As the White House strives to bolster national supply chains, U.S. President Joe Biden will reveal information on Monday about his administration’s intentions to increase the number of truck drivers by recruiting more women and veterans.
Biden will be joined by Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, according to a statement from the White House, in describing measures to address long-standing deficiencies in the trucking sector originating from labor issues.
The actions are part of a year-long effort to fortify US supply networks against climatic shocks and geopolitical conflict, so that China or other nations cannot weaponize the supply of commodities against the US.
After severe shortages of personal protective equipment, such as masks and gloves, during the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and a shortfall of semiconductors, which made automobiles more expensive and helped push inflation to 40-year highs, Biden has concentrated on rebuilding the United States’ supply chains.
The strategy to increase the number of truck drivers, which was initiated in 2021, has resulted in increased hiring, with more commercial driver licenses available in the first two months of this year compared to the same period last year, according to the statement.
According to White House data, trucking transports 72% of all commodities in the United States, and some carriers lose 90% of their staff each year and must replace them.