White House Claims President Biden’s Actions to Fix Supply Chain ‘Saved Christmas’
Washington D.C. — The White House is claiming a series of actions President Joe Biden took in the face of a backlogged supply chain has “saved Christmas” for millions of American consumers.
Speaking at a press briefing on Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki touted the Biden Administration’s efforts to ease the ongoing supply chain crisis just in time for the holidays.
“Good news. We’ve saved Christmas,” Psaki declared. “And that is because President Biden recognized this challenge early, acted as an honest broker to bring key stakeholders together, and focused on addressing practical problems across the global supply chain.”
Citing a deal made with stakeholders and labor unions announced in October to keep the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles operating 24/7, Psaki said “the number of containers sitting on the docks at [these ports] for over eight days have fallen by nearly 50 percent.”
The White also pointed to its efforts to stand up a “pop up” container yard at the Port of Savannah, America’s fourth largest container port.
Psaki also noted the price of shipping a container between Asia and the West Coast has fallen by more than 25 percent since its peak in September.
In addition, as part of it’s Port Action Plan (PAP) begun in November, the White House also just announced $230 million in Port Infrastructure Development Grants — the only federal grant program wholly dedicated to investments in port infrastructure.
“The much-predicted crisis didn’t occur”
President Biden also addressed the supply chain challenges after meeting on Wednesday with members of his cabinet including Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and mega carrier CEOs Fred Smith of FedEx and Darren Hawkins of Yellow Corp.
“Earlier this fall, we heard a lot of dire warnings about supply chain problems leading to a crisis around the holidays, so we acted,” the President said. “We brought together business and labor leaders to solve problems. And much — you know, the much-predicted crisis didn’t occur. Packages are moving. Gifts are being delivered. Shelves are not empty.”
You may recall, Transportation Nation Network reported “earlier this fall,” President Biden came under intense criticism among many in the trucking community when he threatened to “call out” trucking companies and truckers if they didn’t “step up” and work harder to meet the supply chain challenges.
Just last week, the Biden Administration rolled out its “Trucking Action Plan” to address workforce challenges within the industry.
The Plan was widely panned by truckers and trucking groups such as the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and Small Business in Transportation Coalition.
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It will be interesting to see how today’s comments from the President and the White House are perceived within the trucking community… you know, the people who actually keep the country moving.