Buttigieg Says Transportation Policy Is Key to the ‘American Dream’

Buttigieg Says Transportation Policy Is Key to the ‘American Dream’

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Buttigieg
Says
Transportation
Policy
Is
Key
to
the
‘American
Dream’

In
his
remarks
before
the
Senate
Committee
on
Commerce,
Science
and
Transportation,
Pete
Buttigieg
focused
on
a
broad
vision
for
his
tenure
if
confirmed
as
transportation
secretary.

First
and
foremost,
I
want
you
to
know
that
if
confirmed,
I
will
work
every
day
to
make
sure
the
department
meets
its
mission
of
ensuring
safety

safety
for
both
travelers
and
for
workers.
And
I
look
forward
to
working
closely
with
Congress
to
do
so.
Safety
is
the
foundation
of
the
department’s
mission,
and
that
takes
on
new
meaning
amid
this
pandemic.
We
also
have
a
lot
of
work
to
do
to
improve
the
infrastructure
in
this
country,
a
mission
that
will
not
only
keep
more
people
safe,
but
will
grow
our
economy
as
we
look
to
the
future.
Now
is
the
time,
and
I
believe
we
have
a
real
chance
to
deliver
for
the
American
people.
I
believe
good
transportation
policy
can
play
no
less
a
role
than
making
possible
the
American
dream

getting
people
and
goods
to
where
they
need
to
be,
directly
and
indirectly
creating
good-paying
jobs.
But
I
also
recognize
that
at
their
worst,
misguided
policies
and
missed
opportunities
in
transportation
can
reinforce
racial
and
economic
inequality
by
dividing
or
isolating
neighborhoods,
and
undermining
government’s
basic
role
of
empowering
Americans
to
thrive.
So
much
is
at
stake
today,
and
so
much
is
possible
as
our
country
works
to
emerge
from
the
crises
of
this
moment
with
bipartisan
appetite
for
a
generational
opportunity
to
transform
and
improve
America’s
infrastructure.
So
the
chance
to
lead
this
department
at
this
historic
moment
is
not
one
that
I
take
lightly.
And
if
confirmed,
I
promise
to
bring
the
same
sense
of
duty
and
commitment
that
led
me
to
serve
my
hometown
as
mayor,
and
that
motivated
me
to
serve
our
country
in
the
Navy
Reserve.

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