Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg was asked about the comments made by Vice President Kamala Harris about how Hurricane Ian relief aid would be given out based on factors outside of the loss claims being made.
Harris at the time said that low-income communities and communities of color were the ones to face the most impact from the storm. She also said that this would need to be addressed in how they distribute aid based on equity.
On “Your World” Tuesday, Buttigieg was questioned about what his comments were in regards to the comments made by the vice president and how his own department would go into trying to help those who have had vital infrastructure destroyed, like the Sanibel Island Causeway.
The secretary replied to this by saying that every case is going to be different and that there is a difference between light house damage and a destroyed dwelling, or for those who are looking for relief now that they are “completely cut off from resources.”
He also said that it was something that everyone was aware of that some Americans bear the ”brunt most-of-all of extreme weather events.” He also added that they were going to focus on everyone who needed help. That is what is fair to help everyone based on their needs, and that is something that will become more apparent during the rebuilding process.
Buttigieg also said that relief has to do with need and it should not be influenced by politics.