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White House says it cannot guarantee holiday packages will arrive on time amid rush to address supply chains
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The White House said Wednesday it "cannot guarantee" that holiday packages will arrive on time amid the administration’s efforts to relieve supply chain bottlenecks and ease shipping backlogs.
When asked during a press briefing Wednesday if the White House could guarantee holiday packages being delivered to families across the United States on time, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said it could not, but pointed to the administration’s efforts to address the congested supply chains.
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"We are not the Postal Service, UPS or FedEx," Psaki said. "We cannot guarantee."
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"What we can do is use every lever at the federal government’s disposal to reduce delays, to ensure we are addressing bottlenecks in the system, including ports and the need for them to be open longer hours so that goods can arrive," Psaki added. "And we continue to press — not only workers and unions — but also companies to take as many steps as they can to reduce these delays."
Supply chain issues are a source of mounting concern as global economies attempt to meet surging demand and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Shortages of basic household items, such as toilet paper, raw materials needed for construction and critical tech components like semiconductors have contributed to a surge in prices for consumers.