Pete Buttigieg Talks Infrastructure on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Oct. 25, 2022
The Transportation Secretary talks infrastructure, his previous career as Mayor of south Bend, Indiana, and the IIJA

The Secretary of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg, appeared on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert Monday night to talk about infrastructure in our country and why the funding from the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) is so critical.

"I think sometimes folks forget what government is doing for them if we fail to make it clear. Of course, it's not just about the check, it's about the results," said Buttigieg on funding infrastructure projects. "The project we're doing there in New Hampshire, for example, is going to help them in a very blue collar town that hasn't gotten the attention that it's needed for its downtown streets. We're going to help them transform the economic opportunities for that community, with funding that's going to redo its streetscapes."

Buttigieg went on to explain what the funding will do in New Hampshire.

"They have this biomass power plant nearby which has...a cooling tower, and there's a way they can actually route some of the coolant...that comes from that tower under the sidewalks, melting the snow, and saving taxpayer money on the process of plowing it," Buttigieg explained.

Throughout the interview, Pete reflects on his experience as Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, how he is passionate about infrastructure, and the funding coming from the IIJA to help communities that need an economic boost in order to achieve infrastructure projects.

"We're going to serve everybody equally," said the Transportation Secretary about the funding from the IIJA.

To watch the full interview, click here.

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Source: The Late Show With Stephen Colbert