Nextgov: Buttigieg Points to Transportation’s ‘Generational Moment’ in Confirmation Hearing

“Pete Buttigieg, President Joe Biden’s nominee for secretary of transportation, offered senators his broad vision Thursday regarding how the department will play a central role in revamping the nation’s infrastructure and economy…”

“‘So much is at stake today—and so much is possible, as our country works to emerge from the crises of the moment, with bipartisan appetite for a generational opportunity to transform and improve America’s infrastructure,’ Buttigieg said. ‘We need to build our economy back, better than ever, and the Department of Transportation can play a central role in this, by implementing President Biden’s infrastructure vision—creating millions of good-paying jobs, revitalizing communities that have been left behind, enabling American small businesses, workers, families and farmers to compete and win in the global economy, and tackling the climate crisis.’

If confirmed, Buttigieg would oversee a vast department comprised of more than 55,000 employees and an annual budget of close to $90 billion. Transportation’s mission involves the oversight and safety of everything from thousands of miles of pipelines and railways and countless jet planes to the allocation of billions of dollars in highway construction funds. The department is also taking an increasingly larger role in various emerging technologies, including electric and driverless vehicles….”

“‘American companies should be leading the way to producing electric vehicles,’ Buttigieg said, noting that Biden’s economic plan calls for the deployment of half a million electric charging stations nationwide. In his remarks, Buttigieg stressed the nationwide equality regarding jobs and opportunities a wide-scale infrastructure plan might offer, and vowed to ensure all Americans benefit equally…” Read the full article here.

Source: Buttigieg Points to Transportation’s ‘Generational Moment’ in Confirmation Hearing – By Frank Konkel, January 21, 2021. Nextgov.

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