Washington, D.C. — As the House Transportation Committee holds a hearing on supply chain challenges, government watchdog Accountable.US released an analysis spotlighting the more than $500 billion worth of investments in the Build Back Better Act that would help alleviate disruptions and improve labor conditions – investments that Republicans in Congress are promising to unanimously vote against as they desperately try to make political hay out of supply chain issues.

The analysis follows a letter 160 House Republicans signed last month accusing Biden of “exacerbating” the “supply chain crisis” and demanded he “halt discussions” on the Build Back Better agenda, claiming it would “worsen” the issue. If Republicans had their way and derailed heavy investments in supply chain resiliency, as well as funds to address the indirect causes of labor supply shortages, it would be them – not the administration – making matters ‘worse.’

“If Congressional Republicans were serious about supply chain concerns, they wouldn’t be threatening to block targeted investments to fix them and tackle labor shortages. Clearly Republicans would rather campaign on the issue than actually doing anything to improve the economy,” said Accountable.US president Kyle Herrig. “When pressed for constructive solutions of their own, all they can seem to come up with is throwing more tax breaks at billionaires and assuming everything will work itself out even when it never has before.”

Accountable.US identified over $500 billion in investments in supply chain resiliency through direct funds to address supply chain issues, as well as funds to address the indirect causes of labor supply shortages, including:

  • Investing $5 billion in the Office of the Secretary of Commerce to help map and monitor manufacturing supply chains, allowing policymakers to “proactively identify choke points” and “lessen vulnerabilities”
  • Allocating $600 million in project grants to reduce port congestion, with ports currently facing “staggering pileup[s]” 
  • $110 billion to incentivize new domestic energy supply chains due to the U.S. renewable energy sector being “highly dependent on foreign supply chains” 
  • Increasing the labor supply by investing $400 billion in universal early childhood education and subsidizing child care, which will “allow parents to get back to work”

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