In Philadelphia, Biden focuses on workers as high inflation remains a risk

Written by on June 14, 2022

In Philadelphia, Biden focuses on workers as high inflation remains a risk

By The Associated Press
June 14, 2022

President Joe Biden speaks at the AFL-CIO convention in Philadelphia, Tuesday, June 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Joe Biden has told the largest federation of labor unions that he’s rebuilding the U.S. economy around workers.

He’s drawing a contrast with Republicans who have increasingly attracted blue-collar votes.

Biden says, “We should encourage unions.”

His speech Tuesday at the AFL-CIO convention in Philadelphia was an attempt to reset the debate on the economy.

His approval ratings have slid as consumer prices and the cost of gasoline have surged. That’s overshadowed strong job gains and a healthy unemployment rate.

Biden says the GOP is focused on cutting taxes for companies and the wealthy.

Republicans argue that their 2017 tax overhaul helped growth by reducing corporate tax rates, making U.S. companies more competitive.

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