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Tue Jul 7, 2020, 05:03 PM

Biden wants US to produce more of its own pandemic supplies

Source: AP

By WILL WEISSERT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden is promising to shift production of medical equipment and other key pandemic-fighting products “back to U.S. soil,” creating jobs and bolstering a domestic supply chain he says has been exposed as inadequate and vulnerable by the coronavirus outbreak.

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee’s campaign released a plan Tuesday to reinforce stockpiles of a “range of critical products on which the U.S. is dangerously dependent on foreign suppliers” in places like China and Russia. That includes medical equipment and pharmaceuticals, but also energy and grid resilience technologies, semiconductors and key electronics, as well as telecommunications infrastructure and raw materials.

It marked the Biden campaign’s most comprehensive statements yet on how it would better equip the nation to fight the coronavirus and future pandemics and other threats — though the proposal did not include specifics on how much doing so would cost. If elected in November, Biden promises to initiate immediately a 100-day review of “critical national security risks across America’s international supply chain,” while asking Congress to create a permanent, mandatory review process.

The former vice president envisions creating a “critical supply chains workforce” that would be part of a larger job creation and economic recovery plan his team has spent weeks promising it will soon release.



Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden puts on a face mask to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus as he departs after speaking at Alexis Dupont High School in Wilmington, Del., Tuesday, June 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)


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Reply Biden wants US to produce more of its own pandemic supplies (Original post)
Omaha Steve Jul 7 OP
intrepidity Jul 7 #1
fleur-de-lisa Jul 7 #2
iluvtennis Jul 7 #3
Phoenix61 Jul 7 #4
Champp Jul 7 #5
cp Jul 7 #6
Raven123 Jul 7 #7
OneCrazyDiamond Jul 7 #8
Steelrolled Jul 7 #12
OneCrazyDiamond Jul 7 #15
CousinIT Jul 7 #9
JustABozoOnThisBus Jul 7 #10
ancianita Jul 7 #11
TomCADem Jul 7 #13
OneCrazyDiamond Jul 7 #14
TomCADem Jul 7 #16
OneCrazyDiamond Jul 8 #17
obamanut2012 Jul 8 #18
Hekate Jul 8 #19

Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Jul 7, 2020, 05:04 PM

1. Hell yeah

That this hasn't already been done this year is inexcusable.

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Response to intrepidity (Reply #1)

Tue Jul 7, 2020, 05:06 PM

2. If only we had a functioning government.

And a president with a couple of functioning brain cells.

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Response to intrepidity (Reply #1)

Tue Jul 7, 2020, 05:07 PM

3. +++ agree. nt

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Jul 7, 2020, 05:09 PM

4. There is a factory in Texas(?) that was ready,

willing and able to make PPE. He just wanted a contract long enough to make it financially viable to start up an additional line. He was very reasonable. He just wasn’t willing to invest that much, hire a bunch of people, then have to fire them in a couple of months.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Jul 7, 2020, 05:10 PM

5. Biden wants to do something good for America?

Republicans won't stand for that.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Jul 7, 2020, 05:10 PM

6. Oh my goodness, YES!

The more positive Democrats and Biden can be, the better. Feel that Americans are mighty thirsty for sensible, positive ideas, including kindness.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Jul 7, 2020, 05:30 PM

7. It's about darned time. Long overdue.

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Response to OneCrazyDiamond (Reply #8)

Tue Jul 7, 2020, 07:57 PM

12. This looks very similar

I have wondered about this, because I think we need rules (similar to defense contracts) that require domestic production. I don't care who does it, just get it done. I doubt there is any opposition.

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Response to Steelrolled (Reply #12)

Tue Jul 7, 2020, 08:36 PM

15. The Congress review is what I see that's new.

Agent orange doesn't like Congress. Certainly he wouldn't want reviews.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Jul 7, 2020, 05:39 PM

9. Damn right. n/t

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Jul 7, 2020, 05:57 PM

10. We should produce a lot more:

N95 masks, ok.

Also, pharmaceuticals, electronics, steel, etc. We get too much from China, who seems to be increasingly belligerent around the world.

Problem is, those are hard to produce without creating pollution. China seems to be willing to live with the byproducts of industry.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Jul 7, 2020, 07:37 PM

11. Great leadership. Great vision.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Jul 7, 2020, 08:10 PM

13. Agree. The U.S. Should Pay a Subsidy to Domestic PPE Makers...

...it should not be a tariff, because that just raises the costs overall. Instead, there should be a subsidy that is financed by a lower, more general tariff overall that is used to subsidize domestic makers of critical medical supplies.

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Response to TomCADem (Reply #13)

Tue Jul 7, 2020, 08:34 PM

14. A subsidy could be illegal.

Prohibited subsidies: subsidies that require recipients to meet certain export targets, or to use domestic goods instead of imported goods. They are prohibited because they are specifically designed to distort international trade, and are therefore likely to hurt other countries’ trade. They can be challenged in the WTO dispute settlement procedure where they are handled under an accelerated timetable. If the dispute settlement procedure confirms that the subsidy is prohibited, it must be withdrawn immediately. Otherwise, the complaining country can take counter measures. If domestic producers are hurt by imports of subsidized products, countervailing duty can be imposed.

https://www.wto.org/english/thewto_e/whatis_e/tif_e/agrm8_e.htm

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Response to OneCrazyDiamond (Reply #14)

Tue Jul 7, 2020, 08:38 PM

16. This Is Not A Subsidy to Export PPE

This would be a subsidy for an essential good targeted for domestic consumption. Now, if the U.S. subsidizing goods to dump them into another country to wipe out competition, then that would be impermissible for obvious reasons.

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Response to TomCADem (Reply #16)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 12:02 PM

17. Thanks. n/t

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 12:26 PM

18. Used to be manufacturing businesses in many Native areas

Including the Pine Ridge Reservation, until they were outsourced.

Place some of these businesses there, in ex coal country, etc.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 05:06 PM

19. KnR

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