Today, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and Director of the National Economic Council Brian Deese met with Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm, Secretary of Homeland Security Mayorkas, U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai, Small Business Administrator Isabel Guzman, Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo, Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks, and Acting Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Dr. Janet Woodcock to discuss the Biden Administration’s whole-of-government effort to build diverse, resilient supply chains essential to our national security, our economic security, and our competitiveness. Sullivan and Deese thanked the Cabinet members and their teams for their work to deliver immediate next steps and robust recommendations to strengthen our supply chains in both the short-term and the long term.
Sullivan, Deese, and the cabinet members stressed the importance of using all available tools across the United States government and continuing partnerships with all stakeholders—including business, labor, and environmental groups—to identify further actions we can continue to take to strengthen our supply chains.
In the meeting, they also discussed the importance of being nimble to address emerging supply chain issues resulting from a rapid return of economic activity, in part due to President Biden’s historic vaccination program and economic relief efforts. They thanked Secretaries Raimondo, Buttigieg, and Vilsack for taking lead on the new Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force, which will work closely with the White House including the Domestic Policy Council, the National Economic Council, the National Security Council, and Council of Economic Advisers, to tackle near-term bottle-necks in the semiconductor, homebuilding and construction, transportation, and agriculture and food industries.
Lastly, they discussed the broad bipartisan agreement for strengthening supply chains, including the bipartisan bill to investment more than $50 billion in domestic production and R&D to advance U.S. leadership in the semiconductor industry. The participants also discussed how the findings of the reports reinforce the need for the transformative investments proposed in the President’s American Jobs Plan. The American Jobs Plan will make a once-in-a-generation capital investment to create millions of good-paying jobs, rebuild our country’s infrastructure, and position the U.S. to compete globally in key industries.