Former New Orleans mayor to lead infrastructure plan

The White House said Sunday that former Mayor of New Orleans Mitch Landrieu will head up its trillion dollar infrastructure plan.

Landrieu led the city from 2010 to 2018, playing a key role in helping it rebound after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

President Joe Biden named him the senior adviser for implementing the bipartisan bill, which he will sign into law on Monday.

It's similar to a role Biden held when he was vice president in the Obama administration, overseeing an 800 billion dollar economic stimulus package in 2009.

On Friday, he emphasized the importance of transparency.

"I made it a point every day to stay on top of how exactly the money was spent, what projects were being built, what projects were not being built and how it was functioning."

The new trillion dollar package includes big spending on a wide range of targets, from roads to airports and broadband internet.

Biden vowed to build 500 thousand electric vehicle charging stations as well as to make high-speed Internet accessible to all Americans.

The bill is expected to create jobs across the country as the money trickles into state hands.

A separate proposal worth about $1.75 trillion aims to expand the social safety net in the U.S. as well as boost climate-change policies.

That, however, has been subject to fierce and ongoing bipartisan debate on Capitol Hill.

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