Congressman Ryan Commends President Biden on His Executive Order Mandating Review of U.S. Supply Chains for Access to Critical Goods
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan today commended President Biden for his Executive Order that will help create more resilient and secure supply chains for critical and essential goods.
“We need to ensure that our most critical manufacturing needs are met so that we can respond adequately during a national emergency,” said Congressman Ryan. “The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us the difficulties in accessing the vital resources needed to keep our country safe and our economy moving forward. This Executive Order signed by President Biden is an important first step. I would also like to see Congress take a leading role by setting up a congressionally-chartered commission to investigate and make recommendations for improving U.S. supply chains.”
The President has ordered an immediate 100-day review across federal agencies to address vulnerabilities in the supply chains of four key products including pharmaceuticals, critical minerals, semiconductors and large capacity batteries. Additionally, the President has called for a one-year review on six key sectors including the defense industrial base; the public health and biological preparedness industrial base; the information and communications technology (ICT) industrial base; the energy sector industrial base; the transportation industrial base; and supply chains for agricultural commodities and food production.
The U.S. has grown even more dependent on imports from China and other nations during the COVID-19 crisis and is highly reliant on imports for certain categories of medicines. The U.S. has the world’s largest trade deficit, which leaves it extremely reliant on other countries for essential goods. We need to have the capacity to respond quickly in the face of challenges. The United States must ensure that production shortages, trade disruptions, natural disasters and potential actions by foreign competitors and adversaries never leave the United States vulnerable.