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Energy secretary: 'We don't want to use past definitions of infrastructure'

Energy secretary: 'We don't want to use past definitions of infrastructure'
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Energy Secretary Jennifer GranholmJennifer GranholmBiden administration to develop performance standards for federal buildings OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Gas shortages likely to linger for days | Biden administration issues second shipping waiver amid fuel shortages | EPA orders St. Croix refinery to shut down for 60 days due to 'imminent threat' to islanders' health The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden expresses optimism on bipartisanship; Cheney ousted MORE said Sunday that the administration did not want to use past definitions of infrastructure when asked about President BidenJoe BidenBiden's quiet diplomacy under pressure as Israel-Hamas fighting intensifies Overnight Defense: Administration approves 5M arms sale to Israel | Biden backs ceasefire in call with Netanyahu | Military sexual assault reform push reaches turning point CDC mask update sparks confusion, opposition MORE's $2 trillion plan.

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“What is infrastructure? Historically, it’s been what makes the economy move, what is it that we all need to ensure that we as citizens are productive,” Granholm said. 

“So we need roads, we need bridges, we need transmission, you need lights in people’s homes and offices, you need to make sure that people can actually go to work if they have an aging parent or a child,” she said, adding that infrastrure "evolves to meet the American people's aspirations."

She noted as an example that in past decades, broadband would not have been included in such a measure.

“Bottom line is, though, the president wants to negotiate with Republicans, and he wants to see a common vision for the future,” Granholm said.

“Chris Christie talked about talking about the future," she said. "We don’t want to use past definitions of infrastructure when we are moving into the future.”