On the Bright Side…Bipartisan Supply Chain Solutions

<p>By Christine Pollack, Vice President, Government Relations, FMI&nbsp;</p><img src="https://www.fmi.org/images/default-source/blog-images/tractor-trailer.tmb-large-350-.jpeg?sfvrsn=4a5ac99_1" style="margin-bottom:5px;float:right;margin-left:5px;" alt="Tractor Trailer" class="-align-right" sf-size="100" /><p>Is it too soon to say&hellip; &ldquo;on the bright side,&rdquo; supply chain challenges is a term now squarely in the lexicon of Americans because of the last few years?
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</p><p>Maybe &ldquo;bright side&rdquo; is not the best descriptor. Maybe we use &ldquo;a break in the clouds&rdquo; instead. Well, either way, there is a heightened understanding that supply chain challenges effect every facet of American life. This understanding
actually helps as we advocate for legislative efforts in Congress to improve the flow of goods.&nbsp;</p><p>And in terms of legislative efforts in Congress to improve our nation&rsquo;s supply chain, we have bright side news to report. Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives to address a persistent supply chain challenge
for the food industry &ndash; the trucker workforce shortage.
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</p><p>The <i>Safer Highways and Increased Performance for Interstate Trucking Act</i>, known simply as the SHIP IT Act (<a href="https://www.congress.gov/bill/118th-congress/house-bill/471?s=1&amp;r=1&amp;q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22HR+471%22%5D%7D">H.R. 471</a>),
was introduced by Congressmen <a href="https://dustyjohnson.house.gov/media/press-releases/johnson-costa-lead-bill-improve-supply-chain">Dusty Johnson</a> (R-SD) and <a href="https://costa.house.gov/media/press-releases/costa-johnson-lead-bill-tackle-trucker-shortage-and-boost-supply-chain">Jim Costa</a> (D-CA) to improve supply chains.
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</p><p>FMI endorsed the bipartisan <a href="https://dustyjohnson.house.gov/sites/evo-subsites/dustyjohnson.house.gov/files/evo-media-document/ship-it-act.pdf">SHIP IT Act</a>. It bolsters the trucking profession through the availability of workforce grants and
tax credits and streamlines the commercial driver&rsquo;s license (CDL) process. The bill also improves truck parking and rest facilities and modernizes the waiver process during disease and supply chain emergencies.&nbsp;</p><p>We&rsquo;re optimistic that the Senate companion to this House bill will be introduced soon and the legislation can be considered in Congress this year. To make this all a reality, we need your <a href="https://p2a.co/h5QR4L6">help</a>.
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</p><p>FMI has activated a <a href="https://p2a.co/h5QR4L6">grassroots message</a> to make it very easy to send emails of support for the SHIP IT Act directly to your Senators and Representatives. Click on the link <a href="https://p2a.co/h5QR4L6">here</a>,
fill in your contact information and hit send. The message simply asks that Senators and Representatives cosponsor the <a href="https://dustyjohnson.house.gov/sites/evo-subsites/dustyjohnson.house.gov/files/evo-media-document/ship-it-act.pdf">legislation</a>.
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</p><p>Another bright side news of note is that FMI recently joined the ranks of the <a href="https://www.shipperscoalition.org/">Shippers Coalition</a>, a multi-industry stakeholder effort to improve supply chains. The Shippers Coalition is spearheading advocacy
efforts on the SHIP IT Act.&nbsp;</p><p>We hope to have more bright side news to report as this new session of Congress progresses. Thank you for your help in advocating for the SHIP IT Act!&nbsp;</p><p><a href="https://p2a.co/h5QR4L6" class="button">Tell Congress to Cosponsor the SHIP IT Act!</a></p>


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