Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said Sunday that President Joe Biden’s American Jobs Plan would pay for itself while upgrading infrastructure from decades past.
“Right now, we’re still coasting off of infrastructure choices that were made in the 1950s,” Buttigieg said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “Now’s our chance to make infrastructure choices for the future that are going to serve us well in the 2030s and on into the middle of the century.”
Biden unveiled a $2 trillion proposal Wednesday designed to transform America’s infrastructure over the next eight years. Asked about concerns over the plan’s price tag, Buttigieg said the plan would pay for itself in 15 years and begin to reduce the deficit in 16 years.
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“We’re still coasting on infrastructure choices that were made in the 1950s,” Sec. Buttigieg said on @MeetThePress. “Now’s our chance to make infrastructure choices for the future that are going to serve us well in the 2030s.” https://t.co/2p8QhzNjr3
— NBC News (@NBCNews) April 4, 2021
Pete Buttigieg: “I heard the governor of South Dakota recently saying, ‘this isn’t infrastructure — it’s got money for pipes.’ Well, we believe that pipes are infrastructure, because you need water to live. And too many families now live with the threat of lead poisoning.” pic.twitter.com/0WJ3p1XLCt
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 4, 2021