Buttigieg walks back claim that infrastructure plan will create 19M jobs

“The 19 million jobs that will be created are more than the jobs that will be created if we don’t go ahead with the plan and it is very important to point this out. As you showed us … “, Buttigieg said on Fox News Sunday.

“Two million, not 19 million,” said Wallace.

“Exactly. It will create 2.7 million more jobs than if we don’t, and that is very important because there are people on this network and others honestly say that it would somehow reduce the number of jobs “, Buttigieg replied.

In promoting Biden’s $ 2 trillion package last week, administration officials cited 19 million jobs in their sales pitches.

Also the White House Economic Advisor Brian Deese claims on Fox News last Sunday that the Moody’s report “proposes creating 19 million jobs”. A White House official CNN admitted that Deese had spoken wrongly while a Transportation Department official said Buttigieg had spoken wrongly about how many jobs the plan would create.

Biden has also touted the number of 19 million jobs, say in a speech last week “If we pass this plan, the economy will create 19 million jobs,” said spokeswoman Jen Psaki, quoting Moody’s report number during a press conference – Neither of them made it clear that 16.3 million of the jobs would be created by the economy without implementing the infrastructure plan.

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