White House press secretary Jen Psaki fired back at House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy after he criticized President Joe Biden for the supply chain problems facing the U.S.
“Mr. President, it’s time for you to reevaluate your priorities,” McCarthy tweeted Wednesday alongside a letter from House Republicans calling out Biden. “We must address our supply chain and ports crisis before Congress considers any additional social spending and taxation legislation.”
“Let’s do facts instead,” Psaki responded. “Job growth is up 10x over the end of the Trump-McCarthy economy, UI claims are down 60%+, and 5m more people are back to work.”
She added that if McCarthy wished to aid the economy, “he would support our bill to invest in ports, roads, bridges, and jobs.”
Let’s do facts instead. Under @POTUS, job growth is up 10x over the end of the Trump-McCarthy economy, UI claims are down 60%+, and 5m more people are back to work.
If @GOPLeader wanted to help our economy, he would support our bill to invest in ports, roads, bridges, and jobs. https://t.co/bXcRHkGzQS
— Jen Psaki (@PressSec) October 21, 2021
Ports and truck yards have suffered from bottlenecks as a result of labor shortages and high consumer demand during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a Morning Consult poll released Friday, 51% of Americans said an item they wanted was out of stock in stores, while 54% said an item they wanted was out of stock online.
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg attributed the high demand for products to Biden’s successful economic agenda in an interview Sunday. “Demand is off the charts. Retail sales are through the roof,” he said.
“And if you think about those images of ships, for example, waiting at anchor on the West Coast – every one of those ships is full of record amounts of goods that Americans are buying because demand is up, because income is up, because the president has successfully guided this economy out of the teeth of a terrifying recession,” Buttigieg added.
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