Skip to comments.15 Republican Governors Launch ‘Operation Open Road’ to Fix Supply Chain Snarl
Posted on 11/27/2021 5:14:36 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Fifteen Republican governors, led by Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, have launched “Operation Open Road,” an initiative that seeks to ease the U.S. supply chain crunch through a range of state and federal measures, including calling on the Biden administration to remove “burdensome” regulations on the trucking industry and to suspend President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for private employers.
Lee announced the start of the operation in a statement on Nov. 22, the same day that he signed an executive order (pdf) deregulating critical trucking functions in Tennessee.
“Republican governors across the country have committed to doing everything we can to solve a growing supply chain crisis that has resulted in backed-up ports and empty shelves,” he said. “We call on the Biden Administration to join us in Operation Open Road by suspending burdensome regulations on the trucking industry and therefore ensuring small businesses and American consumers have access to the goods they need this holiday season.”
The initiative comes as the supply chain crisis is continuing to roil the United States, helping raise the rate of inflation to a three-decade high and prompting warnings of possible product shortages heading into the busy holiday shopping season.
At the federal level, Operation Open Road calls for the Biden administration to suspend federal regulations that require commercial driver’s license holders to be 21 years old and lower the age to 18.
It also takes aim at the vaccinate-or-test mandate for private employers, calling on Biden to suspend “the burdensome federal mandate for COVID-19 vaccines for all private employees, specifically for the trucking and transportation industry so that driver shortages are not further exacerbated by an additional barrier to employment.”
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I guess anyone with a significant “shipping” port.
Lovely. The Feds eff things up and the STATES have to FIX them!
This is NOT how our REPUBLIC was designed, Kids! Grrrrr!
MD ping - passing the torch
Gov Little...You da Gov!
Don’t know about anyone else but I’m somewhat leery of most any 18-21 YO behind the wheel of a big rig simply due to lack of experience. Would accomplish much more by simply squashing the burdensome regs already in existence.
“We call on the Biden Administration to join us...”
That is the flaw in the initiative. The governors should just go ahead and declare it done on their own.
Fixing the truck situation is fine, but rail can carry long, massive trains of double-deck container cars over vast distances. But adding new or longer sidings costs money, and Wall Street analysts tend to look askance at anything over the next five quarters that might lower the stock price or the quarterly dividend. This is why federal money would be nice to add rail capacity.
The second problem with rail improvements is the need for endless environmental studies that can take years or even decades. The feds need to put an end to all environmental requirements for the duration of the crisis. This is something that can be done now.
Well, this is responsible, when the fed gov is not.
"You can thank me by not getting caught." ~ Mr. B
This does nothing to fix the problems in California and Washington.
This would be a good time for coastal red states to build docks and transfer stations everywhere they can.
Well, we do have a deepwater port in Idaho in Lewiston.
“This would be a good time for coastal red states to build docks and transfer stations everywhere they can.”
Indeed. The cultural divorce is coming. We need to develop our own resiliency.
And lots of inland ports.
Interupt Brandon’s supply of tapioca. Watch what happens.
I think Little tries hard but he is more of a follower than a leader. IOW, he’s a RINO.
If he runs again, I'm on board.
Kinda torn. Fixing the problems seems like the right thing to do. But I really want Brandon and the leftists to own this.
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