Former New Orleans Mayor Landryau To Manage Biden’s $1 Trillion Plan

Former New Orleans Mayor Landryau To Manage Biden’s $1 Trillion Plan

Washington — President Joe Biden has chosen Mitch Landrieu to oversee his trillion-dollar infrastructure plan that, as Mayor of New Orleans, has propelled the city to rebound from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

The White House announced Sunday that Landrieu will be tasked with coordinating across federal agencies to work on roads, ports, bridges and airports. Biden is expected to sign the infrastructure bill into law on Monday.

Andreau, 61, was a former deputy governor of Louisiana and took over as mayor of New Orleans in 2010, five years after Hurricane Katrina hit the city and the area’s recovery stalled — and because BP’s massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico polluted the state. the coast. In a statement, the White House said it had secured billions of dollars in federal funding for roads, school parks and infrastructure, turning New Orleans “into one of America’s greatest comeback stories.”

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“I am grateful 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 partnerships across government and with state and local leaders, businesses and workers to create well-paying jobs and rebuild America for the middle class.”

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

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

The infrastructure package is a historic investment by all accounts, one that Biden compares in its breadth to building the interstate highway system in the last century or the transcontinental railroad in the previous century. He called it the “blue collar blueprint for rebuilding America.”

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