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movement, you will start with a small group of people. you will pick bread and butter issues. second, they are getting information about what is happening around very, very fastly. 10 years ago, the tv's were completely prohibited. people didn't have phones. now we have information about the million s of phones basically when you look at the homes, they have this thing called dvd players. what are they looking at? elenovelas from south korea or whatever they are called. they crave for more food. when you look at this level, you will look at their craving. you will start to build movements and a decent flight -- and plight, rather than
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ideology. you will look at this because it is with the possibility for mobilization for the people lies. you will look at the communication tools. with the cell phones, you will probably look at some kind of online communication. you will also look at the history and the tradition to see what this will be the music or some kind of drama. there is always a space for this. he will trouble with north korea is that you are -- be real trouble with north korean if you -- is you are facing a system with a weak leader. perhaps the brakes are there because that something you need to exploit from them. starting a bread and butter issue movement there and talking about things like -- in most of these cases, you are really not talking about political issues.
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there is a group of women called women of zimbabwe allies. he understood early in the process that if they demonstrated and protested and occupied buildings, they would get arrested. they are just women in zimbabwe and it is easy to deal with them. then they started educating people to deal with non- political issues. have auks -- access to clean water. what will the government do. we want access to clean water. we will block the roads. the government comes and beats a mother because she wants access itclean water for her kids will encourage others to build
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.round this issue is where you use the same tools for mobilization. but you are not talking about the government. you are talking about people to have sources as opposed to having their waste on the streets. you will find a lot of people ready to deal with this stuff. the most authoritarian uns ofent -- kim jong this world are dinosaurs. they are not delivering. the reason why this is not a viable system is because 30% of
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the people are starving. the more they can squeeze people it can see them. it seems like that in iran. the roads are bad in iran. the country has a lot of oil. the common people are having a little bit of the political space so they can build a movement about the tangible bread-and-butter issues. the entire revolution was started because a vendor such an cell phone fire because he cannot sell food. becauseimself on fire he cannot sell food. the whole revolution started with bread-and-butter issues. when you start a bread-and- butter issue protests and you have 25% of the people
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unemployed, you can throw numbers tremendously. once you become a movement, you can negotiate with the government. it depends a with your strategy is. focus on bread and butter issues. built around local non-political issues, which is where you learn technology about non- violence troubles. if you are branded well and know how to communicate, you are in a good way to have the movement. see how the government will deal with it. he more oppressive government they have for this oppression. i do not find them flexible in dealing with the new ways of protecting.
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he more closely system, the more oppressive the regime, the less flexible. really flexible regimes are not the most oppressive regimes. when you look at the oppressive regimes like the one in venezuela or the one in russia, they are not north korean. they are cemented in their own little thing. whatever they do, the people consider it will be the weakness. whatever small victory, it is bigger in a place like north korean. >> thank you so much. [applause] [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2013] have any interest in anything surrounding people power, this is my e-mail. thank you so much for listening and being patient for an hour- and-a-half.
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thank you once again for bringing me here. >> next, the national hispanic leadership agenda. they talk about grassroots support for comprehensive immigration reform. the senate -- hispanic federation president talks about immigration reform as the issue you 19 hispanics. this is just over half an hour. good morning. --name is hector hanc sanchez.
