(RightWing.org) – More than 80 legislators from across the party divide have written to the Biden administration’s transportation secretary, demanding he stops messing around and approves a plan that would help solve our cripply supply chain crisis.
On November 4, Representative Dusty Johnson (R-SD) stated he and over 80 other GOP and Democrat House members signed a letter to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, calling on him to approve a rule change to let younger truck drivers cross state lines.
🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔Amid supply chain woes, over 80 House members tell Buttigieg to implement program for truck drivers under 21 https://t.co/plOkzkJGtB
— Susann Hartwig (@HartwigSusann) November 4, 2021
Right now, truck drivers must be 21 or older to drive interstate routes. However, there’s a shortage of drivers, and as the economy struggles to recover from the COVID pandemic, it’s causing serious supply chain issues. There’s no shortage of raw materials, components and goods, but businesses can’t reliably get them to their factories and stores because interstate shippers are overwhelmed by demand.
Unbelievably, the Department of Transportation has been considering a pilot program to let 18-20-year-old drivers take on interstate routes for over a year and still hasn’t approved it. In the last Congress, more than 140 representatives called on the DOT to approve the program. Since taking the transport job in January, Buttigieg has done nothing to fix this problem. Now Johnson, 73 other Republicans and 6 Democrats have told him to take his foot off the brake.
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