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Posted by: thepinetree on 10/13/2021 02:01 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 10/13/2021 02:01 PM
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Virtual Roundtable on Collective Efforts to Address Global Supply Chain Bottlenecks

Washington, DC...Today, Vice President Harris, Secretary Buttigieg and Director Deese met with the leaders of the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, as well as representatives of labor and the business community, to discuss solutions to the congestion at the two ports. The two ports discussed moving to 24/7 operations.

Labor leaders made clear their support for this effort, and business leaders announced new commitments to move their cargo during the newly available night time and weekend hours. Participants discussed how the movement of cargo during less congested times will allow trucks to move more quickly on highways during less crowded night time hours, and truckers at the ports can drop off and pick up loads more quickly. These commitments from some of the nation’s biggest companies during off-peak hours should increase small businesses’ ability to move their goods during the peak hours, including those exporting their goods.

The Vice President raised the historic and global nature of the current challenges facing the transportation and logistics supply chain, including disruptions due to the delta variant shutting down port operations in key trading partners such as in Southeast Asia, causing backups and delays throughout the world’s ports. She called attention to the Biden-Harris Administration’s focus on unclogging the short-term disruptions as well as making investments to increase long-term supply chain resilience.

Participants also discussed the record setting cargo moving through the nation’s ports this past year, where workers at the ports risked their lives to make sure essential goods like food and medicine were available for American families. They noted that the system is almost entirely in the hands of private businesses, who operate and control the ships, the docks, the trucks, the warehouses, and the rails that move goods from ships to stores to houses.

Participants agreed to continue to work together, with the support of Port Envoy Porcari,

on 24/7 operations at the two ports and across the entire supply chain. They discussed additional solutions to alleviate congestion and improve efficiency. This included a temporary expansion of warehousing and rail service, improving data tools and data sharing at the ports, and increasing both recruitment of truck drivers while improving the quality of trucking jobs. They discussed the importance of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and Build Back Better legislation, which would make a generational investment in our workers, our infrastructure, and our supply chains and create a more resilient and globally competitive goods movement system in the U.S.

Attendees included:

Vice President Kamala Harris
Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg
National Economic Council Director Brian Deese
Port Envoy John Porcari
Gene Seroka, Executive Director, Port of Los Angeles
Mario Cordero, Executive Director, Port of Long Beach
Willie Adams, International President, ILWU
James Hoffa Jr., General President, Teamsters
Greg Regan, President, Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO
John Furner, President & CEO, Walmart U.S.
Dr. Udo Lange, President and CEO, FedEx Logistics
Nando Cesarone, President, U.S. Operations, UPS
Brian Cornell, Board Chairman and CEO, Target
Ted Decker, President and COO, Home Depot
KS Choi, President and CEO, Samsung Electronics North America
Matt Shay, President & CEO, National Retail Federation
Peter Friedmann, Executive Director, Agriculture Transportation Coalition
Chris Spear, President and CEO, American Trucking Associations
Ian Jefferies, President and CEO, Association of American Railroads
Suzanne Clark, President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Geoff Freeman, President and CEO, Consumer Brands Association
Jim McKenna, President and CEO, Pacific Maritime Association

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No Subject
Posted on: 2021-10-13 14:35:35   By: Anonymous
Don’t tell me someone told the “space cadet “ we have a problem in Long Beach and San Diego ports!! If you voted for these two, you’re a space cadet also! All of you should be ashamed of yourselves, big time.

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    Posted on: 2021-10-13 14:46:01   By: Anonymous
    Cackling Kamala is in charge we’re in gods hands people!

    Nothing to see here. Literally…

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No Subject
Posted on: 2021-10-13 15:43:19   By: Anonymous
This problem was created by Biden and the Dems. All of our major problems in the last year have been. Dems paid people to not work, so now they don't. Way to go Joe, your stupidity is utterly amazing. I don't think even the Republicans thought you could be this terribly bad, this big of a Disaster, this *bleep*ing stupid that you can't do ONE ...SINGLE...THING...RIGHT.
What an Embarrassment to our NATION YOU TRULY ARE.

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    Posted on: 2021-10-13 18:08:32   By: Anonymous
    Americans don’t like twice impeached insurrectionists . Trump was the worst president in history . Republicans who still suck his ass are embarrassing .

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      Posted on: 2021-10-13 18:17:49   By: Anonymous
      This has nothing to do with President Trump. This is the failures of your demented President that YOU voted for. Sloppy Joe is causing the United States to go down the sh*thole and it gets worse everyday. I hope you like all the increase in prices especially gas prices. Oh, the next time you want to purchase toilet paper there may not be any on the shelves, in that case then use your fingers and lick then like an all day sucker.

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        Posted on: 2021-10-13 18:21:27   By: Anonymous
        Traitors-nobody is that stupid ! Lets go Brandon!

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          Posted on: 2021-10-13 18:36:14   By: Anonymous
          Ha! Let’s go Brandon! Hehehe

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      Posted on: 2021-10-13 18:37:39   By: Anonymous
      Typical lib still focusing on Trump.Why? Cuz you can’t defend this administration in any way.

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        Posted on: 2021-10-13 18:57:34   By: Anonymous
        Biden on his very worst day, is incredibly better than Trump on any you could call his best.

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          Posted on: 2021-10-13 19:15:08   By: Anonymous
          This is exactly why the United States is in the rotten shape it is today as it is ass hole Demorats like you that don't have a brain.

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            Posted on: 2021-10-13 20:44:50   By: Anonymous
            If you believe this problem started on Biden's watch. You are a moron. Also an ass sucking trumpster.

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              Posted on: 2021-10-14 05:54:58   By: Anonymous
              Sloppy Joe is the problem and it doesn't matter where it started so FUK YOU!

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        Posted on: 2021-10-14 05:41:42   By: Anonymous
        Let’s go Brandon!!!!!!!’

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          Re: Mental Disorders
          Posted on: 2021-10-22 09:15:06   By: Anonymous
          Liberals are unwilling to unload these containers ships. Biden is showing how incapable he and his cabinet are to solve any problems. President Trump would have these ships unloaded and their contents delivered YESTERDAY!!!

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