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Capitol Report: Transportation boss Buttigieg sees ‘best chance in any of our lifetimes’ for investment in infrastructure

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Transportation Department Secretary Pete Buttigieg is touting the opportunity to go big on infrastructure, as that becomes a key focus for the Biden administration.

The former 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful, who endorsed Joe Biden shortly after exiting the White House race, is appearing on Thursday before the House Transportation Committee for a discussion of the administration’s priorities for roads, bridges and other public works.

His introductory remarks have been released ahead of the hearing, which is slated to start at 11 a.m. Eastern.

“I believe we have — at this moment — the best chance in any of our lifetimes to make a generational investment in infrastructure that will help us meet our country’s most pressing challenges today and create a stronger future for decades to come,” says Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Ind., in the remarks.

Reports earlier this week said the Biden administration is planning for a package of investments in infrastructure PAVE and other domestic priorities that could cost $3 trillion. But there are lots of details to be colored in, including if Biden would support splitting such a package into two bills.

See: Biden eyes $3 trillion package for infrastructure, schools, families

Also: Democrats face choice with infrastructure bill: climate-change action or bipartisan support

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