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Buttigieg says transport policy is key to ‘American dream’
In his remarks to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, Pete Buttigieg focused on a broad view of his tenure should he be confirmed as secretary of transportation.
First and foremost, I want you to know that if it is confirmed, I will work every day to ensure that the department fulfills its mission of ensuring safety – the safety of travelers and workers. And I look forward to working closely with Congress to do this. Safety is the foundation of the ministry’s mission, and it takes on new meaning amid this pandemic. We also have a lot of work to do to improve infrastructure in this country, a mission that will not only keep more people safe, but grow our economy as we look to the future. The time is right, and I believe we have a real chance to be of service to the American people. I believe that good transportation policy can play just as important a role as making the American dream possible – getting people and goods to where they need to be, directly and indirectly creating well-paying jobs. But I also recognize that at worst, misguided policies and missed opportunities in transportation can reinforce racial and economic inequalities by dividing or isolating neighborhoods and undermining the government’s fundamental role of empowering Americans to prosper. . There are so many at stake today, and so much is possible as our country strives to emerge from the crises of this moment with a bipartisan appetite for a generational opportunity to transform and improve America’s infrastructure. So I do not take lightly the possibility of leading this department at this historic moment. And if this is 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 Naval Reserve.
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