Congressman joins colleagues in legislation relieving congested ports

Rep. David Valadao
Rep. David Valadao

Central Valley Congressman David Valadao and 10 of his colleagues are co-sponsoring the Truckers Responding At National Shipping Ports Overcoming Retail Turmoil (TRANSPORT) Act. The legislation would require the Secretary of Transportation to relieve congested ports during either a national state of emergency or when ports are congested by 50 percent or more.

"Our nation is facing horrific supply chain challenges, and it is vital that Congress acts," said Valadao. "Billions of dollars worth of goods are currently sitting off the coast of California, yet the administration has put forward no serious solutions to resolve this crisis. That is why I am proud to co-sponsor the Truckers Responding At National Shipping Ports Overcoming Retail Turmoil Act. Through this legislation, we will alleviate our supply chain challenges and help our nations' businesses to return to normal operations."

The TRANSPORT Act would require the Secretary of Transportation to issue federal grants from unused relief dollars to motor carriers to transport goods from a port of entry to a destination point. It would also temporarily waive operating standards should those standards be more stringent than the federal standard, allowing U.S. Department of Transportation-compliant trucks and drivers from other states to relieve ports and transport goods across the country.

"I've heard from Kansas farmers and truck drivers who are prepared to drive to California and collect goods because they understand the looming catastrophic results of congestion continuing at our ports," said fellow congressman Tracey Mann, one of the sponsors of the legislation. "If we have truckers who are willing and able to drive across the country to secure and distribute goods that are backed up at ports in other states, the government should remove any red tape standing in the way of that solution. Implementing the TRANSPORT Act is a step towards solving the supply chain crisis, giving Americans the ability to help themselves and their neighbors, and making America's economy strong again."

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