California officials target shipping backlog at ports with bipartisan legislation

California officials Josh Harder (R) and Michelle Steel (R) on Thursday introduced new legislation to address the port backlog in their state, which has contributed to continuing supply chain problems in the United States.

The Supply Chain Taskforce Act would direct the commander of the Coast Guard to create an interagency task force to deal with the backlog at ports in Los Angeles, Long Beach and along the southern California coast.

Coast Guard Commander Adm. Karl L. Schultz, would be appointed chairman of the task force, which would include at least one member from several government agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Defense, the Department of Justice, the Department of State and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Under the bill, the task force chairman would also be authorized to appoint representatives from Orange County, California, the Port of Los Angeles, the Port of Long Beach, and the California state government.

Tasks assigned to the working group would include quantifying the impact and cost of backlogs in California ports; assess the response of federal agencies to the arrears; and investigate the cause of the massive oil spill that occurred off the coast of Orange County in October.

“Our families are facing rising prices at the grocery store while our farmers struggle to bring their produce to market and we know exactly why – the crisis at our ports,” said Harder. said in a press release. “Democrats and Republicans agree that we need to control prices and let our people start shipping their products around the world again. This bill sets politics aside so that we can actually deal with this crisis. “

Steel added that “without leadership we will have another crisis in our hands, and it is time to act.”

Congestion at California ports has prompted officials at all levels to act. The Biden administration announced last month that the ports would switch to 24-hour operations.

Governor of California Gavin NewsomGavin Newsom Van Jones on Virginia: ‘It’s a big, big wake-up call’ for Democrats Newsom cancels trip to United Nations climate conference due to family obligations Budowsky: Vote for Terry McAuliffe: Mi – mandates started MORE signed an executive order on Oct. 20 directing state agencies to identify state-owned properties that could help alleviate storage needs at ports. The ordinance was also intended to identify freight routes that could be exempted from vehicle weight limits in order to allow more cargo to be transported.

Officials at the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports announced last week that they would be fining shipping companies for ships that stay too long in ports, with costs derived from the action being invested in programs designed to improve efficiency.

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