Take Action on Crucial Supply Chain Problems, AFS Urges President

Solving the truck driver shortage would help to ease the nation’s supply chain challenges, and so the American Foundry Society has joined with more than 100 organizations calling on the Biden Administration to act on this crucial issue.

In an open letter shared with the White House and Congressional staffers, the coalition suggested five actions that would reduce strain on supply chains, primarily by increasing the number of truckers on the road: implementing the Younger Driver Pilot Program, promoting transportation and supply chain careers, allowing flexibility in vaccine mandates, hours of service relief, and working to minimize bottlenecks in ports.

The signatories, which include trade associations covering dozens of industries, said they stand ready to help deploy these programs.

“While we represent different industries, we share the common burden of current supply chain disruptions, which are driving up prices and leading to a growing shortage of goods in the United States, with the holidays just around the corner,” the letter reads. “As business leaders and proud Americans, we are firmly committed to this country's economic recovery. We are working to usher in a return to normalcy and striving to help all Americans enjoy a better way of life by providing them with access to the essential products and supplies they need.”