Congressman Mike Garcia, R-Santa Clarita, took to the air with KHTS Radio on Wednesday to discuss the latest news on supply chain issues, the Great Resignation workforce shortage and the movement of truckers to other states.

Congressman Garcia discussed supply chain issues, labor shortages and export issues on air with KHTS this week.

“If you remember this thing started with just a bunch of ships anchored off the coasts of Long Beach and Los Angeles in the ports there, and then it spread to the ports where the containers were piling up. “Garcia said. “And then it spread to the trucking industry where we don’t have enough trucks to move the containers.”

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The congressman referred to the fact that the arrears were starting to dissolve a bit as ports made headway, before then turning to his beliefs on import dependency.

“We are far too dependent on the imported goods passing through our ports right now, and this is reaching a climax, obviously, in the wake of COVID but also with a shortage of workers,” Garcia said. “A shortage of people working in the ports, but also a shortage of truckers. “

Garcia has previously commented on the causes of the reported backlog of shipping containers off the Los Angeles coast, including the AB 5 initiative which has been described as a job killing bill limiting everyone, from freelance writers to carpool drivers to independently contracted newspaper carriers.

The congressman moved on to a discussion of his beliefs that truckers typically choose to leave California because of AB 5.

Garcia referred to his previously expressed beliefs regarding supply chain issues related to California Air Resource Board (CARB) regulations on shipping trucks, designed to reduce fuel emissions to improve the quality of the truck. ‘air.

“Another dynamic that we are seeing is that China is indeed the importer, in this case, bringing the goods to the United States, they reach a point where they are not able to ship to the United States because their empty containers are not going back to China, ”Garcia said.

The conversation then shifted to a discussion of providing meals during the holidays to low-income families and veterans locally, through donations to the local pantry and other programs.

“About a third of our military personnel are actually eligible for food stamps, which is amazing to hear that statistic,” Garcia said. “I hope in this National Defense Authorization Act we see something more meaningful for salary increases beyond the three or four percent that we typically see. “

Garcia has advocated for the FY2022 National Defense Authorization Act (FY2022 NDAA), which provides for a 2.7% salary increase, although the congressman said he did not This was just the bare minimum of what veterans need.

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