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plaintiffs postsettlement? mr. weiss: i'm sorry to say it's virtually none. that's part of the problem. we spend millions of dollars ensuring our properties are code compliant and compliant with the a.d.a. and we have millions of dollars invested and we have attorneys esenablely that come to us with their hand out, with vague claims of noncompliance they don't have specifics and they never bother to follow up as long as you have paid to settle a suit. as a fol oweup, i guess i would mention in your district, mr. deutch, this has become -- this issue, ust the icsc there are press reports, there was one this week of a serial plaintiff filing a thousand lawsuits. response to mr. cohen's
question about the lawsuit, california has passed legislation to try to curb the abuse of lawyers that he thinks will help, there are abuses going on so california has passed legislation as well to try to limit the abuses that are occurring there. mr. deutch: mr. buckland, isn't there a difference between a business owner who refuses to include a required number of handicapped spaces for who refuses to make the restrooms accessible, and a business owner who runs a business who has follow all of the technical assistance as best as he or she could, and the grab bar is two paper oo high or the towel holder is a couple of inches off. or the line on the handicap
parking space that is there is drawn slightly crooked? there's a difference between them, isn't there? and shouldn't we incentivize, don't we want the people in the bad actors, to actually have to do what's necessary and lawsuits absolutely, are required to get hem to do it, but shouldn't we require or give an opportunity to the small business owner who used all good faith to comply with the law, the opportunity to fix something when it might take five minutes to fix instead of making them pay $10,000 or $12,000 when a lawsuit is filed? mr. buckland: with all due respect, if the only issue is the grab bar is two inches off, the business fixes that, there's tissue unless they're in a state with damages, there's no money paid out. you only collect -- mr.
deutchland: i want to correct that, maybe i misunderstand but the stories aye heard from businesses in my district in south florida where one in five of these cases are filed, the story the guy who runs the bagel shop i stop in in the morning shared another story he, got hit with a lawsuit for one of these very minor mistakes, he's used all good faith to try to comply and you're right, he's going to raise it by those couple of inches and it's going to cost him $1,000 in plaintiffs' legal fees which is a cost that he never should have had to incur. mr. buckland: i'm sorry, but unless he's somehow fought against the original complaint, why would there be attorneys' fees? mr. deutchland: mr. weiss, can you answer that? mr. weiss: because the suit is
filed before the owner knows what the issue is. to get rid of the lawsuit, you end up settling it. mr. deutchland: i think the chairman understands this, and the ranking member of the committee understands, there's no one on this committee who fights harder to keep the courtroom doors open for people who deserve justice in this country than i do. >> believe me, he's telling the truth. mr. deutch: but in this situation, all i think we're looking for is the opportunity for someone, for a small business owner, to be able -- who has exercised all good faith, only tried to do the right thing, to continue to do the right thing without being forced to pay an extravagant amount of money given the opportunity to fix it and they will. i really appreciate the panel for being here, i think this is a really important discussion. mr. chairman, i yield back. mr. franks: i thank the gentleman. this concludes today's hearing. without objection, all members will have five legislative days
to submit adegreesal written questions for witnesses for additional materials for the record. i want to thank the witnesses, thank the members, an thank the audience for being here. this hearing is adjourned. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2016]
campaign event in new jersey. he'll speak with voters and reporters in lawrenceville with that state set to hold its primary on tuesday, june 2. he'll be joined by new jersey governor chris christie who has endorsed him for president. see that live tonight at 7:00 p.m. eastern. the house is done with legislative work for the week but earlier today they passed the first appropriations bill of the year for military construction and veterans affairs. during the debate, new york congressman sean patrick maloney offered an amendment intended to reverse language that was added to the defense authorization bill which the house passed last night. we spoke with a capitol hill reporter to learn more. host: the u.s. house got rowdy with the defense spending bill. , tellng it for "the hill"
us what that fight is all about. >> two years ago, president obama issued an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating against members of the lgbt community. house republicans inserted an amendment into this year's defense bill that states religious organizations and other contractors for the federal government cannot be discriminated against on the basis of religion and the lgbt community and democrats interpreted that as a potential opportunity that would open up discrimination against the lgbt community. host: that came up in the motion to recommit late wednesday in the defense authorization bill that was shot down, the authorization bill passed and then again it came up as an amendment this time once again it was sean patrick maloney, the democratic congressman, bringing forth an amendment. what was he trying to do? guest: last night was the defense authorization, democrats
used a procedural maneuver that would have amended the defense authorization to eliminate that republican provision that was intended, framed as promoting religious freedom. maloney, who is openly gay, was warning that this was personal for him and that, you know this could open up discrimination against people like him system he was trying to -- in last night's and this morning with the military construction veterans affairs communding bill, he was trying to prohibit any funds from being used to go against the executive order president obama issued. host: and the new york congressman's amendment cape came -- came up far vote. you saw it on c-span, your headline captures some of the flair at thehill.com. chaos in the house after g.o.p. votes down lgbt measure, linking to our video. why was that vote unusual?
guest: house republicans, upon taking the majority in 2011, brought back this procedure for considering spending bills that allows lawmakers to offer unlimited numbers of amendments. while republican house says return to regular order and open process, it also opens the opportunity for democrats, the minority party, to hijack the process and force votes on things leadership would otherwise deny them having. while maloney was denied a vote on the defense authorization, which leadership controlled the amendment process there, he was able to force it on this spending bill that came up today. host: right. it seemed to rub democrats fairly raw in terms of that vote procedure. your tweet about the followup on that, you said whip hoyer is calling out specific republicans who changed their votes, jeff denham, greg walden, mimi walters, david young switching
their vote. -- vote. did you get a chance to talk to members who switched votes or hear why they switched votes? obviously a strong whip operation on the republican side. guest: originally the measure was passing. however, because the house had already passed the provision stating otherwise the night before, republican leadership felt that they had to beat back this amendment that maloney offered today. so even though it was originally passing, republican leadership, including majority leader kevin mccarthy, could be seen on the floor, pressing members to change their vote. some of the members included lawmakers you mentioned, like walden and jeff denham and so -- democrats were complaining that these members were changing their votes without specifically coming to the well of the house so that everyone could see who exactly was changing their votes. instead they were somehow able to change their votes electronically without having everyone see them do it.
