Joe Biden’s Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has finally returned to work from a couple of months on paternity leave only to find his office beset by the deepening supply chain crisis threatening the inventory of all sorts of consumer goods available across the country.
Buttigieg appeared on the Friday broadcast of “Deadline: White House” on MSNBC and said that the supply chain issues that the nation is facing have existed “for a while” and are going to continue “for some time.”
The host asked Buttigieg if he could provide Americans with any assurance about delivery times and the flow of goods restored before the holiday shopping season. He responded by saying that the government is taking steps that will “make an impact.”
On Sunday, Buttigieg appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” and said Americans should prepare for shortages and continuing supply chain disruptions. He also said that price inflation plaguing the country would get worse before it gets better.
Pete said that the supply disruptions had been caused by the economic recovery he says is occurring. He said that the recovery is a result of the efforts of President Biden and is generating “unprecedented” demand. He added that “retail sales are through the roof.”
Buttigieg said that the images of all the transport ships full of containers waiting to unload at the Southern California coast are there because “the president has successfully guided” the economy out of the “teeth of a terrifying recession.” According to him, the country’s supply chain “can’t keep up” with all the demand he claims President Biden has somehow spurred.
He claimed that current supply chain issues show the need for House Democrats to pass the bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill already passed by the Senate. That bill provides $17 billion to U.S. ports. That bill stalled out in the House because of demands being made by the Congressional Progressive Caucus for a vote on Biden’s $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation spending bill first.