WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) joined President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, and a small bipartisan group of Members of Congress in the Oval Office to discuss a path forward to pass a transportation infrastructure bill into law this year. The bipartisan group of Representatives consisted of House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Reps. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), John Garamendi (D-CA), Sharice Davids (D-KS), Garret Graves (R-LA), Rodney Davis (R-IL), John Katko (R-NY), and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA).
Garamendi, a senior member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, led a discussion at the meeting on the need to advance “Buy American” policies in any forthcoming infrastructure bill. Garamendi has championed Buy American legislation through his “Make it in America” agenda in Congress over the past 10 years. Garamendi emphasized the importance of modernizing our nation’s outdated infrastructure and advancing the Biden Administration’s “Build Back Better” plan with American products made by American workers.
“It was an honor to join President Biden, Vice President Harris, Secretary Buttigieg, and this bipartisan group of Congressional leaders to discuss the ways we can pass much-needed infrastructure legislation to create American jobs and help our economy build back better,” Garamendi said.
“I am looking forward to working with the White House in the months ahead to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure with American workers and materials. As American businesses close due to the compounding COVID-19 crisis, the federal government must take every action it can to support American manufacturing and workers.” Garamendi continued.
“President Biden has a bold plan to modernize our nation’s outdated infrastructure that will create hundreds of thousands of good-paying jobs in the process. I look forward to working tirelessly in Congress to ensure that his plan is realized. Thank you to President Biden, Vice President Harris, Secretary Buttigieg, and my esteemed colleagues from both parties for your leadership on this issue,” Garamendi concluded.
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