Full transcript of "Face the Nation" on November 21, 2021

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On this "Face the Nation" broadcast, Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Ted Cruz sat down with Margaret Brennan
On this "Face the Nation" broadcast moderated by Margaret Brennan:

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, (D-NY)

(D-NY) Sen. Ted Cruz, (R-TX)

(R-TX) Derrick Johnson, President and CEO, NAACP

President and CEO, NAACP Dr. Scott Gottlieb, Former FDA Commissioner

Former FDA Commissioner Anthony Salvanto, CBS News Elections & Surveys Director

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MARGARET BRENNAN, HOST: I'm Margaret Brennan in Washington.

Today on Face the Nation, we will check in on the challenges facing America as we prepare to count our blessings this Thanksgiving.

President Biden used the time-honored tradition of the turkey pardon to celebrate the House approving his roughly $2 trillion social and environmental spending package and the signing of his $1.2 trillion infrastructure package.

This year's winners, named after one of America's favorite lunches, may have escaped the Thanksgiving dinner table, but not the presidential wisecracks.

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JOE BIDEN, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Turkey is infrastructure. Peanut Butter and Jelly are going to help build back the Butterball.

Instead of getting basted, these two turkeys are getting boosted.


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MARGARET BRENNAN: Up on Capitol Hill, House Democrats celebrated their victory on Build Back Better, or BBB, with progressives and moderates finally coming together for the win.

The bill is now off to the Senate, where it faces a much tougher test. Will growing concerns about inflation put pressure on the party to act quickly?

New York Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, pushing to keep paid leave in the bill, will be with us.

We will also talk to Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz about the mysterious case of Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai and the likely U.S. diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics.

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WOMAN: Kyle H. Rittenhouse, not guilty.

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MARGARET BRENNAN: Then: protests across the country, as 18-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse is acquitted…
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