Marines, Senate, Markey discussed on Radio Boston
To assist in this effort. Well i think people already are think. There's the groups local groups community groups nonprofits. That are all going to work. These people large number of them that risk their lives to help support our efforts and pro democracies. they put their lives in jeopardy to help us. Not because we're the us but because they have such strong feelings on an. I'm sure profound disappointments about what happened in the country in terms of moving the country forward. I remember this. There was a person assisted Soldiers and when i was there the marines took me to a village and i was well protected by them. But it took me to a village to meet someone because they wanted me as congressman to thank this individual. Who's giving them information about where explosives were planted saving. Lives and so i did and i thank the person as they requested but i had one question to that man. I said you're risking your lives. And he really was. Why are you doing this. And he turned around and moved a young boy about eight years old in front of him and he said this is why this is my son. He's eight years old. I wanted to have an education. I want him to have a chance in like. I don't want him to have to live the life we're doing now without opportunity. Do you know if that man and his son made it out. I don't And i must tell you the odds were not rape because this was several years ago i do want to Move onto another issue that has strong local implications before were don congressman and that is infrastructure. Which sort of a hits like a thud after the conversation we were just having but it is still really important. There are two bills on the table. Smaller more focused bill larger three point. Five trillion dollar reconciliation were social infrastructure. Bill and understand the coalition's fragile And i want to know Are do you think one or both are ultimately going to make it to the president's desk. I think both will. I don't know what form the reconciliation bill will be in but for the one point two trillion dollar infrastructure bill. We're gonna take it up before the twenty-seven seven that was already agreed upon by the speaker in terms of when it would be taken up. We're not gonna have a great opportunity. The house to do anything with that was put together with such a fragile roofing of senators republican senators joining with democratic senators. I don't think that can be changed because we run the risk. If we change that and send it back to the senate of that falling apart. I do believe we'll be able to cobble enough support on the democratic side for a reconciliation package. This as you mentioned the margin is very thin. But i do think people will recognize this. Even if you don't get everything he wanted that people should realize this. They're hearing three and a half trillion dollars. How we're going to paper. That's over a ten year period number one number two. It's paid for what we did that. Republicans didn't do in two thousand seventeen with tax cut. We are Were showing how the revenues will be replaced to make up for that and and that's going to create some controversy. That might be something has to be. Changed the reconciliation bill to so our job is to move forward and i think we will with the one point two trillion dollar infrastructure. Bill if you want to call it. The bipartisan bill. Then move ahead with reconciliation. So i wanna follow up on on something that you said about. It's paid for People might think three point. Five trillion dollars is a lot of money. Let's on that for just a couple of quick questions in the smaller package. The one point five trillion markey's office has told us about eight billion from massachusetts. Then we're talking about the big one is well. Massachusetts has spent less than two hundred million of the five billion dollars in pandemic relief. We've already received. We're hearing stories. Federally about almost ninety percent of reynolds instance money yet to be distributed. So i can. We get the money out money of this magnitude i recognize. It's over ten years. But i think it's still fair question. Well i think that would be little trouble. Getting infrastructure related money out. And what's there in. Reconciliation will get out some of the hangups on money not spent if you look at the whole country. It takes two to tango so the federal government has money. It's their some states aren't acting as they for policy reasons or the inability to deal with issues. They are acting the infrastructure money. They will act on the money. That will be there reconciliation. They will act on. We're already benefiting from a tax cut to families with children. That's nothing short a historic and that money is now coming families monthly. So it's being spent as they needed for basic needs but pre k. Money which to me is the best money we can spend value is that money will save a so much money and improve the lives of families but also improve our economy going forward I represent the oldest district outside of florida a lot of the money for hong care and seniors to keep them in their halls when the alternative is expensive nursing. Home in medicaid costs. So you're expressing optimism that the money will get out. I think i'm also mindful just because of the magnitude that we're talking about congressman of the big dig twenty two billion dollars delays safety issues overspending. So i do want to ask as the legislation comes together. Will it includes sort of accountability and oversight mechanisms That are important. I think to to voters y- you mentioned. The guy was in state senate. The timing was pushing very hard to keep our state oversight in place part of that process to get the money out quicker. We sold away leading the state our some of our oversight over the project just to get it out some of this money. Alleged portion is going to go from the federal government to state government to utilize itself so that state oversight will be in place as well as federal oversight. So you'll have dual of oversight. I think that were capable that anything of that magnitude even small things demands that kind of oversight. So it'll be there but it'll be there much of it on dual levels all right. That is congressman. Bill keating he represents the massachusetts ninth congressional district the south shore south coast cape cod and the islands and he served on the house committee on foreign affairs and the house armed. Services committee congressman. I appreciate your time. Thank you she see on. Thank you very much. As of today. Members of massachusetts national guard are driving school buses in lawrence and lynn. This after governor. Charlie baker activated the guard monday to help with shortages and chelsea lawrence lowland and linz since then worcester woburn quincy and revere of also signed up about one hundred twenty guard members of trained and receive their licenses mostly to drive these special seven de school bus transport while they're really vans vehicles that take students with a variety of special needs to school. So how did we get here. We welcome superintendent. I'll meet a beta of chelsea public schools and drew damian director of transportation facility rental palmer public schools. He's also the president of the massachusetts association of pupil transportation. Superintendent obata welcome back. Thank you with always nice to be here good to have you andrew. Welcome to the show. Thank you for having good afternoon. So superintendent abate. I'm going to start with you. Take us to the moment when you heard that the governor was going to bring up the national guard to drive school buses. 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