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McCarthy: Nancy Pelosi Owns New Unemployment Numbers

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy

22 million people have filed for unemployment insurance during the coronavirus pandemic and the number is expected to increase in a new jobs report expected Thursday. During an interview with Fox News’ Ed Henry Tuesday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy argued that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi owns the new numbers because she delayed a deal to extend funding for American workers.

“Thursday, we’ll get the new unemployment numbers,” McCarthy said. “That’s gonna be Pelosi’s unemployment. She did not have to do this. This is a program that worked better than any program we’ve seen. We’ve been able to move in fourteen days, the amount of money the Small Business Administration has been able to move in fourteen years. Think of that, 30 million jobs saved, but how many people got laid off this week simply because Democrats wanted to use leverage to change the direction and the restructuring of government.”

The GOP Leader also confirmed to Henry that Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill had reached a deal to provide additional funding to the Small Business Administration’s Payment Protection Program that ran out of money and stopped distributing small business loans last week.

He added, “We waited two weeks ago we said that this money was gonna run out. Because remember what this is. This is to keep people employed, to keep small businesses able to stay afloat while the government told them they had to shut down. And it has gone out. And if you look at this, we’ve saved 30 million jobs with this program, but there’s 700,000 applications sitting there. Nancy Pelosi has stopped it.”

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Health Industry Distributors’ Association: Supply Chain Delays ‘A Healthcare Issue’

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The Health Industry Distributors’ Association (HIDA) released harrowing data stating “Transportation Delays Are A Healthcare Issue.” HIDA’s December release states, “research estimates that approximately 8,000-12,000 containers of critical medical supplies are delayed an average of up to 37 days throughout the transportation system.”

The statement continues, “The West Coast port with the greatest number of delayed medical containers are the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. The most congested East Coast port is the Port of Savannah.”

An infographic is accompanied with the statement which breaks down the crisis further. 17 is the average number of days the shipments are delayed at the Port. There’s an 11 day average delay by rail, and a 9 day average delay by truck.

In those shipping containers, the infographic states 187,000 gowns, 360,000 syringes and 3.5 million surgical gloves are held. The ports with the most medical delayed supplies are Los Angeles/Long Beach, Savannah, New York/New Jersey, Charleston, Seattle, Oakland, Boston, Baltimore and Houston.

Axios reports under a “Why it matters” headline, that “Per their projections, medical supplies arriving at a U.S. port on Christmas Day won’t be delivered to hospitals and other care settings until February 2022.”

As a result, “that could delay critical supplies at a time when health care is already expected to most need them due to surges from Delta and Omicron.”

Additionally, “The supply chain problems can compound, starting with medical supplies languishing in U.S. ports for an average of 17 days, officials said.”

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