Joe Biden wants Congress to pass emergency COVID aid this year

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Published: Nov. 20, 2020 at 3:12 PM CST
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WILMINGTON, Del. (KNOE/AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is calling on Congress to enact billions of dollars in emergency COVID-19 assistance before the year’s end, according to a senior aide who warned Friday that “there’s no more room for delay.”

Biden transition aide Jen Psaki delivered the remarks ahead of Biden’s first in-person meeting since winning the election with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer. The incoming Democratic president is hosting the top Democrats in the House and Senate Friday afternoon at his makeshift transition headquarters in a downtown Wilmington, Delaware, theater.

Pelosi told a news conference Friday that she and Schumer would be talking with Biden about “the urgency of crushing of virus,” including the lame-duck session of Congress, legislation on funding the government and COVID relief.

But prospects for new virus aid this year remain uncertain. Pelosi said talks with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and GOP leadership on Thursday did not produce any consensus on a new virus aid package.

“That didn’t happen, but hopefully it will,” she said.

Biden is expected to take office on Jan. 20, 2021. While vote certification is still underway, Biden is the apparent winner of the Electoral College 306 to President Donald Trump’s 232. A recount in Georgia this week reaffirmed Joe Biden’s win there.

As of Nov. 20, Biden currently has 51.1% of the popular vote nationwide, leading the president by roughly 6 million votes.

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