A group of House Democrats, some of whom are expected to face challenging reelection races next year, on Thursday called for the chamber to take up legislation to address supply chain disruptions amid concerns from Americans about inflation.
"As our constituents gather for the holiday season, it is imperative Congress acts to address the needs of the nation through additional action to specifically address the supply chain and resulting higher prices experienced by families across the country," the lawmakers said in a letter to Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi suggests filibuster supporters 'dishonor' MLK's legacy on voting rights The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats see victory in a voting rights defeat GOP senator knocks Biden for 'spreading things that are untrue' in voting rights speech MORE (D-Calif.) and House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerClyburn says he's worried about losing House, 'losing this democracy' GOP's McCarthy has little incentive to work with Jan. 6 panel Lobbying world MORE (D-Md.).
More than 20 House Democrats signed the letter, including Reps. Cindy AxneCindy AxnePlanned Parenthood endorses nearly 200 House incumbents ahead of midterms House passes bill to strengthen shipping supply chain On The Money — Congress races to keep the lights on MORE (Iowa), Susie LeeSuzanne (Susie) Kelley LeeMORE (Nev.) and Susan WildSusan WildThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Altria - Marking the Jan. 6 'chaos and carnage' Overnight Defense & National Security — Nation marks 1 year since Capitol riot House passes bill to strengthen shipping supply chain MORE (Pa.).
The U.S. is seeing a surge in spending on consumer goods as the economy recovers from the coronavirus-related downturn, putting a strain on outdated U.S. infrastructure. The supply chain disruptions have contributed to inflation that many Americans say is causing them financial hardship.
"While these price increases should slow and return to normal as these bottlenecks clear and the pandemic subsides, we must speed that process up while establishing supply chain structure for our future," the lawmakers wrote.
The House Democrats said that the bipartisan infrastructure law President BidenJoe BidenMacro grid will keep the lights on Pelosi suggests filibuster supporters 'dishonor' MLK's legacy on voting rights Sanders calls out Manchin, Sinema ahead of filibuster showdown MORE signed last month and the social spending and climate package that Democrats are hoping to enact this year will help to address inflation concerns. But the lawmakers also want the House to take up a number of other bills aimed at addressing issues impacting ports, trucking, ocean shipping and manufacturing.
"We respectfully ask that the House swiftly considers the numerous bills written by our House colleagues that will support domestic manufacturing, agricultural exports, and provide additional solutions to our supply chain crisis," the lawmakers wrote.