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Biden names former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu to oversee infrastructure plan

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu addresses the audience after receiving the 2018 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., May 20, 2018. REUTERS/Faith Ninivaggi

By Steve Holland and David Shepardson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -President Joe Biden named former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu to oversee implementation of the $1 trillion infrastructure plan, the White House said on Sunday.

Landrieu, also a Democratic former Louisiana lieutenant governor, led New Orleans from 2010 to 2018. He played a key role in helping the city rebound from the devastating Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Biden, who will sign the infrastructure bill into law on Monday, named Landrieu senior adviser responsible for coordinating implementation of the bill that includes big jumps in spending on roads, bridges, rail, airports, transit, ports, broadband internet and removing lead pipes.

Biden held a similar role as vice president under then-President Barack Obama, overseeing an $800 billion 2009 economic stimulus package. Biden said on Friday: "We owe it to the American people to make sure the money ... (is) used for purposes it was intended."

Landrieu said the "work will require strong partnerships across the government and with state and local leaders, business and labor to create good-paying jobs and rebuild America for the middle class."

The House of Representatives passed the $1 trillion package earlier this month after the Senate approved it in August.

Biden has vowed to build 500,000 EV charging stations with $7.5 billion in the bill and use $65 billion to make "high-speed Internet accessible to every American, rural and urban."

A separate $1.75 trillion proposal aims to expand the social safety net in the United States and boost climate-change policy.

Biden has spent the past few months promoting the merits of both pieces of legislation. The White House has said they will not add to inflationary pressures.

The infrastructure bill had become a partisan lightning rod, with Republicans complaining that Democrats who control the House delayed its passage to ensure party support for the social policy and climate change legislation, which Republicans reject.

Biden names former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu to oversee infrastructure plan
 

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Zahra Babaei
Zahra Babaei Nov 15, 2021 3:20AM ET
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wow
Franc Fil
Franc Fil Nov 14, 2021 11:54PM ET
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Another career politician...just what we need
Vlad Lozovskiy
Vlad Lozovskiy Nov 14, 2021 9:06PM ET
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So many troubles.  Inflation, immigration, fascist vaccine mandates, etc... But they call infrastructure package a "Victory for Biden". Dude!!!!!
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Nov 14, 2021 9:06PM ET
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"So many troubles.  Inflation, immigration, fascist vaccine mandates, etc..."  -- if that's the best 3 examples you can come up with, that actually means Biden is doing pretty well............I mean, if you want to do a proper rant, at least you can mention Afghanistan, this is just a lazy effort....
Vlad Lozovskiy
Vlad Lozovskiy Nov 14, 2021 9:06PM ET
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Tre Hsi  Aphganistan!!! Happy now?And no Biden is doing very bad you got it wrong.  There is nobody believes he is doing goo anymore
Chris Hall
Chris Hall Nov 14, 2021 8:04PM ET
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fascism? thats funny because the right wing has always pushed fascism... can name off about 2 dozen right dictators of fascism guess which new one was added to the list... Trump and the mindless sheep who drink the koolaid
Erski Gumby
SB20 Nov 14, 2021 8:04PM ET
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Even a lot democrats hate biden and kamala now. Just look at the latest polls. 😢
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Nov 14, 2021 8:04PM ET
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Erski Gumby  so polls are believable again?  did you say that when the polls were showing your orange messiah having a below 40% approval rating???
Lesko Brandon
Lesko Brandon Nov 14, 2021 7:36PM ET
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In real news, inflation at highest level in 31 years, 5th Circuit rules 3-0 against lawfulness of Biden's vaccine mandate, highest GOP polling for generic Congressional vote in 40 years (since creation of the poll by ABC). Biden's approval continues to plummet, even after passage of infrastructure bill, which has upset both people on left and right. Biden has seen greatest 1 month drop in approval since creation of gallop poll. Kamala continues to have  lowest approval of any VP in modern history. Inflation out of control, vaccine failure, supply shortages, Afghan failure...while also pushing straight up fascism, collusion of govt with social media to censor/silence political opponents, trying to expand supreme court, eliminate voter ID, end filibuster. Supreme Court declared eviction moratorium unconstitutional, vaccine mandates ruled unlawful by the 5th circuit, faming subsidies based on race ruled unlawful. Left-wing narrative falling apart. Best of luck in midterms and 2024 dems!
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"highest GOP polling for generic Congressional vote in 40 years (since creation of the poll by ABC). Biden's approval continues to plummet"  -  so I will ask again, now polls are believable again?  where were you when these same polls showing your orange messiah having <40% approval rating or showing Biden will win the 2020 election???
 
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