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In unlikely fashion, a Biden official is actually getting backlash from both Republicans and Democrats. Earlier this year Bernie Sanders and Representative Ro Khanna penned a joint letter to Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg expressing their discontent at the way in which the airline industry has been handling cancellation rates and delays.

Citing that “the top eight airlines alone received nearly $50 billion in taxpayer assistance from the federal government,” they strongly urged for changes to be made with regards to refunds for customers who have experienced delays over an hour, fines being imposed on airlines for flights that are delayed more than two hours and harsh fines of up to $55,000 per passenger for scheduling flights that are not properly staffed.

Two days later, on June 30th, Rep. Khanna wrote his own letter to Buttigieg focusing on the mass cancellations that had impacted many people in his district who were trying to travel for weddings, reunions, funerals and long-awaited vacations. He stated “Airports across the country are upending millions of Americans travel plans for weddings, reunions, funerals, long-awaited vacations, and other gatherings. The time to reign in the excesses of the airline industry and protect American travelers is now.”

The complaints about Buttigieg’s lack of response did not stop there. Four months ago a staggering 38 state attorneys general signed a letter accusing the Department of Transportation of having “failed to respond and provide appropriate recourse” concerning all these flight cancellations which began occurring during summertime 2020.

The letter further read “Americans are justifiably frustrated that federal government agencies charged with overseeing airline consumer protection are unable or unwilling to hold the airline industry accountable and to swiftly investigate complaints submitted to the US DOT,” adding that due to increased concentration within the airline industry as well as decreased levels of competition it is even more important for effective enforcement as far as consumer protection goes. The AGs then asked Congress to authorize them so they can deal with such issues on behalf of Buttigieg.

Currently it is Buttigieg who oversees all issues regarding air travel however he has often been met with criticism due both from Democrats like Senators Sanders and Khana as well as Republicans alike with regards to his alleged incompetence when it comes down to protecting consumers from mistreatment by airlines as well as taking responsibility for investigating complaints. At times this criticism has also extended into mocking territory due his tendency of blaming much if not all problems on racism instead taking part in meaningful solutions.

It is probably safe at this point then say that Pete Buttigieg’s tenure so far at the Department of Transportation has been one filled with controversy surrounded by requests from representatives on both sides of the political aisle urging him take action when it comes down providing refunds or imposing fines depending on delays or cancelations Airline companies may have caused during this pandemic riddled year we currently find ourselves in.

 

TL;DR

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg has been facing bipartisan criticism over the Department of Transportation’s response to the 38 Attorneys General’s urgent demand for action months ago. The criticism comes as the Department of Transportation failed to provide a timely and effective response to the Attorneys General’s request for assistance. With the passage of the $1 trillion infrastructure bill, the Department of Transportation needs to fix this stupid mess.

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  • Butt Man could not run a small City in Indiana because he is a faggot !
    Now he is Secretary of Transportation and all he can do is think of where his next lay will be !
    Faggot Man can go “F” himself !

    • What a sick comment. I agree that the Secretary has proven completely incompetent in his position and should resign or be fired, but that is true of
      most of President Biden’s cabinet and the President and VP included, It has
      nothing to do with one’s sexual preference, color, race, creed, or how one part’s one’s hair.

      • Oh?
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  • if Buttgeek thinks roads and bridges are racist, he is nuts.
    If kamala thinks trees are racist, she is nuts, too. What are these incompetent brainless losers are doing running our government?
    They should have been picked up by the men wearing white to make the country a little safer.

    • Let’s just look at the person who hire them, Biden the king of the brainless losers club. Hired mainly one for being gay, the other for being a black woman.
      That makes this country officially a Banana Republic.

  • Pete was a failure as mayor. He is ignorant and a liar. None of Biden’s secretary staff are qualified just as Biden himself is not qualified as president. Sanders is no better and it is obvious there are no job qualified Democrats in government.

  • The UN Agenda for sustainability is to eliminate jet travel for everyone but the aristocracy.
    But they do nothing to stop war, forest fires, terrorist bombings, tire burning riots, and other carbon producing and polluting activities by their political friends.
    But you have to stop eating meat, ride mass transit, go without electricity, heat and air conditioning, and give up owning private property to prevent global warming.

  • Wow, you have to spend real effort to find someone more useless than Bernie Sanders.. way to go, booty-judge!

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