Saturday, October 23, 2021

Sec. Raimondo ‘optimistic’ about clearing supply deadlock at US ports by Christmas

Judy Woodruff:

Now let’s take a closer look at a number of economic issues, including our key story about how the Biden administration plans to address the challenges that Americans want goods delivered from overseas, when they want them. .

And, for that, I’m joined by the Secretary of Commerce, Gina Raimondo.

Secretary Raimondo, welcome again to “News Hour.” This is great for you.

We listened carefully to what the President had to say today. People are saying that this is a step in the right direction. But he is also saying that a lot depends on the private sector. How much difference will it make if you just say that the ports are supposed to work 24/7?

Gina Raimondo, US Secretary of Commerce: Yes.

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Well, good evening. It’s great to be with you.

This will make a big difference. What the President did today is instrumental in showing the leadership needed to keep these two of America’s largest ports open 24/7. But he also called the private sector in the White House, like you said, Walmart, Samsung, importers, and asked them to do their part, commit to working weekends, commit to working evenings, Committed to having more people. staff, so we can unload the cargo and make it to the port.

So it is – this problem did not arise overnight. It will not be fixed overnight. But it is a big step and I think we will start getting relief.

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