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today is a great day for our community. we are coming together in unity to present an unprecedented campaign on immigration reform. the national hispanic leadership agenda is the most important national latino coalition. we have 34 of the most important latino organizations in the nation. we come together to debate and agree on the priorities for the latino community. one of the top priorities for our community is immigration reform. we health and working for a long time to make sure we have a solid strategy in the nation. this is a particular moment of the importance for the community and for the nation to make sure we have immigration reform. to makeited a long time sure we take the right steps in
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the right direction. this is the year of a militia reform. today, we have a great campaign we are launching. the name of the campaign is the team knows united for immigration reform. it is an important campaign. we have been working for a number of months for paul's -- with all sides of the aisles. we will do strategic polarizations all of the nation. this will be presented today. we are happy to be here and we look forward to working with all of the coalitions and with everybody to make sure the immigration reform takes place this year. [speaking spanish]
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now, i would like to introduce my colleague, the president of the national council of la raza. she will speak about the importance of this issue and our priorities. >> good morning, everyone. pleasure to be here with so many of my distinguished colleagues. the organizations in this coalition represent latinos across the political spectrum represented business, labor,
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civil rights, social justice groups and women. we are coming together because while our areas of work might be different and we have a wide variety of viewpoints, comprehensive immigration reform is a necessity. immigration to the united states should be orderly, legal, and reflect our nation's values. congress has an opportunity and response ability to deliver immigration reform the centers around three key principles. restores the rule of law by creating a real passed to citizenship. implementing smart enforcement that promotes security and respect rights. preserves the rule of law through legal immigration talent -- channels that will be until all families and respond to the needs of employers and our work force. and strengthens the fabric of america by advancing immigrant
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integration. the bottom line is that we should have an immigration system whose components work in tandem. if we are to restore the rule of law, the most essential element of immigration reform is an earned legalization program with a real, achievable work -- road map to citizenship. not because enforcement is not important, but because the enforcement is all we have done. restoring the rule of law requires we have to do both. once we restored the will lovelock, our ability to preserve it -- once would have restored the rule of law, our ability to preserve it involves having comprehensive immigration reform. the reality is that they are highly complementary and both
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fulfil our nation's goal of strengthening family values and achieving the global economic competitive that we want. the time is now. members of both parties are committed to deliver a solution. all community and organizations will be in the trenches to make it happen. [speaking spanish] >> good morning, everybody. i want to thank the national conferenceadership for a 90 chamber of commerce. one of our most pressing business -- for inditing the chamber of congress -- chamber of commerce. there are 3.1 million hispanic- owned businesses that
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contribute $465 billion to the american economy every single year. in addition, we advocate on behalf of 187 major american corporations. we do our work through a network of 200 local chambers and business associations throughout the united states and puerto rico. members are immigrants and we have a unique view of the rule that member entrepreneurs play in building this american economy. bipartisanis a consensus reached by the gang of 8 or a major corporate ceo calling for reform, as we have seen recently from coca-cola, and j.p. morgan, and others. at our national legislative summit, we heard from leaders as andous from democratic
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republican parties from nancy pelosi to senator rand paul, as they shared their vision for comprehensive immigration reform. what i have learned from numerous conversations from national business and political leaders is that it is not known lager -- it is no longer a question of if immigration reform will pass, but when and how. the united states hispanic chamber of commerce is committed to helping pass comprehensive immigration reform. given the entrepreneurial impact of immigrant-owned businesses, one cannot claim to support small businesses without supporting immigrant-owned businesses. america tracks the best and brightest minds from around the world. year after year, our shores received waves of new investors, entrepreneurs, students, and workers of every stripe syriafor over two centuries -- from every
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stripe. immigrants bring with them a new energy, new ideas, and a strong work ethic and a desire to succeed. we have seen immigration reforms come to the forefront of our national dialogue. like many national debates, the issues and the rhetoric can become heated and emotional. tot approach serves needed informed decisions, nor advanced new solutions. we believe and we welcome bipartisan a first a look beyond the rhetoric and focus on the commercial impact of comprehensive immigration reform. it is not only about emotions, it is also about economics. there are many important voices in the immigration discussion. we feel is important to focus on the economic benefits of a sound the immigration system that accounts for the news of the
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21st century and globalized economy. consider the following. immigrant-owned businesses can $7.75 billionte to the american economy every single year. one out of every 10 american workers is employed by an immigrant-owned company. our of our cut -- to country's leading brands, including google, intel, and weres department stores started by immigrants. calculate that comprehensive immigration we form would add an additional $1.50 trillion to america -- reform would add an additional $1.50 trillion to the american
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economy. immigration is an integral opponent -- component of our economic policy and impact the economy's growth and puts america's global leadership in jeopardy. immigrants are critically important consumers, producers, and job creators, boosting the economic well-being of all america. there are an estimated 11 million undocumented individuals currently in the u.s. just imagine what the small business growth would be like if we provided them with a pact to end earn citizenship. i am also proud to announce -- a paths to an earned citizenship. i am proud to announce a by aership poll conducted
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bipartisan group of pollsters. it shows overwhelming support for immigration reform among commerical's small business community, the entirety of the small business committee. data from the poll will be passed out to the members of the press. it reinforces our position that immigration reform is an economic imperative for this nation. a key results of people is that 2/3 of respondents believe immigration reform is good for business and that make it -- makes it good for america. as our congress continues to debate this issue, this poll shows that a major segment of our country, the small business community where 2/3 of all businesses are created, stands strongly behind immigration reform. be abolishedould and celebrated. for these and so many other reasons, congress must act and
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they must act now. the time is now. our economy needs it. our businesses require it in our country demands it. thank you very much. >> i want to introduce the president and ceo of the u.s.- mexico chamber of commerce. >> good morning. the united states-mexico chamber of commerce is 40 years old. a business association created by the two presidents of the united states and mexico 40 years ago. the idea was to bring the private sector to get to be able to impact the policy-making process the would affect the private sector. that has been a process that we has the -- have steadfastly worked for. there are a couple of things i would like to highlight.
