Buttigieg Warns American Infrastructure Needs ‘Trillions’ in Funding in First Hearing | Beaufort County Now | Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg testified before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on Thursday in his first public event since his confirmation last month.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Publisher's Note: This post appears here courtesy of the The Daily Wire. The author of this post is Charlotte Pence Bond.

    Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg testified before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on Thursday in his first public event since his confirmation last month.

    The Associated Press reports that Buttigieg is "warning that the country's infrastructure needs exceed $1 trillion" as the secretary moves forward in his appeals to Congress for infrastructure needs. The Biden administration is preparing a $3-4 trillion spending package incorporating infrastructure funding and other priorities.

    In his testimony to the committee on Thursday, Secretary Buttigieg said that there is opportunity at this current moment in time to provide funding for infrastructure needs. In written remarks, Buttigieg said, "I believe we have — at this moment — the best chance in any of our lifetimes to make a generational investment in infrastructure that will help us meet our country's most pressing challenges today and create a stronger future for decades to come."

    Buttigieg noted the heartbreak of the pandemic "that has taken the lives of more than 535,000 Americans." He added that "Relief is on the way" due to the American Rescue Plan recently passed by Congress. However, the secretary made the point that "there is near universal recognition that a broader recovery will require a national commitment to fix and transform America's infrastructure."

    Buttigieg said that this is the time to create good jobs through infrastructure, as well as the time to repair structures and facilities such as "highways, roads, bridges," and more. He said that infrastructure "has such strong bipartisan support" for "good reasons," saying that everyone has a need "for reliable roads, railways, and air transportation."

    "Across the country, we face a trillion-dollar backlog of needed repairs and improvements, with hundreds of billions of dollars in good projects already in the pipeline," he said.

    Buttigieg commented on the difference between the United States' infrastructure spending and other countries, saying, "We see other countries pulling ahead of us, with consequences for strategic and economic competition. By some measures, China spends more on infrastructure every year than the U.S. and Europe combined. The infrastructure status quo is a threat to our collective future."

    He called this moment in time "the best chance in any of our lifetimes to make a generational investment in infrastructure" that will aid the United States now and "create a stronger future for decades to come."

    Buttigieg argued that this is also a moment to "address major inequities — including those caused by highways that were built through Black and Brown communities, decades of disinvestment that left small towns and rural main streets stranded, and the disproportionate pollution burden from trucks, ports, and other facilities."

    The secretary addressed concerns over climate change, as well, saying that it is time for the U.S. "to improve the air we breathe" and "tackle the climate crisis by moving the U.S. to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, building a national EV charging network, and investing in transit, transit-oriented development, sustainable aviation, and resilient infrastructure."

    Buttigieg said that "transportation is the leading contributor to climate change" in the country, adding the negative effect that extreme weather has on infrastructure facilities. "Every dollar we spend rebuilding from a climate-driven disaster is a dollar we could have spent building a more competitive, modern, and resilient transportation system that produces significantly lower emissions," he said.

    His request comes at a time when Congress recently passed President Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan and Republicans are hesitant to spend more, AP reports.

    The Daily Wire reports that the package might be broken up into smaller pieces of legislation in order to get it through Congress. "Breaking the package into multiple bills likely means Democrats would have to pass much tamer legislation or use the nuclear option on the Senate filibuster, a move being championed by many Democratic lawmakers."
Go Back


Latest Op-Ed & Politics

The list of Democrats retiring just keeps growing. From the U.S. House to the North Carolina House, Democrats are running scared because they know their chances of winning are dwindling just like Joe Biden’s approval ratings.
I have been following the Sheppard case and the Franks case the last couple of years with a somewhat dispassionate interest. The wheels of justice grind and they do grind slow.
House Republicans, led by Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX), have sent a letter to Biden administration Attorney General Merrick Garland calling his recent schools memo an effort to weaponize the DOJ and curb Constitutional rights.
Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and 49 Senate Republican colleagues filed a formal challenge against President Biden's vaccine mandate under the Congressional Review Act.
Last week, the UNC Board of Governors met at NC State’s Hunt Library for its November meeting.
Amid the shopping bags, holiday music, and twinkle lights, smash and grab crime videos are plaguing the retail season this year.


The parents of the suspect accused of shooting up a high school in Michigan were hit with involuntary manslaughter charges on Friday, prosecutors announced.
If you are covering Kamala Harris’ visit to Charlotte today, please consider the following statement from the Republican National Committee
Democrat Rep. Rashida Tlaib (MI) effectively admitted on Wednesday that she only wears a mask when there are cameras around, which undercuts a number of public statements she has made about the importance of wearing masks.
In a letter a few weeks ago, State Auditor Beth Wood insisted that applications to purchase the Bald Head Island ferry (System) by the Village of Bald Head Island (Village) and the Bald Head Island Transportation Authority (Authority) not be included in the December Local Government Commission (LGC)


So far this year, Gov. Cooper has pledged over $930.7 million in tax incentives to just 22 corporations, including $845.8 million over four decades to Apple


Back to Top