Buttigieg walks back claim that infrastructure plan will create 19M jobs – POLITICO

“The 19 million jobs that will be created are more than the jobs that will be created if we don’t do the plan, and it’s very important to make this point. As you’ve showed us …” Buttigieg said on “Fox News Sunday.”

“Two million, not 19 million,” Wallace cut in.

“Yeah, exactly. It will create 2.7 million more jobs than if we don’t do it, and that’s very important because there are people on this network and others saying with a straight face that this would somehow reduce the number of jobs,” Buttigieg responded.

In promoting Biden’s $2 trillion package over the past week, administration officials have referenced the 19 million jobs number in their sales pitches.

White House economic adviser Brian Deese also claimed on Fox News last Sunday that the Moody’s report “suggests it would create 19 million jobs.” A White House official conceded to CNN that Deese had misspoken, while a Department of Transportation official said Buttigieg had misspoken on the number of jobs the plan would create.

Biden has also touted the 19 million jobs figure, saying in a speech last week “that if we pass this plan, the economy will create 19 million jobs,” while press secretary Jen Psaki cited the Moody’s report figure during a press briefing — both of them not clarifying that 16.3 million of the jobs would be created by the economy without implementing the infrastructure plan.

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