President-elect Joe Biden is urging Congress to rapidly move a COVID reduction amid a brand new surge within the coronavirus pandemic, in line with a high Biden transition official.
The messaging got here a few hours earlier than Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris met on Friday at his transition headquarters in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware with Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and Senate Minority Chief Chuck Schumer of New York, the highest two Democrats in Congress.
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Jen Psaki, who served as communications director in President Obama’s White Home and is taking a number one function within the Biden transition and steering his eventual cupboard nominees by Senate affirmation, informed reporters that Biden, Harris, Pelosi, and Schumer are “in lockstep settlement that there must be emergency help and assist throughout the lame duck periods to assist households, to assist small companies. There’s no extra room for delay and we have to transfer ahead as rapidly as doable.”
Biden informed Pelosi and Schumer that “in my Oval Workplace, mi casa, you casa.”
“I hope we’re going to spend so much of time collectively,” the president-elect added as reporters had been briefly allowed to witness a portion of the assembly between Biden, Harris, Pelosi and Schumer.
Biden didn’t reply a query that was shouted to him by the press pool earlier than they had been escorted out of the assembly, which was his first in-person encounter with Pelosi and Schumer because the presidential election.
Talking with reporters earlier within the day on Capitol Hill, Pelosi mentioned she and Schumer could be discussing with Biden concerning the “crushing of the virus” and COVID reduction. However months of talks between Pelosi and Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell of Kentucky have failed to succeed in consensus on any reduction bundle.
Following the assembly in Wilmington, the Biden transition introduced that the president-elect shared with Pelosi and Schumer “his agenda for the primary 100 days of his presidency, together with taking aggressive motion to comprise COVID-19, offering sources to small companies, households, faculties, and state and native governments to energy our financial restoration, and investing within the center class to construct again higher.”