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other person is like and is thinking, why they are saying this and working with that. i learned that from senator kennedy. the senate majority leader chuck schumer released a statement on the retirement of the supreme court justice stephen breyer saying in part his work and his decisions as an associate justice on the biggest issues of our time including voting rights, the environment, women's reproductive freedom and most recently healthcare and the affordable care act were hugely consequential. america owes justice breyer and anenormous debt of gratitude. senator schumer's statement went on to say he will receive a prompt hearing in the senate judiciary committee and will be considered and confirmed by the full united states senate with all deliberate speed. something that was echoed by the judiciary committee chair dick
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durbin. president biden is committed to nominating a black woman to the supreme court. when asked about reports of justice stephen breyer planning to retire. she also faced questions about the situation between russia and ukraine and the future of president biden's social spending plan.
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hi, everyone. okay i have a couple of items. >> holding her daily briefing with reporters. you are watching live coverage onve c-span2. >> to make sexual harassment and offense in the code of military justice. the mission to be honors the memory of specialist whose experience with severe harassment was followed by a brutal murder catalyzing attention to the scourge of violence in the military and helping advance bipartisan military justice reform in the 2022 and daa. this executive order delivers on the key recommendation from the independent review commission to usstrengthen the justice respone and prosecuting cases of domestic violence and fully implements changes to criminalize the wrongful broadcast redistribution of intimate visual images.
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the biden harris administration thanks congress for its commitment to pass monumental reforms to the military justice system and key recommendations to the independent review commission. we also look forward to continuing to work with congress to support the safety and dignity of the service members. also want to note that today we hit a major milestone in the global effort. 400 million doses shift to 112 countries. for free with no strings attached. we shipped more than any other country, and this is on top of our efforts to expand manufacturing at home and abroad. our close partnerships with manufacturers to provide their vaccines to hard-hit areas and work to turn vaccines into vaccinations around the globe. the last item before you today the consumer financial protection bureau launched a new
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initiative to save american families billions of dollars a year in unexpected and hidden fees charged by banks and financial companies. right now as i'm sure many of you know banks and credit card companies lock you in only to charge you high fees after the fact. if you've ever used a credit card which i'm sure everybody has, you are familiar with this and all those extra fees, balance transfer fees, late fees and more. they add up collectively they estimate that these fees drain tens of billions of dollars per year from american families. consumers are already starting to feel the benefits of the work in this space. after they published a report on the bank overdraft fees in december many large banks, bank of america, capital one and wells fargo announced they would reduce or eliminate some of these fees. that's an important start but not enough which is why they are interested in hearing about everyday americans experiences withth unexpected fees. the latest initiative was previewed at this week's competition council meeting it
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is just one of the ways we are, one of the steps we are seeking to go after the fees that companies use to hide the true cost of the products from airline tickets to high-speed internet services, agencies are planning internet service fees willthe coming months that make the prices clear up front so consumers can save money by choosing the best deals for them. let me say one other thing i know there's a lot of news out there today but let me reiterate something you've heard the president say and i also said over twitter it's always been the decision of any supreme court justiceio if and when they decided to retire how they want to announce it and that remains the case today so we are not going to have additional details. you are always welcome to ask any questions you like at any time and there's a lot of news out there but i just wanted to say that at the top. let's say hypothetically the supreme court justice was to
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retire and announce on his or her own terms, does president biden plan to honor his pledge to nominate a black woman to the supreme court? >> i've commented on this previously. he stated and reiterated his commitment to nominating a black woman to the supreme court and certainly stands by that. i am just not going to be able to say anything about any specifics until the justice makes any announcements. >> okay secondly on ukraine, is the white house publicizing the truthh build up in the russians effort in hopes of deterring moscow? does the white house think that strategy is working on what you say russia is doing? >> yes on the last one and i think you've all experienced
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that and also as the state department and defense department briefings and certainly from briefings delivered by national security officials, senior national security officials as well. i will say that we are much more cognizant of the russian machine thansi we were in 2014 and manyf you covered of course the invasion of ukraine in 2014 and we've made a strategic decision to collect disinformation when we see it and all across the federal government to various agencies are working together to fight disinformation and correct it. p we know because russia's disinformation operation is sehighly developed. we are more wise, the world is wiser thanhe we were in 2021 and russia has a balanced capacity to misrepresent the truth and what it's doing. some of that from there and is intended to set the predicate for them invading and we need to be very clear with the global community and the u.s. public what they are trying to do and
