While Buttigieg said Sunday that a vote on both bills is imminent, he didn’t say whether some of the progressives’ unresolved issues, such as lower drug prices and paid family vacations, would make it into the spending plan. Nor would he say whether he can guarantee that House Democrats will pass both bills this week, but rather repeat that this is “the next one we’ve ever had”.
Buttigieg acknowledged that the government spending envelope was “not perfect,” but noted that it was “hugely important, useful, and good for the American people” and “needs to happen.”
“Is there more we could work on, more we hope to do? Of course there is, and we will continue to fight for it, ”said Buttigieg. “But what we have on the table at this minute in this context is historical, it is good politics and of course good politics is good politics.”
Buttigieg also claimed the passage of the Infrastructure Bill was a crucial step in addressing the country’s supply chain issues, saying, “The best we can do about pricing and supply chain issues in the long run is better infrastructure to keep goods going can move about smoothly in this country. “
The transport minister reiterated in a separate interview on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday morning that the supply chain backlog is not supported by “outdated” infrastructure. He added that the pandemic had also made a significant contribution to the crisis – “drilling into supply gaps, no matter how good a company or any administration is”.
“We will continue to work on things like the port problems and smooth everything else that is in our control,” said Buttigieg. “But the only way to really put these disruptions behind us is to put the pandemic in the background.”