March 19, 2021 2:15 PM, EDT

Buttigieg to Speak Before House Transportation Panel March 25

Pete Buttigieg and Joe BidenPete Buttigieg and President Joe Biden. (Kevin Lamarque/Pool via Associated Press)

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Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is scheduled to appear before the U.S. House transportation panel March 25.

Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) announced that Buttigieg will update lawmakers on the Biden administration’s infrastructure policy agenda.

Buttigieg’s input is likely to influence aspects of Congress’ consideration of a highway policy reauthorization measure. DeFazio has signaled the potential for debating that bill sometime in May. The measure would update the country’s premier highway law, the FAST Act, which expires in September.

“The time to go big and bold on our nation’s crumbling infrastructure has arrived, and I’m ready to turn our conversations with Secretary Buttigieg, as well as President [Joe] Biden and Vice President [Kamala] Harris, into action to finally bring our infrastructure out of the Eisenhower era,” said DeFazio. “To that end, I encourage Secretary Buttigieg to eat his Wheaties [cereal] next Thursday [March 25] morning.”

Buttigieg continues to promote Biden’s calls for ensuring the severe weather resilience of freight and passenger corridors around the country. The secretary also has been highlighting various merits pertaining to achieving equity, accessibility and sustainability throughout mobility grids. The White House is expected to reveal details of Biden’s “Build Back Better” infrastructure plan sometime this spring.

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