While Buttigieg indicated on Sunday that the vote on the two bills was near, he did not say whether some of the progressives’ unresolved issues, such as negotiating lower drug prices and paid family leave, would be included in the spending plan. He also didn’t say if he could guarantee House Democrats pass both bills this week, reiterating instead that it’s “the closest we’ve ever been.”
Buttigieg admitted that the spending framework the administration has come up with “is not perfect,” but noted that it is “extremely important, beneficial and good for the American people” and “must be adopted.”
“Is there more we could work on, more than we hope to do? Of course it does, and we will continue to fight for it, ”Buttigieg said. “But what we have on the table, right now, in this framework, is historic, it’s good policy and, of course, good policy is good policy.”
Buttigieg also claimed that the passage of the infrastructure bill was a crucial step in solving the country’s supply chain problems, saying: move smoothly in this country.
The Transport Secretary reiterated in a separate CNN State of the Union interview on Sunday morning that backlogs in the supply chain are not being helped by “outdated” infrastructure. He added that the pandemic has also been a major contributor to the crisis – “digging holes in supply, no matter how good a business or administration”.
“We will continue to work on things like port issues, ironing out everything that is under our control,” Buttigieg said. “But the only way to really put this disruption behind us is to put the pandemic on the back burner, which is why the president has decisively led to do just that.”