Biden wins Iron Workers union endorsement

Biden wins Iron Workers union endorsement
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden leads Sanders by single digits in South Carolina: poll Pro-Trump super PAC hits Biden with new Spanish-language ad in Nevada Biden will go after Bloomberg, Sanders at Las Vegas debate, aides say MORE on Wednesday picked up an endorsement from the International Association of Bridge, Structural and Ornamental Iron Workers.

In a statement announcing its decision, the 130,000-member union said it believed that a Biden administration would “invest heavily in transportation infrastructure and manufacturing across the country.” It also pointed to Biden’s experience with passing infrastructure legislation in Congress and his commitment to workers’ rights.

“Biden is the only presidential candidate who has passed an infrastructure bill in Congress and administered an infrastructure stimulus in the White House,” the union wrote. “He took the lead on releasing the first infrastructure plan among Democratic candidates, offering the best value for the building trades.”

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In November Biden rolled out a $1.3 trillion infrastructure plan to invest in electric car-charging stations, high-speed railroads, clean energy research and other infrastructure.

Though President TrumpDonald John TrumpFed saw risks to US economy fading before coronavirus spread quickened Pro-Trump super PAC hits Biden with new Spanish-language ad in Nevada Britain announces immigration policy barring unskilled migrants MORE made infrastructure a priority during his first year in office, the issue remains in limbo; Democratic leaders and Trump agreed on a $2 trillion infrastructure package last April, but lawmakers have yet to agree on how to pay for it.

Biden’s latest union endorsement comes after rival Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden leads Sanders by single digits in South Carolina: poll Pro-Trump super PAC hits Biden with new Spanish-language ad in Nevada Biden will go after Bloomberg, Sanders at Las Vegas debate, aides say MORE (I-Vt.) received endorsements from two key state organizations this month. Members of the New Hampshire chapter of the Service Employees International Union broke ranks with its national leadership and backed the Vermont senator in the Democratic primary.

Sanders also won the support of a key California union: the University Professional and Technical Employees (UPTE) union. The move was welcome news for the Sanders campaign as it looks to drum up support ahead of Super Tuesday.

Both Biden and Sanders are considered to be among the top picks for union endorsements in the 2020 Democratic race.

The Iron Workers union cited Biden’s long relationship with unions as another reason for its endorsement. The union previously threw its support behind Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClinton asked if she'd be Bloomberg's vice president: 'Oh no' Trump launches three-day campaign rally blitz Free Roger Stone MORE in the 2016 presidential election.

“Vice President Biden has proven again and again that he is a friend to union ironworkers,” said Iron Workers General President Eric Dean. “We need a president who will defend rights and jobs of American workers, and Joe Biden will be that president.”