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15 Republican Governors Launch ‘Operation Open Road’ to Fix Supply Chain Snarl

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Fifteen Republican governors, led by Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, have launched “Operation Open Road,” an initiative that seeks to ease the U.S. supply chain crunch through a range of state and federal measures, including calling on the Biden administration to remove “burdensome” regulations on the trucking industry and to suspend President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for private employers.

Lee announced the start of the operation in a statement on Nov. 22, the same day that he signed an executive order (pdf) deregulating critical trucking functions in Tennessee.

“Republican governors across the country have committed to doing everything we can to solve a growing supply chain crisis that has resulted in backed-up ports and empty shelves,” he said. “We call on the Biden Administration to join us in Operation Open Road by suspending burdensome regulations on the trucking industry and therefore ensuring small businesses and American consumers have access to the goods they need this holiday season.”

The initiative comes as the supply chain crisis is continuing to roil the United States, helping raise the rate of inflation to a three-decade high and prompting warnings of possible product shortages heading into the busy holiday shopping season.

At the federal level, Operation Open Road calls for the Biden administration to suspend federal regulations that require commercial driver’s license holders to be 21 years old and lower the age to 18.

It also takes aim at the vaccinate-or-test mandate for private employers, calling on Biden to suspend “the burdensome federal mandate for COVID-19 vaccines for all private employees, specifically for the trucking and transportation industry so that driver shortages are not further exacerbated by an additional barrier to employment.”

A number of trucking industry insiders have told The Epoch Times that the private employer vaccine mandate could lead to a major trucking disruption, at a time when the American Trucking Associations (ATA) has estimated that there’s already a driver shortage of around 80,000.

An expert from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) told lawmakers at a recent congressional hearing that holdups at pickup and delivery points are causing a chronic underutilization problem that’s affecting U.S. long-haul drivers, leading to 40 percent of U.S. trucking capacity being “left on the table every day.”

David Correll, a research scientist at MIT’s Center for Transportation and Logistics, blamed “conventions for scheduling and processing” around pickup and delivery appointments for drastically reducing the amount of time truck drivers actually spend driving. He estimated that adding just 18 minutes of driving time, on average, to each of the country’s 1.8 million truck drivers every day “could be enough to overcome what many of us feel is a driver shortage.”

“If we can get government out of the way, our trucking industry can safely do what it does best: move,” the letter reads.

In the spirit of removing regulatory barriers, the governors have called on the Biden administration to “review and revise any federal policies that deter use or domestic manufacturing of essential transportation equipment,” including containers, trucks, and tractor-trailers.

Lee and the other governors also took aim more broadly at the Biden administration’s big-ticket spending plans, arguing that the plans would fuel inflation, which hit a 31-year high of 6.2 percent in October.

“Finally, we call on President Biden to halt attempts to raise taxes, spend trillions more in taxpayer dollars, and grow the debt, all of which will cripple the American economy and spur inflation causing sky-high consumer prices for American families,” the governors wrote in the open letter.

Inflation has emerged as a key theme of the pandemic-era economic recovery, eroding the purchasing power of Americans, whose wages have risen—but at a slower pace than prices.

While Biden has acknowledged the pain of inflation for U.S. households, he has insisted that his spending plans will actually reduce inflationary pressures by smoothing some supply-side dislocations and footing the bill for some costs facing U.S. families.

At a state level, Operation Open Roads urges governors to use their authority to modify weight, size, or load restrictions to allow more cargo to be moved; deregulate truck driver licensing barriers to get more drivers on the road; and facilitate collaboration between government and industry—including shippers and receivers at ports—to help alleviate the supply chain woes.

Joining Lee in the initiative are Republican governors from 14 other states, including Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas.

Tom Ozimek has a broad background in journalism, deposit insurance, marketing and communications, and adult education. The best writing advice he’s ever heard is from Roy Peter Clark: ‘Hit your target’ and ‘leave the best for last.’

Reprinted with Permission from - The Epoch Times by - Tom Ozimek

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Tom
6 days ago

Biden’s vaxx mandate for private businesses has already been halted by a federal court. He has no Constitutional authority to mandate that, so every private business across the country can just ignore it.

Sheri
6 days ago
Reply to  Tom

????

Echo
6 days ago
Reply to  Sheri

Absolutely right!

Spike
7 days ago

Doesn’t help much when truckers are paying more than $4.00 a gallon for diesel. Don’t just look as gas prices, look at diesel, everything a truck carries will cost more.

