US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg visits Georgia to tout infrastructure plan – WSB-TV Channel 2



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ATLANTA – U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has visited a massive underground airport tunnel project and downtown East Point as he travels the country touting President Joe’s proposed infrastructure plan $ 1.7 trillion Biden.

The plan doesn’t just include money to fix the country’s roads and bridges. It also has billions of dollars for broadband internet, airports, public transportation as well as things like clean energy and affordable community care for the elderly.

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Georgia, two US Senators Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff joined Buttigieg on parts of the tour, as did Rep Nikema Williams. Buttigieg went 15 meters underground to see how the airport plane train extension project is unfolding almost six months after its launch. Construction officials said the extension will make the train more efficient and faster for passengers.

While at East Point, Mayor Deana Holiday Ingraham showed Buttigieg the new mixed-use development underway around MARTA station.

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“What we see is a sense of the imagination,” Buttigieg later commented outside East Point Town Hall. “We see a sense of vision. We see a commitment to inclusion as the vision to make the transit-oriented development we see here affordable.

Republicans in Congress remain skeptical of the plans offered as negotiations on how much it will cover and how much it will cost to continue.

“Pete Buttigieg and the rest of the Biden administration are jetting across the country in an attempt to distract themselves from their own political failures,” Republican National Committee spokeswoman Savannah Viar said in a statement. “Between rising inflation, a terrible jobs report and a gas shortage, Biden’s plan to ‘build back better’ is certainly not what most people would consider ‘better’.”

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The US jobs plan also includes nearly $ 100 billion for broadband expansion, especially in rural areas of the country.

“It’s not just a stimulus package designed to get us through this year,” Buttigieg said. “It’s about making sure that when we look back into the 2040s on what we did in the early 2020s, we say, okay, that’s how we put together the future community. American one community at a time.

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