host: all of this happening on the last day, legislatively, for the week. what does this say about relations going forward but in particular next week? the house has a lot to get done tpwhever memorial day recess. do you think an incident like this or what's happened over the last day or more, does it have an impact on relations between the two parties? guest: it's clear democrats will use the open amendment process to their chang, especially while we're in the middle of an election year. last night, house minority leader nancy pelosi was clearly linking or trying to link the -- both the lgbt measure as well as a separate provision related to the confederate flag as what she described as, you know, discrimination that donald trump has been promoting in his campaign, turning into legislative proposals in the house from house republicans. host: our guest is cristina marcos, follow her reporting at thehill.com and on twitter,@
cimarcos. >> the house went on to pass that spending bill for military construction and veterans affairs by, and tonight here on c-span we'll show you floor debate and vote on that lgbt rights amendment offered by new york congressman sean patrick maloney. that will follow tonight's live campaign event with donald trump. at 8:00 p.m. eastern on c-span2 a house hearing looks at employee misconduct at the environmental protection agency and on c-span3, president obama awards the national medals of science and technology to this year'sry sip yents at the white house. >> c-span's "washington journal" live every day with news and policy issues that impact you. coming up friday morning, the chief policy editor for morning consult to discuss the overtime rule issued on wednesday. will be on delich
to talk about the deal wean the r.n.c. and trump campaign to raise money for the campaign. and leo shane with the military times will be with us to break down a measure that passed in the house on wednesday night be sure to watch "washington journal" giving live at 7:30 eastern on friday morning. join the discussion. >> next, remarks from vice president joe biden on economic inequality, racism, and educational opportunities for low income children. he spoke earlier today at the national urban league here in washington and was introduced by that organization's president, mark morial. this is 50 minutes. >> good morning, urban leaguer. as we prepare to greet the vice
president, let me thank all of you for three tremendous days here in our nation's capital engaging, walking, speaking, talking, and pushing -- and pushing the very important agenda for the people. give yourselves a warm round of applause. and while there are many, many important people here in the audience, i would be remiss if i did not acknowledge the presence, first, once again of the congresswoman from the great state of ohio and the city of columbus, joy beatty. -- joyce beatty, along with former secretary of labor and now senior vice chair of the national urban league board of trustees, the honorable alexis erman. in 2009, when we met in chicago, and we asked the vice president to come the vice president came.
in 2014 when we met in cincinnati and we asked the vice president to join us, the vice president came and joined us. i am proud this morning once again to welcome to the national urban league the honorable joe biden. now, as i prepare the main street marshall plan i shared with you during the release of the 2016 state of black america on tuesday, i reflected on the following words of vice president biden's memoir, "promises to keep." in that memoir he, wrote, in the days to come, we will be tested on whether we have the moral courage, the realism, the idealism, the tenacity and the ability to sacrifice some of the current comfort to invest in the future. joe biden is a friend to the urban league movement through every step of his career.
in helping us get the affiliate under way in wilmington, delaware, over a decade ago. he's exemplified moral courage, idealism, and tenacity as a champion for civil rights, workers' rights, and the rights of communities of color. with great gratitude for his unwavering dedication and the greatest respect, i am proud to present vice president biden with a 2016 lifetime achievement award for his leadership and service. ladies and gentlemen, on behalf of the national urban league, the urban league movement, the people we represent all across the nation, i am proud to present to you, the vice president of the united states, joe biden. [applause]
vice president biden: hello, everybody. thank you all. lease, sit down. as they say in parts of my state, my city, my name is joed bien and y'all are the one that brung me to the dance. you think i'm kidding, i'm not kidding. still a mayor. that's how we got to know one another years ago. mr. mayor, i base the significance of the award i receive, the few that i do, on the consequence of the organization presenting the award. i mean it sincerely. and you do the same thing all of you. the consequence and people
behind the award. and this means a lot to me. this means a lot to me. this, for me, is consequential. joyce, i was in your hometown yesterday, eating jenny's ice cream. and joyce, joyce represents a district which encludes a town that most people realize is one of the biggest towns in the city, cities in the state, and we were doing something that joyce fought a long time for. i want folks to know. is that we are changing administratively the rule on what constitutes overtime. it's going to give a pay raise to well over 4.5 million people who deserve it. people who are mislabeled management, who are working 70 hours a week and getting paid for 40. well, we changed that yesterday. nd we did it in your hometown.
i heard mark, when i was standing back stage, say, when you invited me i came. y'all can't get rid of me. i've been chasing you my whole career. and i meant what i said, although we did not have an urban league in wilmington for the longest time. i got my start with the naacp. and i literally mean got my start. when i was a kid, i was no great shakes but i was involved in the civil rights movement, sitting in black churches on sundays, getting ready to go out and march and it was interesting, there was a guy named jim gillian, who was a great, great, great civil rights leader in my town he moved into delaware right around the time i was getting started as a young lawyer, i got out of law school and had a good job with what they call a white shoe law firm
and one day after six months and a federal court case, they were honorable men and women, we won this court case, representing a corporation and i realized, this ain't for me. i walked catity corner across what we call rodney square, to the basement of the building that housed the public defender's office and asked for a job as a public defender. my town had been in flames. i graduated in 1968, i came home, like all of you, my two heroes, i don't have a lot of heroes, there's a lot of people i admire but two heroes i had were dr. king and beeny kennedy. dr. king got assassinated that spring and my town was one of the towns that literally went up in flames. we were the only town since reconstruction occupied by the national guard for nine months, drawn bayonets, people standing
on the corners. i realized i was in the wrong line of work. i'm not suggesting the other line of work, that there was anything not honorable about it. but it didn't move me. and so along came this guy named jim gillian. he was an incredible, incredible guy. and i had a guy named tony allen working for me. tony worked for me, he said he wanted to get a ph.d. i said go ahead and get one, you're working for me. then the son of a gun left me. he got a ph.d. and figured, i'm way ahead of biden. i've got to move on. but all kidding aside, jim gillia tapped tony and he started the effort. and so, you have been -- you've been incredible. for the past 100 years, the urban league has led the fight for racial justice and with an
emphasis all the time on economic opportunity. not just basic fairness but economic opportunity. i was saying to some of my younger staff members talking about as i prepared for this last night, flying back from our hometown, i said you know, naacp and many others and all of you, those of us who played little parts like me, you know, got rosa from the back of the bus to the front of the bus, but you guys have been working like the devil to make sure rosa's son and grandson can own the bus company. [applause] it matters. and you all recognize that institutions, recognize the overwhelming accomplishments of institutional
racism which we still live with. i know i speak out too loudly sometimes but i make no apologies for it. not a joke. i make no apologies for it. sometimes it's uncomfortable but these are uncomfortable times. you've got to shake the status quo a little bit. you know, we see this institutional racism exists today in voting. in children's education. in the very makeup of our neighborhoods. housing patterns. employment, transportation. access to transportation. you know, for more than 100 years, members of this storied organization have awakened the american people to the realities in our midst because you share the view that if we let the rest of the country know what the problem is honestly, they'll react to it. folks aren't bad folks, most folks. they just don't know what's going on. they're working like the devil just to put three squares on the table a day. they're working like hell to make sure they take care of
their own families. they're not familiar in a real sense until you bring it to them. you bring it to them. what we found out that happened is, the urban league executive director back when i was a kid, he was one of the guys we all looked to, whitney a dramatic oposed marshall plan. not unlike what the mayor is talking about but it was consequential at the time. it became the foundation for lynn condition johnson's war on poverty. i never knew lyndon johnson, the year i got elected was the year he chied. i attended his funeral as a 30-year-old kid who just got elected to the united states senate. for all the downsides about the war this guy did more than nyone else for civil rights. that war on poverty was about medicaid, an institution.