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you will hear from everybody who will give you the information you need to go forward. every president since ronald reagan, both democrat and republican, has moved toward a comprehensive immigration reform. it has had its bits and pieces and its fits and starts. the time is right and the time is now. it is important for all of us to realize that $1 trillion of trade and investment goes between the north american countries of canada, the united states, and mexico. what is more important is that you see a development process happening, what we called workforce mobility, the ability for workers to move across international boundaries and borders, more specifically the u.s.-mexican border.
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there is another important e ofe that goes to the cor why this is the right time to do what we have been doing. hispanics have fought in every war since the resolution -- since the revolutionary war. they have borne the brunt in casualties in of participation in the military. 8 of the 44 -- it was originally 24 before we got into the vietnam war and the war as of late -- 8 of those original 22 medals of honor were of mexican non-citizen that caught their citizenship after they got the medal of honor because they serve our country. 20% of the casualties and participation of hispanics in all our wars, especially the
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last wars since the second world war have been us. we have paid our debt and we have stated in many ways. it is time now that we understand we are part of the fabric and we continue to grow and we continue to take our rightful position in leadership. thank you very much. from the white american leadership and educational fund. mexican american leadership and educational fund. be your to lots latinos relented -- united to launch latinos united for immigration reform.
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the message sent last november is reinforced by what is being launched today, a critically important outlet an opportunity for latino voters and their supporters within and outside the latino community to demonstrate their support for basic principles behind immigration reform. the old days of last november were a vote in support of the concept of immigration reform. they were a vote in support of basic principles behind smart and progress of immigration reform. this effort, bipartisan, including folks from across the political spectrum, is a recognition of the basic principles that we support as a community. those basic principles that you have heard involving in shoring we have a pathway to citizenship that recognizing -- insuring we have it that way to citizenship. second, smart enforcement of our
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immigration law steadily driven and rice-respecting. third, reform -- rights respecting. third, reform that will serve our economy. centrality ofthe legal values and constitutional principles in every area of policy and endeavor. in the immigration reform, it means those basic principles put forward by latinos united for immigration reform have to be the backbone of the legislation that comes out in 2013 that will be enacted in 2013 to reform our immigration system. what is being launched this morning is an important opportunity for everyone within the latino community for everyone to demonstrate their ongoing support, initially
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expressed last november, for immigration reform that respect our nation's basic values. we are joining in this launch and recognizing it is an important message to our policy makers about those basic shared principles. thank you. calderon, the president of the hispanic federation. >> good morning. latino from east to west, north to south, have come together and like any time in recent memory to demands immigration -- but like any time in recent memory to demands immigration reform. sayent out to the polls to we demand and we expect broader immigration reform. today represents a coming together of latino leaders. you have my colleagues the
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represents tens of millions of latinos across this nation that are coming together to make sure our community's voice is going to be heard, to make sure our community is mobilize and engaged in key congressional districts across the country. the moving forward, we want to have town halls across america to make sure that voice is loudly and clearly heard across the country. it is critically important that latinos are heard in this debate. the reason we stand here today and the reason we are talking about immigration reform is because latinos have said enough. we want to make sure our broken immigration system is fixed, and it is fixed this year. one of the mobilizations is 60 town halls across america. the hispanic federation will be conducting these town halls with hundreds of people in key congressional districts to make sure that congressional members
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across america get the point this is not only an important issue for our community, it is a defining issue for our community above all else. we care about a lot of things. but this issue has united us on unlike in the issue before. i stand with my colleagues to make sure that happens this year. gracias. >> we have the executive director of the leak of latino american citizens. united latin american citizens. >> i am aprowl to be here today to launch been -- i am proud to be here today to launch the immigration reform campaign. it is a campaign designed to engage our community to make
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sure we are getting to every single latino across the country and telling them it is not enough to vote. we have to make sure we deliver a message to congress. when you look at the principles, the focus for us was to make sure, with our principles, that we are driving the message to our community. we have been meeting with members of congress. we have done a lot of visits across the country. we have all interactive web www.latinosunited.org. whether you are an individual or and though the position, you can sign up to be a part of this campaign. we anticipate having hundreds of organizations and hundreds of thousands of individuals to be part of the campaign. sure we areake delivering the message to
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members of congress and that is what the message -- the website is designed to do. we want to drive the message out to all community. when you look at the actual focus, we want to make sure members are sending letters, that they are sending postcard, that they are communicating to e-mail, that they are calling the members, that they are using their text messaging services, that they are a gazing at every level they can. that is what is unique -- that they are engaging at every level vacant. campaign combined with the latest technology to deliver the message. the time is now to pass comprehensive immigration reform. what we are saying, it is our time. it is the latino queue senator's time to stand up to the plates, to deliver a win -- it is the
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latino community's time to stand up to the plate, to deliver a win for the community. >> thank you for being here. it is an important national campaign. we will open it up for questions. your questionect to a particular person, we appreciate it. we can take questions in english and spanish. spanis-]ing h]
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>> can you repeat the question in english drama -- in english? >> the reporter asked a question about the timing of immigration reform. we had a border visit by senator mccain and others involved in the negotiation process. and what are the implications for these discussions for getting a bill introduced fairly quickly and the timing for the process overall. [laughter] let me respond in english and then i will see a fight can do it in spanish. -- see if i can do it in spanish.
