With the signing of a new COVID-19 relief package, transportation workers can rest a bit more easily, at least until a new stimulus bill is needed.
That was the belief of Transportation Trades Department Secretary-Treasurer Greg Regan, who joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the recently signed stimulus bill and what he thinks of the nomination of Pete Buttigieg to be the next Transportation Secretary
New stimulus package signed
President Trump recently signed a long-awaited stimulus package, providing funding to various industries and providing Americans with direct stimulus payments.
Regan said the new bill will keep the transportation industry above water for a few months by setting aside money for various sectors of the industry such as Amtrak and the airline industry. Additionally, the bill will help some workers continue to earn a paycheck and stay off of unemployment.
Keeping these people employed will also help keep the industry on its toes for when transportation demand increases.
Despite the current bill providing some of the much needed funding and worker protections, Regan said another bill will be needed early in the Biden administration. This new bill will have to include additional spending that was requested but not included in the current bill.
Biden’s Transportation Secretary
Switching topics, Regan said he is excited to see Pete Buttigieg nominated to be the next Transportation Secretary.
He is most excited about some of the policy needs already discussed by Buttigieg. This is a big improvement from past position holders who just made vague claims of needing to improve infrastructure.
The youth and energy from Buttigieg shows he is ready to take on the roll.