Biden and union leaders discuss coronavirus aid and infrastructure at White House meeting

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President Joe Biden discussed his coronavirus relief package and infrastructure plan with union leaders on Wednesday, continuing to push for two of his top agenda items. Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were scheduled to meet with leaders to discuss their $ 1.9 trillion aid package and “get information on the president’s infrastructure plan,” the White House said.

A reading of the meeting was not immediately available. At the beginning of the session, Biden called the United States “far behind the curve” in infrastructure, according to a report by the White House group. Democrats in Congress are preparing legislation on Biden’s stimulus plan, with the goal of passing it in the coming weeks. And the president has begun stepping up his speech on IGF infrastructure, + 0.02%, meeting with lawmakers last week after campaigning to improve America’s roads and bridges. Now Read: Biden Warns China Could ‘Eat Our Lunch’ As It Calls For Improved US Roads, Bridges Labor is a key group for Biden. The president has earned applause from unions for his “Buy American” executive order, but has also faced a setback for canceling a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. “Many of these people have been my friends for a long, long, long time. As they say in some parts of my state, these are the people who took me to the dance, ”Biden said at the beginning of the meeting. Among the scheduled participants were AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, North American Construction Union President Sean McGarvey, and International Aerospace Workers and Machinists Association International President Robert Martinez Jr. See Also: What’s next for the coronavirus stimulus? A series of obstacles