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we believe there has been good progress. a lot of that has been behind the scenes. theave seen a lot of bipartisan negotiations continue. tounderstand they are close introducing a bill that would then be considered in the committees within the month of april and may. we will see floor consideration by june. there are a lot of people who are anxious to actually see the bill introduced. we have seen commitments in a bipartisan way. these discussions have been led by republicans and democrats, including senators mccain, durbin,chumer, bennett, and lindsey graham. there has been a core group and they have been engaged.
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we will see a bill introduced. it is helpful you see senator schumer on this visit with senator mccain and others. i believe senator begich is also there. bennett is also there, too. the border issue is important to a lot of folks. we believe a lot has already been done in terms of investments. we saw a well-regarded report that came out earlier this year that said $18 billion was spent last year along -- along on border enforcement along with a lot of other and forced agencies. i am glad they are on the border. we have done a lot as a country to make sure the border is secure. aam confident we will see bill soon after the comeback.
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i know there are a few issues they are trying to resolve. why it is taking so long at the front end is because they want to get consensus so they can move this bill quickly, or as quickly as possible, through the committee process and onto the floor. we are hoping this time be spent up front to get as much of consensus as possible will pay off as we go through the legislative process. that is our hope and expectation. we are not going to rely on hopes and expectations. this campaign represents democrats, republicans, businesses, labor, civil rights groups. we are committed to moving forward to keep the pressure on, to keep the momentum going from the election in november and to make sure we are strategically targeted those members who will be asked to alton for this bill and making sure they hear from
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the latino -- as to vote for this bill and making sure they hear from the -- asked to vote for this bill and making sure they hear from the latino community. we think is important for our community and we think it is important for our country. i don't know if you want to take some of that on. spanish]
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>> we do not have an immigration bill yet. there is already a lot of talk about the road blocks that tends to be real immigration reform like it did in 2007. coalitionis the between businesses and labor?
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beensiness and labor have in advance conversations. we represent labor. we represent the chambers. we represent a number of communities. we are going to wait to see what are the conclusions and then we can talk about a position. >> you mentioned 60 key locations for a town hall meetings. why those locations? >> i can invite some of my colleagues. >> we are counting votes to make sure we can get over the top in terms of passing immigration reform this year. we are going to be targeting key congressional districts and members across america that are either on the fence and we think we can get them over to our side to send a message about the importance of this issue for our
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community and emphasize the number of latinos that are in their districts. that is an important message for us. that will be the deciding factor around where we have these town halls. thearts of this is engagement strategy. how do we make sure we engaged our community just like we did for the election? places we located are in key districts and places we have a strong membership in our campaign. we are also developing a tool kit that will be provided to each of these town halls. they will be using them to repeat the principles, inviting many of the leaders to participate in those town halls. 60 is already on the table. we will probably have more than that. we are excited that there has been incredible enthusiasm for doing the town halls across the country. this is our field capacity. we have many more than that. thanks.
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>> a number in mind? >> of the participants? i do not know if they have been given a number lately. it will not be as big as we saw in 2006. we will make a serious effort to demonstrate that there is widespread support for this.