but he knew that if an african-american child or a working family didn't have access to health care, to be healthy, everything got lost. everything got lost. medicaid. medicaid was the single biggest beneficiary immediately with the african-american community. there had been no health care. coming into those communities. housing. the fact of the matter is, because he knew that african-americans couldn't achieve economic success, unless they lived in safe places. playground you could send your kid to and not worry they're going to come home beat up. send them to public school, you know if they did well they had a chance. just a chance. a chance. to maybe, maybe, maybe go to college. maybe. only 7% did those days.
we're still not that far along but it's 20% today. but only 7%. head start. because he knew, they knew, long before anybody wanted to admit it that it really mattered, it really mattered, those early years. we now know et matters from the time you bring the baby home from the hospital. we know it matters. we know there's so much we could do. but it mattered. head start was all about saying, the fact of the matter is you're behind the curb, going to school. we've got to give you a head start. the head start wasn't to get ahead, it was to maybe, maybe catch up. maybe catch up. all those guys talking about bell curves back in those days, remember, about how black children did not have the same cognitive capability of white children, give me a break.
no really. thank god a lot of young people in the room maybe won't remember that. but that was standard operating procedure. that's what head start in part was about. pell grants. i've been, as some of you know, i've been an incredibly strong supporter of hbcu's. they used to be hbc's. now it's hbcu's. i think i've been a more h -- been on more hbcu campuses as vice president than anybody who has ever had that job because it has been become, it was, it was the -- it was sort of the -- sort of a big sign back there that said hope. you know. hope. ope. and pell grants. what are pell grants about?
it wasn't just african-americans but you had to be poor. you had to have a low income. and we give you assistance to get to college. that you couldn't get before. guess what? the majority of black folks were poor. so it mattered. it mattered. and job corps. president knew he couldn't see economic success without a stable, decent paying job. the whole point was, it didn't solve the problems. but it's the first time in my view in our history a president faced squarely the economic 250 years f what was institutional racism. some of it not intended but just built into the system, baked into the cake. baked into the cake. and it mattered. mr. mayor, everything you guys have done and worked on has been
worked off of. those basic fundamental principles that underlie every one of the great society's programs. it's always talk about the money and whether it's wasted or not. it was the principle behind each of these things. the democratic party just finally established, put a stamp on it. so nobody argues today that malnutrition doesn't affect developmental capability. back then, it was viewed as separate. no one argues today. we argue about whether we're going to do anything about it. but i'm serious. think about it. so the irony here is that when the president and i took office, you all know, the economy was in free fall. i'm not going to recount how bad it was. you know how bad it was because
it was particularly bad for poor folk and particularly bad for african-american and hispanic poor folk. they were hit the hardest. last in, first out. if they were in, they were out. before i lowered my right hand from being sworn in on january 776, i already lost think that's the number, thousand jobs that month alone. we lost over 800,000 before the month ended. and for the next four months we ost 00,000 jobs a month. so when the president and i, an we did, the president and i, with real expert help but we sat n the 60th, 70th story of that building in chicago during the
interim period between being elected and being sworn in, putting together the cabinet and details of what we were going to do we came up with a thing called the recovery act. turned out to be almost $1 trillion. thanks to the help of the congresswoman here and the congressmen and senators we barely passed it. remember, my friend harlan specter, i convinced to change parties he voted with us and it passed. literally. not figuratively, literally. it was not passed until that point. not only kept the economy, now 85, i think that's the number, the university of chicago, a brilliant institution, not the most liberal one, the school of chicago -- the chicago school of economics, i think they said 84% of economists said it helped prevent depression or raise us out of a significant recession. but we wanted to do more than that. you tell me if i'm taking too
much time, ok. [laughter] but i think this is really -- it's the reason why we're in, the reason we're doing what we're doing. i come from a wealthy state of delaware. i've always gotten great support. i win big in the state. won seven times in the senate. in the corporate state of america i don't have anything against rich folk, i mean that. they're as patriotic as poor folks but they don't need me. rich folks don't need me to look out for their interests. that's not why i ran. that's not why i got involved. protect their security, but they're going to do ok without joe biden out there hollering for them. unless you all are hollering for the people we're with, they're not going to do ok. they're not going to do ok. here's the point. the thing that's missed about
the recovery act that we didn't advertise it, didn't hide it but didn't advertise it. we used that almost $1 trillion, $840 billion, i think it was, spent in 18 months, and every outside group, you may remember when the president said sheriff joe will now enforce it. sheriff joe is proud. every outside organization points out, less than .2% wasted fraud. the most significantly administered, biggest program in american history. and no fraud or waste. but here's the point. built inside that was a way to begin to change the way we governed. oh yeah, all this money for stimulus but take a look. t had $100 billion spent in 18 months for education. the largest single investment in one fell swoop.
$100 billion we spent. thank god we had a guy like arne duncan who knew what he was doing. $50 billion went into your cities to stabilize schools in inner cities. $50 billion. look at all the inner city neighborhoods, down in louisiana, down in the city of new orleans. what would have happened? these kids are already behind, they lose 25% of their teachers, they close, they get doubled up, classroom size increases by 50%. they learn less. and they're further behind. $50 billion. went in just to keep teachers on the job. we foused -- focused on improving the lowest performing schools, to which too often are the only ones available to african-american children. $15 billion in there for housing
because african-american families invested disproportionate share of their wealth in their homes. $50 billion for transportation. joe, what does that have to do with african-americans? guess what, guys, any of you from an age 45 to my age, 107 -- [laughter] by the way, one of my favorite athletes is satchel paige and one of the reasons why, he didn't get to the majors because of jim crow, he didn't get to the majors until he was 45. pitched a win when he was 47. sports writers came in and said, sach, 47, no one has ever pitched to win at that -- pitched a win at that age. how do you feel, a win on your birthday? he said, that's not how i like at age. how do you look at age? he said, i look at it this way. how old would you be if you didn't know how old you are. i'm 42. here's the point.
we talked about in undergraduate school and graduate school and a lot of you studied about urban sprawl. remember? guess what. the millenials are moving back to cities faster than any time in modern history. but here's what we have now. we have jobs -- job sprawl. so the jobs are in the counties. our folks are in the cities. you have a disproportionate share of african-americans living in cities who to not own an automobile. in the city of detroit, which i spent a lot of time in, 26% don't -- families don't own an automobile. you can't have a job if you can't get there to the interview. so we've put a lot of money into transportation. meaning, everything from street cars to buses to rail transit.
