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Member Alert: United Fresh Attends White House Signing Ceremony for Infrastructure Bill

Nov 15, 2021

United Fresh President & CEO Tom Stenzel attended the White House ceremony today as President Joe Biden signed the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law.

“United Fresh has worked with the Administration and bipartisan Congressional leaders to pass a comprehensive infrastructure bill,” Stenzel said. “The new law will provide critical improvements to support the fresh produce supply chain, including roads, bridges, ports and vitally needed western state water infrastructure investment. We look forward to continuing to work with the Administration and Congress to ensure consumers have access to our safe, healthy and nutritious products. This law is a strong step in the right direction.”

A summary of the new law can be found here which includes information on the historic investments in the legislation.

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United Fresh President & CEO Tom Stenzel at the White House ceremony 

 

The infrastructure bill passed with strong bipartisan support in the Senate in August. On November 5, the House passed the bipartisan infrastructure measure by a 228-206 vote.

As part of last week’s House Agriculture Committee hearing on the challenges facing the entire agricultural supply chain, United Fresh and other North American fresh produce organizations submitted for the record a joint statement urging immediate government action to address significant ongoing supply chain disruptions with impacts to food systems, economies, and ultimately individuals and families worldwide.

In October, United Fresh joined more than 50 organizations to submit comments to the Administration’s Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force in response to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) request for information that was used to prepare a report for President Biden on supply chains for the industrial base. The comments offered recommendations to help ensure resiliency of the food and agricultural supply chain by addressing issues including labor, climate policy, transportation policy and infrastructure, container shipping, inland waterways, rail competition, and service and motor carrier freight transportation efficiency.

For further information, contact John Hollay, United Fresh’s Senior Director, Government Relations.

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