President-elect Joe Biden is outlining his plans to alleviate economic inequality and boost the economy but says any structural reforms depend first on reining in the coronavirus pandemic. Biden said Monday, “Once we shut down the virus and deliver economic relief to workers and businesses, then we can start to build back better than before.” Biden spoke about his plans to invest in infrastructure, technology and clean energy jobs, and create manufacturing jobs by encouraging companies to make their products in the U.S. Earlier Monday, Biden and Harris held virtual meetings with business and labor leaders and said, despite their differences, they were able to “advance areas of common ground.”
President-elect Joe Biden says the outgoing Trump administration’s failure to share specific plans on combating the coronavirus pandemic is stymying American businesses’ abilities to find ways to grow and survive in challenging circumstances.
Biden said during a speech Monday in Wilmington, Delaware, that “the sooner we have access to the administration’s distribution plan, the sooner this transition will smoothly move forward.” Specifics that the administration has withheld, Biden said, like vaccine distribution, could help “small businesses and entrepreneurs that are the backbone of our communities but are teetering on the edge.”
Biden says he and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris had an “encouraging” virtual meeting with nine leaders of some of the country’s largest labor unions like the AFL-CIO and corporations, including Microsoft and Target. Biden says the leaders “all agree that means rallying the country behind a national strategy with robust public health measures.”
In her remarks, Harris pledged to shore up the economy by “creating millions of good-paying union jobs.”
President-elect Joe Biden is urging Congress to pass another round of coronavirus relief.
Biden on Monday referenced the coronavirus relief bill passed by the Democratic-controlled House earlier this year. It would provide $3 trillion in relief for state and local governments, direct cash payments to individuals, assistance for renters and more.
It was not taken up in the Republican-controlled Senate. Negotiations on a relief package between Congress and the White House stalled before the election.
Biden says both tackling the virus and delivering economic relief are keys to start rebuilding the nation’s economy.
His remarks came after a Monday meeting with business and labor leaders. He says the two groups were “singing from the same hymnal.”