connecting inner cities to the suburbs. show you how things have changed, i remember i was a county council person, new castle county, delaware. when i was there in 1970, it was the fastest growing county in america for the metropolitan standard district they're in. remember that program used to be on, the one with allen funt, what was it called? "candid camera." to make the point about my state of delaware, there's a four-lane access highway that goes from downtown wilmington into pennsylvania on the way to chester, pennsylvania. and there's a big median strip right as you cross the line from pennsylvania -- delaware to pennsylvania. allen funt had a giant sign erected, like a billboard, in the median strip saying, dover, delaware closed today, overcrowded. and people turned around. people were stopping and turning
around, going back. but guess what, we're growing -- we're going -- growing fast. i was bright young councilman, i said why don't we have better transportation? i put together a whole big deal about buzz transit and i couldn't get votes for it. you know what i find out? finally at a town meeting they said, we don't want them coming out here. not a joke. remember? those of you old enough, remember? got to get out there to get a job. we cut the payroll tax by $120 billion. payroll tax. every working african-american got a pay cut if they had a job. $40 billion in there for emergency unemployment benefits, remember they weren't paying unemployment benefits or extending unemployment benefits, it didn't just help
african-americans, it helped everybody in need. but disproportionately, you all were hit the hardest. so benefited the most from it. look, we tried to do a mini version of what you're trying to do right now. look, we tackled what we believed would be the most important elements of the -- to generate real growth. health care. health care. the affordable care act. bringing health insurance to 21% of african-americans who had no health insurance. almost a quarter of every african-american before we did this had no health insurance at all. we increased medicaid. look at all the african-american families and poor families in america that have been helped by that. we increased pell grants. pell grants. we made college deductible up to
$10,000 over four years. eight million more kids are in college with pell grants. i don't know the number but a disproportionately high number are african-americans. they're in college now because of what you all did. we expanded the earned income tax credit and child tax credit to 2.8 million african-american families including 1.5 million black children out of poverty just by that one thing. [applause] wasn't enough. through dodd-frank, everybody thinks dodd-frank as we're going on, can't be too big to fail. but guess what, it also set up the consumer protection -- financial protection agency going after payday loans. i don't see a payday loan office in my neighborhood. ain't my neighborhood but i can take you to all the neighborhoods i worked and there's a payday loan on every ifth corner.
we did one other thing. we started looking at, and one of the things i give -- you expect me to say this, but i give my deceased son, bo, credit for. he was attorney general in the state of delaware, he did a lot, really, he came from the community, ask anybody from delaware about him. but he was one of the guys that wouldn't go along with our administration's agreement to settle with the banks. and he said, dad, i'm sorry. i said, keep going. and guess what, he got tens of millions of dollars in refunds. several billion dollars in refunds. but the one thing we focused on, he focused on the fact that a lot of mortgages that are given to african-americans during this period were basically fraudulent. over $110 million in fines because of what happened to african-american families.
and with hbcu's, i recently spoke at a commencement at delaware state for the third time, my swan song as the senator from delaware, i guess i'm the vice president, the vice president from delaware. i can't get it through my head. look, i was senator -- they're like, no, you're vice president. you're vice president now. [laughter] you all think i'm kidding, i'm not kidding. ut we all know that hbcu's are vital to helping young african-americans reach the middle class. and we know all the study, you know the studies about lots of times when the disadvantage of ing put into an academically or a circumstance where you are an overwhelming minority and how the social pressure impacts on
academic achievement and the rest, that's why an awful lot of very, very successful and consequential black american middle class and upper class families send their kids to hbcu's first before they send them off to harvard and yale and other graduate schools. my point is this. it's important. that's why the president, and this is the -- this is the president, i strongly supported it, but in 2010 we committed almost $1 billion, $850 million other 10 years to support hbcu's that are struggling right now. job training programs like the $4 billion trade adjustment act. community college career training fund. how many people we put together, those of you who represent major cities, how many jobs we connected to community colleges, getting people retrained. so look, we're now pushing for two years free community college.
and [applause] >> and i think we could afford four years of college at public institutions. but here's the deal. you hear and one of the things that bothers me about my team is democrats, republicans -- congressmen, senators, and the rest of us, we don't explain how we can afford it. every time we say free community college, it costs $6 billion a year. it does. it would increase the number of people in community college from six million to nine million. it would increase the g.d.p. .2%, which outweighs that by a factor of i don't know what. they go, oh, there goes the big spending democrats. we ought to explain how we do this stuff. for example, when i was a senator in the 1980's with reagan, we had in the tax code about $700 billion a year in tax
expenditures, fancy word for tax loopholes. some legit, some not. mortgage deduction, thing tshes they're supposed to either romote investment or promote growth or meet a social need. well, that's now $1,300,000,000,000 that doesn't go to treasury because we don't collect it buzz of tax loopholes. all you've got to go out there is go out there, to pay for it, there's a thing called stepped up bases. your dad or mom can buy $1 million worth of stock. doesn't have to be $1 million, could be $10 worth of stock. a year later it's worth $2 million and they sell it. they have to pay capital gains texas on the million dollar increase. it's less than the tax rate they're in but you have to pay a tax. but if the day before daddy sells it and passes away, god
forbid an leafs toyota mary or jamaal or whatever, guess what? they don't pay any tax. it's called stepped up bases. there's no tax paid. because it starts off the basis of what the person who inherited that. you know how much that costs the treasury every year? $17 billion a year. it affects, they're good people. it affects .3% to .4% of the american public. they're goodpeople, already wealthy, last thing they need is another $700 billion tax cut. there's no evidence it increases productivity in any way. if you took $6 billion of that $17 billion, you'll increase g.d.p. by $.2%. raising everybody up. and you're going to have a better educated public, cutting in half the cost of four-year colleges, and you have another $11 billion reduce the deficit.
so we've got to start arguing with our republican friends when they start telling us about how all this stuff costs so much money. we're the ones talking about increased productivity. we're the ones talking about better training for people to have jobs of the future. so i guess what i'm trying to say is the recovery act calls for the most aggressive support for cities in the history of the united states. it embedded experts across the government and city halls to help mayors tackle the biggest problems, new bus systems, broadband network in fresno, california, new roads, walkways in youngstown, ohio. so young children can walk to school safely. greenways connecting historically segregated sides of rocky mountain, north carolina. i could go on and on. but as much technical assistance as our exports gave cities, the cities taught us more. how to work around the old top-down, one size fits all. forming lasting partnerships
rather than a voice on the telephone from d.c. i gave you -- i gave you a number of examples but let me talk about one city for just a second, detroit. my legislative guy, don graves, he was the point person for the entire effort to bring detroit back off its back onto its knees and up to its feet and he helped them leapfrog over where they had been. they've got a great mayor there who moved back in and is doing an incredible job. he provided support for 600,000 new l.e.d. streetlights, saving the city millions and lighting up the parts of the city that had no lights and weren't safe. half the city is no long for the darkness. kids can walk home from school after tark. more than 800 abandoned homes were demolished. as you take down the abandoned home, you increase the value of
other homes. people are moving in, buying homes that are being reconstructed. they are homes that if they were in washington, d.c. and suburban area they'd be worth $150,000 to $250,000. people are moving back in. communities that have -- up to now they were havens for ill list activity. homeowners see equity in their homes for the first time in decades. $80 million to help buy 0 new buses so people could get those jobs, work those jobs, come home. now people can get to work and get to school. they get to their families. as i said, by the way, nationwide, 35% of african-americans don't have an automobile. to be able to get to work. despite our successes, we -- the recovery hasn't been easily shared. when i spoke to this organization in 2014 i quoted dr. king when he said in the 1967 southern leadership conference speech in atlanta he said where do we go from here? he answered his own question he
said we first have to honestly recognize where we are now. i apologize for repeating what i said in 2014 but i think it's still a relevant question. where do we go from here? where do we go? we have to recognize where we are right now. where things stand right now. we've made great progress. high school graduation rates for african-americans are the highest they've ever been. steep fallout of unemployment. as much progress as we have made, preliminaries and hispanics lag behind their white counterparts. 26% of african-americans live in poverty. unemployment -- unemployment for black workers is twice that of white workers. median income for white workers is nearly double that of black families. wealth for the typical white family is seven times that of the typical black family. equities, income, wealth, they're rooted in inequities in opportunity and they're rooted deeply in institutional racism
most people don't even look at, don't even see. they don't even understand it exists. we can't pretend that children of different races who have the same opportunity -- that children of different races have the same opportunities even when they have the same capabilities and same background. 40% of black children live in poverty and over half of black children are born poor, stay poor. double the rate of white children born poor who stay poor. i'm not comparing apples and oranges. compare apples and apples. one in three american children live in a house that has food insecurity. black kids whose dad didn't graduate from high school are more likely not to see their dad -- are more likely to see their dad in prison before they turn 14. than in a job. institutional racism exists today, we're only slowly beginning to acknowledge it. we acknowledge it, i won't go into it now, because black lives matter is a recognition of institutional racism but it is
what eyond, well beyond happens in terms of enforcement. let me give you a few examples. look what's happened since the supreme court ruled on the voting rights act. supreme court gutted the voting rights act, it's been an assault on the most basic of our civil rights, the right to vote. this year for the first time in a presidential campaign, 10 states will be enforcing restrictive voting laws that didn't exist last election. even though they can't show any evidence that there was any in-person voter fraud. we're fighting this in court from the justice department every day. including pushing congress to restore the voting rights act. but it's a reality. what happened overnight? where was this great fraud? that all of a sudden occurred other than fraud that -- it's not fraud, they got elected, other than the republicans taking over the house and senate. i'm serious.
