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Jan. 24, 2019 - Former Vice President Joe Biden focused his remarks on the Recovery Act (the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009), which provided an "infusion of $836 billion, the single largest program in the history of America, maybe in the world, not a joke, of infusion of capital saved us from a depression."   Biden recalled that mayors had been integral to the development and implementation of the Recovery Act.  He said, "Less than two tenths of 1% was wasted, or was fraudulent, less than two tenths of 1%.  The largest government program in history with less than two tenths of 1% waste, fraud or abuse in the program."  Biden did make one reference to the possibility that he might run for president, noting, "I read in the New York Times today that I, that one of my problems is if I were to run for president, I like Republicans."  "I don't know how you get anything done, until we start talking to one another, again," he said.  "[The] Recovery Act required us—Democrats, Republicans, presidents, vice presidents, mayors, senators, governors—to work together because our back was against the wall," Biden said.  Alluding to the shutdown, Biden said, "The more dysfunctional this town has become, the more consequential local officials become."  Biden also devoted significant attention to climate change.  "We can't stand alone in ignorance, while every other country in the world signs on an agreement.," he said.   transcript
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