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Bourdeaux: Congress should act to safeguard U.S. supply chain

U.S. Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux, a Democrat from Georgia, talked about the infrastructure package that the U.S. House passed recently.
U.S. Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux, a Democrat from Georgia, talked about the infrastructure package that the U.S. House passed recently.
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As the Georgia economy and the U.S. economy looks to bounce back from the effects of the pandemic, a big problem is standing in the way — supplies. From microchips used to make cars, to the materials used to build houses and much more.

But is there anything Congress can do to help relieve the pressure?

Georgia’s 7th District U.S. Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux joined WABE’s “All Things Considered” Friday to discuss it. A few excerpts from the conversation:

“There are all sorts of places where you find these little hang-ups or glitches or things like that that have occurred that we need to unstick,” said Rep. Bourdeaux. “There’s also this long-term effort that is part of my legislation that fits into that overall picture of trying to make sure that our supply chain is resilient.”

Bourdeaux has introduced legislation called the Supply Chain Act, which she hopes will bring together industries to solve the larger issues at the root cause of the supply chain disruption.

“We’re gonna get our Department of Treasury to really map these supply chains, work with industry to get that laid out and then to formulate strategies to make sure that we are filling the gaps,” said Bourdeaux.

Bourdeaux says if companies take a renewed look at more U.S.-based manufacturing and depend less on goods and supplies shipped from overseas, it could help put people back to work.

“I think that is one of the overarching goals of this legislation. We want to bring good jobs back to this country and help develop new, really strong jobs in this country,” said Bourdeaux.