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why he, so there's a lot of effort underway to do exactly that. i think our biggest effort on that regard is laying out the clear potential consequences, but it is also important and we thinkmp strategically importanto be very clear that what they are trying to say publicly about if that is misinformation that people need to understand and digest. >> what preparation is the white house engaged in broadly in the case of the supreme court vacancy? >> i'm not going to detail any of that here. >> doesn't every white house like to get ahead of this, none of that you can share? >> i'm not going to detail planning, no. >> is there any scenario the president would select for the supreme court? >> again i'm not going to speak to any considerations, preparations, lists and as we stated earlier and you heard of
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the president say there's a long history of supreme court justices determining when they may retire, if they retire and announcing that. that remains the case today. >> you are wise to take those questions in and i will ask about a different topic and that is the president saying yes he would very much consider personally sanctioning him and the case for the russian invasion. given the case they have dismissed that idea, what would sanctioning -- >> do they have a role in determining the sanctions? >> what impact would sanctioning vladimir putin have and what would that look like? >> i think what's important to note broadly, we've all said we will be far beyond i think the sanctions package would be far beyond what it's done in 2014 out of that includes impacting business and economic interest into the leadership of the russian government. i would also note while it is in our policy we are not going to take options off the table from
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here and we haven't, we also have a detailed what is an initial package and that doesn't mean everything out there that's being talked about isn't an initial package. >> being selected as of supremee court nominee you say you are not going to speak to any consideration does that mean he did't reconsider? >> againin i'm not going to spek to the reports of the supreme court justice retirement that hasn't been announced. >> wondering hypothetically and theoretically wouldon someone wo was the attorney general of the state who served with many key senate votes be a candidate to the supreme court please? >> i see what you did there but the president has every intention as he said before of running for a reelection and for running with vice president
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harris on the ticket as a partner. but again i will just reiterate i have nothing more to offer in terms of specifics or information on the reports this morning. >> i know there's other things on your mind. >> with russia's demand they are saying if we do not receive a constructive answer from the security demand, moscow will take appropriate jurors. is that a threat? >> the aggressor as may be you are echoing russia has thousands of troops atru the border. they have the ability to make the decision to de-escalate and bring back from the border to participate in good faith in a diplomatic conversation and that would certainly be ourur
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preference. i think the secretary had a very good quote that made mee laugh that he gave a couple days ago where he said it was like threatening to attack the hens in the henhouse because they were feeling threatened. but our objective is to take part in the diplomatic conversation. >> do they talk about appropriate measures like dhs is warning about, do you consider that an act of war? >> we have talked many times. first of all, there's no information we have at this point up against the homeland. wewe are always prepared for cyr threats from a range of sources and we have a range of tools at our disposal to use and reaction and the president reserves the right to do that, but i'm not going to get into a hypothetical. >> you've been talking about the sanctions for russia.
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what about sanctions for china for misleading about the days of the pandemic? >> we've used sanctions as a tool and as it relates to the concerns about the behavior of a range of countries including officials in china, but i have nothing to preview for you at this point. >> for their actions in the earliest days of the pandemic. >> we strongly believe the end of the president has been directly clear about them being transparent and providing data and information related to the origins of the pandemic. buto i don't have anything to predict in terms of additional action. >> about the origins of the investigation now he says he did talk about it, but nobody else was there. did it work [inaudible]
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>> are you suggesting he wasn't being honest about his own conversation?ng >> story changed for months. he was asked about it and said he didn't directly ask about the origins. >> we don't share every detail of every diplomatic't conversation. [inaudible] did they had any communication today? >> i don't have any details of the communication.n. >> there some disagreement among some legal scholars is it your understanding of the administration the vice president can be the tie-breaking vote? >> i would have to check on the statistics of that -- >> i believe they finished the report. have they had a chance to review
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this? on any decision or input? >> he has received a three bird but i don't have an announcement on the report at this point. >> go ahead. >> the china bill. last night in a statement he said work on the package not so much in s the house. the foreign affairs chair man said it would likely garner no republican support. are you involved and if so in getting this to a bipartisan package eventually? what are your priorities and int 3,000 page bill? and is your timeline the state of the union or what are you looking ater here? >> first i would say that it did receive extensive bipartisan support in the senate version and our objective is certainly
