Fixing the Supply Chain
Raimondo says Commerce is working with the Departments of Transportation to license thousands of commercial truck drivers …
RAIMONDO … “Train folks to get the CDL quickly, so we have more truck drivers. There’s also a provision in the bipartisan infrastructure package, which will allow people who are 18 and above, to get the CDL and drive across state lines.”
Testimony at a recent House Ag hearing revealed an estimated shortage of 80-thousand commercial truck drivers after the worst of the pandemic, and risking further food delivery and Christmas shopping shortages …
RAIMONDO … “We are using every tool in the executive toolbox to do everything we can to work the kinks out of the supply chain and bring down prices. We worked to make sure that the ports were open, 24/7. I am leading an initiative in the semiconductor supply chain.”
The administration blames the supply chain shortages, which experts say could last well into next year, for a surge in inflation hitting consumers and producers like farmers.
Truckers haul more than 70% of the nation's goods, and their shortage slows clearing of ports, deliveries to terminals, warehouses and stores, and contributes to higher shipping costs.