President Biden has signed an executive order authorizing a review of the US supply chain, including semiconductors.
The US has suffered from a number of major supply chain crises over the last year. At the outset of the pandemic, medical professions struggled with a shortage of PPE. Most recently, multiple industries have been impacted by a shortage of semiconductors. The automotive industry, in particular, has been one of the hardest hit.
President Biden’s executive order is not a short-term solution, but is an attempt to devise a long-term plan to address the country’s need for semiconductors, pharmaceuticals, rare-earth elements and large-capacity batteries.
“And the bottom line is simple: The American people should never face shortages in the goods and services they rely on, whether that’s their car or their prescription medicines or the food at the local grocery store,” said President Biden when announcing the executive order.
The supply chain review will also help pave the way for additional jobs, as well as secure existing ones, by ensuring workers have the critical supplies they need. For example, the semiconductor shortage recently halted production at three GM plants. Ensuring a safe supply of critical components will keep companies and entire industries running.
“This is about making sure the United States can meet every challenge we face in this new era — pandemics, but also in defense, cybersecurity, climate change, and so much more,” continued President Biden. “And the best way to do that is by protecting and sharpening America’s competitive edge by investing here at home. As I’ve said from the beginning, while I was running: We’re going to invest in America. We’re going to invest in American workers. And then we can be in a much better position to even compete beyond what we’re doing now.
“Resilient, diverse, and secure supply chains are going to help revitalize our domestic manufacturing capacity and create good-paying jobs, not $15 an hour — which is what we need to do someday. And sooner is better, in my view. But jobs that are at the prevailing wage.”