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remains ensuring that this passes as soon as possible into the president can sign it as soon as possible. i don't have a deadline or timeline. we believe that the competitiveness of the legislation will help tackle the issues and. inflation head-on ad make investments in american manufacturing and economic strengths so that we can outcompete china and we are certainly advocating that and have been advocating that and are deeply involved in conversations with the house and senate and our objective is certainly that to have legislation passed in that it can take a range of steps of strengthening our entity and boosting manufacturing with important and imperative funding for manufacturing chips so we can make sure we bring down the cost of cars as we know which is leading to one third of the inflationary pressure out there inhi the country. we want this legislation to help businesses into communities in every corner of the country outcompete their global competitors. as you know, we are certainly involved in engagements with officials from w throughout the
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administration, but i'm notro going to detail the specifics of what we are for and against. >> is there any possibility that should thiss play out similar to the infrastructure built to take a long time house republicans will notou get on board? given the pressure of the chip shortage that you take out that portion and negotiate on the rest? >> i'm not going to make a prediction at this point. as i understand it's the status of the legislative process that both the house and senate have indicated that it will go to conference and work out the disagreements that they have over the components of the legislation and also the senate version has certainly we believe that increasing and improving america's competitiveness and investing in r&d research and development and making sure we are moreur competitive with communities across the country isn't a partisan idea so we are
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hopeful about that process moving forward quickly into the president would certainly assign it as soon as possible. >> is there one more the difference between the housesi into the senate version, the house version published with investments and screening mechanisms it would potentially block investments in countries like china. does the white house support this and will that make it in the final package? >> i'm not going to get into the specifics of the bill. i will tell you that we are in daily contact from the white house with the house and senate leadership and committees and we are discussing the path forward but we are not going to negotiate the pieces from here. >> is there anything you can tell us on the executive registering that's been talked about with potential mechanisms itlike this being interesting bt we haven't heard about it in a while? >> i can see if there's any additional updates on the
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national security team of course. i know we've talked about that's in the past and it remains a priority. go ahead. >> in the hypothetical alternative reality can you say who would be leading the process? >> i'm sure if and when there is an announcement there will be more to be said and we will have more conversations in here and i'm sure he will have more to say but i'm not going to have anything more for you at this point. >> switching gears on the energy front, the administration has had two days of talks over a potential diversion. have any of the energy companies were countries contacted the administration to tell you they dhave the ability to divert? >> that's been a part of the conversation but i don't have
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any announcements to make on their behalf but certainly that's been our objective is to ensure we are prepared for the possibilityy of the supply, the natural gas supply which as you know is very much a regional issue and will be a.m. and packed in the united states as well r as the global oil supplyn the market giving it a. >> whatt do you see as the risk of the contingency planning failing to secure the energy supplies and while you suggest they have little or no capacity to do this? >> no question there are ologistical challenges especialy moving natural gas. we know that that's part of our discussion with a lot off these companies and countries. but again these conversations are ongoing and we don't intend to fail on them. >> a number of lawmakers sent a letter to the white house including chuck schumer and elizabeth warren asking the white house to move the memo that the education department put together looking at the legal authority to cancel
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student loan debt. i wondered do you have a response to that? >> let me first say no one has been required to pay a single dime and federal student loans since the president took office over a year ago and i will also add to the country is seeing one of the strongest economic recoveries in history and announced in december to give cesome breathing room for severl months for those who are still coping with of the pandemic. the education department will continue to work to ensure a smooth transition to repayment and i would reiterate the president supports congress and members who sent the letter and others defending him,tt a bill that would provide $10,000 in debt relief and he continues to look into what debt relief actions can be taken administratively. i would also note in terms of loans that have been forgiven since the president took office beyond the paws on repayment, a total of $15 billion in a fitting more than 675,000
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student loan borrowers has been part ofs the forgiveness 1.5 billion total of permanent disability repayments loan forgiveness i should say 7.8 billion, 1.3 billion and public service loans forgiveness 5 billion, so we have been doing a broad range of forgiveness and also have had this in place meaning that no one who has student loans has been required to pay since the president took office. >> when does the white house plan to release the memo, does the white house plan to tell the public whether good things that has the authority to cancel -- we are still looking at administrative options but the congress can send a bill that would provide $10,000 in debt relief and he would be happy to sign that bill. >> can you talk a bit about why the president is taking this trip- and is this about the president getting out more i know he talked about that last
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week that he wanted to get out and be face-to-face with people. is that what this is about? >> it's part of it. i think if he could spend every day out on the road t he would o that. there's a lot of responsibilities that don't make that possible. tthat is part of it and i expet you will see him out on the road more in the coming weeks as well. it's also an opportunity for him to speak about his economic agenda and what steps he's taking to make people's lives better to lower costs for americans, to rebuild communities and make us more competitive but certainly to interact with people and communities those who agree and disagree as well. >> another order that's being signed later on today, is that order coming out because the nda didn't do enough to address the issue of sexualss harassment? why is this order needed? >> it was a key recommendation from the independent review commission, so it's delivering
