Walorski urges Biden task force to resolve workforce shortages

MISHAWAKA, Ind. -- Persistent supply chain challenges are devastating Indiana’s manufacturers and small businesses.

U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, today urged leaders of the Biden Administration’s Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force to prioritize commonsense solutions to resolve supply chain bottlenecks and strengthen the workforce of this key industry.

In a letter to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, Congresswoman Walorski outlined burdensome obstacles that Indiana industries are facing due to ongoing pandemic-era supply chain disruptions and workforce shortages.

In particular, Hoosier businesses are increasingly impacted by the container shortage and subsequent surge pricing. If not corrected, this alarming trend could have major economic ramifications in Indiana and across the country.

“The manufacturers and small businesses in my district are resilient and they have demonstrated a strong record of adapting to evolving business conditions. Yet, these economic powerhouses are becoming increasingly exasperated with the devastating supply chain and labor challenges that have persisted far into the COVID-19 pandemic,” wrote Congresswoman Walorski. “…It is vital that the Task Force prioritizes commonsense, bipartisan solutions to secure America’s supply chains and restore the workforce.”

In her letter, Congresswoman Walorski also encouraged the task force to optimize workforce training and safety net programs that help Americans find and keep family-sustaining jobs, including in these key industries. As the top Republican on the House Ways and Means Worker & Family Subcommittee, she is leading solutions to equip Americans to succeed in the workforce and uplift families from poverty to prosperity.

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