October 29, 2021

10.29.21 UPS 1

(Manchester, NH) – This morning, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) visited the UPS Customer Service Center in Manchester to discuss ongoing supply chain disruptions and workforce issues work that impact New Hampshire businesses and consumers. These challenges have led to product shortages and higher prices for some household items, which could worsen as the peak holiday season approaches and demand for goods increases. During the event, Shaheen met with UPS officials, union leaders and leaders of NH Retail and Grocers associations and discussed how to alleviate supply chain bottlenecks.

“Americans rely on the American supply chain for everything from the food they put on the table and life-saving prescription drugs to electronic devices like televisions and computers. Unfortunately, difficulties such as labor issues and soaring transport costs resulting from the pandemic have seriously strained the supply chain, causing shortages and higher prices ”, Shaheen said. “Today’s conversation with stakeholders focused on how we can cope with these disruptions, build supply chain resilience and help Granite Staters cope with these consequences. I will continue to make comments like those I heard today in the Senate so that we can build a more robust and dynamic national supply chain in the future.

Strengthening the national supply chain has been a top priority for Senator Shaheen. In April 2020, Shaheen sent a letter to the Trump administration to take action to ensure the security of the country’s food supply and to protect essential workers in the food supply chain. Shaheen also worked to obtain the personal protective equipment that New Hampshire urgently needs. In March, Shaheen reintroduced his bipartisan legislation to oblige the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to strengthen the national supply chain for essential items such as personal protective equipment and increase the government’s capacity to supply these essential materials. , especially during a national emergency. The senator also attached a letter to President Joe Biden supporting his administration’s plan to quickly use all available authorities under the Defense Production Act (DPA) to rapidly increase production and storage of medical supplies, testing and protective equipment. In August, as Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the Department of Commerce, Shaheen hosted a virtual roundtable with US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, highlighting the need to strengthen the construction supply chain. residential area of ​​the country.

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