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Buttigieg Calls for Greater Investment in Infrastructure
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg urged Congress on Thursday to make a “generational investment” worth trillions of dollars to improve the nation’s transit and water systems while addressing climate change and racial inequities.
I believe that 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 the country’s most pressing challenges today and create a stronger future for decades to come. 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. 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. 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.
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