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Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said on Sunday that disruptions to the US supply chain are expected to continue into the next year, claiming that the unprecedented amounts brought on by President Biden’s economic recovery, in part, prompted the bottleneck. has gone.

During an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” host Jake Tapper asked Buttigieg whether Americans should prepare themselves for economic issues such as supply chain disruptions and inflation before they get better.

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“Certainly the challenges we face this year will continue next year,” Buttigieg replied. “Look, what’s happening isn’t just the supply side, it’s the demand side. Demand is off the charts. Retail sales are through the roof. And if you think about those images of ships, for example For, waiting at anchor on the West Coast—every one of those ships is filled with record amounts of goods that Americans are buying because demand is rising as incomes are rising as the president slashed this economy from the teeth of a terrible recession. successfully directed.

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“Our supply chain cannot continue,” he continued. “And of course, our supply chain, it is a complex system that is mostly in private hands, and rightly so. Our role is to be an honest broker, bringing all the different players together, securing commitments. and get solutions that are going to make it easier.”

Buttigieg said the supply chain issues demonstrated the need for House Democrats to pass a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, which allocates $17 billion to US ports and the party’s infighting over a $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill. The reason is paused.

“This is another example of why we need to pass the infrastructure bill,” Buttigieg said. “The president has $17 billion in infrastructure plans for ports alone. And we need to deal with the long-term issues that have left us vulnerable to these kinds of constraints, when demand fluctuates, shocks and disruptions. Because of the pandemic.”

But pressured by Tapper over whether he was “disappointed” by progressives to see the infrastructure bill pass his larger bill, Buttigieg stressed the need for both bills.

“The reality is America needs both of those laws,” he said. “If you care about inflation, you should look at not only supply chain issues, not just the infrastructure stuff I work on, but also the provision in Build Back Better, like paid family leave, Making child care easier, like community college, that’s going to give us a stronger labor force and help us work through that major constraint on economic growth.”

The former South Bend, Indiana, mayor also touted a question from Tapper about whether it would be “wise” for Americans to go Christmas shopping earlier this year, as disruptions across the US left shelves empty ahead of the crucial holiday Is. purchase period.

“Obviously, every family makes their own preparations for Christmas or other holidays,” Buttigieg said.

His remarks come days after President Biden announced that the port of Los Angeles would be open an additional 60 hours per week to feed in shipments. On Friday, the Transport Secretary said “special Report“Host Brett Baer Demands represented A “policy of success.”