Gottheimer calls for Congress to focus on finding supply chain solutions
Letter to House leadership pushes for additional legislative action to ease supply chain disruptions and lower prices for North Jersey families, small businesses
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) is calling for additional action on legislation that would ease supply chain bottlenecks and help lower costs for North Jersey families and small businesses, in a letter to House leadership Thursday.
“It is imperative Congress acts to address the needs of the nation through additional action to specifically address the supply chain and resulting higher prices experienced by families across the country,” the Members wrote in a letter to House leadership. “We respectfully ask that the House swiftly considers the numerous bills written by our colleagues that will support domestic manufacturing and provide additional solutions to our supply chain crisis.”
As the holiday season approaches, the letter urges House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer to turn the House’s attention to passing additional legislation that will provide solutions to supply chain disruptions and complement the investments in infrastructure made in the bills already passed by their chamber.
“We are pleased that the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act has been signed into law by President Biden and encouraged by the continued work on the Build Back Better Act. These are key steps in addressing these supply chain problems and lowering costs for people, but Congress must do more,” the Members wrote.
The letter was signed by Gottheimer, as well as Reps. Cindy Axne (IA-03), Susie Lee (NV-03), and Susan Wild (PA-07), Carolyn Bordeaux (GA-07), Angie Craig (MN-02), Ed Case (HI-01), J. Luis Correa (CA-46), Antonio Delgado (NY-19), Debbie Dingell (MI-12), John Garamendi (CA-03), Josh Harder (CA-10), Jahana Hayes (CT-05), Kathy Manning (NC-06), Lucy McBath (GA-06), Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01), Scott Peters (CA-52), Kathleen Rice (NY-04), Bradley Schneider (IL-10), Elissa Slotkin (MI-08), Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11), and Haley Stevens (MI-11).
Earlier this fall, Gottheimer convened the Port Authority of NY and NJ, the Federal Maritime Commission, and shipping stakeholders at the Port in Newark, and announced steps to combat supply chain issues, including critical congressional oversight, dedicated federal action from the Federal Maritime Commission and relevant authorities to investigate the practices of major ocean carriers for any collusion or anti-competitive practices, modernization of how the U.S. Department of Homeland Security tracks and clears ship traffic, and passing key bipartisan ocean shipping reform legislation — the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2021.