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Rep. Steel tours Port of Long Beach

Rep. Michelle Steel (CA-48) toured the Port of Long Beach to get a firsthand look at the unprecedented backlog of cargo ships off the Southern California Coast. The Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles together move 40% of all shipping containers entering the U.S. and the backlog at these ports has affected the entire country. Rep. Steel has introduced legislation to address the supply chain crisis – the Safeguarding the Supply Chain Act and the bipartisan Supply Chain Crisis Taskforce Act.

Ports are governed by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), while airlines and railroads are required to abide by the 1934 Railroad Labor Act (RLA). The Safeguarding the Supply Chain Act would move the Longshoremen and ports to the RLA, just as Congress moved airlines to the RLA in the 1930. Ports are critical to U.S. infrastructure and trade and should be governed in the same manner as the railroad and airline industries. This move reflects the essential nature of the jobs of Longshoremen in the supply chain.

While at the Port of Long Beach, Rep. Steel spoke with the Port’s Chief Wharfinger, Director of Government Relations, Homeland Security Stakeholder Coordinator, and Director of Environmental Planning. They discussed solutions for easing congestion, safety concerns, and environmental impacts of idling ships.

This article was released by the Office of Congresswoman Michelle Steel.

2 Comments

  1. Its not your district witch go back home you have enough to do.

    1. Lorenzo,

      Thank you for reading Orange County Breeze, and for taking the time to comment on this article.

      Although I do not agree with the name-calling, I do understand that you regard Michele Steel’s tour of the Port of Long Beach as out-of-bounds because her Congressional District does not include the Port.

      However, the ships at anchor waiting to enter the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach trail down the coast into waters off Orange County, which she does represent. The beaches and wetlands of Orange County were directly impacted by the recent oil spill. In order to knowledgeably suggest, discuss, and decide on preventative measure against future oil spills, she is prudent to understand the workings of the Ports.

      It would likewise be prudent to understand the use of the oil pumped through the offshore pipeline before decreeing that it be shut down.

      Again, thank you for reading Orange County Breeze.

      Shelley Henderson
      editor, Orange County Breeze

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