WASHINGTON (May 25, 2023) — In a series of bipartisan votes, the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved a handful of bills that will help remove barriers in the supply chain.
The American Chemistry Council supports the bills approved by the committee that will make it easier for truckers to do their jobs while allowing the country to efficiently move more freight by truck while reducing emissions. The Council also supports the legislation that builds on the Ocean Shipping Reform Act and promotes fair and efficient shipping practices at U.S. ports.
Congressmen Johnson, Garamendi and Costa continue to do a tremendous job working with their colleagues to find solutions for strengthening the country’s supply chain. Chairman Graves and Ranking Member Larsen have also shown a strong commitment to identify problems across all modes of transportation and to prevent future supply chain problems.
The bills address many of the transportation problems that have been disrupting U.S. chemical manufacturing the past several years. ACC’s latest supply chain survey of member companies found that despite recent improvements, more than 80% of companies report that transportation problems remain worse than they were prior to the pandemic.
Chemical manufacturing is at the headwaters of the economy, which means transportation problems that disrupt chemical production can cascade through the supply chain and harm the broader economy.
“If we want to make things in America and compete with China and other countries, we have to fix the supply chain and make it stronger than ever,” Jahn explained. “We strongly urge Congress to pass the smart reforms approved by the Committee so we can keep delivering for the U.S. economy and consumers.”