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Biden promises support, collaboration with US mayors

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris met virtually with the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) on Monday to offer their full support in unifying the nation and recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.  Biden assured the mayors that his administration will work with them on the safe and equitable distribution of vaccines as well as expanding testing capacity for all residents. "All of you have been on the front lines from the very beginning.

The Hill

US economy hurtles toward 'COVID cliff' with programs set to expire

A slew of expiring emergency programs are setting up an economic “COVID cliff” come 2021, which could see millions of people lose unemployment insurance and get evictions, while a growing wave of small businesses close shop. March's CARES Act set up myriad programs to give people economic relief in the earliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of which are set to expire on Dec. 31. Unless a divided Congress can reach a deal to extend the programs, the country's economic suffering could skyrocket.

Politico

Biden wades into coronavirus relief fight

As the pandemic worsens and the U.S. economy teeters on the edge of another downturn, President-elect Joe Biden is ramping up calls for Congress to pass another coronavirus relief bill before he’s sworn in. At the same time, he’s aligned himself with Democratic leaders in Congress, who have insisted on roughly $2 trillion in new relief spending — a price tag Senate Republicans so far have refused to accept. If Biden maintains a unified front with Hill Democrats rather than throwing his weight behind a smaller package, it's unlikely the two parties will be able to reach a deal before the year is out.