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Margaret Brennan, Moderator Of "Face the Nation," On Biden Presidency

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You can watch "Face the Nation" every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on CBS4.

Video Transcript

- Turning now to the Biden presidency, and the host of "Face the Nation," Margaret Brennan, is joining us from Washington, DC. And Margaret, what do we know about the Capitol incident at this hour? How is the White House responding to it?

MARGARET BRENNAN: Well, the president has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff in recognition, in memory, of officer Billy Evans, an 18-year veteran of the Capitol Hill Police Force, who died today as a result of injuries sustained when a 25-year-old suspect rammed his car into the barricade that he was standing outside of along the perimeter of the Capitol as he protected lawmakers inside.

So this officer, we know, succumbed to his injuries. There was another officer injured. According to what Capitol police have described, the suspect lunged at other officers with a knife. So we will be bringing you the latest on the evening news tonight, and obviously throughout the weekend, on anything we learn about this. But so far, the reporting from the local police here in DC and at the Capitol is that this is not part of a broader terror threat.

- Margaret, let me ask a little about the economy right now. Pretty good jobs report-- 919,000-- [? 100,000 ?] jobs added last month. What is the administration saying, and what are the people you're talking to saying about the economic picture right now?

MARGARET BRENNAN: Well, it's good news. It was welcome news to see jobs added back. And the White House is arguing this is, in part, because of vaccines and vaccinations picking up, giving people the ability to go back to work, fear subsiding, people going back to school. The question is, is the momentum going to be continued? And the White House would argue to continue to build on this, they need $2 trillion more in spending.

Republicans are objecting to that. This latest infrastructure bill that we are told is forthcoming from the White House is something we will dive into on Sunday with President Biden's top economic advisor, Cecilia Rouse. She is the chair of the economic advisors, and we will push her on why this money needs to be spent right now.

- Looking forward to that interview, Margaret. Thank you very much for joining us this afternoon. And join Margaret for "Face the Nation." Her guests this week include the chair of the council on the economy that she mentioned. That's Sunday morning at 10:30 AM.