tell me what changed other than that? taking over the governors' seats. housing. compare where black middle class families and white middle class families with the same or similar income can live. the key to where they can live is where they can get an affordable mortgage. the real estate -- and whether the real estate broker will sell them a house in the first place. but black families are not being given the same opportunities to break into stable communities with the best schools because they can't get a mortgage. same income. we're pursuing this. the red lining that i fought for , and when i was on the banking committee, i was one of the first to draft red lining legislation, you all ended up getting passed in the 1970's, still goes on today. but it's a different way. they don't red line.
but it's just as destructive. ou can't get a mortgage. $110 million in shady lending practices. but the result is the same. black families live in neighborhoods where the average income of of their neighbors is 10 to 20 delsh is $10,000 to $12,000 less than a neighborhood where a comparable white family would live with the same income. and the children of black families don't have the same opportunities. there's powerful research that con firls that what you've all known for a long time, neighborhoods, the schools, the neighborhoods, the opportunities, the social norms of the neighborhood, are critical in shaping children's mores, shaping their opportunities. children from those middle class families who can't move into a neighborhood that has those higherthey don't get the
income neighborhoods. and they lose opportunity. but they have the same economic power on paper. education. black kids don't get the same access to good schools and resors their white counterpars do. it's not surprising that the average black child arrived to school the first day of kindergarten than the average white child. you know the numbers. for example, by the time a 3-year-old child in a low income family gets to -- by the time they're 3, they will have heard 10,000 words spoken. compare that to the average middle class, not just white but black middle class family in the middle class neighborhood. they'll have heard 30 million words spoken. just spoken. not how many -- not how big your vocabulary is, just spoken. 10 million versus 30 million. all of you know, you were taught by your mothers, talk to your
baby. constantly talk. that's how they learn. that's how they absorb. we can't let anyone define down the capability of black children, which is what is happening. we have to expect much, much more from our children my mother had an expression, children tend to become that which you expect of them. don't dumb it down. [applause] that's why with your help we're fighting like the devil for funding early universal education and professional development, teacher quality, because it matters when you get them earlier. that's why we're fighting for, as i said, two years community college because 12 years of education, look, if your kids, your grand kid is going to write a senior thesis at a university
15 years from now and they're going to look back and say, why didn't they know that it mattered how early you intervened? and what made them think that 12 years of education was enough in the 21st century? what made them think that? the rest of the world has awakened. the reason why we were so dominant is we were the first nation in the world, including our european friends, to have 12 years of universal education. beginning in the 19's and 1960's, other nations started to atch up. 12 years isn't enough. we have come a long way. let me conclude by saying, it comes down to one thing, everybody deserves a fair shot and average people, white and black and hispanic and asian are
capable of doing extraordinary things if you give them a shot. just give them the tools. the base foundation, equal access to the same education, safe neighborhood, a job, transportation to get to a job, health care, just need a chance. you all know it we level the playing field a little bit. the sacrifice and the struggle should not fall to those who are suffering and struggling. you quoted something from my book that i hadn't heard in a long time, we all, we all for our own safety sake. we have to sacrifice a little bit. we used to be one america. i really mean it. when we thought about things in
terms of everybody has responsibility, which everybody talks about the responsibility to the community, but everybody has obligations. everybody has obligations. and the sacrifice is not great but the reward is enormous. i'm deeply honored to get this ifetime achievement award, but we are not done yet. we're not done yet. and i'm going to be here right with you whether i'm in office or out of office and soon i will be out of office. i don't know what the hell i'm going to do. i never cashed a paycheck you think i'm joking, i'm not. i will need some career advice from some of you, but i want to
stay involved with you. i really mean it. i will be pushing to give everyone a chance. ordinary people do extraordinary things. the neighborhood i come from, the last campaign, i won't mention the particular incident and one of the candidate said i worked at a mcdonald's and i had dreams. i deposit work at mcdonald's but i didn't have dreams? i didn't have dreams? i played ball and i didn't have dreams? my parents didn't have dreams? there this -- they have this distorted notion that somehow if you come from means or a background, you are educated, that somehow you dream differently than we do.
no, i'm serious. think about it. it's not a joke. think about it. have you ever known a mother in a tough neighborhood that didn't dream for her kid to go to college even though she dropped out of school at fourth grade or strung out or do you know of a family that lived in a ghetto? this is about giving people a chance. i'm proud to be associated with you all. god bless you what you have done. . d god bless our troops [applause] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2016] [captioning performed by tional captioning institute]
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violence. >> you mean the birmingham police set up. >> that's correct. >> were they beaten? >> they were beaten. >> did they give you the time? >> we were promised 15 minutes with no intervention. >> at 8:00. >> what that opportunity gave them was an opportunity to go to college. they saved some of that money. they sent themselves through college. they became doctors and lawyers. one became the first female manager at northup airlines. they became principles, surgeons, politicians, pilots
and they were able to do that because they had access to professional baseball. >> and factories and military auxillary units and the all-american girls that was featured in the movie "a league of their own . " >> ladies and gentlemen of the convention, my name is geraldine ferraro. chaupschaups -- [cheers and applause] >> i stand before you to proclaim tonight america is the land where dreams kl come true for all of us. [cheers and applause] >> 1984 september teans speech
at the democratic national convention in san francisco. she was the first woman to be nominated for vice president. for the complete american history tv weekend schedule go c-span.org and just a reminder we will have live coverage of a donald trump campaign event. today's white house briefing with josh earnest. he spoke about the egyptair ight that crashed and said president obama has received updates. he addressed the puerto rico debt crisis and t.s.a. screening at american airports. here's the briefing now.
