President Joe Biden used a Wednesday event honoring workers and labor unions at the White House to stump once again for two infrastructure packages and his broader “Build Back Better” economic agenda in the aftermath of political fallout from the Afghanistan withdrawal.
The president has lobbied Congress to pass both the $1.2 trillion bipartisan package and the $3.5 trillion partisan budget reconciliation package in nearly every national address he’s given since the United States completed the troop withdrawal and evacuations.
Prior to the president’s remarks, Labor Secretary Marty Walsh and AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler both called Biden the “most pro-union president in history” and said his agenda is critical to strengthening labor unions and continuing the post-pandemic economic recovery. Biden in turn opened his remarks Wednesday by honoring former AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, who died earlier this year, by claiming that Trumka “understood who built this country and the tools that are needed to build it back and build it back better.”
“Simply put, worker power is essential to building our economy back better than before,” Biden continued. “It’s just that basic to counter corporate power to grow the economy from the bottom up in the middle out. I’m so tired of trickle-down.”
“When I came to office, our first job was to stop the economic bleeding, and it was the worst bleeding since Roosevelt. We passed the American Rescue Plan that delivered shots in arms and checks in pockets and provided that extra breathing room for working families, help state and cities keep essential workers on the job,” the president added. “The next stop is dealing with the ability to pass the rest of my Build Back Better agenda.”
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Original Author: Christian Datoc
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