Secretary of Transportation Still Out on Paternity Leave Despite Supply Chain Issues

While the U.S.. is suffering through a monumental supply chain crisis, the Secretary of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg, has been on paid leave. According to Daily Wire, “The secretary has actually been on paid leave since mid-August to spend time with his husband, Chasten, and their two newborn babies.”

Politico reported, “Buttigieg was ‘mostly offline’ for the ‘first four weeks’ except ‘for major agency decisions and matters that could not be delegated.’  “His spokesperson claimed that he will continue to take time for his family in the coming weeks, but he has been ramping up his activity.

Buttigieg’s absence occurs during the shipping crisis, leading to higher shipping costs and an already high level of inflation.

A report from Moody Analytics suggests that the supply chain crisis will get worse before it gets better. The report said, “As the global economic recovery continues to gather steam, what is increasingly apparent is how it will be stymied by supply-chain disruptions that are now showing up at every corner.” The bottlenecks at ports, truck driver shortage, and lack of global logistics contribute to the problem. Because of these issues, the cost of goods will continue to rise, and worldwide GDP growth will not be as strong.

Critics have not been shy about their frustration with Buttigieg’s absence.

Marsha Blackburn, senator from Tennessee, released a statement saying, “We’re in the middle of a transportation crisis, and Pete Buttigieg is sitting at home. Meanwhile, cargo boats are unable to dock, and shelves are sitting empty. Pete needs to either get back to work or leave the Department of Transportation. It’s time to put American families first.”

JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon said, “This will not be an issue next year at all. This is the worst part of it. I think great market systems will adjust for it as companies have.”

Biden announced Wednesday that the Los Angeles port would work 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to alleviate the port crisis.

This was after reports on Monday showed visible conjunction at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Even with the overtime hours, the White House admitted, “There will be things you can’t get” for Christmas while we battle with the supply chain issues,” according to Breitbart.

 

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