November 30, 2021 5:17 pm
Mitch Landrieu tapped to manage Biden $1 trillion infrastructure plan

Mitch Landrieu tapped to manage Biden $1 trillion infrastructure plan

President Joe Biden was chosen to be the his 1 trillion infrastructure plan Mitch Landrieu ,, who, as New Orleans Mayor, pushed for the recovery of the city after the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina.

Landrieu will be tasked with coordinating across federal agencies to work on roads, ports, bridges and airports, the White House said Sunday. Biden will sign the infrastructure bill into legislation on Monday.

Landrieu, 61, was formerly the Louisiana lieutenant governor and took over as mayor of New Orleans in 2010, five years after Katrina swamped the city and as the area’s recovery stalled – and as a massive BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico polluted the state’s coastline. The White House released a statement saying that he secured billions of dollars in federal funding for roads and schools, parks, and infrastructure and made New Orleans “one of America’s greatest comeback stories.”

“I am thankful to the president and honored to be tasked with coordinating the largest infrastructure investment in generations,” Landrieu said in the statement. “Our work will require strong partnership across the government as well as with state and local leaders and business to create high-paying jobs for the middle class .

When Landrieu was mayor, he gained national recognition when he removed four Jim Crow-era monuments from the New Orleans landscape, including statues of three Confederate icons.

Landrieu launched the E Pluribus Unum Fund in 2018, which aims to break barriers of race and class by cultivating leaders who can build common ground.

The infrastructure package is an historic investment by any measure. Biden Its breadth can be compared to the construction of the interstate highway network in the last century and the transcontinental railroad in the century before. He referred to it as a “blue collar blueprint for rebuilding America .”

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