Secretary of Transportation Pete buttigiegPete ButtigiegSunday Shows Progress: Frustration Mounts As Infrastructure Talks Hit Upside Down US Car Accident Deaths Rise 18 Percent In First Half Of 2021 The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented By Facebook – Biden, Democrats move closer to legislative settlement MORE dressed his newborn twins as traffic cones for Halloween, and told CNN on Sunday that “they are basically infrastructure.”
“My husband, Chasten, found these. It’s kind of hard to describe, but they are basically like these traffic cone costumes, “he said. Dana bashDana Bash 12:30 PM Report from The Hill – Presented by Altria – White House Addresses How to Vaccinate Children Over 5 Years Old Manchin Sets Child Tax Credit Lawsuits: Cassidy Report Says Won’t Vote for Trump if Runs in 2024 PLUS On CNN’s “State of the Union,” she asked if her newborn twins, Penelope Rose and Joseph August, who were born in early September, had costumes for Halloween.
“They are going to function as infrastructure,” he added.
Transport sec. Pete Buttigieg says his twins dress up as infrastructure for Halloween:
“My husband Chasten found these … they are basically like these traffic cones, they are basically infrastructure.” pic.twitter.com/262NnFrDdF
– The count (@therecount) October 31, 2021
Chasten Buttigieg, the secretary’s husband, posted photos of the twins in traffic cone costumes later that day, writing on Twitter: “Happy Halloween from these #twinfrastructure security advocates!”
– Chasten Buttigieg (@Chasten) October 31, 2021
The Buttigieg twins ‘costumes are timely as congressional lawmakers and White House officials are nearing a final agreement on the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the Democrats’ reconciliation package.
The White House unveiled the framework for the $ 1.75 trillion social spending package last week, and the Democratic leadership is now pushing for both bills to pass Tuesday.
However, that goal may be delayed, as lawmakers are still finalizing the text.
One initiative that fell outside the White House framework is paid family leave. President BidenJoe Biden Trump’s lawyer blamed Pence for causing attack on Capitol: Report that Biden receives communion in Rome Protesters march for climate action in Rome amid G-20 summit MORE He had lobbied for 12 weeks of paid family leave to be included in the bill, but it was initially reduced to four weeks and then rejected from the package amid opposition from the senator. Joe manchinJoe Manchin Progressives fear compromise could jeopardize midterm hopes Sunday shows progress: Frustration mounts as infrastructure talks hit a setback Democrats could pass infrastructure and spending bills by Tuesday PLUS (DW.Va.).
Pete Buttigieg, who recently returned from paternity leave, told Bash that the issue is personal to him, adding that the administration “will continue to push” for the initiative.
The Transportation Secretary’s paternity leave made headlines earlier this month when Fox News presented Tucker carlsonTucker Carlson The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Biden Doesn’t Get What He Wants Before Next Week’s Election Neil Cavuto Says He Received Threatening Emails After Urging Vaccination Cheney Criticizes Fox Over New Tucker Carlson Promotion PLUS taunted him for taking time off.
“Pete Buttigieg has been off his job since August after adopting a child. Paternity leave, they call it. Trying to figure out how to breastfeed, you don’t know what that was like, ”Carlson said on his prime-time show.
The comments drew widespread criticism, and people expressed support for Buttigieg.
During an interview days after Carlson’s comments aired, Buttigieg said he “is not going to apologize” to the Fox News host for taking paternity leave.
“As you can imagine, we are bottle feeding and we do it at all hours of the day and night. And I’m not going to apologize to Tucker Carlson or anyone else for caring for my preterm newborn twin babies, ”Buttigieg said.
“It is time to make it possible for every American mother and father to care for their children when a new child enters the family,” he added.