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“Not qualified to handle the supply chain crisis”


Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) on Wednesday blasted Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg for his failure to deal with the supply chain crisis plaguing American businesses and families.

“Pete Buttigieg is absolutely unqualified to handle the supply chain crisis,” Cotton said tweeted. “The only reason he’s Secretary of Transportation is because he’s backed Joe Biden.”

“Even Pete knows it,” Cotton added.

Buttigieg, a former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who received help from Domino’s Pizza to repair potholes in his town, has been criticized for his inability to deal with the supply chain crisis that has left dozens of freighters unable to drop off their cargo at ports on the east and west coasts.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. (AP Photo / Seth Wenig).

Every day, between 50 and 90 ships wait outside the Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach to deliver cargo. The delays are due to a lack of space for containers and warehouses as trucking companies are unable to find enough drivers to move cargo.

“These challenges are sure to continue in the months and years to come,” Buttigieg told Bloomberg last week. “This is one more reason we need to provide this set of infrastructure, so that we can have a more resilient and flexible physical infrastructure to support our supply chain in this country. “

But Buttigieg using the supply chain crisis to push through more than $ 5,000 billion in spending, some fear inflation could get worse. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), a senator wielding the huge tax and expense package, wrote in the the Wall Street newspaper in September that an “infinite supply of money” would have “negative consequences” on the economy.

“Now Democratic leaders in Congress are proposing to pass the largest spending bill in history without considering rising inflation, crippling debt or the inevitability of future crises,” he said. Manchin continued. “Ignoring the tax consequences of our political choices will create a dire future for the next generation of Americans.”

As opposition to the massive spending bill created internal struggles between Democrats, which could ultimately block Biden’s “infrastructure” program, Buttigieg was asked on MSNBC what he is doing immediately to resolve the supply chain crisis.

Buttigieg’s response seemed to come straight out of a consultation guide, “The White House has set up a task force,” he explained on October 7. Buttigieg, who worked for a consulting group called McKinsey, added how complicated the crisis is, “Look, obviously this is an incredibly complicated situation we’re talking about.

“This is why we have convened all the different actors… organized round tables, bringing together all those who are connected to the ports,” said Buttigieg.

Yet while Buttigieg has hosted roundtables to talk about the crisis, the lack of truckers is affecting the country’s supply chain.

Gerald Goldsby, a North Texas trucking company owner and 25-year trucking veteran, told DFW CBS he’s never seen the supply chain in such disarray. “We’ve lost guys to the pandemic, the drivers,” Goldsby said.

Much of the challenge of finding truck drivers is due to unemployment benefits from the federal and Democrat-controlled government, which in many cases pays truckers to stay home and collect checks instead of driving a truck. .

“It’s just going to take time and get more people into the workforce,” Goldsby added.

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