ROUNDUP: Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg Visits Manchester
Yesterday, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg visited Manchester with Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Senator Maggie Hassan, Congresswoman Annie Kuster and Congressman Chris Pappas to discuss the bipartisan infrastructure law’s investments in expanding passenger rail — which Senator Hassan negotiated and New Hampshire’s Congressional delegation strongly supported.
This bill expands funding opportunities for passenger rail and invests more than a billion dollars in the Granite State to improve our roads and bridges, expand access to high-speed internet, and ensure communities have access to safe drinking water. Additionally, New Hampshire is getting more funding per capita than more than half the states in the country, including Massachusetts, New York, and California. While New Hampshire’s federal delegation worked across the aisle to secure this critical funding, Republican candidates for Congress Matt Mowers, Karoline Leavitt, and Gail Huff Brown have all made it clear they oppose this bill and with it, the investments it will make to our roads and bridges, and the jobs it will create in New Hampshire.
Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg returned to New Hampshire Monday to talk infrastructure and tout a $25 million grant to improve underutilized sections of Manchester’s Millyard and downtown. [...] Buttigieg was joined by Sens. Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen and Reps Annie Kuster and Chris Pappas.
Buttigieg met with the state's congressional delegation, Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig and Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess. [...] The city of Manchester was recently awarded a $25 million grant to help transform its downtown Millyard area by easing traffic congestion, improving biking and walking trails, and adding a pedestrian bridge over Granite Street.
U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) directly cited maintaining an economic advantage against China as one of the key benefits of the new rail funding and U.S. Representative Chris Pappas (D-NH-01) echoed the significance of the funding not only for local businesses, but also supporting Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.
Transportation Secy. Pete Buttigieg’s travels across the country to showcase the benefits of the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package President Biden signed into law last month took him on Monday to the crucial general election battleground state of New Hampshire.