Just as the nation is experiencing an unprecedented supply chain crisis intertwined with inflation spiraling out of control, with the response of the administration of President Empty Shelf Joe Biden in disarray, it has turned out that his Transportation Secretary, Pete Buttigieg, has been on paternity leave to help his husband with their two newborns.
Transportation secretary on leave right amid crisis
A report by Politico revealed that Buttigieg has been off right in the midst of the shocking crisis, on paternity leave since August.
According to his office, the paid leave has been in place since mid-August, so that Biden’s Transportation Secretary could spend his time with his husband Chasten, and the two newborn babies that they had on September 4.
The competence of Buttigieg, who was the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, from 2012 until 2020, and came out as gay in 2015, to be Transportation Secretary has been repeatedly questioned, with critics noting that he was “awarded” the job by Joe Biden only for supporting him after failing to get the 2020 Democrat presidential nomination.
According to a spokesman for his office, in the first four weeks of his paternity leave, Buttigieg was almost entirely offline and showed up only for “major agency decisions” and issues that he couldn’t delegate.
Since the beginning of October, he is said to have been “ramping up” his activities as Transportation Secretary.
Apparently, that hasn’t really been enough or of much use, considering the gigantic supply chain bottlenecks that have formed at America’s largest seaports, leaving empty store shelves all around the country.
Even against this backdrop, Buttigieg wouldn’t be able to come back full time shortly, as, according to the spokesman cited, he would still be taking “some time” in the coming weeks in order to “support his husband and take care of his new children.”
Stop making it worse
Regardless of Buttigieg’s absence, on Thursday Florida GOP Senator Rick Scott called for both him and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo to come in and testify to the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee of the US Senate over the terrible supply chain crisis.
Republican US Senator of Wyoming Cynthia Lummis told the Washington Examiner that the Transportation Department could and should be doing a lot more in order to help alleviate the crisis.
She lambasted the Biden administration for being seemingly more interested in expanding tremendously the federal bureaucracy instead of using its “existing authorities” in order to help “American businesses and consumers.”
GOP US House member Kevin Brady of Texas, a House Ways and Means Committee member, declared in turn that the actions of the Biden administration on the supply chain crisis are “months late and more than a dollar short”.
He gave advice to Buttigieg to “stop making it worse and tackle the real issues”, slamming the Biden administration for exacerbating the labor shortage problems by imposing vaccine mandates on companies having over 100 employees.