mr. earnest: good afternoon everybody. i don't have any announcements. would you like to start. reporter: the news that everyone woke up to, what has the u.s. government reached conclusions? mr. earnest: our thoughts and prayers to the families that were aboard egyptair and the sense of loss of the loved ones that were lost are experiencing is painful. the president as you all aware has received updates on this situation. and u.s. national security and aviation experts have been in touch with their counterparts in france and egypt. many of you all have seen the announcement from the department of defense that the united states navy is working to deploy
a p-3 to provide support for the search of the missing jetliner. at this point, to go straight to your question, it is too early to say what caused this disaster. the investigation is under way and investigators will consider the factors that could have contributed to the crash and there is an opportunity for the united states government to support those efforts and we will do that and the president asked his team to keep him appraised of developments as they occur. inaudible] reporter: is there any reaction from the white house? mr. earnest: well, the administration has made clear for several months now that any legislation to address the
scrice is in puerto rico must have appropriate oversight. and we are encouraged to see the house introduce legislation that provides puerto rico with these tools to address a crisis that is having a negative impact on the 3.5 million americans living in puerto rico. there are negative consequences for americans living in puerto rico. and we continue to believe that additional measures are necessary to help it grow its economy. but the legislation that was unveiled last night is an important first step. we believe that overall, the legislation provides a fair process for puerto rico to restur its debt and create a
fouppings for economic recovery after enduring a decade of recession. >> one other thing i wanted to sk about [inaudible] >> president obama favor immigration. is there anything you want to say in response to that? mr. earnest: i'm not sure they are worthy of a response. reporter: the united states concerned about the security at airports in the united states and are you concerned about reports that islamic state militants have infiltrated that airport and others? mr. earnest: united states does have a relationship through t.s.a. and d.h.s. with those
airports around the world that are the last point of departure to the united states. so we have -- the united states has successfully worked with security officials to ensure international flights are subject to more exhaustive security and screening procedures. to ensure the safety of the american traveling public. again, at this point, it's too early to say what potential factors may have contributed to this particular incident, but it is fair for you to observe and for the american people to understand that over the last 18-24 months, department of homeland security has made some important enhancements to those international airports that are the last points of departure for
international flights and that includes expanded screening that is supplied to a variety of items that could be transport the on an aircraft and not just carry life on bag acknowledge and others that are contained on the aircraft. t.s.a. firms have conducted assessments to ensure the security of the terminal ap the airport more broadly and the d.h.s. has worked with partners to offer assistance to certain foreign airports related to broader aviation and airport security questions. there is extensive expertise that exists at t.s.a. and working with the operators at foreign airports, we have been able to use that expertise to
discuss such practices that can be used to enhance security at foreign airports. reporter: are there concerns about the paris airport? mr. earnest: obviously there are u.s. flights that originate from that airport and united states has a very important national security relationship with france and that would extend to our aviation security. but i don't have anything to raise. reporter: more broadly, the united states has concerns about about militants from the islamic states infiltrating airports. mr. earnest: i would say something that is probably more slightly broader than the way you asked your question.
we have seen a desire on the part of extremists around the world including extremists in the middle east to carry out attacks targeting the international aviation system. so we obviously are mindful of that and here in the united states we have experienced and delained foes airborne aa tax since 9/11. we take very seriously the need to apply adaptive security measures to secure the safety of our aviation system. they pursue a layered approach that involves a variety of technologies and tactics and these are tactics that then can be shared with our partners around the world and applied in airports around the world.
so we have learned a lot since 9/11 about what's necessary to protect the aviation system but has not diminished the system. we are aware of that and we are constantly countering that threat by adapting our security system to protect the traveling public. reporter: and are you able or has the u.s. intelligence community been able to rule anything such as a bomb or anything from the united states been ruled out? mr. earnest: i'm not aware that has been ruled out or anything in at this point. we are still quite early in this investigation and investigators will examine all of the potential factors that may have
contributed to this tragedy. reporter: talking about puerto rico, you mentioned there is more assessments in addition to this bill. as the bill stands now, will you sign it? mr. earnest: democrats and republicans did work together to produce this piece of legislation. bipartisan has been hard to come by in the united states congress for a few years now. so that's why you heard me describe the fact that we are encouraged by the introduction of this legislation yesterday. so, yes, i think you could say we are supportive of this legislative proposal to establish a fair process that allows puerto rico to restructure its debt and create a foundation for economic
recovery. what's true, though, is that the introduction of legislation is just the beginning of the process. puerto rico s in can only end when congress takes bipartisan action. and we urge members of congress in both parties to stand firm against the special interests attempting to undermine this legislation and urge congress to provide puerto rico the tools that it desperately needs to address a situation that will have a negative impact on 3.5 million americans living in puerto rico. >> allowing the governor of puerto rico to reduce the minimum waming over five years. that is something that the administration has pushed for ]ncreasing -- inaudible
mr. earnest: i have been briefed on this provision and it applies to a particular quirk in the law that actually affects people who are younger than aged 20 who are working for the minimum wage and would allow the employer to pay them below the minimum wage. i think it would be pretty hard to explain how a 19-year-old en who is making the minimum wage should be punished as a result of this situation or if the situation would be improved and how they got paid less. so, no, this is not a provision we support. supporters of this provision have a hard time justifying it, but in order to receive bipartisan action in congress,
we are prepared to encourage congress to pass a piece of legislation even if it is less than perfect. reporter: one of the recent changes frg increasing the age from 20-25. mr. earnest: 23-year-olds are dwe serving of a pay cut and that will improve the climate in puerto rico, we have seen mean -spirited politics on the part of republicans. we will file this in a rather large time. but the president has made assistings puerto rico in addressing their challenging economic situation a top priority and sometimes getting bipartisan progress in congress
requires supporting legislation that's not perfect. ok. >> can you say whether and what equency -- [inaudible] mr. earnest: these expanded screenings just to be clear, are applied to international aircraft that are boupped for the united states. obviously, the yipt air flight was egyptair flight 804 from paris to cairo. i don't have an assessment for how those enhanced security measures have disrupted plots, but we do believe that applying those -- that expertise from the t.s.a. and additional screening measures does enhance the safety
and security of americans traveling abroad. reporter: you said the investigators would look at all factors. did you mean u.s. investigators and why are they involved at this point? mr. earnest: i didn't say u.s. investigators. what i have indicated and this was, i think that this is part of the president's instruction is that u.s. officials both national security officials and aviation officials would be offering assistance. i'm not aware that assistance has been accepted but certainly u.s. officials and officials who could assist in the investigation of an aviation disaster could be made available if requested. reporter: when you were asked about specific concerns about airports, you said nothing you could articulate.
