Infrastructure has been a hot topic recently as President Joe Biden is proposing to spend more than two trillion dollars to revitalize America’s transportation infrastructure, water systems, broadband access in rural America, and manufacturing. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, while speaking to Punchbowl News, says it’s time to get the infrastructure system updated.
“There is enormous public impatience to do something here. So, the best thing we have going for us is the fact that we don’t have a lot of work to do to convince the American people that this is a good plan. We’ll continue to work to remind the American people about what’s in it and why we think it’ll make a big difference. And more importantly, why this isn’t about just getting through this quarter or this year economically, but really creating the kind of economic strength that we’re going to need generationally for this country to be thriving.”
While most Americans think that infrastructure updates are vital for the nation’s future, getting an infrastructure bill through Congress isn’t going to be easy.
“Even something that is wildly popular among Democrats and Republicans in every part of the country, we can’t necessarily count on the same level of support on Capitol Hill. And that’s why we’re closely engaging, and not just sharing but listening, as we speak to members of both chambers and both parties. You’ve seen the president convening in the Oval Office members of both parties in the House and Senate.”
He says the administration is spending a lot of time talking to members of Congress about the benefits.
“I think these next few days and weeks are going to be critical in terms of forming and passing something that’s going to again not just going to be the transportation policy of the moment, but really a defining decision for generations to come.”
Source: NAFB News Service