Noneya
7 days ago

The only way to fix the supply chain is to arrest those in government who are intentionally shutting down our nation.

Echo
6 days ago
Reply to  Noneya

????

Echo
6 days ago
Reply to  Echo

Absolutely right!!

Sovereign
7 days ago

What’s missing is California. Most imported goods come through California ports. The union’s 2012 strike settlement prevents port modernization, so that is a big chokepoint. California’s AB5 drove independent truckers out of California. Unions and state government make it impossible for truckers to operate efficiently in California, so they don’t work in California.

Rich
7 days ago

Here’s a key phrase: “If we can get government out of the way”. Biden has the power and he is in “control”. Nothing good will happen unless it favors the socialist democrats. It’s not about what’s best for America. We should also thank all the truckers out there. They are keeping America rolling. (as much as possible)

comeclean
7 days ago

Republican governors trying to save us from the evils of Obama/Biden/Harris!!!

Rich
7 days ago
Reply to  comeclean

It’s called common sense.

Howard MacKinnon
7 days ago

Again, the only way to correct the harmful laws this admin is pushing to further destroy America is to correct the 2020 election. We must DEMAND the audits continue. Once our rightful President is back in our White House, these damaging new laws will be reversed. Sure, DJT is not perfect, but his laws were a lot better than what we are living under now.

Bob L.
7 days ago

It’s said there is a 60 to 80 thousand truck driver shortage in the U.S. That may or may not be so, but then there must also be a shortage of nearly that many trucks or trailers as well. The containers that come on ships from overseas require a special trailer to carry them over the road because they cannot be hauled on a regular flatbed trailer. A lot of containers travel by rail to points inland and then are transferred to trailers for final delivery.

There are regulations on how many hours per day a truck driver can drive and that is for safety reasons. Can you imagine how crowded the highways would be with thousands more big rigs on them, most likely bogged down in and contributing to the current number of traffic jams? Those truck driver’s driving clocks are running, stalled in traffic or not so the distance they get to travel in a day is affected, slowing deliver times.

We “import” a million or more legal immigrants per year and at present two or more million illegal immigrants per year. Why politicians and corporate leaders think GROWTH is the best thing since sliced bread is unbelievable as that kind of growth is unsustainable. It’s not only bad for the quality of life for all of us, it’s bad for the environment as well. All you have to do is compare the density of people per square mile in the U.S. to that of Red China or India to see how good we have it here. Our quality of life and environment were even much better in 1970 when there was a short-lived call to stabilize the country’s population at 200 million. Today, 50 years later, the U.S. population is more than 331 million and growing rapidly mainly due to immigration, illegal more so than legal.

REB1957
7 days ago

If the trucking program developed by these Republican governors is successful, how long will it take the Biden administration to claim the credit? I’m willing to bet that Biden will be very proud of his “success” in breaking the logjam and will profess that “success” during the mid-terms.

Number 2
8 days ago

This is a good step in the right direction, but I believe The biggest supply chain crisis isn’t the trucking problems…..it’s the mask, mandatory businesses lockdowns & mandatory vaccinations…..get rid of those and you’d see the nation start to roll again….

Bruce D Wood
8 days ago

It has been proven time and time again that Biden Policies don’t work. Not only has been proven in our country but many other countries like Venezuela. There it takes a day’s pay just to buy a cup of coffee. All the spending the Democrat socialist communist radicals are doing they are putting our country is a position to fail. The government has only paid the taxes on the debt occurred since World War 1. With all the trillions that have been spent on the pandemic and only about 5% goes to actual infrastructure and the big 1.75 trillion that includes the new green deal and so much hidden in this to restrict or do away with our freedoms is insane not to say it is unconstitutional. I believe the constitution say the Federal Government shall remain small and delegate the states to carry out laws and regulations. What are they going to do when the Fed increases the tax rate and they start having to pay the interest on the trillions they have wasted? We have a unruly government as described by the constitution and needs to be removed from power and government reinstated in accordance with the Constitution of the United States of America.

Maryze
8 days ago

I saw Chavez laughingly hand to bummer, a book about how to become a dictator by taking the country down. Chavez said “This is how it’s done ” I saw it on the news back when bummer was in OFFICE. Don’t kid yourself, the bummer is still in the background waiting to be our dictator. Once he brings us all down, he will come forward. This is my personal theory, but pray that I am wrong.

Kathi
8 days ago

Of course, no “Blue State” governors see the value in this. Shame on them!

Hal
8 days ago

A few more states need a governor like Mr. Lee!!!

