Biden accelerates pivot to 'build it back better' at labor union event

Biden accelerates pivot to 'build it back better' at labor union event


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.

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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

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