Senator discusses legislation that would help address supply chain disruptions
U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio recently introduced legislation to help address supply chain disruptions and invest in American companies.
“Part of our bipartisan infrastructure bill is rebuilding our own infrastructure and resourcing the supply chain, so it’s not so spread out and so hard to fix,” he says. “We’re going to have somebody helping oversee that.”
The Supply Chain Resiliency Act would create an Office of Supply Chain Resiliency at the Commerce Department. The new office would monitor, research, and address vulnerable supply chains.
He tells Brownfield there’s a strong emphasis on investing in American businesses.
“Whether it’s to rebuild Kentucky from the tornado or whether it’s building a bridge across the Ohio River or across a little culvert bridge that I used to drive across on the family farm, we need to use American products if it’s American tax dollars,” he says. “American steel, American concrete, American workers, all that.”
The Office of Supply Chain Resiliency would provide loans, loan guarantees, and grants to small and medium manufacturers to expand production in the United States and they companies that get their goods to market.
The Supply Chain Resiliency Act is also cosponsored by Senators Chris Coons of Delaware, Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada, Dianne Feinstein of California, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Alex Padilla of California, Jacky Rosen Nevada, Chris Van Hollen or Maryland, Reverend Raphael Warnock of Georgia and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island.