USDOT Secretary Called Out for ‘Misleading’ The Public About Infrastructure Bill
Washington D.C. – United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) Secretary Pete Buttigieg made another round of Sunday morning show appearances over the weekend to sell the Biden Administration’s $2.25 trillion infrastructure proposal called the American Jobs Plan.
During an appearance on Fox News Sunday hosted by Chris Wallace, Sec. Buttigieg was taken to task for misrepresenting the number of jobs the American Jobs Plan would actually create.
The Secretary, along with other Biden Administration cabinet members, have repeatedly argued the plan, if enacted, would create 19 million jobs.
This claim is in reference to a Moody’s Analytics study which actually estimated the number of new jobs that would be created by the American Jobs Plan to be 2.7 million.
Wallace confronted Sec. Buttigieg about his false claims.
“Why mislead folks?” Wallace asked.
“You’re right. I should have been more precise,” Sec. Buttigieg conceded.
The Secretary then attempted to further clarify his remarks and continue selling the package.
“The 19 million jobs that will be created are more than the jobs that’ll be created if we don’t do the plan. It’ll create 2.7 million more jobs than if we don’t do it because there are people on this network and others saying with a straight face that this would somehow reduce the number of jobs. It’s good for the economy and it’s going to add jobs compared to doing nothing,” he argued.
If Moody’s analysis is correct, this means that the jobs created by the American Jobs Plan would cost more than $833,000 each.
The plan calls for hiking taxes on corporations from 21% to 28% in order to fund the spending initiative.
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Critics like Democratic Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) worry the tax increases will likely result in slowing down the economy and argues corporations will simply pass the increased tax burdens on to consumers in the form of price increases thus spurring inflation.
Senator Manchin is calling for a more modest tax increase of 25%.
TransportationNation.com will continue to track the issue closely.