Pete Buttigieg : We have got to make sure America doesn’t fall behind

Pete Buttigieg says the Jobs Cabinet meeting with Biden was a good opportunity to update the president on what he has been hearing and seeing around the country in terms of transportation infrastructure.

The Jobs Cabinet meeting with the president and the vice president (Photo credit: Official White House photo )

Treasury Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm spoke to the press for a few minutes outside the West Wing entrance following the Jobs Cabinet meeting with the president and the vice president. HHS Secretary Marcia Fudge was also there but did not speak.

Raimondo said the meeting ran a little over an hour.

Some highlights from the gaggle:

--Walsh said they talked about the American Jobs Plan and what it would do for the American people and the economy. He said the president again stressed the importance of the plan as an infrastructure plan that’s not just about roads and bridges, but also about people.

--Raimondo: “It was a terrific meeting with the president.” She said she updated the president on her efforts to reach out to Congress and the business community, with a particular focus on broadband. She said every governor she has spoken to, Democrat and Republican alike, have agreed on the importance of having broadband in every community.

--Buttigieg said the meeting was a good opportunity to update the president on what he has been hearing and seeing around the country in terms of transportation infrastructure. “There’s clearly bipartisan interest and enthusiasm to do big things in infrastructure and transportation,” he said. “It’s often said that this is a competitive business. We see allies and strategic competitors like China making a major investment in their transportation infrastructure. We have got to make sure America doesn’t fall behind.”

--Granholm on whether the administration can win Republican support: She said there are energy components of the plan that Republicans in the Senate say will they support, such as the ability to have carbon capture and sequestration. “You see people who have -- Republicans in the Senate and Democrats in the Senate -- who have voted in the past for some of these energy measures.” There is optimism that there will agreement on large parts of the plan, she said.

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