The transition team for Joe Biden is considering legal action against a delay by the General Services Administration (GSA) in recognizing his projected election victory, delaying his transition work; plus, more Democratic politics.
Biden team considering legal action over GSA transition delay
The transition team for Joe Biden is mulling the possibility of taking legal action against the General Services Administration (GSA), which it claims is failing to recognize the former vice president as the president-elect, and thus, delaying his transition work, Reuters reported.
The hold-up is delaying access to classified information, among other resources, ABC reported.
A GSA spokesperson told The Hill that Administrator Emily Murphy, who was appointed by Trump, is waiting to see that “a winner is clear.”
“Legal action is certainly a possibility, but there are other options as well that we’re considering,” said an official from the Biden transition team, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, declining to outline other options.
“We could have done this to Donald Trump four years ago, and really mucked up the works, but we didn’t. George W. Bush could have done it, but he didn’t,” Rep. Gerry Connolly, (D-VA), a senior member of the House Oversight Committee, told ABC. “Even in contentious elections with opposite parties, we have always respected the will of the people.”
Biden could issue early, swift reversals on climate issues
Joe Biden is likely to take swift action on issues concerning climate change very early in his presidency, The Hill reports. Biden is anticipated to begin a number of executive orders that would reverse the policies of the Trump administration. While campaigning, Biden vowed that his administration would sharply curb emissions.
The former vice president has long said that, under his leadership, the United States would rejoin Paris Climate Accord on Day One of his presidency. Further, Biden has also said that he would halt any new leases for oil and gas drilling on federal land and waters.
According to some environmental advocates, one of the swiftest moves Biden can make is to reverse the Trump administration’s decision to reduce the size of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments.
Biden announces the formation of a new COVID-19 advisory board
On Monday, Joe Biden announced the formation of a new 13-member COVID-19 task force, NBC reported. The group will be comprised of doctors and scientists, led by former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, former FDA Commissioner David Kessler, and Yale University professor Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith.
According to the announcement by Biden transition team, the members of the panel “served in previous administrations and have experience engaging with and leading our country’s response to nationwide and worldwide public health crises.”
The fullest of members can be viewed online.