Aggie
9 days ago

This business is broken! You wanna help small businesses then fix the very expensive insurance premiums and qualifications to get one! Stop electronic logbooks! Stop putting out of service drivers for small things there is another way to make them fix the issue, putting them out of service for 10 hours is not helping anyone! Stop insisting to get things fixed by calling road service they rip off the owners! Hold brokers, shippers, and receivers accountable for delaying loading and unloading, and lying!

Chris B. Grodhaus
8 days ago
Reply to  Aggie

Exactly.

Charles Morrison
7 days ago
Reply to  Aggie

Definately.

Hal
9 days ago

It’s going to take 15 Republican Governors to try to improve or fix a Joe Hidiin’ Biden foul up. One thing about Biden … he is consistently wrong and/or a sure creator of problems for the Nations commerce and culture. I guess he couldn’t find any useful material to plagiarize to try to cover up his continuing ineptitude.

I was getting/now have PTSD, thx Joey! AH
9 days ago

TAKE NOTICE
EPOCH TIMES has a new article on Organized Crime it is BIG into hiring people to raid and
shoplift stores. Then they get the items and sell them on EBAY, AMZ etc.

There was a GANG of 80 that looted a store – blocked the entry and went in and cleared the Dept
in a minute. The crooks are figured to carry weapons to intimidate the employees.

People end up buying STOLEN GOODS.-

ASWELL. Now it is OK to steal 950$ and get away with it. Cops cant be bothered with a Misd.
. Legal system just lets them go.

WHATS NEXT??? ALL this thanks but no thanks to the Minions of the great satan, Biden Admin.

Sherry
9 days ago

The Courts have already ruled that the vaccine mandate is unconstitutional. Why is private industry even requiring employees to have a vaccine? Biden does not have the last word on this, the Courts do. So I put just as much blame on the companies doing this.

Hal
8 days ago
Reply to  Sherry

Not only does Joe Hidin’ Biden not have the last word on this, he is incompetent to have any good word about anything related to the public welfare. HIs continuance is becoming an embarrassment to the American citizenry … and considering who would replace him doesn’t bade The well either. The Nation is in a leadership crisis … seriously,

BAE
9 days ago

Hmm, we know the left destroys everything it touches. In the very near future, the American people must insist that a politician, Democrat or Republican cannot serve for more then 12 years. Twelve years and you are done! ! !

Hal
9 days ago
Reply to  BAE

Yep. It takes a Constitutional Amendment to accomplish term limits, and you can bet your bottom dollar the present serving politicos will resist and refuse to do that. However, the amendment could make exceptions to presently serving Congresspersons. But beware … and Constitutional Amendment sponsored or supported heavily by the Democraps will have specifications that favor their Party. Remember, the Democrap’ guiding premise is it must provide partisan advantage to the Democrap Party. Otherwise it will impede their effort to turn our Constitutional Democracy in to a hybrid Communist Anarchy. Remember … the Democraps want to RULE not GOVERN.

I was getting/now have PTSD, thx Joey! AH
9 days ago
Reply to  Hal

READ – DRAIN THE SWAMP by Ken Buck

Then one will see why they DONT want LIMITS

A super deal for them
But sure not for us – I was born and lived in DEL. I didnt vote for Comrade J.

How can DELAWARE keep putting Biden in charge all these years??
Fraud ? NOOOOO!! or are the people of DEL that stupid to keep it that way. I dont get it.
tell me FRAUD hasnt been keeping this kind of thing going!!

Wayne
7 days ago
Reply to  BAE

That wouldn’t have saved us from Bidumb. Yes, he has been in the District of Corruption for almost 50 years, but he has never served anyone but himself and his mafia family.

ops
9 days ago

“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.” ― Marcus Tullius Cicero

Hal
9 days ago
Reply to  ops

Hmm. Your post has a “Biden” tone to it when it touches “traitorous” behavior.

Elton Yancey
9 days ago
Reply to  ops

Very true. I fear our goverment has its share of traitors in it who are trying their best to destroy our country. It probably will never happen,but they should be tried and hung.

I was getting/now have PTSD, thx Joey! AH
9 days ago
Reply to  Elton Yancey

SO MUCH for the hand on the Bible and swear to UPHOLD the CONSTITUTION.
COMRADE Joey and the rest of the LIARS shud be held guilty for VIOLATING it.
Yah – Like that will happen. What a very SAD country for now –

Lynn
9 days ago
Reply to  ops

Amen.

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