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President Joe Biden on Wednesday reassured a group of union supporters in the East Room of the White House that he has never been more optimistic for the future when discussing American manufacturing and infrastructure.

“Look, for much of the 20th century, America led the world because we invested in ourselves,” Biden said. “But somewhere along the way, no joke, somewhere along the way, we stopped investing in ourselves.

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“Jobs were going abroad,” he whispered, “now we are shipping products overseas, not jobs.”

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Between whispers and the time he told the crowd that wind power and solar power are cheaper than oil, gas and coal — shouting the word “cheap” to emphasize a point — Biden spoke about infrastructure throughout his speech. Bill focused.

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The president also talked about what he saw as the Chips and Science Act, the future of manufacturing, and the role of unions in allowing everyday things to mobilize.

“You had already come together…but everyone came together because we got to that point in the end with the help of [International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers] And carpenters,” he said of the unions that came on board. “So many others, so many others that, you know, the future is about the future.”

As more everyday items require computer chips, Biden reminded the room that businesses in America invented and upgraded those microchips.

Then the market lost, he said, because America didn’t invest in America.

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Focusing on America’s future, Biden said he signed infrastructure legislation last year to ensure the country has roads, bridges, railroads, airports, high-speed internet, clean air, clean water and clean water. Invests in energy.

“I signed that,” he said. “I signed it so that … we can be ready to win the competition of the second quarter of the 21st century.”

Many jobs, he continued, would allow those without a college degree to make a six-figure income.

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Biden also boasted about a nationwide talent pipeline challenge designed to ensure that workers in historically under-represented jobs see job growth, and that an $800 billion workforce development could be expected. Will go towards

“Companies, like many of you here, are partnering with unions, community colleges, local nonprofits to create apprenticeships that train workers to develop the skills they need,” he said. “This is the first time we have high paying jobs and not enough people to do them.”

,[With] With these partnerships, we’re gaining momentum and taking back our competitive edge,” he said. “And the United States is going to win again.”