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Tuberville: Vulcan quarry occupation a threat to supply chain

Calling it a threat to the international supply chain, Sen. Tommy Tuberville decried the Mexican military’s occupation of Birmingham-based Vulcan Materials quarry facility in Quintana Roo.

“President Biden’s failure of leadership has only emboldened Mexico to continue taking hostile action against Vulcan that puts employees at risk and jeopardizes our supply chains in the southeast region of the United States,” Tuberville (R-Auburn) said Monday.

A week ago, Mexican police and military rolled into the facility, shutting down its operations.

Tuberville said he urged President Biden last May to take action when the Mexican government ordered Vulcan Materials to shut down operations at one of its mining tracts.

“For more than 30 years, Vulcan Materials Company has operated a limestone quarry in Mexico that has created good jobs both in Mexico and in Alabama,” he said. “Last year, I urged President Biden to confront President López Obrador about the Mexican government’s aggression toward Vulcan Materials. As usual, President Biden buried his head in the sand.

“The illegal seizure of Vulcan’s port facility is just the latest example of the Mexican government exploiting President Biden’s weakness, and the situation will only get worse until the president addresses it head on.”

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