Sen. Rick Scott: Buttigieg & Raimondo Missing in Action on Supply Chain Crisis

February 15, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Rick Scott reiterated his calls for Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Department of Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo to testify before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation (CST) on the Biden administration’s raging supply chain crisis that continues to hurt families and business across America.


In December, Senator Scott sent a letter to Secretaries Buttigieg and Raimondo inviting them to an open meeting with himself and other members of CST Committee to discuss the ongoing supply chain crisis. That letter followed a November letter from Senator Scott to CST Chair Senator Maria Cantwell where he noted he would object to expedited confirmation of all Commerce and Transportation nominees until the secretaries testified before the committee and addressed the supply chain crisis. In October, Senator Scott made his initial request on the Senate floor for the secretaries to testify before the CST Committee. As of today, Secretaries Buttigieg and Raimondo, and Chair Cantwell, have failed to respond to Senator Scott’s requests.


Senator Rick Scott said, “For more than four months I have been calling on the Biden administration to stand up for American families and tackle this raging supply chain crisis head on – but they refuse to act. Their inaction is appalling. In Florida and across America, families continue to face empty shelves, businesses can’t get the goods they need to serve their customers, and inflation continues to drive prices through the roof. Enough is enough. It’s time for these ‘leaders’ to stop hiding and covering for the failures of President Biden. When you take a job to lead a federal agency, you accept the responsibility to act and solve problems. If Pete Buttigieg and Gina Raimondo want to keep ignoring national crises that are hurting our families, they should resign and make way for someone who cares enough to do the job.”