House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and 159 of his colleagues slammed the Biden administration Wednesday, accusing the White House of pushing “radical policies” which are worsening the continued provide chain crisis somewhat than focusing on options.
“We must address the global supply chain and ports crisis before Congress even considers additional social spending and taxation legislation,” learn a letter from the lawmakers to President Biden.
“House Republicans have repeatedly demonstrated a willingness to work on bipartisan solutions to improve our infrastructure,” added the letter, which was led by Sam Graves (R-Mo.), the rating member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
“We regret that our efforts have been spurned as Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi, Majority Leader [Chuck] Schumer, and your Administration use infrastructure as a Trojan horse to push radical policies that make it more difficult and expensive for families to find or afford basic goods and for businesses to continue the long road to recovery from the pandemic,” it continued.
The months-long provide crisis has stemmed from a number of components, together with an enormous backlog of ships ready to enter the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach — the 2 largest within the nation — in addition to a scarcity of truck drivers and railway employees to assist ship gadgets to their closing locations.
The lack of available items — together with meals shortages in components of the US — is contributing to spiking inflation and threatens to cripple the nation’s economic system because it makes an attempt to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. Experts even imagine the bottleneck may threaten the timeliness of vacation items.
“Our priority right now should be strengthening our Nation’s economy and increasing our global competitiveness,” the letter learn. “The policies of your Presidency and party’s leaders in Congress are exacerbating or simply ignoring the underlying supply chain crisis.”
Much of Biden’s efforts in his first months in office have been devoted to pushing two main spending payments: a bipartisan Senate-passed $1.2 trillion measure focusing on infrastructure, and a bigger social spending invoice — the ultimate type of which remains to be being negotiated by Democrats who hope to go it with out GOP assist.
The Republican lawmakers accused the administration of “mishandling” the pandemic response “in ways that are prolonging unemployment and worker shortages across the economy” and referred to as out the president’s “push for a multi-trillion-dollar spending spree that’s driving up costs of every thing from gasoline to groceries.
“These efforts only serve to weaken American competitiveness and shrink our economy,” they added, “and they will certainly ensure that this Christmas will not be merry.”
The letter concluded by calling on Biden to “step up for American workers and businesses by halting your reckless tax and spending plan currently pending before Congress” and “work on real infrastructure solutions that focus on moving goods and people safely and efficiently throughout our great country and around the world.”
In addition to McCarthy, outstanding signatories embody House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), GOP Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (R-NY) and the rating members of 17 House committees.