Pete Buttigieg, secretary of the Department of Transportation (DoT), told lawmakers on Thursday about the need to address the country’s $1 trillion backlog of infrastructure projects, Nextgov reported Friday.
“Across the country, we face a trillion-dollar backlog of needed repairs and improvements, with hundreds of billions of dollars in good projects already in the pipeline,” Buttigieg told the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Thursday. “We see other countries pulling ahead of us, with consequences for strategic and economic competition.”
He appeared before the House panel as the current administration works on a $3 trillion investment package that seeks to address domestic and infrastructure priorities. President Biden is expected to provide details on the package during his trip to Pittsburgh this week.
Buttigieg told lawmakers that he would consider borrowing or using general fund revenues and user fees to help pay for the infrastructure package.