Sen. Cynthia Lummis Gives Joe Biden Advice On How to Solve Supply Chain Problems

On Wednesday, a Republican senator from the Commerce and Banking committees urged President Joe Biden for several unilateral steps that she believes will ease U.S. supply chain disruptions in the lead up to the holiday season.

In a letter, Sen. Cynthia Lummis from Wyoming informed Biden that these steps would have an “immediate and measurable impact” on improving the transportation of goods by truck drivers and railroad workers. She also encouraged the president to permit 18-year olds to drive trucks in interstate commerce and directed the Department of Defense to locate potential storage sites along the West Coast.

Lummis’ letter comes as she tries to be a prominent voice on financial and economic issues. Lummis has focused on financial innovation and assets in the digital realm. She also co-authored a bipartisan amendment that was popular among the cryptocurrency industry. It would have clarified the definition of broker in the infrastructure legislation.

“With the holiday season rapidly approaching, consumers are now facing the likelihood of empty shelves in stores and delayed shipping for online purchases. Removing barriers that allow the private sector to operate efficiently is the best path forward to rebolster our supply chains,” Lummis wrote.

The U.S. is facing a combination of staffing shortages and raw material scarcities that hinder the wider U.S. supply chains and are causing headaches for businesses throughout the country. American manufacturers and retailers have felt the impact of this storm, which has caused inventory problems and delayed shipping at many companies such as cell phone makers and clothing stores.

During the annual meeting of G-20 leaders, President Biden spoke on Sunday about supply chain issues.

“Supply chains are something that most of our citizens never think twice about until something goes wrong. And during this pandemic, we’ve seen delays and backlogs of goods from automobiles to electronics, from shoes to furniture. We have to take action now, together with our partners in the private sector, to reduce the backlogs that we’re facing,” he said.

According to the Labor Department’s most recent jobs report, U.S. employment growth was at its slowest pace in September. Many workers quit looking for work and left the workforce. These exits had the paradoxical result of decreasing the unemployment rate from 5.2% in August to 4.8%.

Meanwhile, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the trucking industry employed approximately 1.52 million workers in February 2020. However, it is still 250,000 fewer than its pre-pandemic level.

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