Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg came under pressure after comments by Vice President Kamala Harris that critics suggested Hurricane Ian relief should be commissioned based on factors other than pure loss claims. I was.
“It is our lowest-income communities and communities of color that will be most affected by these extremes … we base our resources on equality and fight for equality,” Harris said. We have to deal with this in a way that we understand, but we also have to fight for fairness.”
On Tuesday’s “Your World,” Buttigieg asked about these remarks as his own department seeks to aid in the arduous task of rebuilding critical infrastructure like the destroyed Sanibel Island Causeway. was given. main land.
In response, the Secretary said that all plaintiffs, in terms of minor home damage and home destruction, or residents seeking relief when their neighborhood is “totally cut off from resources,” and what is still accessible, said that the cases of
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“I think we all know that some Americans are bearing the brunt of extreme weather, and we need to make sure we’re helping everyone based on the needs out there. I think it’s fair and it’s built into the current process,” he said.
Host Neil Cavuto added further pressure by pointing out that private aid groups like Samaritan’s Purse are having trouble with Harris. Victims ultimately said they were all victims.
“Someone who has lost the roof, who may have had a big house, who has lost the roof, who may have a small house, but both have lost the roof and are wet inside. They have been destroyed. , I need help,” said Graham.
In response, Buttigieg said bailouts should be based on need, saying “some people see politics where there is no need”.
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The Secretary of Transportation said he sees the situation a little differently than Graham, saying that if someone’s only home is damaged and someone’s vacation home is damaged, the latter still has a healthy home to return to. explained.
“[W]Whether you are talking about the insurance process, or the government process, or the federal, state, etc. government process, absolutely hopeless, experiencing hunger and losing their lives. It takes into account those who are still at risk today. We just need to go through the insurance process to try and get things back to normal,” he said.
“But again, I think we should agree rather than disagree on this. And, of course, we recognize that there are many Americans who were vulnerable the day the storm hit. They are even more vulnerable now.”
“And we have to take care of them and take care of everyone so they can get back on their feet.”
Buttigieg, a supporter of the Biden administration’s vision of a transition to greener vehicles, has since also countered ongoing criticism from the right about the viability of a nationwide transition to electric vehicles.
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He noted that General Motors plans to eventually phase out most internal combustion engines, and expressed surprise at comments from Georgia Republicans who were outright against such a move. did.
Rome’s MP Marjorie Taylor Green accused Buttigieg of wanting to “castrate the road”. [Americans] “Drive” without the internal combustion engine.
At a rally in Michigan headlined by Donald Trump, Green praised the “roar of a V8 engine” and contrasted such dynamics with those of electric cars promoted by Buttigieg. , claimed that the Biden administration wanted to shut down Detroit’s auto division.
Buttigieg frowned at Green’s words, saying, “I literally do that.”[es]I do not understand. ”
“My masculinity has nothing to do with whether my car is petrol-fueled or electric-fueled,” he added.
“To be honest, there are other members of Congress that I pay more attention to when I think about the opinions that really matter and the ideas that make it important for me to get involved.”