WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux advocated for her bipartisan Supply CHAIN Act before a hybrid hearing of the House Small Business Committee and the Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Regulations. The hearing focused on global supply chains and small business trade challenges, which Bourdeaux’s legislation directly combats.
Rep. Bourdeaux said, “All eyes are on supply chain issues right now as we prepare for the holiday season and cope with the inflation which has resulted from strain on our supply chains brought about by the COVID pandemic. We must support small businesses who are struggling to provide goods to our communities by taking steps to prevent future disruptions. Fixing our supply chains is a critical economic issue and over the long term it’s also one of national security.”
The Supply CHAIN Act was introduced alongside Reps. Robin Kelly (D-IL-02) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL-16), and would create an Office of Supply Chain Resiliency and Crisis Response to prevent future supply chain disruptions and is a part of a larger package of legislation addressing issues facing American businesses.
Below are Congresswoman Bourdeaux’s full remarks from today’s hearing:
“Thank you, Chairman Phillips and Ranking Member Van Duyne, for holding today’s hearing and for allowing me to waive on to discuss this critical issue.
“Supply chain issues have become increasingly apparent since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly in recent months as our economy continues to recover and demand surges.
“In my district, Metcam Metal Fabricators had to temporarily shut down production of certain items due to a shortage of titanium dioxide, a component almost exclusively available from China.
“This disruption led to Carrier having to restrict its manufacturing processes in its Southeastern United States facility, showing how shocks and disruptions in one portion of the supply chain can trickle down and affect other components.
“These issues are not all new, however. In recent years, as our economy has depended on just-in-time delivery models and increasingly global supply chains, we have not matched that change with sufficient government support for supply chains of critical goods and services.
“This effort requires a whole-of-government approach, one that emphasizes collaboration between the government and the private sector to achieve our shared goal of a resilient economy that can avoid and withstand disruptions or shocks to supply chains.
“This issue is of course an economic issue, it is also one of national security.
“That is why I introduced the Supply Chain Health And Integrity for the Nation Act (Supply CHAIN Act) with Reps. Kinzinger and Kelly two weeks ago.
“The Supply CHAIN Act would create an Office of Supply Chain Resiliency and Crisis Response at the Department of Commerce which would be responsible for coordinating this whole-of-government approach and collaborating with the private sector and labor organizations.
“This office would also be responsible for producing a Quadrennial National Strategic Plan for Manufacturing and Industrial Innovation, which will guide our nation’s efforts to secure critical supply chains.”
Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux lives with her family in Suwanee, Georgia, and represents Georgia’s 7th Congressional District in the 117th Congress. Carolyn is a strong advocate for affordable health care, and economic recovery that puts workers and small businesses first, and investing in her district’s world-class public education system and transportation infrastructure.
Georgia’s fast-changing 7th Congressional District includes portions of the northeast Atlanta metropolitan area, including portions of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties and cities Peachtree Corners, Berkeley Lake, Sugar Hill, Norcross, Cumming, Lawrenceville, Duluth, Snellville, Lilburn, Suwanee, Grayson, and Buford.