By Monica Chen
Rep. David Price, D-N.C., has come out in support of President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion Build Back Better plan.
Price’s office provided a statement this week in response to media inquiry:
“Congressman Price stands in strong support of the Build Back Better Act, a transformative investment in our people and our future. It will assist those historically left behind while combating some of our nation’s most pressing challenges, many of which have been thrown into sharp relief by the pandemic.”
North Carolina has been plagued by mishandling of funds related to infrastructure in recent years. In 2020, an audit on the N.C. Department of Transportation found the agency overspent its budget by $742 million in 2019. According to The News & Observer, the Office of the State Auditor found the NCDOT had exceeded its budget of $5.94 billion by 12.5 percent. It got a bailout of $220 million from the state legislature.
Price represents the 4th district, which includes Durham, Orange, Franklin and Granville counties, and parts of Wake, Chatham and Vance counties. He has been in Congress since 1997.
The Spring Magazine contacted all five representatives of North Carolina’s Democratic Congressional delegation for reactions on the $3.5 trillion plan, as well as the division between the moderate and progressive wings of the party.
We will post more updates as we hear back.