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President BidenJoe BidenWhite House lights up in red, white and blue to cheer Team USA for OlympicsKansas governor vetoes proposed redistricting mapOvernight Energy & Environment Biden’s Fed pick draws GOP heat on climateMORE on Friday signed an executive order aimed at strengthening union jobs in construction by expanding the federal governments use of collective bargaining agreements between unions and contractors on construction sites. 

The executive order Im going to sign today is going to help ensure that we build a better America, we build it right, and we build it on time, and we build it cheaper than it would have been otherwise, Biden said in remarks at the Ironworkers Local 5 located in Upper Marlboro, Md. 

Biden said the collective bargaining deals, known as project labor agreements (PLAs), are aimed to help defuse problems before they arise.

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The president has promised that the bipartisan infrastructure law, which he signed in November to provide funding in part for construction projects, would create good union jobs.

As president of the United States, I award contractsunless the project Im purchasing for the American people was made in America and all of its component parts were made in America, were not buying it, he said, Every single project that were talking about is paid for with federal dollars, is a federal project, is going to be union jobs. 

The executive order builds on an order issued by former President ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaOvernight Energy & Environment Biden’s Fed pick draws GOP heat on climateOvernight Health Care  Medicare to cover at-home COVID-19 testsToomey presses Fed bank on whether Raskin lobbied for special accessMORE in 2009 to use project labor agreements for federal construction projects. 

Biden said this executive order will ensure that major projects are handled by well-trained, well-prepared, highly skilled workers.

We dont talk about how yall save the American taxpayers money, Biden added, referring to the iron workers in the crowd. 

Labor Secretary Marty WalshMarty WalshOn The Money Labor chief touts efforts to promote job growthThe Hill interview: Biden Labor chief touts back-to-work pushA year into Biden’s presidency, we’re only burying more overdose victimsMORE called PLAs powerful tools, saying they protect taxpayers investments, bring projects in on time and guarantee high quality results. 

Vice President Harris, before the president’s remarks, spoke about the unexpectedly-strong January jobs report released Friday, saying our nations economic recovery continues to be, let there be no doubt, the strongest in the world.

The U.S. gained 467,000 jobs in January, despite warnings from economists of a likely decline in employment, and Biden spoke to the strong jobs report earlier on Friday.

Energy Secretary Jennifer GranholmJennifer GranholmBiden: A good coach knows when to change up the teamOvernight Energy & Environment Biden announces green buildings initiativeOvernight Energy & Environment Earth records its hottest years everMORE, Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks, and Susan Fox, senior vice president at the Walt Disney Company, were also in attendance for the executive order signing.