President-elect Joe Biden speaks during a meeting with Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris and others on November 23 at The Queen Theater in Wilmington, Delaware. Carolyn Kaster / AP
President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris spoke to a group of Democratic and Republican mayors on Monday about working together at all levels of government to provide economic aid to communities and fight the coronavirus pandemic if cases rise in the country.
“You have all been on the front lines from the start, and as we make our way to this Thanksgiving Day in a very dark winter of cases, hospitalizations and deaths, I want you to know that we are here for you and we ‘ We’ll listen and work with you, ”said Biden, speaking virtually to the United States Mayors’ Conference in Wilmington, Delaware.
“It’s the first priority that we once swore,” said Biden.
The president-elect stressed the importance of working with Democrats and Republicans to care for the American people in times of crisis. His message was the one he had given a group of Republican and Democratic governors last week.
“Regardless of which party … whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican, there’s a strong sense of common purpose, a real desire for real partnership between states, cities and the federal government,” said Biden. “And there is strong consensus that we in government must move forward in a coordinated manner to bring economic aid to cities, states and tribal communities sooner rather than later.”
Biden spoke to mayors about distributing a coronavirus vaccine, universal masking, expanding testing, and easing the economic burden on cities and states.
“I know there are so many other issues that your cities are at the forefront of – racial justice, climate change, paid family vacations, minimum wages, closing broadband gaps, ending homelessness,” Biden said.
But Biden said, “I believe the only way to meet these challenges, and Kamala too, is that we have to come together as a nation. You mayor get it. ”
Biden’s comments come as President Trump continues to refuse to accept that he lost the election and current General Services Administration Administrator Emily Murphy has not yet signed a letter to release funds to the Biden transition team through a process called an investigation .
Without GSA approval, Biden and his team will be in limbo and will not have access to federal agencies during the Covid-19 pandemic and secret intelligence briefings.