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Biden, labor leaders to talk coronavirus aid, infrastructure at White House meeting

President Joe Biden on Wednesday will discuss his coronavirus-aid package and infrastructure with labor leaders, continuing a push for two of his top agenda items.

The White House said Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will meet with leaders to discuss his $1.9 trillion relief package, and “get input on the president’s infrastructure plan.” The meeting is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Eastern.

“Today, President Biden will meet with labor leaders to thank them for their role representing workers and supporting a strong American middle class and to discuss the importance of passing the American Rescue Plan, which will not only help contain the pandemic and deliver immediate economic relief but will also create jobs, including good union jobs,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said ahead of the meeting.

Democrats in Congress are preparing legislation on Biden’s stimulus plan, aiming to pass it in the next few weeks. And the president has begun to intensify his pitch on infrastructure
meeting last week with lawmakers after campaigning on improving U.S. roads and bridges.

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Labor is a key constituency for Biden. The president has won plaudits from unions for his “Buy American” executive order, but has also faced blowback for canceling a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline.  

Among the scheduled participants are AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, North America’s Building Trades Union President Sean McGarvey and International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers International President Robert Martinez Jr.

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