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Biden to meet with Schumer and Pelosi in Delaware on Friday

Biden to meet with Schumer and Pelosi in Delaware on Friday
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President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation US records 2,300 COVID-19 deaths as pandemic rises with holidays MORE is set to meet Friday with Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiGovernors take heat for violating their own coronavirus restrictions Spending deal clears obstacle in shutdown fight Ocasio-Cortez, Cruz trade jabs over COVID-19 relief: People 'going hungry as you tweet from' vacation MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerUS national security policy in the 117th Congress and a new administration Voters say Biden should make coronavirus vaccine a priority: poll New York City subway service could be slashed 40 percent, officials warn MORE (D-N.Y.) in Delaware, according to a Biden transition official. 

The gathering, confirmed by sources close to Pelosi and Schumer and later announced on Biden's public schedule, will be the first in-person meeting between the president-elect and the Democratic congressional leaders since the election. 

The summit comes as the transition process between Biden's team and the Trump administration has been hampered by the General Services Administration's (GSA) delay in recognizing Biden as the winner after Nov. 3, despite him leading by tens of thousands of votes in key battleground states. 

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Because the GSA has declined to ascertain Biden as the winner, he cannot access government officials or national security briefings. 

Biden said Wednesday that the delay is preventing his team from getting needed information about the nation's coronavirus response efforts, including how future vaccines will be distributed. 

The former vice president has been in contact with Schumer and Pelosi over the next potential COVID-19 relief measure, which has been stalled in talks with Republican leaders despite a rapid rise in cases across the country. 

Schumer said on Thursday, however, that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellAs Biden administration ramps up, Trump legal effort drags on Harris says she has 'not yet' spoken to Pence Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year MORE (R-Ky.) has agreed to start negotiations back up with Democrats. 

“Last night, they’ve agreed to sit down and the staffs are going to sit down today or tomorrow to try to begin to see if we can get a real good COVID relief bill,” Schumer said during a press conference. 

—Jordain Carney and Scott Wong contributed to this report. Updated at 4:18 p.m.