The U.S. Bureau of General Services will provide Biden with a total of more than 7 million US dollars in transition funds
November 24th. On the 23rd local time, Emily Murphy, the director of the US General Services Administration, informed the Biden team that they are ready to start the formal transition process and will provide funding for the transition.
According to the US Consumer News and Business Channel (CNBC), Murphy said in a letter to Biden that more than $7 million in federal funds will be prepared for the transition, and the Trump administration is also providing federal resources for the transition.
According to US federal law, the person in charge of GSA has the right to allocate transition funds. A few weeks after the media predicted that Biden won the election, GSA’s failure to release funds sparked controversy. Several members of Congress asked Murphy to immediately confirm Biden’s victory and allow his team to use the funds. Last week, the leader of the House Democratic Committee asked Murphy to explain the funding issue to them.
In a letter to Biden, Murphy strongly defended her actions and refuted some of her critics. “I made my decision independently based on the law and existing facts. I have never received direct or indirect pressure from any executive branch officials, including those working in the White House or GSA,” Murphy wrote. “However, I did receive Threats from the Internet, phone calls, and emails. These threats are directed at me, my family, my staff, and even my pets. They try to force me to make this decision prematurely. Even in the face of thousands of threats , I am always committed to upholding the law.”
According to reports, the Biden team had already started fundraising. Biden’s transition team said in a statement: “This is a necessary step to begin responding to the challenges facing the country so that the pandemic can be controlled and the economy back on track. This final decision is a formal administrative action aimed at formal Begin the transition process of federal agencies. In the days to come, officials of the transition team will begin to meet with officials of federal departments to discuss response measures to the pandemic.”