USA TODAY’s coverage of President-elect Joe Biden’s transition continues this week as he announces more of his picks for the top positions in his administration.
Trump has paved the way for Biden’s team to use federal resources and get briefings during the transition, although Trump has yet to officially concede the race and continues to challenge the results.
Dates to watch:
January 6:Congress will count and certify election results in a joint session.
January 20:Inauguration of Biden who will take the oath.
Be sure to refresh this page regularly for the latest information on the transition.
We have a deal on COVID-19 relief
Lawmakers on Sunday struck a nearly $ 900 billion COVID-19 stimulus deal that includes another round of stimulus checks and unemployment benefits, ending a long standoff in Washington with one of the biggest projects lifesaving law in US history.
After months of deadlock, the negotiations ended in failure as 12 million people risk losing their unemployment benefits on Boxing Day. The deal includes the restart of a $ 300 increase in the federal unemployment insurance benefit, the extension of eviction moratoria for indeterminate tenants and a direct payment of $ 600 to most Americans .
The measure will be tied to a must-see $ 1.4 trillion spending bill that will fund federal agencies and programs until September 30, the end of the fiscal year. Congress passed a one-day government funding extension on Sunday night to give lawmakers one more day to review the deal to avoid a partial government shutdown deadline.
For the bill to become law, the House and Senate must pass the bill and President Donald Trump will have to sign it. Both houses are expected to debate and vote on the package on Monday.
– Jessica Menton
Biden rolls up his sleeves – to get vaccinated
Biden will receive his first dose of the coronavirus vaccine on live television Monday.
“I don’t want to get ahead, but I want to make sure that we demonstrate to the American people that it’s safe to take,” Biden said of his decision.
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband are expected to receive their first vaccines next week.
Vice President Mike Pence, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., And other lawmakers received doses on Friday. Many have publicized their vaccinations to combat vaccine reluctance. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., posted an Instagram story of the experience, answering questions from the audience.
“I would never advise you to do something that I was not willing to do on my own,” she said.
Lawmakers have been offered the vaccine as part of a continuation of government or national security measures.
Contributor: Associated Press