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President Biden Stands Up for Workers and Unions During His State of the Union Address

Last week, President Joe Biden offered the American people a stark contrast between the political agenda of his predecessor and his own plan to build “up and out” the middle class. During his speech, President Biden showed that his support for working people is unwavering.

Biden made history by being the first sitting president to stand on the picket line with striking workers during the auto worker strikes last year. Biden used the State of the Union to highlight his other accomplishments, including investing $40 billion in fiber optic infrastructure to ensure that every American has access to high-speed internet by 2030—and attaching labor standards to the funding to help create more good union jobs. He also touted his investments in domestic manufacturing and bringing more jobs back to the United States. He received a standing ovation when he said, “The middle class built the country, and unions built the middle class!”

He called on lawmakers to pass the PRO Act and reaffirmed his commitment to building the middle class by making sure households earning more than $400,000 per year pay their fair share of taxes, while protecting hard-earned Social Security and Medicare benefits.

Biden returned again and again to his central theme, stating, “When America gets knocked down, we get back up. We keep going. That’s America. That’s you, the American people. It’s because of you, America is coming back; because of you our future is brighter; it’s because of you that tonight we can proudly say, ‘The state of our union is strong and getting stronger.’”

Biden State of the Union 
President Joe Biden delivered a rousing State of the Union address where he reaffirmed his commitment to supporting unions and rebuilding the middle class.