WATCH LIVE: Pete Buttigieg testifies on fiscal year 2024 transportation budget

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Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg speaks during a news conference near the site of the Feb. 3 Norfolk Southern train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2023. (AP Photo/Matt Freed) Matt Freed/AP

WATCH LIVE: Pete Buttigieg testifies on fiscal year 2024 transportation budget

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Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg will testify before a subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee on President Joe Biden‘s fiscal year 2024 budget proposal for the Department of Transportation.

Biden released his budget on March 9 proposing about $6.9 trillion in spending that would result in a $1.8 trillion deficit, as Congress grapples with how to raise the debt limit, which the nation hit in January, by the summer.

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Buttigieg will appear before the Transportation, Housing Development, and Related Agencies subcommittee to review the budget’s funding request and justification for the Transportation Department, specifically.

The secretary’s prepared testimony indicates he will discuss how the budget can target recent situations, such as the failure of the Federal Aviation Administration’s systems in December and the train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio.

“Derailments may be down compared to prior decades, but we’re still seeing far too many. And incidents in rail yards and with at-grade crossings are on the rise. For every community like East Palestine that has been impacted, and every community wondering if they’re next, the status quo is clearly not acceptable,” Buttigieg will say.

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“That’s why the President’s budget includes $273 million to support Federal Railroad Administration safety personnel, expand inspection capabilities, and increase stakeholder engagement to address risks,” Buttigieg will continue.

The hearing will begin at 10 a.m. on Thursday.

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