“I’m very proud of Karen Bass who authored the bill in the House, now working in a bipartisan way in the House and in the Senate with Senator Tim Scott and others in the Senate,” she said.
Scott, a Republican from South Carolina, also gave his party’s rebuttal to Mr. Biden’s speech Wednesday evening. In it, he voiced Republicans’ frequent criticisms of Democrats’ spending proposals.
“Less than 6% of the president’s plan goes to roads and bridges. It’s a liberal wish-list of big government waste,” Scott said in his speech. “Tonight we also heard about a so-called ‘Family Plan.’ Even more taxing, even more spending, to put Washington even more in the middle of your life — from the cradle, to college.”
Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie likened Mr. Biden’s economic
Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie likened Mr. Biden’s economic agenda to giving a teenager a credit card with unlimited spending.
“That’s cute, but it isn’t true. But it’s what they would say,” Pelosi said.
While she acknowledged a “responsibility” to work across the aisle on infrastructure spending, she said Republicans were operating on a double standard.
“All of a sudden they’re deficit hawks when they were giving away money to the wealthiest people in our country under President Trump,” she said. “They don’t mind giving a nearly $2 trillion tax break of a cost to our national debt just to give a $2 trillion gift to the richest people in America.”
Putting more money into infrastructure and education she argued, would lead to more prosperity for Americans overall.
“What we’re talking about here are investments,” Pelosi said. “Nothing brings more money to the Treasury than the investment education.”
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Kabul — In his first address before a joint session of Congress on Wednesday evening, President Biden underlined his plan to pull all U.S. troops out of Afghanistan after nearly 20 years — America’s longest war. The final pullout begins in May, and with the Taliban expected to ramp up violence, CBS News’ Charlie D’Agata met some of the U.S.-trained Afghan forces who will soon face the insurgents on their own, ready or not.
The Taliban has been gaining ground in Afghanistan for months. Traveling by road in the country has never been more dangerous, so D’Agata and his crew were flown by helicopter to a military base where Afghan soldiers have been training and putting on a show of force.
The elite Afghan troops have been staging military exercises, with weapons and training provided by their U.S. military allies.
The Taliban has already threatened to escalate attacks when the U.S. misses the previously-agreed May 1st deadline to withdraw its forces. The U.S. military is preparing for that, sending in hundreds more Army Rangers, B-52 bombers, and the USS Eisenhower aircraft carrier to safeguard the pullout.
But by the 20-year anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, all U.S. troops will be out of Afghanistan. From that point on, it will be down to hundreds of thousands of Afghan servicemembers to defend their country against the Taliban.
Among those taking a central role in that fight will be U.S.-trained commandos, including women such as Marofa, an Afghan Special Forces soldier.
One of the biggest fears in Afghanistan is that the Taliban — who imposed their strict interpretation of Islam on the country for years before the U.S.-led invasion — could come storming back into power and take away the hard-won women’s rights gained over the last two decades.
“It is not possible that the Taliban come and control our government,” a defiant Marofa insisted to CBS News. “If they try, we will fight with them.”
One reason that both the Trump and now the Biden administrations have decided to pull U.S. troops out is the belief that Afghanistan will no longer be used as a launchpad for terrorist attacks by groups like al Qaeda.
But the Afghan commander in charge of the fight that the U.S. is about to step away from told D’Agata that al Qaeda and the Taliban are intrinsically linked. The two groups are like family, according to Gen. Mohammad Yasin Zia, Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces and the acting Afghan Defense Minister.
Zia and his troops now face the prospect of a new Taliban offensive, and without the U.S. military support and airpower that have given them an edge for 20 years.
The general told D’Agata that what he’d miss most about his U.S. allies, was the friendship, “because we fought together for 20 years,” but he’s under no illusion that his fight is about to end when those friends pack up and leave.
“We must fight, there is no other option,” Zia told CBS News. “As long as the Taliban is fighting against us, and it looks like they will, then we don’t have any other option.”
The general told D’Agata that his forces have already begun pulling back from bases in the south and the east of the country, where the Taliban are at their strongest.
As for whether the Afghan military is ready to hold its own, the top U.S. general in the country told CBS News bluntly: “They’ll have to be.”
Sisters Ashanti and Kadeesha Williams come from a long line of American farmers who have stewarded land in the U.S. for over 100 years but have never owned it. Now, they’re creating a community of farmers called “The Black Yard Farm Cooperative.”
“Our relationship to the land started way before chattel slavery. Not just slaves but sharecroppers and the way that we have had access to land,” Kadeesha told “CBS This Morning: Saturday” co-host Michelle Miller.
“The exploitative nature of access,” Ashanti added.
“(It’s) always been exploitive. We want to change that. And, we want people to reconnect,” Kadeesha said
The Williams sisters recently moved from the Bronx to this 95-acre farm in Sloansville, New York. Ashanti is in charge of livestock, and errands include picking up 3-day old turkeys at the local post office. Kadeesha will run the vegetable operation-all in a sustainable way that helps mitigate the effects of climate change.
“It comes down to lessening the carbon footprint in terms of where our food comes from and where it goes to,” Kadeesha said.
The Corbin Hill Food Project, a non-profit committed to food sovereignty, helped arrange use of the land for two years, at which point, the farmers hope to own it.
“So the idea is that throughout the 95 acres, as we expand and grow as a family, as a farmly as you said, we’ll bring in new farmers. The idea is they’ll apprentice with us,” Kadeesha said.