A Democrat, who advises the president on federal transport programs, allegedly misrepresented an infrastructure package’s impact on unemployment.
Transport Secretary Pete Buttigieg was caught significantly exaggerating how many jobs the Joe Biden administration’s $2 trillion infrastructure bill would create.
Buttigieg and President Biden had suggested the proposal would directly result in 19 million new jobs based on Moody’s Analytics data.
“The American Jobs Plan is about a generational investment,” the secretary said in a video shared on YouTube. “It is going to create 19 million jobs and we are talking about economic growth that is going to go on for years and years.”
However, the same data set shows 85.8 percent of the new positions would be created regardless of whether the package passes through U.S. Congress.
“The study you are citing from Moody’s Analytics says the economy will add 16.3 million jobs without the infrastructure bill and 2.7 million more with it [the infrastructure bill]–it does not, as you said last Sunday, create 19 million new jobs,” Fox News anchor Chris Wallace can be heard saying in the video. “Why mislead folks?”
Buttigieg admitted he should have provided that information earlier because it made the infrastructure package sound a lot better than it actually was.
“You are right, I should have been more precise,” he said. “So yeah, you are right, I should be very precise. The difference in jobs that that particular analysis suggests is 2.7 million more.”
Buttigieg suggested there was no reason why the bill should not create 2.7 million new jobs because it was better than reducing the number of jobs.
“That is a great place to be [and] why wouldn’t we want America to create 2.7 million more jobs?” he said.
“There are people on this network and others saying with a straight face that this would somehow reduce the number of jobs … [and this is] just further proof that it is good for the economy and–taking it as a whole–it is going to add jobs compared to doing nothing,” he added.
He then congratulated himself for proving the infrastructure package would create slightly more than 14 percent of the jobs he initially promised.
“The bottom line is it is going to add jobs and this is a direct refutation of people who are saying otherwise,” he said.
The White House previously suggested President Biden could raise taxes to pay for future Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus stimulus bills.
“The total package, we are still working out but he is going to introduce some ways to pay for that and is eager to hear ideas from both parties as well,” Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a video shared on YouTube.
Psaki revealed there is likely to be a second package that focuses on health care, child care, and helping more women return to work.
“[There are] two separate proposals, and we will work with the Senate and the House to see how it should move forward,” she said. “Roads, railways, rebuilding them … a lot of issues that Americans are struggling with–child care, the cost of health care.”
Although no official estimates have been announced for how much both of the packages could cost, Biden advisers previously suggested a “price tag of between $3 trillion and $4 trillion for new legislative action, including repairing the country’s crumbling infrastructure and tackling climate change,” according to an anonymous White House official quoted by Reuters.
Another source suggested the same advisers expect the figure is likely to be up to $3 trillion for “infrastructure and other priorities they are discussing with the president,” according to The Hill.