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Gaetz requests Judiciary Committee start each hearing with Pledge of Allegiance, Nadler calls it ‘unnecessary’

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Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) on Thursday suggested to the House Judiciary Committee that each hearing should be commenced with a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, but the committee chair, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), said such a proposal was “unnecessary.”

“I just think that it would be nice if—in the spirit of national unity and national pride, which I know we all aspire to do to a greater extent—that at the beginning of each meeting the chair, or one of the designees of the chair, would have the opportunity to lead us in the pledge of allegiance,” the Florida Republican said to Nadler.

Citing the turbulent times right now in the United States, Gaetz said that “it’s important for the country to see members of Congress working together on some things, and while I know that we can deal with divisive issues in the committee, it would be my hope that we could start every committee with a great, unifying, patriotic moment.”

Nadler responded by saying that reciting the pledge before each hearing was “unnecessary,” adding that the House of Representatives “begins every day with the Pledge of Allegiance” and that “we’re covered by that.”

“There’s no necessity to say the Pledge of Allegiance twice during the same day,” the New York Democrat added.

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Health Industry Distributors’ Association: Supply Chain Delays ‘A Healthcare Issue’

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The Health Industry Distributors’ Association (HIDA) released harrowing data stating “Transportation Delays Are A Healthcare Issue.” HIDA’s December release states, “research estimates that approximately 8,000-12,000 containers of critical medical supplies are delayed an average of up to 37 days throughout the transportation system.”

The statement continues, “The West Coast port with the greatest number of delayed medical containers are the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. The most congested East Coast port is the Port of Savannah.”

An infographic is accompanied with the statement which breaks down the crisis further. 17 is the average number of days the shipments are delayed at the Port. There’s an 11 day average delay by rail, and a 9 day average delay by truck.

In those shipping containers, the infographic states 187,000 gowns, 360,000 syringes and 3.5 million surgical gloves are held. The ports with the most medical delayed supplies are Los Angeles/Long Beach, Savannah, New York/New Jersey, Charleston, Seattle, Oakland, Boston, Baltimore and Houston.

Axios reports under a “Why it matters” headline, that “Per their projections, medical supplies arriving at a U.S. port on Christmas Day won’t be delivered to hospitals and other care settings until February 2022.”

As a result, “that could delay critical supplies at a time when health care is already expected to most need them due to surges from Delta and Omicron.”

Additionally, “The supply chain problems can compound, starting with medical supplies languishing in U.S. ports for an average of 17 days, officials said.”

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