Nov. 20 (UPI) — President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will meet Friday with Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic chief Chuck Schumer.
The primary assembly because the election between the incoming U.S. leaders and Congress’ two strongest Democrats will concern the agenda of the lame-duck session, Pelosi advised reporters at her weekly Capitol Hill press briefing.
The 4 Democratic leaders, she stated, will focus on “the urgency of crushing [COVID-19] and easing the ache of this financial disaster.”
Each congressional events have renewed efforts to move a brand new spherical of financial reduction and healthcare measures to deal with the pandemic. However lawmakers will depart for his or her Thanksgiving recess with out a deal.
Pelosi and Home Democrats handed a $2 trillion measure months in the past, whereas Senate Republican chief Mitch McConnell has countered with “skinny” measures that quantity to about $500 billion.
If they can not attain an settlement, it is anticipated that one in every of Biden’s first duties as president can be to attempt to bridge the hole.
Pelosi additionally stated that she, Schumer, Biden and Harris will focus on “maintaining the federal government open” within the type of an omnibus spending invoice that Congress should move by Dec. 11 to keep away from a federal shutdown.
President Donald Trump has not stated whether or not he would signal a spending measure.
Trump has refused to concede and is obstructing official recognition of Biden and Harris because the winners, main some Democratic lawmakers Thursday to demand the Basic Companies Administration verify the election victory and unlock thousands and thousands in federal funds earmarked to assist a easy transition of energy.
GSA head Emily Murphy, who was appointed to the put up by Trump, has to date refused to acknowledge Biden because the “clear” winner.
Biden’s transition staff is eager to barter with congressional Democrats to rapidly line up cash for his or her legislative spending priorities earlier than the top of the yr.