Hey, everybody. [Inaudible] I'm going in. That's not my exit. [Inaudible] That's my exit. That's your X. That's your X. How are you? Um, President Biden, we are excited to have you here, and I want to introduce you to, uh, Heather Zaccagnini, one of our instructors at the college. It's my great pleasure to meet you. A pleasure to meet you. Uh, Heather's been here for 23 years. She's going to introduce a student -- You got here when you're seven. Thank you. Yeah. Hi. This is Jason Boring, one of our students. Very nice to meet you. Hey, Jason. How are you, man? I'm excellent. Good to see you. Heather, tell, um, the president a little bit about our programs. So you are standing in our manufacturing lab. This lab was remodeled about six years ago to make it bigger and allow room for more machines, more equipment. We are in the process of designing our new building. So this is the baby version of what we will have. Please come back and visit. Was that -- you have -- you're building a new building? We are building a new building. Fifty thousand square feet, uh, a -- advanced technology innovation will be doing this stuff -- You're kidding. I would now take [Inaudible] Plus welding and air conditioning and all those things. Good for you. And it's going to be, um, a partnership with the state of Illinois, and we're really excited about it. So we're going to take this and the jobs that we help students work into, work toward. And we're going to take these programs and make them even bigger and better. And these are living-wage jobs. These are good jobs. People can own homes. They can raise families and they're in a good environment. And you join unions to make a real wage. Mmm hmm. [Laughter] Yeah. Yep. Tell the president a little bit about your story. Yeah. So I've worked in the industry for a long time. In 10 years, I spent servicing equipment like this. And now, with my engineering technology degree from McHenry County College, I get to design and build this type of equipment. Good for you, man. Um, which I just wouldn't have been able to get there on experience alone. Yeah. You know, the education that I've gotten here has really gotten me to the next level of my career. My wife is a community college professor and, uh, -- Mine -- She still teaches full time now. It's amazing. And it's amazing that what a degree can do. I mean, it makes a gigantic difference. Opened doors give you opportunities. And, you know, there's no reason -- we used to invest more in research and development in any country in the world three decades -- four decades ago. Now, we're No. 8. We were No. 1. China's No. 2. They were No. 9. That's why this program -- and we talk a little bit about where we can invest significantly more money in research and development to own the 21st century. We're the best folks in the world, and we're just not investing that kind of money we should. So some of these students are working while they're going to school. Some of them work for Scot Forge. Scot Forge has the largest forgery -- forging the largest pieces of steel in the world. In fact, when the Mars rover touched down, it had -- was it the -- what part of the Mars rover came? They made the tires. They made the tires. So they're getting access to one of the greatest companies in the world doing Defense Department contracts, and they're going to school and working at the same time. It's a great model for these folks. It's great. Are all these working now as well? Yeah. I'm a high school teacher, and I'm -- I do career and technical education. And I'm -- Oh, good for you. [Inaudible] manufacturing in classes with my students. Eventually these students here [Inaudible] Good for you. [Crosstalk] And then -- Yep. [Break in video. Biden moves to a different part of the tour.] Hi. Hey, everybody. Hi. Hello. Hello. [Inaudible] here. Hi, how are you? I'm doing well. How are you? What's your name? I'm Lisha. Hi, Lisha. I'm the director of the center. God loves you. This is -- my student. Hi, Mr. President. Such an honor. A pleasure to meet you. What's your name? Britny. Hey, Britny. Who's this? Hi. [Inaudible] Lilly. Hi, how are you doing? Good. Good. How old are you, 14? Four. [Laughter] Four. I know [Inaudible] four somewhere. [Laughter] Welcome. Good to see you, guys. Welcome. We're so happy to have you. Well, I'm happy to be here. Yes. How's it going? We're excited you're here. It's great. I'm excited to be here. So, Lisa, tell the president a little bit about what we do here. OK. So this is the Children's Learning Center. We've been here about 30 years. We primarily meet the needs of our student parents offering child care from 15 months up through age six. And we also have children of MCC employees who bring their children to the center. And then, we are a lab site training facility for early childhood education students. You got it all. Yeah. And so then we send these really well-prepared early childhood teachers out into the community. And most of the area centers are actively looking for our graduates. We're very proud. How many parents are here? Pretty good, huh. Yeah. [Laughter] Well, I tell you what, we were talking about earlier. Senator Durbin and I, you know, the idea that, uh -- Another one. That's OK. He gets to do it again. He can do it -- he can do whatever he wants. But, you know, I personally was a single parent for five years after my wife and daughter were killed -- my two little boys. And I was a U.S. senator. I was 29 years old -- 30 years old, U.S. senator. And I could not afford child care, but I had a family to help. I had, uh, my best friend in the world is my sister. My -- she and her husband moved into my home and help me raise my kids -- my brother, my mom. But people can't make it by themselves. And this is really important. And by the way, being able to -- if you're working in the child care center, being able to learn more skills and raise your standards, your ability in the jobs you have is really a big deal. And this woman here, hang on to her, man. Thank you. Hang on to her. She knows what she's doing it. She knows what she's doing. Well, I'll be darned. You know, one of the things that all of us are trying to do is we have a provision that if any business does that you guys are doing here, they get to write off the cost of setting up the child care center. And so it's an encouragement. And all the data shows if you're able to take your child to work, particularly in the ages you're talking about, you get increased productivity from the parent, people stay in their jobs. This kind of forgot more about this and most of us know, but it really makes a gigantic difference in terms of generating economic growth as well. It's a win-win. And by the way, you know, those of you who are moms, depending on what, uh, in here and tell you what your income is, you know, you're about to get a big check. [Laughter] No, no, not a joke. Because of these people right here, I was able to get past the -- it's a child care tax credit. And it's about time -- I have nothing against the wealthy. I want to be a millionaire, a billionaire -- wonderful. But everybody got to pay their fair share. It's time you guys get a tax break. So guess what? Starting at the end of this month, for every child you have under the age of seven, you're going to get $3,600 a year for that. And if you have a child over -- seven to 17, you're going to be able to get $3,000. It used to be when you file your taxes, you get to write off $2,000 and, you know, against the tax if you owed $10,000, you had two kids as dependents, you get to write off for that, so you only owe six. Well, a lot of people don't have that much money if they're making minimum wage or even twice the minimum wage right now. There's not enough income tax to pay, so it's not -- it doesn't come to you. Now, the check will actually come to you. So guess what? But before the month is over, those of you who qualify, you're going to get a check for $600 a month between now and the end of the year, and then the remainder of the year, you're going to get another $600 until the next tax day. And we're trying to get it extended, so we do it. Yeah. Right? That's right. [Laughter] Anyway -- and by the way, you know what? We've got to take care of mommy, right? Yeah, I know. How old are you, 12? [Laughter] Fourteen? Yeah. Oh, four. Oh, great, great. Well, anyway, I don't mean to interrupt everything, but thank you. [Laughter] Thanks [Inaudible] Mr. President, how [Inaudible] you're in for a heck of a fight on this one? Mitch McConnell loves our program. Do you see what Mitch McConnell said? He told me he wasn't going to get a single vote in order to allow me to get with the help of everybody here at one $1.9 trillion tax cut. I mean, excuse me, a program to -- for economic growth. Look it up, man. He's bragging about it. Kentucky, it's a great thing for Kentucky. It's getting $4 billion to help the poor. It's amazing. Check out Mitch McConnell, you even seen him on TV. Anyway, thanks. Thank you. Thank you. Mr. President -- [Crosstalk] [Inaudible] please start moving the camera. OK. Yep. Good. Thank you. Thank you. Bye.