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Biden, Pelosi, and Schumer Meet Friday – Mask Mandates and More

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Biden, Pelosi, and Schumer Meet Friday – Mask Mandates and More

Although there may be delays in transitioning Biden is still working into the future with potential mask mandates and more. Biden is expected to meet with Democratic leaders Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer in Wilmington, Del., on Friday, according to congressional aides.

The meeting will be the first in-person huddle since the election, and the trio will have lots to talk about. Congress is stalled on coronavirus relief with many people becoming unemployed due to the pandemic getting worse. Biden will have to begin charting out how to get his Cabinet through a narrowly divided Senate that could be under Republican control.

Kamala Harris posted to social media saying that her and Biden will get things under control, but how quickly that happens depends on Trumps cooperation.

So far Biden has been discussing mask mandates.

Plans are to distribute a coronavirus vaccine and the need to help cash-strapped states Thursday in a meeting with Republican and Democratic governors.

The meeting showed how Biden is working around President Donald Trump, dealing directly with states as Trump’s outgoing administration continues to refuse granting Biden’s transition team access to federal agencies and their plans, including one to eventually distribute a vaccine.
He told reporters afterward that governors had expressed concern with how long it took to make coronavirus tests widely available and hope to avoid similar delays once a vaccine is ready for distribution.
“This is not a one-off meeting,” Biden said. “We agreed that we’ll continue to meet with the governors on a regular basis; continue to seek their input.”

According to Politico, Democrats are also eager to hear more about Biden’s priorities for the lame duck and the early months of his term.

Meanwhile, Biden has talked to a handful of Republicans, like Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, but not Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). McConnell and many other Republicans have refused to recognize Biden as the president-elect.

The Friday meeting was first reported by Bloomberg.

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