Two days after the news media announced That Joe Biden had won the presidential election, members of Congress, a major transition resource center and other agencies called on the General Services Administration to approve biden’s team’s use of certain critical transition funds and resources, such as briefings prepared by professional federal employees.
The Electoral College is scheduled to meet on Dec. 14 and inauguration Day is Jan. 20, but the Trump campaign has continued to challenge the results through lawsuits, recounts and donations.
‘The term’ concede ‘doesn’t even appear in our dictionary right now,’ Said Jason Miller, a senior adviser to the Trump campaign, in an interview with Fox Business on Monday. Some Republicans, including former President George W. Bush, acknowledged Mr Biden’s victory, and many foreign leaders congratulated him.
The Biden team announced its top policy priorities on Sunday and its Coronavirus Advisory Board on Monday.
The transition process began months before the elections. Over the past two decades, the law has evolved to provide more support for candidates by November, after the Florida recount and Supreme Court incident shortened the bush transition.
But Emily Murphy, the politically-appointed head of the General Services Administration, still has to “determine” who the winner is before the Biden campaign can send teams to the agencies for briefings, mostly by career civil servants, and $9.9 million in funding.
In addition, defense Insider reported On Monday that the Defense Department will not be in contact with Biden’s team until the GSA takes action. The situation may be further complicated by the fact that Trump fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Twitter on Monday afternoon.
“Under the Presidential Transition Act of 1963, as amended, the Director of the General Services Administration will determine the obvious successful candidate once the winner is identified, in accordance with constitutional procedures,” a GSA spokesman previously told administration officials. “The director’s confirmation is to provide the services provided by [the Transition Act]. Pending confirmation, the law allows the Biden transition team to continue accepting government preselected services (for example, limited office space, computers, and security clearings for background checks). The GSA has met all the statutory requirements for [the transition Act] during this election cycle and will continue to do so.”
According to the Washington Post, Mary Gibert, the federal transition coordinator, told colleagues on Friday that the GSA was “in a holding mode and will not receive members of The Biden team until it is’ confirmed. ‘” She has “not given a specific timetable”.
The Post also reported that If Murphy waits too long, Biden’s team is prepared to take legal action.
Biden transition officials say the General Services Administration must acknowledge biden’s election victory before the transition can begin. “If the GSA does not recognize the election victory, legal action may be taken.”
The GSA, meanwhile, is under pressure from several parties to recognize Mr. Biden.
On Sunday, the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service, an important source of information and resources for the transition, released a statement calling on the GSA to confirm the election results.
The group said Biden’s team must “recruit 4,000 political appointees, 1,250 of whom will need senate confirmation; Preparing a $4.7 trillion budget; Implementing a strong policy agenda; He leads two million civilians and two million active and reserve soldiers.”
“Despite the legal disputes that need to be decided, the outcome is clear and the transition process must now begin… We urge the Trump administration to begin the post-election transition process immediately, and urge the Biden team to make full use of the resources provided under the Presidential Transition Act.”
Gerry Connolly, chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations, said in a statement, “GSA Director Emily Murphy must begin Biden’s transition work immediately. Administration officials play a key role in the peaceful transfer of power and in ensuring the undisturbed delivery of vital government services. This is especially important in a deadly pandemic. She should do the right thing.”
The chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, Carolyn Maloney, tweeted, “Now is the time for administration officials to do the right thing for our country. Murphy’s decision isn’t symbolic. It is slowing the capacity of the incoming administration to respond to the epidemic and the economic crisis.”
Representative Eric Swalwell, democrat of California, called the situation a “national disgrace” on Sunday night.
“I’ve been through two presidential transitions. They are complex at best. With 1,000 Americans dying every day from an epidemic, denying access to basic health care is not just a small problem — it endangers national security and public health, “Brett McGurk, a prominent lecturer at Stanford University who has held national security posts in the Bush, Obama and Trump administrations, tweeted on Sunday.
The Steady State, a national security official from both Democratic and Republican administrations, argued that Trump was unfit to be President and tried to draw public attention to The issue. “Enough is enough. Now is the time for Murphy to formally authorize Biden to make the transition.” “Call her office at 1-844-472-4111(forward) to spread the news.” In addition, the GSA is required to identify the documents under the Freedom of Information Act by the Washington-based watchdog group Citizen Responsibility and Ethics.
The Biden transition team did not respond to a request for comment.