Quigley part of team demanding answers from GSA head in lack of Federal administrative transitioning

Date: 
11/20/2020
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Representative Mike Quigley

The refusal of Emily Murphy, General Services Administration (GSA) Administrator in Washington, D.C. to grant the Biden-Harris Transition Team access to critical services and facilities in this U.S. administrative transition period, prompted a team of U.S. Representatives to approve a demand letter to be sent to Murphy. Mike Quigley, 5th District U.S. Representative, Appropriations Committee’s Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee Chairman is part of the team. 

The demand is that Murphy personally brief the Chairs and their Ranking Members by Nov. 23. Such access is specified in the Presidential Transition Act of 1963 and millions of dollars in funding that Congress appropriated on October 1, 2020, for transition activities under the Act. 

“Voters have chosen Joe Biden to be the next President of the United States and it is absolutely essential that he be enabled to set up his administration as quickly and smoothly as possible," says Quigley. 

"Right now, Illinois and the entire country are experiencing a devastating third wave of coronavirus cases. In any election year a peaceful transfer is crucial, but there ought to be added urgency this year considering the Biden-Harris administration will be taking over during this third wave. 

"My colleagues and I have run out of patience and are now calling on the GSA Administrator to brief us, provide us with an explanation for her failure to act, and, if she is unable to do so, we will call for her to testify publicly before Congress. There is no time to waste.” 

The team's letter also states that Murphy's inaction is hampering its ability to address the nation’s dire economic crisis and is endangering national security. In addition, they pointed out that, "it is your responsibility to follow the law and assure the safety and well-being of the United States and its people—not to submit to political pressure to violate the law and risk the consequences.” 

The other team members who met last night were Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Rep. Nita M. Lowey and Oversight and Reform Committee’s Government Operations Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Gerald E. Connolly.

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