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on the independent review commission's recommendation which is something that was supported. these recommendations and delivering on them by the leadership of the department of justice so it is an effort to implement that. >> a colleague wants to know if you have any updates on the launch of the build back better that was supposed to be implemented this year and it would include projects for build back better. >> i'm happy to check with of the national security team. we've talked about build back better and have been talking behind-the-scenes on efforts to launch that the ceos about build back better. the person bringing a new
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proposal to democrats in congress, what doeses that strategy lookk like as it relats to the meeting he has today to get a sense of what the priorities would be from these private sector ceos. >> the meeting was not a negotiation. it wasn't the basis of negotiation. those discussions will happen between theti members of the senate who meet the support of the package, a big chunk to move it forward. this is an opportunity to hear from business leaders and i think you heard a number of them speak during the open press component of the meeting. i know a number of them will be doing interviews maybe with some of you. what i think was interesting and compelling when we were talking about this last night was that they are all experiencing different challenges that they look ahead to their many of them very successful businesses and some of that is ensuring that they can have enough women at a senior level in the workforce and lowering the cost of childcare andor making that affordable is a big issue
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they've talked about for example quite a bit. they've talked a lot about climate change, climate agenda and the importance of investing in that moving forward because those are industries that will grow and have a huge opportunity for the manufacturing industries here in the united states. those are all components that are part of the presidents build back better agenda that he wanted to hear from them on their industries of the best way to grow their businesses and ate middle class and how components will certainly impact them. >> is that a message the president plans to take to present something smaller, a big chunk with a piece of legislation or proposal that perhaps can get us in the senate? >> i don't have any predictions of the legislative process. this wasn't a meeting about the legislative process. at the president and senior members of our legislative team and senior white house officials are in constant contact with a eerange of senators, committee
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members, staffers and really the point that we are at now is determining what components there can be 50 votes for and that will hopefully include a big chunk of what the president has proposed. but that is whattha the status f that is but this wasn't a meeting to discuss legislative strategies or how to navigate conversations with different senators. go ahead. >> i have a couple of more. it was said last week it could be possible. some democratson are saying it s aay deadline for action. it does the d white house see it that way in terms of time frames? >> we have notot to set a deadline, no. >> five democratic senators wrote to keep the child tax credit. is he reviewing that or did he changege his mind? >> the president proposed an
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extension. he very much wanted to see the child tax credit extended and you've heard him talk about how proud he is of the expanded child tax credit because of the impact it had on cutting childhood poverty by 20% and for giving people some extra breathing room and there's some reason t to study is in evidence the child tax credit helped working families in the development and opportunities for all children, so he's long been an advocate. again this is the legislative process and there needs to be 50 votes. we need every democrat to support the package moving forward. i don't have anything to preview or predict. it's going to be upro to them to determine what that looks like. >> should you have a nomination make its way to the senate is mithere any concern that could crowd out priorities for build make it harder to get something done? >> without getting into any specifics of what may be on the docket we have to walk and chew gumm at the same time to get in the white house and that
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includes navigating the buildup of military troops on the border of ukraine. that includes trying to get an omnibus bill passed and get our competition asked. that includes continuing to be the arsenal of vaccines to the world, and we are entirely capable of doing more than one thing at once. in the back. >> two questions, two different topics. >> is i it about the supreme court? >> no. [laughter] the earlier he said he talked to all mayoral leaders. they offered up a $100 million loan to ukraine and is considering an announcement at noon for the support assistance. what type of contribution does the president think canada could make to this crisis? >> we welcome the support of canada and any country that is
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contributing to the needs of ukraine. that is the territorial integrity of ukraine and defending what f we feel is a fundamental value that we share with canada in a number of countries around the world, which is the fact no country should be able to invade and take the territory of another country so we are not going to assess what they should do or not to do. every country has different capacities, capabilities, legal authorities. we recognize that and we certainly welcome their support for>> ukraine. >> has he asked for shipment or troop -- >> i'm not going to get into more details of conversations. we recognize every country has different capabilities, capacities,ap authorities and a range of contributions in a coordinated way that we think is very effective. >> i'd like to talk about i have a question about haiti. so canada hosted an international meeting last week. they called for an immediate imn to fix the security.
