U.S. Representatives Ashley Hinson (R-IA) and Dusty Johnson (R-SD) recently signed on as the original co-sponsors of a bipartisan bill that would create a dedicated task force to shore up America’s food supply chain to to lower prices and prevent future shortages.
“The current supply chain disruption has increased costs for working families at the grocery store and increased input prices for farmers. It has also resulted in shortages of food and other essential items,” Rep. Hinson said May 12. “Our bipartisan legislation will ensure the United States has a long-term strategy for building supply chains. resilient national food supply and provide much-needed commodities. certainty for working families and farmers.
The Strengthening Agriculture and Food Supply Chain Act, HR 7675, which lawmakers introduced May 6 with the bill’s sponsor, U.S. Representative Angie Craig (D-MN), would create the new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) task force to assess the reliability of the U.S. food supply chain and provide recommendations to Congress on how to prevent future supply chain issues, according to a summary by the invoice provided by their offices.
“In recent years, Americans have faced supply chain shortages of all kinds — from meat to formula to toilet paper — [and] the lack of stability is unacceptable,” Rep. Johnson said. “There are cracks in our supply chain – our bill will get to the bottom of these issues and put a plan in place to fix the issues. Food security is national security.
If signed into law, HR 7675 would require the task force to submit a report detailing its work and recommendations to Congress no later than 270 days after the bill is signed into law, the summary says.
“Right now, Americans are rightly frustrated with the higher prices they’re experiencing – whether it’s families checking out the grocery store or farmers and business owners struggling with… higher input costs,” Rep. Craig said. “In Congress, we must take immediate action to get products from ships to shelves faster and to rebuild and strengthen our supply chains for future generations.”
HR 7675 was referred for review to the US House Agriculture Committee.