U.S. lawmakers are looking to step in and solve some of the country’s supply-chain problems. The Wall Street Journal reports that Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna of California are proposing steps to force federal agencies to take the lead in preventing future product shortages while better coordinating existing federal programs to build up domestic manufacturing.
Their legislation would force leaders at cabinet-level agencies to identify weaknesses in U.S. supply chains that could hurt national security and domestic manufacturing growth. The nascent effort builds on previous congressional attempts to reduce reliance on other countries, such as China.
The plan is the latest move in Washington to respond to supply-chain disruptions that have roiled the economy, and recently have affected products ranging from infant formula to semiconductors. Prospects for passage aren’t clear, but government role in supply chains looks likely to grow.
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