National Guard Could Be Deployed To Help With LA Port Cargo Backlog

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The National Guard could be deployed to help with the cargo ship bottleneck at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach that has lead to a major supply chain crisis nationwide.

A White House administration official confirmed to CNN Wednesday that it is considering all its options, including deploying the National Guard.

When asked specifically about whether President Joe Biden would consider ordering the National Guard or Navy to help unload cargo stacked up at ports or drive trucks, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday, “I’m not here to take options off the table,” according to CNN.

This comes after Biden announced last week that a plan had been reached in which the Port of L.A. would operate 24 hours a day. It’s unclear when that transition will take place.

On Thursday, meanwhile, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order directing state agencies to develop long-term proposals to alleviate the supply chain issues at the ports.

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Source: CBS