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in the next two weeks it would have been the end of the term. particularly in terms of security knowing that there is no newly elected president sworn in on february 7th. >> let me first reference, and i think that you are probably aware of this book last week the deputy secretary participated in a high-level to discuss sustainable and inclusive solutions to the challenges faced by haiti and haitians. it was an opportunity for global leaders or high-level officials to reaffirm the continued international commitment to support haiti as the conference growing and security work to the democratic institutions and to revise country's economic development. we are alsok continuing to work with haitian authorities and international partners to provide additional assistance from the united states to the national police to strengthen law enforcement and build up
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antigang operations, maintain peace and stability and we've also in response to heightened humanitarian needs, provided more than $92 million in assistance in fiscal year 2021, so we are working on a range of channels including in close coordination with other leaders about how we can help prop up humanitarian needs and address the security needsad and ask ina coordinated way as haiti looks to the future. >> a question on inflation. many people believe that government spending is a big factor in the current inflation levels. can you speak to the concerns that many plans that come out of build back better are not paid for in thehe higher deficits and more inflation in the future? >> are not paid for? >> build back better is paid for. >> entirely. >> you can you speak to the concerns that are coming in -- >> who are the concerns from?
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who is saying it isn't paid for? >> because there's been a range of economists saying it is entirely paid for and that's been a priority for the president. it's also been concluded by a number of nobel laureates and experts from a range of economic experts on the outside that it will not contribute to inflation, so those are the global experts that we would point to but there may be others suggesting something but i'm not sure who those people are. >> they would be asked to pay a little bit more. that'sosf been part of the propl he and part of reforming the tax system to make it more fair. the build back better bill again is fully paid for and we would point to the nobel laureates in
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a range of global economists who have conveyed that it wouldn't lead to inflationary pressures. >> i would like to ask about the impact of the experience for the currentnd situation with russia and ukraine can you talk about how -- >> one of the lessons learned i talked about in response to question of the ability and the capacity to misrepresent the truth and spread misinformation to a range of channels. they have a range of channels that areha not just prevalent throughout eastern europe but
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even beyond that we've seen many times in between, sold one of thee lessons we have learned is certainly that it's important to callout this misinformation and make clear to the american public, to the global community what they are trying to do and the fact that it is not accurate and they are trying to set the predicate. we've done that through a number of means. they announced sanctions for of course the ukrainian individuals and we had a briefing to educate the public on the disinformation ecosystem. the fbi and the dhs are coordinated as well as state and local partners to ensure a common understanding and the influence activities related to the situation in ukraine, so that is's one part. i would also say this has been a priority since he came into office. building up our alliances and partnerships with of the global community and ensuring that
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close coordination is front and center and a priority is something that he has learned through his time in the foreign policy as a former chair of the foreign relations committee and of course as the vice president is imperative and we believe that is proving to be very effective at this point in time we've had probably more than 100 with nato partners and allies around the world and we have a coordinated and strong approach to how we are approaching the buildup of troops on the border of ukraine. so there are many lessons but i would say those are two of the biggest ones. >> does the white house want to see congress finish work on that build back better and is the priority for getting that done? >> he would like to sign it as soon as possible but i'm not going to get into an order with it. >> the current makeup of the
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court for the american demographics? >> i would say the president as you know asked for and put together a commission that could review the commission made of delegates and republicans with a range of legal views that could take a look at everything from the makeup off the court to how they select the cases to the length of service to the size of the court. that is the report asked about earlier that he has. i don't have an update on the review at this point in time.
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>> the pace of american getting booster shots is dropping by 50 percent experts say one cause that might be behind that is confusion over the cdc with fully vaccinated and unvaccinated. the men talking about the two dose regimen. now what we know about that breakthrough cases before we knew it the virus would do next. >> that was not a decision made by the white house but
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our public health experts at the cdc a who make those definitions are determined those definitions. they have also said the term fully vaccinated refers to your primary series to be up to date on your vaccines which is true ifsk you have kids to make sure they are up-to-date when you go to the doctor you asked if they need shots that is true whenbe you need a booster shot a set number of months passed to get the second dose. that is something we think the american people are more than n capable to keep up to date. also more people duty to get boosters they are protective and protecting against hospitalization and serious illness with those eligible seniors. but that needs to be higher other age groups. >> i'm sorry. >> no need to be sorry. >> one of those that the
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potentially final opinion is that the dissent so what is the administration's plan to protect abortion access beyond trying to pass another remedy? >> without speaking to the future of the supreme court what i will reiterate is thete president had is an advocate with roe v wade he hopes congress will act on and with the recent days but i will make prediction for the outcome.
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but obviously the b fed is independent. as chairman powellns has indicated in the present spoke last week to the support for that. atthank you.
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