that doesn't sound reashuring. mr. earnest: i can't offer an assessment of any airport around the world. i would ask you to check with g.s.a. and no specific concern that has been raised. reporter: even at this point and hours ago, egyptian officials are saying that are terrorism has been more than likely on this plane. does the administration share this view or the u.s. have information that backs that livelihood? mr. earnest: the quore that is vainl is something we would take a close look at. i wouldn't hazard a guess of what contributed to this disaster, but we will take a close look at all of the available evidence and in close touch with our counterparts and
if something they can provide in the investigation. reporter: egypt and officials are saying it is likely terrorism and other firms are saying based on what we know happened, looks like a bomb, is that something that is taken into account? do you think it is premature to make those assessments or is the u.s. looking at other assessments? mr. earnest: we are offering our assistance to those investigators who are taking a look at this information and trying to draw conclusions as best as they can. i don't have a separate assessment but we want to be supportive of those conducting ose investigations and the investigations and how u.s. assets can be used to benefit the ongoing effort.
reporter: it's too early to know. by saying that, you are not dismissing those early assessments? mr. earnest: i don't have my own assessment. reporter: because it is a question mark and because those assessments are coming from elsewhere and this originated at an airport, on its face, at this point raise the risk for u.s. passengers? mr. earnest: it's toor early to have that conclusion. national security first at the department of homeland security best e t.s.a. can offer a assessment. as i was explaining, flights that originate from paris are subjected to additional screening that may not have applied in this situation. so american passengers can take confidence from that. even are only hours, not
days into trying to get to the bottom of what exactly happened here. so we obviously are going to be supportive of those conducting the investigation and we are eager to understand what may have contributed to the particular tragedy and if it merits any change in our security posture, i'm confident that will be evaluated by d.h.s. a.cretary johnson and the t.s. administrator. reporter: we don't know what happened here and terrorism is a possibility, could you describe the additional measures that are going on in foreign airports by the t.s.a. right now. can you say this is an internal overt or standard measures already and are they tighter and what can you say what happened after something like this?
this is an example of how expertise of the t.s.a. can be deployed overseas to enhance not st the u.s. aviation system but the international aviation system. the other thing that the t.s.a. does, they will deploy k-9 teams sometimes led by local law enforcement. these teams separate in secure areas of the airport such as cargo. the other thing they have been able to do is to establish something called pre-clearance. and there are a handful of airports around the world where foreign -- where international flights will originate and fly into the united states. and pre-clearance means that customs and border patrol
officers don't screen the passengers after they get off the plane but will engage in screening those passengers overseas on foreign soil before they board a plane that is bound for the united states. and that means that the security of those flights is enhanced even further than they would already be. and there are 15 pre-clearance locations around the world right now and d.h.s. and c.b.p. are working together to expand that program and provide greater nfidence that air passengers who are boarding flights for the united states have been reviewed by the national security officials before they even board the plane. reporter: does t.s.a. have any involvement in the maintenance of planes and how procedures are
done before that plane takes off? mr. earnest: i'm not aware they have a maintenance function but they can provide assistance and advice to foreign officials as they try to secure sensitive parts of the airports, that could include terminals and sensitive maintainance areas. while they are not firsthand, they can offer advice in helping firnls secure those parts of the airport. reporter: is there a bipartisan agreement on legislation, today a group of republicans and senate democrats has unveiled themselves in a decades' old toxic substance control act of chemical spills. can you say at this point if the white house endorses this proposal?
mr. earnest: i have to check with our team to see what extent we have been briefed on the proposal that has been parent -- apparently been agreed to. >> the investigative cooperation and relationship between the u.s. and egypt and and french authorities, you said there have have ssist fans and there not been accepted and yet at the same time there is some indication this could be a terrorist attack and a big concern for the united states. so what you have described is more passive than active, aggressive and engaged, do you see what i'm saying? i'm trying to understand why that is, why isn't there some sort of a mechanism whereby -- and again, so much emphasis on
intelligence sharing and isis, why isn't there a process given the work that t.s.a. has done there isn't a much more engaged posture by the united states? mr. earnest: this is an aircraft that did not originate on american soil and got going to america and the plane did not crash in america. there are other countries that have appropriate jurisdiction and we have relationships with france and egypt. authorities had laurned a preliminary search effort because this took place near greek waters. so there are reasons why there are other countries who were immediately response i will for
dealing with the situation but that has not resulted in a delay of the united states offering assistance, communicating with our partners in both of those countries and being engaged in getting what transpired. i did not mean you to conclude that our offers of assistance had been rebuffed, just that other countries have the lead. we have offered to help and we stand ready to provide that assistance. reporter: is this diplomatic language that you can't say? mr. earnest: given the relationship between united states and france and unions and egypt, we will provide them the needed support to ensure that the investigation is conducted with a focus on getting to the bottom of what transpired so we can make any necessary changes
and whether that's changes to an aircraft, enhancements to maintenance or taking additional security precautions. reporter: even though this doesn't involve an american plane, the international air stem -- it's not a state separated system. nd that's -- again, your reputation -- at this moment, we are not actively involved in this investigation. they are essentially have extended an offer and 12 or more hours after this happened we are waiting to hear they are involved or engaged? mr. earnest: contact those individual agencies.
but i have the confidence that that france and egypt will will seek whatever assistance is required and the united states stands ready to provide assistance as necessary to achieve our shared goal which is to get to the bottom of what happened as quickly as possible. roort report i want to ask you a question on two different subjects. starting off with the air force and the clash or the possible -- [inaudible] what is the conversation and is there a line of conversation between f.a.a. here and intelligence officials and their counterparts in other nations when it comes to airports and airlines that is still considered the number one target for terrorists and airports? what kind of compensation for
having -- particularly when it comes to the conformity in stepping up? every airport is different. mr. earnest: the priority we have placed is on those airports overseas that are the last point of departure. so international air crafts that are flying into the united states, those are for obvious reasons are the point of emphasis that our security professionals have identified and as a result, there are enhanced screening measures in place at airports around the world, not on american soil, but are consistent with established standards put together by t.s.a. to ensure the safety of flights bound for the united states that originate in other countries. in addition to that, the t.s.a.
has experts and equipment and strategies for safeguarding aircraft and passengers and safeguarding airports. and that assistance, advice about that expertise is provided to our partners around the world. i pointed out, the t.s.a. . curity specialist perform he and i think that is an indication of their work is quite broad. but you know, in addition to that, the department of homeland security has sought to expand the pre-clearance program that provides significantly enhanced screening of passengers who are originating, trying to travel to the united states from overseas
passports and he documentation of those passengers before they ever board the plane, ensuring that those aircraft and the passengers can be swept prior to boarding the plane consistent with u.s. standards is certainly another way that we can enhance the safety of the american traveling public. c.b.p. . and t.s.a. and and the national security agencies are not just actively engaged in the united states in protecting the traveling public but engaged overseas to enshush that international flights arisk in the united states are secure as well. reporter: what imgetting is there are efforts to encrease and enhance it.
