Last week, Congress passed an infrastructure bill that includes $17 billion for port infrastructure and waterways. The White House said that the legislation will help ease inflationary pressures and strengthen supply chains by making long overdue improvements to U.S. ports, airports, rail and roads.

"Decades of neglect and underinvestment in our infrastructure have left the links in our goods movement supply chains struggling to keep up with our strong economic recovery from the pandemic," the White House said. "The bipartisan infrastructure deal will make the fundamental changes that are long overdue for our nation’s ports and airports so this will not happen again."

The White House added that a "modern, resilient, and sustainable port, airport, and freight infrastructure will strengthen our supply chains and support U.S. competitiveness by removing bottlenecks and expediting commerce and reduce the environmental impact on neighboring communities."