President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on Wednesday discussed Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus-aid package and the infrastructure plan with labor leaders. The White House said Biden “wanted to get input on [his] infrastructure plan.”
Democrats in Congress are preparing legislation on Biden’s fiscal stimulus plan, aiming to pass it in the next few weeks. The “Plan for Rural America,” aims to provide universal broadband, including 5G. It promises $20 billion to build rural-broadband infrastructure, as well as a tripling of the amount of money available to organizations, local governments, tribal groups, and corporations to wire rural communities through the United States Department of Agriculture’s Community Connect program, Inside Towers reported.
Among the participants were 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., according to MarketWatch. Martinez stated he was “very confident that President Biden will continue to push for policies that will positively impact America’s working families and create good union jobs here at home.” Trumka called the session with Biden and Harris “the most productive Oval Office meeting in years” for working people.
President Biden recognizes registered apprenticeship as one of the most effective ways to train the workforce needed to meet the new demands of the latest broadband technology, according to the Wireless Infrastructure Association.