Supply chains disruptions in the U.S. are threatening to leave shelves empty during the holiday season.
President Biden declared Wednesday that Los Angeles’ Ports will be open 60 for an additional hour per week in order to receive shipments. Bret Baier, host of the Special report ” asked Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg “Is this too little or too late?”
“The President said that this could be a game-changer,” Buttigieg stated. It’s only one of many steps. “
“A lot of things have to go right but the announcement that these ports would go 24/7, that’s a big part of it. The secretary referred to a report that indicated the problem does not lie only in open ports but also in truck and driver availability.
Buttigieg said there were also problems with ports not coordinating, and urged for more data sharing.
When Baier asked if the present situation was possible, Baier said that the secretary had noticed the approaching supply chain backup and made arrangements to increase the urgency. Buttigieg mentioned that furthering these efforts includes pushing through the highly-debated infrastructure package that allocates $17 billion to U.S. port.
Baier pushed the former South Bend, Ind. Mayor of South Bend, Ind., on why the infrastructure bill is still on Capitol Hill, despite it addressing bridges and ports, and having the support of Republicans.
” We are very committed to this infrastructure bill.” he stated. It’s something I have worked very hard for. It has been a hard task for the president. The same applies to the Build Back better agenda, which is something that the majority of Americans support. Buttigieg acknowledged that Republicans will support infrastructure but said the GOP would vote against Democrats over what was referred to as “human infrastructure”, such as climate change, child care and family leave. Many are concerned about the availability of gifts this holiday season. Baier asked Buttigieg if this was a concern. Buttigieg stated, “Partly the reason why we are where are is because the president successfully pulled this economy from the teeth of recession.”
“People are buying more than ever before, we’re seeing record goods coming through our ports. It is great to see the demand, which is wonderful news. This is a great policy achievement. We now need to ensure that those supply chains can be supported. “
“So you think that this is a problem of high class? Baier asked.
” “I’m saying that we are more fortunate because the economy grows,” Buttigieg stated. “