Biden to Address Supply Chain Logjam: Expanded Port Hours, Extra Shifts for Longshoremen
As supply chain disruptions make national headlines, leaving American businesses with fewer imported products to sell, President Biden today will meet with leaders of the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports, where ships wait offshore for room to unload their cargo, and cargo containers stack up on the docks, awaiting trucks to move the goods.
The White House announcement said Biden "knew there would be massive economic challenges emerging from the pandemic," and his administration "acted quickly" to get relief checks to Americans and shots in arms.
But aside from launching the "Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force" in June, Biden has not addressed the logjam at America's large ports, which has a cascading economic impact because so many things are not "made in America" anymore.
According to a fact sheet released early Wednesday:
Today, the Administration is convening business leaders, port leaders, and union leaders to discuss the challenges at ports across the country and actions each partner can take to address the delays and congestion across the transportation supply chain. And the President will meet with the leadership from the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) to discuss the actions they are each taking to address these challenges in Southern California.