The Biden government is using all means at its disposal to “break up the ports” before Christmas and is also seeking a partnership with American industry to “stimulate” domestic semiconductor chip production amid the global supply chain crisis, US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo said Sunday.
Raimondo, the former Rhode Island governor, appeared on CBS ‘Face the Nation to speak about why America’s shipping industry has stalled and said, “This is not what the government is doing.”
“Basically, supply chains and logistics are run by the private sector,” said Raimondo. “People say to me, are Christmas presents being delivered? To whom I say call FedEx.”
The White House previously said it cannot guarantee that Christmas gifts will arrive on time.
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Raimondo said the supply chain clog was “a direct consequence of Covid,” stressing that it is temporary and that the government is working every day to address the situation.
“What we are doing, and the President has pledged, we will use every tool in our toolkit to help dismantle the ports,” said the Minister of Commerce.
Raimondo also addressed the shortage of semiconductor chips, saying the Biden government will instead incentivize domestic production rather than forcing a mandate.
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“At one point in America we made all the chips we needed to eat,” she said. “But over the past few decades this has run off the beaten track in the search for cheap labor in Asia.”
Raimondo called on Congress to pass Biden’s Build Back Better bill, which adds $ 52 billion in incentives to help rebuild US domestic supplies and create jobs.
“We’re working in partnership with industry to incentivize domestic production. We want to make chips in America.”