so what is the reality in the time line that there could be uniformity with everyone on the ame page with documentation? mr. earnest: i don't envision a scenario that every airport has the same security measures. reporter: there are efforts that you are making when it comes to security more so with the airports with flights coming into the united states. when will there be a time line for that uniformity as far as screening and documentation and things of that nature? mr. earnest: flights that are the last point of departure are subject to enhanced screening measures that are applied by t.s.a. so that's -- does that answer your question? think i would do with this,
check in with t.s.a. reporter: i will, ok. i'm not finished. it was the nigerian girls and the latest news yesterday. could you talk about intelligence, what's the latest as it relates to the nigerian girls? mr. earnest: there are extensive resources that have been responsible for searching for the girls and the thousands of nigeriaians who have been kid napped by boko haram. and terrorize the people in that country and the people in that region. and the united states has provided intelligence and military and intelligence information as they confront this will threat and we continue to provide that.
reporter: negotiations found the president and questioning has been one of the captors. [inaudible] mr. earnest: the united states helping the ly nigerian government. reporter: the chinese tactical -- [inaudible] i was wondering, are you taking this incident seriously? mr. earnest: we are reviewing the claim of the u.s. maritime by twore aircraft by the peoples republicic of china.
and it occurred in the outh china sea. initial reports of this incident characterized it as unsafe. i can't tell you more generally that the department of defense defense has reduced the risk between u.s. operational forces and those of the peoples republicic of china. we have reduced that risk by dialogue under the bilateral confidence measures and the agreement. these are established diplomatic and military channels that allow the united states and china to communicate. and i'm told that the next maritime consulttive agreement talks are scheduled for may 24 and 25 until hawaii. and well established diplomatic
and military channel to work through these kinds of concerns. over the course of the last year, the department of defense has seen improvements in the way that chinese military pilots fly consistent with international guy lines and consistent with the way that air crafts can be operated in a safe and professional manner. but despite to say the department of defense is addressing this issue through the appropriate channels. reporter: has the president been told about these incidents? mr. earnest: i think the president is apprise the of this developments as warranted. i don't know if he received a specific wreefing on this particular situation. and i think these kinds of
common. are not but neither are the pretty significant incidents in the first few months of the bush administration with the chinese military aircraft he intercepting a us air cast that resulted in a much more significant geo political incident. there are reports that the incident did did not result in the same kind of consequences. reporter: this is obviously not an accident. is is this can could insiding with the president's trip? mr. earnest: chinese officials with explain their perspective in what occurred. but i would hesitate to ascribe a motive at this point. ok.
reporter: you have described what has happened with the egyptair flight. donald frump was with a tweet. looks like another terrorist attack. said when will we get tough, and vigilant. what do you make of those comments. re they appropriate? mr. earnest: i don't have a specific reaction to that tweet. obviously, we believe this investigation should move forward and move forward expeditiously and point toward specific security concerns and i'm confident that our security officials will address it. but since you or someone else sources at themy
department of defense have ovided an update in iraq and syria in recent weeks. let me point out a couple of the highlights. the first is that we obviously are pleased with the progress that the iraqi security forces have made in a western town. this operation, once its complete will help the iraqis reclaim the border and re-establish trade between jordan and iraq. we have binge supportive of iraqi forces operating in that area and i have an updated assessment in terms of the success that iraqi forces have had in driving isil in territory in iraq. the updated assessment is that ow 45% of the populated area that isil previously controlled
has been retaken from them. in syria, that figure is now 20%, thanks to the work of local artners including the syrian -arab population. in addition there are additional metrics, d.o.d. have targeted and killed more than 120 high-value individuals including leaders, facilitateors, planners and recruiters and my partners have said it is an iment measurable impact. the coalition has trained more than 30,000 forces. right now, nearly 5,000 iraqi security forces are in training. and about 1,100 fighters. that is the highest number that the coalition has been training at any one point in time. and timely, i want to draw your
teaning an announcement that has been made, they have come to an agreement with the government of iraq on a $5 billion loan agreement over the next few years. you have heard the president talking with the greatest sense of urgency. and obviously, the security challenges in iraq, combined with some of the challenges they have encountered in political eform and impact of much lower price of oil have had an negative situation in iraq and the president made a concerted effort to encourage our partners and jool eyes to ramp up the assistance they are providing to iraq, both to offer support to the government, but also to offer support to the iraqi
government as they try to rebuild those areas that have been retaken from isil. their tactics have been to destroy the infrastructure in places they have occupied. to rebuild that infrastructure and allow people to move home and it will be critical to the success of stabilizing and securing the country and this is critical and a side point, $4 billion commitment from the i.m.f. is critical. claimed isil hasn't responsibility. mr. earnest: we have been vigorous in pursuing extremist organizations that have avowed to attack the united states or t least our interests and it seemed appropriate to update our
efforts against isil in iraq and syria. reporter: there was a briefing this morning is that the official progress to update the president or others from different departments? mr. earnest: she will be responsible for that but there are other officials including the intelligence community and other places that may have information to share with the president. reporter: given her role in counterterrorism, obviously, a key concern when it comes to the yptair crash, is that -- mr. earnest: she is the president's top counterterrorism adviser and homeland security adviser and it is customary for er to apprise him.
reporter: treat it like any her plane downing or disappearance. is there something specific about his focus and how quickly the administration has communicated? mr. earnest: the response we have initiated is consistent with any significant or potentially significant world event that could have an impact her rld policy and colleagues have been con show enissues that the president has all the information he needs. reporter: do you think terrorism this g too focused in room? it hasn't been ruled out that is the prime focus right now? mr. earnest: i'm not aware that our intelligence community has
concluded. but look, i think i'm not going to second guess the questions that independent journalists choose to ask. reporter: former secretary of defense robert gates said politics is the reason that united states is not defining the mission in iraq as a combat mission and he believes it is. and americans are putting their lives on the line. is secretary gates wrong? mr. earnest: we have had an opportunity to discuss this on a number of occasions from here, but i know secretary carter have had the opportunity to discuss this. the fact of the matter is, we have worked dill diligently to be as clear as possible about what mission our men and women in uniform have been given.
and the mission they have been given is significant and dangerous and i'm not aware of anybody in the administration who sought to downplay that. we have tried to be as precise as possible in describing what their mission is. and while their mission in iraq and syria is dangerous and on occasion, our men and women in uniform have found themselves in combat situations that are dangerous, they have not been deployed to iraq to wage combat on the ground against isil. their responsibility, their mission has been to offer training, advice and assistance to iraqi security forces. there are some special operators that have been deployed to carry
out raids against isil targets. obviously, that is a combat situation, but that is very different than the decision that was made by president bush to deploy more than 100,000 u.s. forces on the ground in a sustained combat role where their responsibility was to seek ut and engage the adverse area in the combat. the mission that has been given to u.s. forces is different. and we have gone to great lengths to try to help you and the american public understand where precision exactly what responsibilities the commander in chief has given them. the reason that decision is important for people to understand the difference in approach but also for people to understand how much gratitude we should have for our men and women in uniform who are
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