Orange County Congresswoman Michelle Steel is voting no on tax hikes in Washington while introducing new legislation to ease the backlog of ships at the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports.
Steel voted against a $2 trillion package in Washington D.C. that would raise taxes on Orange County families and would unleash one of the largest government spending packages in history amid already skyrocketing inflation.
“I ran as a tax fighter and that’s why I voted against this crazy tax and spending bill that would hit 20%-30% of middle-class families with higher taxes in the face of skyrocketing inflation,” Steel said in a statement.
Steel’s work against raising taxes comes as she introduced bipartisan legislation to solve the supply chain crisis, which has been raising prices on all Americans for everyday products.
Called the Supply Chain Crisis Taskforce Act, the bill seeks to allow the Coast Guard to establish an interagency task force to address the vessel backlogs at the two ports, which serve all 435 congressional districts. It would also have representatives from a number of government agencies who would direct the task force to develop a comprehensive plan to solve the vessel backlog and oil spill crisis along the coast of Southern California.
The act comes as Steel already introduced the Stopping Hazardous Incidents of the Pacific Act (SHIP) of 2021, which would ban cargo ships from anchoring too close to the port for 180 days, which comes after an oil spill occurred off the coast of Huntington Beach after an investigation found that an anchor from a cargo ship likely dragged an oil line, causing the rupture.
Steel’s previous work for the environment earned her the endorsement of the American Conservation Coalition, an organization that fights for environmental issues and conservation while she was running for Congress.
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