with your help, we've awarded small, disadvantaged businesses, a record $70 million in Federal contracts. You all, there's a law that's been around a long time no one talks about. 13

Joe Biden

Very Negative
00:06:07-00:06:38 (31 sec)
In the mid 30s, we passed a law that said that when the Congress appropriates money and the president has to spend it, he should spend it using American workers and using American product. No one paid much attention to that, but I have. Under my administration, Latino entrepreneurs are starting new business at the fastest rate in over a decade, faster than any group in America, and we're doing all this while reducing the deficit. 14

Joe Biden

Somewhat Negative
00:06:38-00:07:02 (24 sec)
I love our friends on the right talk about, MAGA guys about reducing the deficit. Give me a break. On my watch, deficits have already fallen over $1 trillion, and I signed legislation to reduce the deficit by another trillion dollars in the next decade. The last guy had a $400 billion, billion dollar deficit over four years. 15

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:07:02-00:07:25 (23 sec)
We're doing it by making the wealthy and big corporations begin to start to pay their fair share. Anybody out here think the tax system is fair, raise your hand. Well, we have about a thousand billionaires in America. You know what the average rate that they pay for federal taxes, eight percent in federal income taxes, eight. 16

Joe Biden

Neutral
00:07:25-00:07:51 (26 sec)
That's less than a firefighter or a teacher. It's wrong and I'm proposing a billionaire minimum tax and I'm keeping my commitment. I won't raise federal taxes anybody making less than $400,000 a year. But I want you to know this. We can do a lot more In the wake of the historic shooting in Uvalde, Jill and I visited and spent hours as I met every family member. 17

Joe Biden

Very Negative
00:07:51-00:08:23 (31 sec)
We signed the most significant gun safety law y'all passed in nearly 30 years and now, now, we have to ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines. I did it once as a senator. We'll do it again. We also have to codify Roe v Wade and defend the sacred right to vote, and we have to finally fix the broken immigration system, for God's sake. 18

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:08:23-00:08:45 (22 sec)
First piece of legislation I introduced, my first day in office, I sent an immigration reform bill to the Congress, one that recognized immigrants' contributions to this country, provides a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, temporary status holders, farm workers and others. We need our colleagues to act. 19

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:08:45-00:09:21 (36 sec)
For decades, immigration reform has been a bipartisan in this country. Unfortunately, the MAGA Republicans in Congress and my predecessor spent four years gutting the immigration system, under my predecessor. They continue to undermine our border security today, blocking bipartisan reform. So until Congress acts, I'm going to keep using every tool at my disposal as President of United States to preserve and protect DACA, keep fighting for Dreamers and build a safe, orderly, humane immigration. 20

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:09:21-00:09:49 (29 sec)
I mean it. First, we put in place policies that process people in a fair and fast way. Second, we're significantly expanding legal pathways for entry so businesses can get the workers they need, families don't have to wait for a decade to be together. I've also directed my team to make historic increase in the number of refugees admitted from Latin America, people fleeing violence and persecution who simply want their kids to have a better life. 21

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:09:49-00:10:11 (22 sec)
Next week, my team will consult with Congress on this plan. Third, we're supporting states and cities that have seen a surge in immigrants. We've developed federal experts and deployed them to help train city workers. We've launched outreach campaigns, helping over a million eligible migrants apply for work permits. 22

Joe Biden

Slightly Negative
00:10:11-00:10:39 (27 sec)
And we're accelerating the process for work permit applications. Right now, most migrants have to wait six months after filing a claim before they can go to work. Only Congress can change that, but the secretary of Homeland Security can take extraordinary action. And yesterday, given the poor conditions in Venezuela, Secretary Mayorkas announced temporary protection for hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans already in this country. 23

Joe Biden

Very Negative
00:10:39-00:10:58 (20 sec)
These migrants will be able to apply for work permit, but that's not all. We've already delivered over $1 billion that Congress appropriated to states and cities receiving immigrants, migrants. I've requested more funding, but instead of stepping up with solutions, Republicans are threatening to shut down the government. 24

Joe Biden

Slightly Positive
00:10:58-00:11:21 (22 sec)
No, think about this, man. Think how many people it's going to hurt. Think of the people that are going to get hurt. It's time to act. Meanwhile, we appreciate what businesses and nonprofits and churches and everyday Americans are doing with inspirational leaders like Sister Norma. They're doing to keep those in need, what they need to just stay alive. 25

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:11:21-00:11:38 (17 sec)
You know, my dad used to have an expression. He also said, Joey, a job is about a lot more than the paycheck. It's about your dignity. It's about respect. It's about being able to look your kid in the eye and say it's going to be OK. Well, guess what? We're going to ask them to join us in doing a hell of a lot more. 26

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:11:38-00:12:06 (28 sec)
Folks, let me close with this. We're the only country in the world not built on ethnicity, geography, religion. We're the only country built on an idea and that's not hyperbole. America is built on an idea. Almost every other country in the world built on ethnicity or religion. The idea is simple, and it sounds profound, but it's real. 27

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:12:06-00:12:27 (21 sec)
The idea is that we're all created equal and deserve to be treated equally throughout our lives. We have never fully lived up to that, but we've never attempted to walk away from it either like our MAGA friends have. We're not going to walk away from it now. And I believe we're a hopeful and optimistic nation that draws our strength from our diversity. 28

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:12:27-00:13:01 (34 sec)
I really believe that our diversity is our primary strength. That's why I keep fighting for dedicated museum in the National Mall to celebrate the significance and contribution of our [Inaudible] not a joke. It's consequential. That's why at the time when there are those who want to ban books, erase parts of our history, we're going to make it clear, as we have here tonight, during Hispanic Heritage Month, Hispanic heritage in America is American heritage. 29

Joe Biden

Leans Positive
00:13:01-00:13:30 (29 sec)
That's what it is. No, think about it folks. I'm not trying to just be nice. Let's be simple about this. Twenty-six of every 100 children in grade school from kindergarten through high school come from Spanish speaking homes, 26. Folks, what are we doing if we don't respond? This is our future. You're our future. 30

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:13:30-00:13:54 (24 sec)
The idea of America lives in all of us. The idea lives in the dreams of those who've only just arrived and the legacy of families who have been here for generations. I want you all to know, I see you, I hear you, we need you. The American people are the heroes of this story. You never give up. We always dream. 31

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:13:54-00:14:17 (23 sec)
We always believe and that's why I can honestly say I've never been more optimistic in my entire career. We just remember who in God's name we are. We're the United States of America. There's nothing, nothing beyond our capacity when we work together, nothing. Think about it, not one goal we've ever set as a community, we haven't achieved. 32

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:14:17-00:14:29 (12 sec)
So let's get the hell on with the job we have at hand. God bless you all and may God protect our troops. Thank you, thank you, thank you. 33