Biden Admin ‘Not Pursuing’ Using National Guard to Help With Supply Chain Issues: White House

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The White House has walked backmost connected President Joe Biden’s latest remark astir supply chain challenges, saying that the Biden medication is not readying to mobilize the National Guard to assistance unload instrumentality ships oregon thrust trucks to present goods.

During an Oct. 21 municipality hallway meeting hosted by CNN, Biden was asked whether the national authorities would nonstop the National Guard to assistance easiness the proviso concatenation backlog. He replied that helium was “absolutely” consenting to instrumentality that option.

“Yes, absolutely, positively, I would bash that,” Biden said. “The reply is yes, if we can’t determination to summation the fig of truckers, which we’re successful the process of doing.”

The White House past clarified that if the National Guard does measurement successful to assistance mitigate proviso concatenation issues, it volition beryllium a determination made by idiosyncratic states.

“Requesting the usage of the National Guard astatine the authorities level is nether the purview of governors, and we are not actively pursuing the usage of the National Guard connected a national level,” the White House said successful a statement.

Governors successful immoderate states are considering oregon person called successful the National Guard to easiness labour shortages. In September, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker sent immoderate 250 Guard members to instrumentality driving duties successful schoolhouse districts that were reporting terrible shortages of schoolhouse autobus drivers, successful portion owed to the state’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for nationalist employees.

“Once it became beauteous wide that determination were going to beryllium immoderate communities shorthanded—it wasn’t going to beryllium a conveyance issue, it was going to beryllium radical with [commercial driver’s licenses]—we started talking to the Guard,” Baker said.

While galore Guard members bash person commercialized drivers licenses, governors who privation to deploy the troops to assistance with proviso concatenation contented would person to debar pulling the troops distant from roles they already person successful the proviso chain, since they mightiness already beryllium utilizing the proscription accomplishment for their civilian jobs.

If the deployment did happen, it would apt beryllium successful states with immoderate of the nation’s busiest ports. In California, the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles are dealing with unprecedented proviso concatenation bottlenecks, with much than 100 instrumentality ships waiting to get in.

“Shop aboriginal due to the fact that these delays and bottlenecks are going to proceed to the extremity of the year,” Mario Cordero, the enforcement manager for Port of Long Beach, told Bloomberg News. “Hopefully, we’ll person immoderate beardown mitigating factors.”

Meanwhile, astatine Georgia’s Port of Savannah, immoderate 27 ships are waiting astatine anchor arsenic of Oct. 24, according to the larboard authority’s website. In fiscal twelvemonth 2020, the Port of Savannah handled implicit 9 percent of full U.S. containerized cargo measurement and astir 11 percent of each U.S. containerized exports.

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