California Democrats are deliberately putting distance between themselves and the Biden administration while the recent supply chain and environmental crises grow worse in the greater Los Angeles area.
Fox News reached out to 24 Southern California House Democrats asking if the Biden administration has done enough to alleviate the supply chain bottleneck at the two Los Angeles ports and address other public safety crises, including a massive oil spill off the coast and a fire that broke out on shipping containers due to the vessel backlog.
Not a single Democrat responded to Fox News regarding what needs to be done on the local and federal levels to immediately solve these crises in their own backyards.
Instead, many of these Democrats are arguing for the end of offshore drilling, but ignoring the longer-term impacts of the spill, which the Coast Guard estimates leaked between 25,000-132,000 gallons of crude oil into the ocean, and growing inflation caused by the goods bottleneck. Coast Guard Capt. Rebecca Ore said Thursday that the leak is likely closer to 24,000 gallons at 588 barrels.
Rep. Julia Brownley, D-Calif., whose district covers Ventura County just north of L.A., tweeted that she is joining with her Democratic colleagues to support a federal ban on new oil leases off the California coast with Southern California Democratic Reps. Katie Porter, Alan Lowenthal, and Mike Levin expressing concern about supply chain issues not to mention the environmental hazards created.
While President Biden claims that the Port of Los Angeles will begin operating around the clock to minimize the overwhelming backlog resulting in the supply chain bottleneck but the administration is now taking fire for making light of the situation on social media.
Biden's Chief of Staff Ron Klain also received criticism for a recent tweet in which he referred to rising inflation as a "high class problem."
Rep. Young Kim, R-Calif., thanked Biden for taking a step to address the supply chain issue, but reiterated that southern California communities are "reeling" from the series of ongoing crises.
Kim's office said that the congresswoman has been working since January to safely keep the ports open and "boost the flow of goods in and out of the San Pedro Port Complex."
More Republicans are urging Biden to hurry up and sign off on a Major Disaster Declaration that was requested over a week ago.