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>> one more question. all of our leaders will be available for one-on-one interviews. thank you for being here. when look forward two cooperating with you. mucho gracias. >> mr. secretary, we are going to put them down as undecided. [laughter] [applause] >> mr. chairman, as i listen to it struck mes, what a wonderful things free- speech is. >> that was the hearing where donald trump sold was making the justification for attacking iraq -- donald trump's felt -
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rumsfeld was making the justification for attacking iraq. you did not hear how many iraqi civilians would die from this venture. i'd like those questions answered. >> war with the " pink founder on sunday on c-span's "q & a." >> yesterday, president obama spoke to a crowd in florida. this is about 15 minutes. >> hello, miami. it is good to be back.
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forknow, i've been waiting spring. i realize i just had to come down to miami. it is wonderful to be here. we've got some outstanding representatives in congress from this area -- joe garcia is in the house. frederica wilson is in the house. and we've got debbie wasserman schultz here. i want to thank the mayor of miami-dade county, carlos gimenez. and of course, it's good to see all of you. and i want to thank the gentlemen who just gave me a amazing tour of the port miami tunnel. what are you yelling about? hey, sweetie. >> she came just to see you. >> okay, well, hello.
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she's going to be a politician because i could hear her without a mic from far away. now, before we get started, i've got to get into a sticky subject right off the bat. i know you guys aren't happy with my chicago bulls. audience. booo -- but i just want you to know the heat are going to be just fine. they're going to be okay. they are playing basketball the right way. the hurricanes -- they had a great season -- no, no, they deserve a big round of applause. tonight you've got florida and florida gulf coast going at it. one of them will go to the elite eight. so, let's face it, florida is the center of basketball right now.
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but i'm not here to talk about hoops. i'm here to talk about one of the plans that i put forward in my state of the union address -- a plan to put people to work rebuilding america. i've come to port miami today because there are few more important things we can do to create jobs right now and strengthen our economy over the long haul than rebuilding the infrastructure that powers our businesses and our economy -- our roads, our bridges, our schools, and our ports just like this one. as president, my top priority is to make sure we are doing everything we can to reignite the true engine of our economic
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growth -- and that is a rising, thriving middle class. a growing economy that creates good, middle-class jobs that's got to be our true north. that's what has to guide our efforts every single day. and to do that, we should be asking ourselves three questions every single day. number one, how do we make america a magnet for good jobs? number two, how do we equip our workers with the skills they need to do the jobs? number three, how do we make sure that hard work leads to a decent living? when it comes to good jobs, no workers were hammered harder by the recession than construction workers. fortunately, the unemployment rate for construction has been cut nearly in half over the past three years, partly because the housing market is starting to bounce back. but construction still has the highest unemployment rate of any industry. breaking ground on more projects like this tunnel that i just saw means more good construction jobs that can't be outsourced. they have to be done right here in america.
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and they end up giving people good pay and good opportunities to raise their families. projects like this create a lot of other good jobs, too. theysk any ceo where we rather locate their business and hire new workers. in you going to set up shop a country that's got raggedy roads, runways that are pot- holed, and backed-up supply chains? or are you going to seek out high-speed rail, internet, high-tech schools, new state-of- the-art power grids, new bridges, new tunnels, new ports that help you ship products made in america to the rest of the world as fast as possible? that's what people are looking for. that's what ceos are looking for. when you ask companies who brought jobs back to america in the last few years they'll say, if we upgrade our infrastructure, we'll bring even more. so what are we waiting for? there's work to be done; there are workers who are ready to do it.
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let's prove to the world there's no better place to do business than right here in the united states of america, and let's get started rebuilding america. [applause] now, over the last four years, we've done some good work. construction crews have built or improved more than 350,000 miles of road. that's enough to circle the globe 14 times. we've upgraded more than 6,000 miles of rail -- enough to go coast-to-coast and back. we've repaired or replaced more than 20,000 bridges. we've helped get tens of thousands of construction workers back on the job. because of these efforts, when the american society of [civil] engineers put out their 2013 report card on our national infrastructure, they gave it the best overall grade in 12 years. that's the good news. the bad news is we went from a d to a d+.
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we still have all kinds of deferred maintenance. we still have too many ports that aren't equipped for today's world commerce. we've still got too many rail lines that are too slow and clogged up. we've still got too many roads that are in disrepair, too many bridges that aren't safe. we don't have to accept that for america. we can do better. we can build better. and in a time of tight budgets, we've got to do it in a way that makes sure taxpayer dollars are spent wisely. now, what these outstanding folks here in miami have been doing is a good example of how my plan would work. port miami is a busy place. hundreds of cargo containers pass through every day.
