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House Democrat Committee Chairs Send Letter To GSA Administrator Asking Why Transition Process For Biden Has Not Begun

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Henry Rodgers Senior Congressional Correspondent
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A group of Democratic House committee chairs sent a letter to General Services Administration (GSA) Administrator Emily Murphy asking her to explain why the Biden-Harris transition team has not had access to transition resources.

The letter was sent Monday afternoon by Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita M. Lowey, Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney, Appropriations Committee’s Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee Chairman Mike Quigley, and Oversight and Reform Committee’s Government Operations Subcommittee Chairman Gerald E. Connolly, and it urged Murphy to brief the group tomorrow on why the Biden-Harris transition team has not been able to access millions of dollars of funding for their transition.

“We cannot wait yet another week to obtain basic information about your refusal to make the ascertainment determination,” the group wrote in the letter. “Every additional day that is wasted is a day that the safety, health, and well-being of the American people is imperiled as the incoming Biden-Harris Administration is blocked from fully preparing for the coronavirus pandemic, our nation’s dire economic crisis, and our national security.”

GSA Administrator Emily Murphy arrives to tesitfy during the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee hearing on “GSA (General Services Administration) Oversight Hearing” on Wednesday, March 13, 2019. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

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