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Biden Infrastructure Head Defends Repair Over Building New Roads

Mitch Landrieu
Mitch LandrieuPhotographer: Eric Lee/Bloomberg

President Joe Biden’s point man carrying out the roughly $1 trillion infrastructure law defended the administration’s emphasis on fixing before taking on new expansion as congressional Republicans criticized the policy.

“Our strong political encouragement, and advocacy would be ‘Hey, all of the good economists say that the better bang for the buck is to repair what is broken before you build something new,” infrastructure czar Mitch Landrieu said in an interview with Bloomberg Wednesday. “That’s mostly right in most places in America, but we recognize that every state is different.”