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nearly one in five cruise ship passengers in north america sets sail from this spot. all that commerce helps support a whole lot of high-paying jobs, not just in miami-dade, but throughout the region. but it also, let's face it, creates some congestion. right now, 16,000 cars and trucks travel to and from port miami every day, and they're stuck going through downtown. and those traffic jams are bad for business. whether you're a small business owner in south beach, or a manufacturer in atlanta trying to get your goods overseas, that congestion wastes time and money. now, some smart folks decided we could solve this problem by digging under the bay, linking the port directly to the highway. state, county, and local governments got together and agreed to jointly fund port miami tunnel. everybody had some skin in the game. they did something else -- they partnered with a group of private sector companies to finance the design and construction of the project. they made it clear that the payments to these companies would be linked to their performance so if there were big cost overruns, the private
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companies would have to eat those extra costs. because of those efforts, construction workers are on the job digging this tunnel, doing great jobs, getting good pay, boosting the economy, strengthening it for the long run. the port is in better shape, which means it's going to be able to get all the containers that are coming in from all around the world, matched up with the improvements that are being done on the panama canal -- which means we're not going to be losing jobs to other countries. we can do this not just here in miami-dade, but we can do this all across the country. so today, i'm expanding on a proposal i made in the state of the union. i'm calling it a partnership to rebuild america. it's a partnership with the private sector that creates jobs upgrading what our
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businesses need most - modern ports to move our goods; modern pipelines to withstand a storm; modern schools worthy of our children. and my plan does three things. first, we'll set up an independent fund that will attract private investment to build projects like this one, and make sure companies share in the risk and returns. instead of picking projects based on pork-barrel politics, we'll pick them based on how much good they'll actually do for the economy, how much the projects make sense. and we'll better finance projects that involve more than one mode of transportation, or more than one town or state, with less red tape to gum up the works. so all of this will make the process more efficient. it will help us break ground on some of the projects that our cities and states need most, and they can do it faster and better. second, we're going to fund more projects, at less cost, by establishing a new infrastructure initiative called america fast forward bonds. it's going to give mayors and governors more flexibility and power to attract private
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investment for public projects. number three, we'll strengthen a loan program that, in recent years, has helped governors and mayors leverage four times the money washington put into it, and that means we're helping construction workers get on the job quicker, repaying taxpayers their hard-earned money faster. that's the kind of approach we used to help port miami tunnel get off the ground - or i guess underground. that's the partnership to rebuild america. that's how we'll create good jobs doing the work america needs done. that's how we'll encourage more businesses to start here, and grow here, and hire workers here. and by the way, this should not be a partisan idea. i know in washington people just like to argue. i guess it gets them on tv. but the fact is you've got the chamber of commerce and the afl- cio agreeing to better infrastructure, knowing that it will help both businesses and workers.
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so if you're got the chamber and the unions agreeing, then the politicians should be able to agree, too. building better roads and bridges and schools, that's not a partisan idea. and in fact, that's where you can get mayors and governors from both parties to find some common ground. i know that members of congress are happy to welcome projects like this in their districts. i know because i've seen them the ribbon-cuttings. they'll all say how, no, we don't want to do it. and then they're all writing me letters saying, we really need this port. cut somebody else's port out. that's what they'll say. cut somebody else's road. cut somebody else's -- well, no, we're all in this together.
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so if you think it's good for your district, then it's probably good for other districts, too. we can't afford washington politics to stand in the way of america's progress. so i've put forward some ideas to get the private sector involved to protect taxpayer dollars. but ultimately, congress has to fund these projects. and by the way, the three members of congress who are here, they all believe in this, they all support it. it will put people back to work and it will grow our economy in the process. so miami-dade, my main message is. let's get this done. let's rebuild this country we love. let's make sure we're staying on the cutting edge. let's make sure we've always got the ports. let's make sure we've got the best airports. let's make sure we've got the best rail lines. let's make sure we've got the best roads. let's make sure we've got the best schools. we're going to push on this issue each and every day, and make sure we get the middle class going again. we're going to fix our economy. we're going to fix our immigration system. we are going to make sure that our young people are getting a great education. we're going to prevent them from being victims of gun violence. we are going to make sure that everybody in this country has a fair shot and is doing their
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fair share so that when we pass on this country to the next generation and the generation after that, we'll be able to once again say that here in the united states of america, it doesn't matter what you look like or where you come from, if you work hard, you can make it. thank you. god bless you. god bless the united states of america. ♪ next on c-span, "washington live with your calls
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