Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has been uncharacteristically quiet over congested ports throughout the U.S., and his critics say if he ever desires to see whether or not a future presidential marketing campaign may float, he’d higher begin addressing the issue earlier than transport delays worsen forward of the vacations.

The Marine Exchange of Southern California reported 144 ships in Southern California’s San Pedro Bay final week, 85 of which have been ready for the inexperienced mild to be unloaded, according to the Los Angeles Business Journal. Ports from Seattle to Savannah, Ga., have reported rising congestion as effectively.

Buttigieg, the previous mayor of South Bend, Ind., finest recognized for his 2020 run for the presidency, has largely stayed silent.

A massive container ship arriving in the Port of Long Beach, Calif.

A large container ship arriving within the Port of Long Beach, Calif.
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“The Story” anchor Martha MacCallum stated Buttigieg’s division referred her to a July 15 digital roundtable on the work being finished. She famous on “Sunday Night in America” how transport falls underneath the Transportation Department’s purview.

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Shipping containers being unloaded from ships at a container terminal at the Port of Long Beach-Port of Los Angeles complex in April 2021.

Shipping containers being unloaded from ships at a container terminal on the Port of Long Beach-Port of Los Angeles advanced in April 2021.
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“I don’t hear him talking about this, and I don’t hear the media asking him – the mainstream media, the D.C. media – quizzing him on this very much,” host Trey Gowdy advised her.

A statement from the July assembly stated the Biden administration believed the availability chain disruptions could be “transitory.”

The Port of Houston Bayport Container Terminal in 2019.

The Port of Houston Bayport Container Terminal in 2019.
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“Participants identified multiple factors contributing to the congestion at the San Pedro Bay ports, but agreed that the situation is critical and committed to identifying and working toward solutions to increase throughput at the port in an environmentally sensitive way,” the assertion learn.

Several culprits may very well be in charge for congestion previous to the vacation season, together with provide chain disruptions as a result of lingering results of the COVID-19 pandemic, analysts have stated. The Transportation Department additionally blamed America’s “neglected” infrastructure, calling for billions of {dollars} in extra funding within the nation’s ports.

Fox News’ Michael Garrity contributed to this report.