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 BidenCDC chief clarifies vaccine comments: 'There will be no nationwide mandate' Overnight Defense: First group of Afghan evacuees arrives in Virginia | Biden signs Capitol security funding bill, reimbursing Guard | Pentagon raises health protection level weeks after lowering it Biden urges local governments to stave off evictions MORE is set to meet Friday with Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Justice Department says Trump's tax returns should be released | Democrats fall short of votes for extending eviction ban House adjourns for recess without passing bill to extend federal eviction ban Photos of the Week: Olympic sabre semi-finals, COVID-19 vigil and a loris MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerAn August ultimatum: No recess until redistricting reform is done Biden to meet with 11 Democratic lawmakers on DACA: report Schumer's moment to transform transit and deepen democracy 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 McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden sets new vaccine mandate as COVID-19 cases surge Democrats warn shrinking Biden's spending plan could backfire Trump takes two punches from GOP 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.