On Sunday, “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace questioned Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg for exaggerating the number of jobs that would be generated by Biden’s $2 Trillion-plus spending proposal.
Wallace asked, “Why mislead people?” Buttigieg answered, “You’re right. I should have been more precise.”
Chris Wallace grills Buttigieg on false jobs claim: 'Why mislead people?' https://t.co/lno2R0xc9F
— Fox News (@FoxNews) April 11, 2021
Wallace emphasized that Buttigieg and other Biden admin officials overstated the number of jobs that the project would be created, labeling it “American Jobs Plan.”
Buttigieg then tried to spin the projected number of jobs that the project will create by stating that over 2 million more jobs were created with the “infrastructure” plan than if there wasn’t a plan.
Wallace also noted that there is a huge difference between 2 million jobs and 19 million jobs, as the Biden administration is promoting, prompting the Transportation Secretary to say that it is “very important” for Americans to know 2.7 million jobs will be created.
The Fox News anchor then asked Buttigieg whether he agrees that he and other Biden administration officials exaggerated the “jobs impact.”
The #AmericanJobsPlan is not about providing short-term stimulus.
It's about creating 19 million good-paying jobs.
It's about our future as a country. pic.twitter.com/BvuQXJbqlH
— Secretary Pete Buttigieg (@SecretaryPete) April 4, 2021
It can be noted that during the appearance on NBC last Sunday, Buttigieg claimed that Moody’s estimated that Biden’s plan would create 19 million jobs.
However, in his appearance with Fox News, Buttigieg claimed that there were several analyses on the pending plan that is projected to create millions of jobs.
Wallace, however, pointed out that Buttigieg was the one who cited an analysis from Moody’s.
Wallace said, “Secretary, you’re the one who cited Moody’s Analytics as 19 million, and it’s actually 2.7 million, which is a bunch, but it’s not what you said.”
Buttigieg answered with, “It’s part of a scenario that Moody says will create 19 million jobs, but the bottom line is it’s going to add jobs, and this is a direct refutation of people who are saying otherwise.” The transportation secretary continued, “So yeah, you’re right, I should be very precise. The difference in jobs that that particular analysis suggests is 2.7 million more. That is a great place to be.”
And here is the part where Rep. Ocasio-Cortez mentions the 10 trillion number that caught @Lawrence 's attention.
— Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) April 1, 2021
The transportation Secretary also mentioned Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s demand for a $10 trillion infrastructure spending package and called it a “natural part” of the debate over Biden’s $2 Trillion plus spending.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez previously mentioned that Biden’s $2.2 Trillion infrastructure plan is not bold enough.
Last week, Ocasio-Cortez reacted to Biden’s infrastructure proposal and stated that it “needs to be way bigger.”
The representative mentioned the $10 Trillion ideas in his recent appearance on MSNBC with host Rachel Maddow. Ocasio-Cortez that the House should “absolutely” increase the package’s scope before it is sent to the Senate.
These Idiots want to bankrupt our Country. This is Crazy.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's demand for a $10 trillion infrastructure spending packagehttps://t.co/e214pwMSJA
— Bruce – Love God, Love Wife, Love Country (@BruceChambers) April 4, 2021
Ocasio-Cortez said, “If we could wave a magic wand, and progressives in the House were able to name any number and get it through — which obviously isn’t the case, but if we’re looking at ideals … we’re talking about, realistically, $10 trillion over 10 years.”
Meanwhile, Buttigieg noted that both parties have lodged their objections over the project’s price tag and scope and stated that those differences are a “natural part” of the conversation.
On the other hand, Republican senators loudly voiced their opposition on the massive infrastructure proposal, including moderate Republicans who attempted to work with the Biden administration on the coronavirus stimulus bill.