Rep. Crawford Supports Legislation to Address Supply Chain Woes
Washington — Today, Representative Rick Crawford (AR-01) introduced three bills and co-sponsored legislation all designed to combat gaps in the supply chain which have been worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“American families should never have to face empty grocery or pharmacy store shelves. Fixing our supply chain starts with investments in vital infrastructure projects and boosting our transportation workforce. That’s why I’m pleased to support these common-sense measures which will have a lasting impact,” said Crawford.
Rep. Crawford introduced:
The Supply Chain Improvement Act
Would direct the Secretary of Transportation to give priority consideration to projects that improve or build resiliency in the supply chain.
The Rolling Stock Resiliency Act
Would protect U.S. jobs by prohibiting public transportation agencies from procuring rolling stock from foreign State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) with federal funds.
The Retirees to Rail Act
Would permit experienced and trained retired railroad workers to temporarily return to their previous employment without a suspension of their retirement annuity.
Rep. Crawford is also a co-sponsor of Representative Troy Balderson’s (OH-12) bill, The Rail Employee Training Modernization Act, which would permit rail companies to offer the classroom portion of their training through virtual instruction.
“Soviet-style empty store shelves are unacceptable in America. We must address gaps in our supply chain to return to the days when Americans could be confident they would find what they need at their local markets and other retail outlets,” Crawford concluded.
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