Trump and GSA finally accept a formal Biden transition — why the delay?
Washington, D.C. – In a hit to the Trump campaign, Joe Biden’s victory in Michigan was officially certified on Monday. Regarding the transition process, Trump said on Twitter, “I recommend [the federal agency]…do what needs to be done.” The president also continues to contest his defeat in the election.
The General Services Administration (GSA) also acknowledges Biden as the “apparent winner.” This week, Biden is expected to begin announcing his top cabinet picks. GSA’s announcement confirms that Biden will now have access to top security briefings. Given the delay, how difficult will Republicans make the transition process before Biden assumes office next year?
Why was there a delay in the transition?
Last week, top House Democrats demanded the GSA explain why the transition team isn’t being granted access to services and facilities. Under the Presidential Transition Act of 1963, the GSA is required to provide services and facilities to the transitional administration.
Additionally, millions of dollars in funding from Congress were delegated to the transition in October. During the interim, Biden didn’t have access to this money. The president-elect resorted to crowdfunding to continue his transition work. GSA administrator Emily Murphy, however, has now confirmed $6.3 million in funding for Biden’s teams.
Even without the formal go-ahead, Biden’s transition has been firmly underway. This week, Biden announced his nominations for his foreign policy and national security team. Biden is set to appoint Antony Blinken as Secretary of State and John Kerry as Special Presidential Envoy for Climate. Janet Yellen will be the first female Treasury Secretary. Most of these appointments will now require Senate confirmations.
Why did the GSA wait so long to formally recognize Biden as president-elect? Will Republicans continue to place roadblocks in front of the incoming administration?
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