Biden's Mandate Threatens Truckers And The Entire Supply Chain

Written By BlabberBuzz | Sunday, 21 November 2021 05:15

Millions of truckers are opposing President Joe Biden's workplace vaccine mandate, which would be catastrophic for the country's supply chain difficulty if it is enforced, an American Trucking Associations executive told House members this week.

"We've tried to be very clear to the administration — I understand the logic behind it — but if you do this, these are the consequences," announced ATA President Chris Spear. "So if you're trying to solve the supply chain problem, you're actually compounding it and actually hurting the very problem you're trying to fix."

ATA is the country's biggest trucking trade group. Spear testified in front of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on supply chain difficulties.

America is currently short roughly 80,000 truckers compared to pre-pandemic levels. According to an ATA survey, if Biden's Jan. 4 vaccine deadline is enforced, the industry will lose 37% of its truckers, or 2.5 million people.

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The survey "came back as 37% of drivers not only said 'no,' but 'hell no,'" Spear claimed. "It's not about being anti-vax — we've been moving the vaccine test kits."

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According to the Washington Examiner, Rep. Doug LaMalfa, a California Republican, said that the supply chain is a disaster because both Biden and Gov. Gavin Newsom are more focused on climate change and vaccinating children. According to the latest figures, the Los Angeles ports, the busiest in the Western Hemisphere, are backed up with 106 supply ships waiting to unload off the coast.

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"Newsom has been pretty inattentive on all this … and the Biden administration is not really helping either," LaMalfa stated. "Truckers are independent individuals. They are like the cowboys of the highways and don't want to be pushed around."

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Spear further testified that fining shippers for packed containers that stay too long at ports is a bad idea because the cost only gets passed down to consumers. Los Angeles and Long Beach ports implemented such fines last month as a way to clear the backlog.

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"It's just another layer we're going to have to bear. I don't think it's a good solution," Spear stated. "It's just one choke point of many." He continued that the difficulty is simply too many containers stacked up at the ports and not enough time to clear them.

Republican Rep. Rick Crawford asked, "So assessing fines and fees associated with that is probably just going to exacerbate the problem with inflation?"

"I don't think it does anything, congressman. I really don't," Spear answered.

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